Archive for the ‘Rock Cut State Park’ Category

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Spring Coming

May 23, 2017

Spring Coming – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

Wanted to play with another creek in winter scene. This worked caused some angst. I had not fully thought out my design and approach to execution. The berm on the right side was tough. The actual scene had thick brush and saplings on the right berm. I felt that it would be too cluttered and restrictive to follow the photo. Made a few sketches and thought that I had the design solved, but that was not to my liking. Re-thought it and started again. Oops, that one was not going to work either. Thank goodness, the third attempt sort of painted itself, which is to say, it worked to my satisfaction.

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2016 Rockford Fall ArtScene

October 4, 2016

All set up and ready for this weekends Rockford Fall ArtScene. Friday October 7 (5-10pm) and Saturday October 8 (4-9pm). We will be at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st Street.

Framed 6" x 8" Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

Framed 6″ x 8″ Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

 

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

 

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6″ x 8″ up to 12″ x 16″

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Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow

September 5, 2016
Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Still Water at Rock Cut Overflow – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Found a quiet spot along the banks of the lake at Rock Cut. About an hour into the painting, I startled a fisherman. The fellow wandered from the parking lot, down the lane to the edge of the lake, about ten yards from where I was painting (I was tucked into the edge of a clump of trees). He began to cast his line into the lake. About the third cast, he let out a bit of a shriek as he finally noticed that I was there. We both laughed, shared a few comments, and went back to our tasks. After about ten minutes, they fellow decided to try his luck elsewhere on the lake.

 

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Reflections at Rock Cut

July 26, 2016
Reflections at Rock Cut - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Reflections at Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Traveled to Rock Cut to paint. It was a cloudy morning, but I thought that it might pose an interesting challenge. Found my design and set out to paint. About a half hour into the work, the clouds started to break up leaving me with a nice opportunity. Nice combination of clouds an clear sky. Normally not a good idea to change focus in the midst of a panting, but in this case, it turned out okay.

As I was putting the finishing touches to the painting, the clouds had given way to a clear day. No clouds, Over the course of the painting, the weather had gone from breezy and cool (sweatshirt and light coat) to about 15 degrees warmer (tee shirt and sweat). The fun of plein air painting.

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Rock Cut Path

July 24, 2016
Path at Rock Cut - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Path at Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

My wife and I headed out to paint. Ventured over to Rock Cut State Park. Checked out a couple spots before settling on this out of the way venue. While my wife painted by the gate to a closed road, I chose this road to a fishing locale.

This is a spot where I have been able to paint without interruption before. Had never before observed people utilizing the close path, until this day. Three separate times, people came along on bikes and caught me by surprise. Never assume!

Loved the play of the shadows across the road.

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Bayside Path

May 4, 2016
Bayside path - Oil on Canvas - 24" x 12"

Bayside path – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 12″

Have a small, 8″ x 6″, plein air painting which was created a couple years ago. Pulled it out of the “idea” pile when I wanted to play with clouds and needed a landscape to go along with my idea. Grabbed a 12″ x 24″ canvas and went at it. Had to enhance the atmospheric perspective to add depth to the work, Also reduced to reflection of the mass across the bay to enhance the effect and allow me to infer the reflections of the clouds.

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Award – Regional Survey of Art 11

January 27, 2015
Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48" x 36"

Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″

Happy to share the news that my painting, Olson Over Flow, was granted First Place at the Regional Survey of Art 11. The works are on display at The Next Picture Show, Dixon Illinois, through February 21.