Archive for the ‘Rock Valley Community College’ Category

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Reflections

February 28, 2018

Reflections – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started for my oil students. Always fun to play with reflections off of this metal bowl. Fun to watch the students tackle this. They learn a lot about reflections, refractions, colors, and shadows. Sometimes I get into trouble because I forget to clean this bowl and return it to our kitchen cabinets (do not interfere with the wife’s cooking routine).

Used this same set up for my advanced watercolor group. Fun and interesting to see the differences based upon the choice of medium.

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.

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Entrance at Sisson’s

December 31, 2017

Entrance at Sisson’s – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Another watercolor as a promotion for the watercolor workshops top be held this summer. I decided to utilize a Plein Air oil sketch of this scene. Very happy with the way that this scene came out. Nice design and nice watercolor effects.

As I come to the end of the year, I reflect upon the work accomplished. Some results were satisfying and productive, other efforts were a disappointment. Yet each time I paint, I add to my bank of knowledge. A down side is the number of paintings destroyed in the process. Some in the field (failed plein air efforts), some in the studio (starts which failed to make it to satisfactory completion), and others through inventory review (more than 60 works scrapped in 2017). These “failures” become inspiration to press on to better, more fruitful results.

I  am indebted to the many patrons that helped to fund my “addiction”  through the paintings purchased this year. I am appreciative of the efforts of three galleries working to promote my artwork. Thank you to the friends that follow, “Like” and share the posts on my  FaceBook fan page, “Tom Linden Fine Art”. Gratitude for the students in my classes at Rock Valley College. They challenge me to learn more about art and how to enlighten them on their artistic journey. Above all else, in awe of my wife for her unwavering support and encouragement. Yes mom, I know how lucky I am.

I look forward with eager anticipation at what might be for 2018’s artistic efforts.

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Gallons of Galas

June 25, 2017

Gallons of Galas – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

Started as an example for my Saturday morning students. The reference photo is this bucket of apples sitting on a deck. I used this reference to cover three aspects of design.

First, cropping the photo to create a more dynamic composition. Second, to remove/replace objects which do not aid or enhance the focal point (the redwood stained planks of the deck were a distraction and did nothing to augment the bucket of apples). And finally, utilize a complimentary color to enhance interest in the red apples. Love the result.

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Sunflower Study, Pitcher and Pears, and Candles

May 9, 2017

Sunflower Study November 19 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

These are three of the paintings I created as demonstrations for my Saturday Oil painting class. We are all working from the same set up. I work on my paintings for a few, approximately fifteen, minutes, then take a break to move around and assist students with their works. As they take a break from their work to check out my progress, some interesting conversations and lessons get quick discussion. My students seem to thrive on appreciation of the differences in our approaches.

Pitcher and Pears December 3 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Candles for Christmas 2016 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

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Anatomy to a Still Life

March 15, 2016
Anatomy to a Still Life - Oil on Canvas Panel - 18" x 24"

Anatomy to a Still Life – Oil on Canvas Panel – 18″ x 24″

To help my students understand a process to create their oil / acrylic paintings, I created this work. It helps to illustrate (1) Thumbnail drawings as means to explore and test design options (2) Size and Angle relationships of the components (3) Basic drawing concepts (4) Breaking down the items to basic shapes (5)Roughing in to start the painting (6) A finished version of the composition (7) Colors utilized to create the work.

Toughest part, actually getting my students to create any thumbnail drawings. A bit frustrating to go through all of this, imploring students to work out their ideas in thumbnail drawings. Later, moving around to help students resolve problems with their works. First thing I request? “Show me your thumbnail sketches.” When they admit to not having spent any time on thumbnails, I ask for their sketchbook or paper and begin to work thumbnail drawings for them, helping to illustrate ideas for how they could have prevented their current predicament and options for possible solutions.

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Cabins at Waters End

March 23, 2014
Cabins at Waters End #2; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Cabins at Waters End #2; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Last autumn, we traveled up to Door County, in part to retrieve works from Woodwalk Gallery and also take advantage of enjoying the autumn colors in a place we love to visit.

My wife wanted to visit one of the local shoppes. I took advantage of the time and ambled down the road toward the bay. Although it was cloudy/overcast, I snapped a number of photos as possible resource material. I happened to look down a drive just as the sun broke through the clouds and illuminate this cabin. Fortunately, I was able to capture the image before the clouds covered up the sun again.

In preparation to perform a watercolor painting as a demonstration for my Level 3 students, I retrieved the reference photo. I created some pen sketches to help my students understand the process of creating a design rather than just copying a photo. I also worked up these two little oil paintings to further explain the process.

Although I showed the reference photo to the students, I created the watercolor painting utilizing only my pen sketches and the oil paintings. The following week, my students had the opportunity to create their version of this design.

Cabins at Waters End #1; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Cabins at Waters End #1; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″