Archive for the ‘Studio Works’ Category

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Klenke’s Garage

July 7, 2017

Klenke’s Garage – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas – 8″ x 10″

Due to inclement weather, I opted to work in the studio. I worked with reference photos from trips to Door County. None of the photos gave me an uncluttered view. Each photo of this old structure had elements which obstructed the view I wanted. But I was able to utilize portions from several photos to create the neater version pictured above.

Enjoyed that exercise enough that I decided to repaint the design in watercolor as pictured below.

Klehnke’s – Watercolor on 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms

June 30, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Last winter, we had a Saturday morning with nothing pressing. My spring classes were scheduled to start the next Saturday. This was a last open Saturday for a few months. We decided to visit an antiques mall near the state line. We had never been there before, but my son had written an article about the business for The Northwest Quarterly, so we decided to give a look.

Neat, clean, organized – not exactly what I was expecting. Nostalgia hit. We were constantly finding items which reminded us of such items owned by relatives or neighbors from our childhood.

Then the artists eye started to kick in. I began to see items for the interesting still life element which could be useful. I came across a couple old milk bottles and a small Mason jar of marbles and made a purchase. While the jar with marbles is yet to be utilized, I placed some artificial flowers in the small milk bottle and created this painting.

Soon after posting the images on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), I was contacted by one of the galleries which represent my work. It has recently been delivered to the gallery (Rivers End Gallery) and should find a new home soon, I hope.

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Berm Along Grange Hall

June 28, 2017

Berm Along Grange Hall – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Nice design opportunity with strong shadows falling across a quiet country road. This is a larger version of a plein air work completed last summer.

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Tree Reflection

June 27, 2017

Tree Reflection, Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Aiming to reduce my inventory of 16″ x 20″ canvases, I played with this design. I like the idea of making the viewer look at a subject in a new or unexpected way.

Soon after posting this photo on my Facebook site, Tom Linden Fine Art, one of the galleries sent a message indicating that they wanted the work for their display. Season opens soon, we’ll hope for a quick move on this painting (supplies needed).

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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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Grange Hall at Woodstock

June 21, 2017

Grange Hall at Woodstock – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

I had a longscape (12″ x 24″), which I had started plein air. Unable to finish the painting on-site, I brought the unfinished work home. Unfortunately, life got in the way of me making a prompt return to finish this scene. I tried to complete the work in my studio, bit realized that I made the work too stiff. I killed the fresh spontaneity of the plein air start. The panel would need to be destroyed.

While sitting in the “to be killed” pile in the studio, I noticed how another failure cropped the initial painting and hinted at an interesting option. Ran with the idea.  Received contact from one of my gallery’s which has expressed interest in carrying this work.

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Through Fields Home

June 19, 2017

Through Fields Home – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

On a streak of artist prerogative. I had a photo of a forest scene. The photo has pestered me for more than 25 years. I had tried paintings of the scene in watercolor and in oil paints. I was never satisfied with the efforts.

Came across the photo while searching for a subject for my advanced students. Imagination kicked in. I decided that the fore-ground to mid-ground could work, I just needed to change to woods at the edge of the field. Open it up. Offer a path to move the viewer deeper into the work and give a better focal point. Found a source photo of a farm house and fused it into the scene. I like this effort but imagine that I will play with this further.