Archive for the ‘Watercolor’ Category

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Birch Trees

August 11, 2018

Birch Trees – Watercolor on Aquabord – 10″ x 8″

I decided to play with watercolor on this surface. I utilized a simple reference photo from one of our Door County trips.

Once a very simple drawing was in place, I worked the negative areas, that is, the areas around the birch limbs and branches, in one continuous wash. I augmented the dark portions to separate the background from the mid and foreground grasses and finished with a few opaque applications of paint to accentuate the leaves.

I like to way that watercolor reacts on this surfaace and love the idea that completed watercolors can be framed without the need for glass or polycarbonate glazing. I am looking forward to working with this process en plein air.

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Klenke’s Planter and Basket of Blossoms

January 31, 2018

Basket of Blssoms – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 9″

Working on watercolors as ideas for a workshop this summer. The workshop is offered at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County Wisconsin. The pick up truck is one of the iconic scenes located at Klenke’s in Door County. The bicycle is from a sketch I made during the Cedarburg Plein Air competition. These worked out to be better than I expected. I may have to consider submissions to a couple watercolor competitions.

Klenke’s Planter – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

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Henhouse

January 6, 2018

Henhouse – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing ideas for an upcoming workshop on watercolors, I utilized a plein air painting from Cedarburg Wisconsin as a basis for this watercolor. Having already worked out the challenges of this design in the oil painting, this watercolor moved effortlessly. Very happy with the brightness of the light off the front of this structure.

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October Drive and Flowers and Fence

January 5, 2018

October Drive – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Used a plein air oil painting as a basis for the scene from Rock Cut State Park. Restraint needed to leave the white of the paper to help illustrate the brightness of the sunlight across the foliage and road.

An oil painting from my Cedarburg trip was the inspiration of the flowers in front of a picket fence. Would like to have been a little looser with the application of colors for the flowers. Perhaps it’s worth another try.

Flowers and Fence – Watercolor on Arches 300# CP – 7″ x 10″

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Solace Along Country Lane and Farmington Way

January 2, 2018

Solace Along Country Lane – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Two recent watercolor paintings created from plein air oil studies.

Solace Along Country Lane is an interpretation of a scene in Door County Wisconsin. I removed a lot of trees, bushes and other growth to expose the house. I added the structure in back and augmented what I could see of the rise in the background.

Farmington Way is based on a scene near Belvidere, Illinois. I added the tree on the left and cleaned up the trees and bushes around the house.

Farmington Way – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

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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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Sunspot and Klenkes

December 19, 2017

Sunspot Along German Road – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing fresh images for an upcoming watercolor workshop, I played with these two designs.

Sunspot Along German Road, is a follow up to an oil painting. The work is from sketches made during a trip into Door County Wisconsin.

Klenke’s is worked from a reference photo. The site is a well known spot in Ellison Bay Wisconsin.

Klenke’s -Watercolor on Canson 140# CP – 9″ x 12″