Posts Tagged ‘apples’


September Apples

December 5, 2017

September Apples – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 9″

I host a class called Open Studio. It is a combination of painters in oils and acrylics. Every week I offer an option of a still life set up (live) or a landscape (photo resource). The first week of class, following a brief discussion concerning the format of the class, I begin a painting to help the students understand how to start their paintings.

Most times, the start is good enough to help my students feel comfortable and eager to start their own paintings. Usually, by the time I get home, I wipe off  the start and save the canvas for another day. This day however, the start was good enough to keep me working it through most the class. It needed a couple minor tweaks back at the studio. Good enough that one of the galleries has requested a consignment to sell the work.



Milk Bottles and Company

November 6, 2017

Milk Bottles and Company – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Created this work for a gallery that had a client interested in a work of this dimension. Took it as a challenge. Came up with this design. Had fun painting it. Although the client appeared to have interest in the digital image sent to the gallery,  they decided that this painting would not meet their needs. Oh well, it was a fun painting.


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.


Apples on Bucket

November 24, 2016
Apples on Bucket - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Apples on Bucket – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for all that you have because all that you have may be somebody’s fantasy.

For the next few weeks, I will be posting images of paintings available from my studio on a Facebook site – “Tom Linden Fine Art”. This may aid Christmas gift ideas.



Bucket o’ Apples

October 23, 2016
Bucket o' Apples - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Bucket o’ Apples – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Playing around with small paintings for my galleries to utilize in point-of-purchase displays during the upcoming holiday shopping season.


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.


Apple Bake

July 18, 2013
Apple Bake; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Apple Bake; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

A still life. Not my usual genre. But I had a reason, or should I say reasons.

A competition deadline was looming. A regional competition offered the challenge to create works based upon the theme  “Raw and Cooked”. My wife was in Chicago to attend to some doctor visits with her mother and it was rainy. Perfect time to tackle the challenge.

I already had one work which would fill the bill, Pail by Comparison. I wanted to have four works for submission. Before my wife left, I discussed my ideas with her. Thank goodness. Out came all sorts of cooking and baking utensils and necessities. Plenty of good source material.

Had fun with these apples. While applying the finishing touches to the apples I ran with an idea to put in a smear of Permanent Rose. Worked great.Happy to report that this work was accepted for the competition.

The exhibition will be at The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois from August 2 – September 4, 2013.