Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

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Calm Morn

April 11, 2018

Calm Morn – Oil on Canvas -22″ x 28″

During the deep cold of January, I worked this painting from a plein air sketch completed last summer. I took liberties with removal of a railroad bridge and some trees. Augmented the effect of sun pouring across the ripened fields.

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Boone Barns

March 26, 2018

Boone Barns – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Flipping through a stack of old watercolor paintings, I came across a farm scene. I decided to utilize the original design and do some cropping to generate this design. Once sketched onto the canvas, I set out to paint the scene quickly. Basically had this done in less than a day (which is fast for me).

Over the next couple days, I decided to make a major change before calling it complete. Initially created as white barns, I decided to alter the design to amend the work to aged, red buildings. For such a stark bare scene, I think it works better.

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Flyer with Gourds

January 4, 2018

Flyer Jr with Gourds – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

I had created a painting of an empty red wagon. It was requested by and displayed at a gallery for several months. The gallery swapped out the painting. Back at my studio, I pondered about the painting now setting in my inventory. I decided to modify the painting by improvising and adding pumpkins. I utilized some pumpkins from our garden ts models. I like the results.

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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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Sunspot Jr. and Pumpkin with Water Can

December 30, 2017

Sunspot Jr. – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

One of the classes I conduct is for Studio Painting in Oil (and Acrylic). Trying to cater to my students interest, I aim to offer one landscape and one still life option at class each week. As if that is not enough strain for an instructor, I also have each scene started on small canvases to help my students visualize a looser beginning to their paintings. Once I get back into my studio, I like to complete the works for sale through my studio or by the galleries which represent my work.

Pumpkins and Water Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

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Cleared Field

December 29, 2017

Cleared Field – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Ventured out to a quiet rural road. I had intentions of this scene and design. I had to make a few adjustments. The small building had been toppled by age and storms. I knew that I had made sketches of these buildings last summer.  So I painted the scene and imposed the small building by utilizing sketches from the book which I happened to have with me.

As often occurs, as I was busy painting this design, I noticed that this location offers additional opportunities. The painting “Fields to the Left of Me, Cows to the Right” is one of the designs. More paintings to come from this location.

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Flyer with Pumpkins

December 26, 2017

Flyer with Pumpkins – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Had a nice harvest of pumpkins from the garden. I decided to use an old wagon to create this still life. I improvised the background to create more interest. As I set up and started to paint, I realized that our dog was at our back door. He was barking and I took that as a message that he wanted to come out and join me outside.

Our dog, Clawed Monet (sic), generally likes to relax underneath a tree to the north end of our yard. Today, however, he decided to lay down and relax in front of my set up. An artists version of a photo bomb.

Clawed Monet with Still Life Prop