Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

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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.

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Sunspot

May 30, 2017

Sunspot – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Artists prerogative at work. The actual scene was witnessed during a sunny, autumn weekend in Door County. It was mid-afternoon and the rest of the crew was relaxing and napping. I was restless, grabbed my camera and went for a walk through back-roads around Ephraim.

The sun lighting up a shaded area caught my eye. The foliage was thick near just past the path. I could see part of the base of a structure, obscured by loads of turning leaves. I played with the idea of removing some trees and leaves to reveal a structure. I played with the concept in a small 11″ x 14″ version, before taking it to this size. I am tempted to go larger yet. We’ll see.

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Boone Crib

April 30, 2017

Boone Crib, Oil on Oil Primed Canvas 6″ x 8″

I was playing around with ideas for a larger work. Decided to do a little study of this barn. Used this study and the reference photos as a lesson for my Level 3 watercolor students.

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Midway Willow

January 21, 2017
Midway Willow - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Midway Willow – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Warm sunny day in November. Lots of color as not all of the leaves had dropped yet. Not many of these days available before it gets cold. Sometimes, you travel to an area anticipating a good, exciting scene to paint and end up disappointed. This was not one of those times.  This stop gave me a better, livelier subject than I had anticipated. Made for a really fun morning of painting.

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Limestone Road at Edson

January 16, 2017
Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 16"

Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

A warm sunny morning. Early autumn. Where better to spend time painting than a relatively quiet country road. Dealt with an occasional vehicle passing by. The relative quiet otherwise disturbed by the rustling of ripened corn plants. At least I thought that it was the corn.

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Baxter Road

December 19, 2016
Baxter Road - Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel - 8" x 10"

Baxter Road – Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

One of the last relatively mild days of autumn. Ambled my way to this road. Thought that I had a good subject, a homestead down the road to the left. Spent several minutes making thumbnail sketches to test designs. None of the designs was working for me. Then it occurred to me that the view ahead of me would work.

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Autumn Warmth

October 2, 2016
Autumn Warmth - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

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

This studio work is inspired by an experience from Door County.

Last autumn, my wife and I planned to travel to Door County to retrieve works from a gallery (an end of the season thing). Our youngest son, decided to get a couple days off of work to travel with us. Quickly followed by our other son and daughter-in-law. So the whole crew, including dog, traveled to Door County.

Spent Saturday morning and early afternoon moving around the county enjoying the scenery and stopping to purchase a few “necessities” (that is, various food items which can only be found here).

By late afternoon we were back at the cabin. We were invited to attend a hog roast that evening and the gang was enjoying a little nap-time. I was too antsy to waste daylight. I quietly slipped out with camera in hand to take a walk along some neighboring back roads.

Came across the sight of late afternoon sunlight draping across a winding entrance to a homestead. Couldn’t see much of the house, but I loved the raw design possibilities and snapped a photo.

Recently came across the idea of incorporating a barn into the scene. I like the way it works.