Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

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Birch Trees

February 22, 2019

Birch Trees – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Late autumn and I was stuck in my studio. In light of a conversation with Woodwalk Gallery, I decided to create a small work that might have appeal to the Door County crowd. I love finding the birch trees along the less traveled roads. Each tree cluster has its own personality and design opportunities. I created this oil painting using a small watercolor sketch created last summer while we were in Door County. I will probably challenge my advanced watercolor students to paint this design prior to offering it to Woodwalk later this spring.

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Field Marker

February 13, 2019

Field Marker – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Fall of 2017, I found this spot along Grange Hall Road. Harvested field to my left and grazing cows to my right. From time to time, while I painted, the cows would wander over to see what I was up to. I am sure that they thought I had food or treats for them.

The plein air work was a small 9″ x 12″ work. The plein air piece had issues. The sun was somewhat to my back. Being an early October morn, the sun was a bit lower in the sky. These conditions caused me to see the colors and values as less intense than I would like. Upon completing the plein air work, I contemplated wiping off the days mess. But there was “something” about the work that made me wait.

Over the winter, I looked at that painting numerous times. Then it started to come together for me. In real life, the sun was to my left, what if I altered the design and had the sun coming from the right? That would enable more drama with shadows from the trees and fence-line. The distant tree line was just a flat, stagnant line. What if I “invented” a distant hill side to help give motion to the distance? What if I intensified the colors? What if I simplified the tree-line to my right? A few thumbnail sketches and a small value study gave me the confidence to go for it.

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Barn Behind Mulford

August 21, 2018

Barn Behind Mulford – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Found this barn late last summer. I knew it was there, but this view had been hidden by dense foliage and underbrush. The park cleared away a lot of the growth and left this opportunity. I did a small, 8″ x 16″, plein air study of this farm, but decided to do this painting as a demonstration for my Oil / Acrylic students. Many of the class demos get wiped away (destroyed) once I get back to the studio, This one was worth keeping.

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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.