Posts Tagged ‘barns’

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On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.

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Barn Along Limestone / Mulford Barn

May 21, 2018

Mulford Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

These two little guys were created using plein air sketches from summer 2017. These began as demonstrations for my Oil painting class. Liked the starts enough to finish them and place those with a gallery for point-of-purchase sales. Took some liberties with the background trees for design.

Barn Along Limstone – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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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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Apples and Marble Jar / Boone Outbuilding

March 16, 2018

Apples and Marble Jar – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Rebuilding inventory of these small paintings. The galleries do well with these as point-of-purchase displays. Both of these were started as demonstrations for my Oil painting students. The barns were gleaned from a watercolor painting created a few years ago. The jar with the marbles was a fun find when I was at an antique mall looking for something else.

Now, to finish a few more of these before I make a delivery in a couple weeks to a gallery preparing for the summer season.

Boone Outbuilding – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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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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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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Sisson’s Outbuilding

December 8, 2017

Sisson’s Outbuilding – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 12″

I had painted at this spot a week earlier. A couple of trucks were not to my liking, but I painted the scene anyway. Looking at the painting at home, I felt that the composition could work better in a square format and WITHOUT the trucks.But that will wait for another day (by the way, the partially finished painting is still in my studio).

On this particular day, I had intentions of working a scene about a mile north of this farm. As I passed this farm, to my delight, I realized the trucks were gone. Stop the car. Go back. Set up your gear and hope that I can complete enough of it before the trucks come back.

Maybe because I had painted this a few days earlier or perhaps because I had worked the composition in my head. I do not know nor care, but this is one of those rare paintings that seemed to paint itself. No hitches. Finished in under two hours. What joy. Wish that more works progressed this easily and successfully.