Posts Tagged ‘barns’

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May Morn on Limestone Road

July 4, 2017

May Morn on Limestone Road – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

Found this farm a few miles south of my home. I have worked a couple, less than successful, paintings of the barns. Decided that a longscape of the scene could offer better possibilities. Looking forward to exploring additional options at this location.

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Grange Hall Sky

October 25, 2016
Grange Hall Sky - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 16"

Grange Hall Sky – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

A small study started early last autumn. Due to time constraints, I was unable to complete the sky. It has been sitting in my studio, haunting me since then. A few weeks ago, I decided to take action. The sky was offering some fun cloud patterns, so I grabbed my gear and the panel and headed out to capture the sky and coplete this painting. Works for me.

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Grange Hall Barns

October 11, 2016
Grange Hall Barns - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Grange Hall Barns – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

A few weeks ago, I created a plein air painting along Grange Hall Road. The finished work was 12″ x 24″. The scene included the road, farm house, barn and a few outbuildings. I thought it would be fun to take a portion of the design to focus on just the barn. These make nice little paintings which I use as a economical option for people who like my work but feel that larger works don’t fit their walls, or in some cases, pocket books.

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Rise on Limestone Road

September 28, 2016
Rise on Limestone Road - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 8" x 10"

Rise on Limestone Road – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

I ventured to an area south of Rockford. As often happens, the spot which I had planned to visit was not comfortable. The area looked to be private property rather than a public spot. Found this spot nearby, made a couple thumbnail sketches and started to paint.

The spot is at a bend in the road which requires drivers to slow down. That keeps things a little safer for me. Had a local resident stop to ask a few questions. Said that it was neat that an artist thought well of their area.

I am looking forward to visiting this area again. Great opportunities nearby.

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July on Grange Hall Road

August 24, 2016
July on Grange Hall Road - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 12 x 24

July on Grange Hall Road – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12 x 24

Last autumn, I did a reference painting from this spot. It was small, 8″ x 16″, and concentrated on the buildings and foreground. Sky was left unfinished. Regretted that I did not complete the piece. Did use it as a basis for a few paintings during the winter.

Decided to return and work one to completion. The challenge on this work was all the summer green. Had to work warm tones in to combat the monotony. Already thinking about getting out here again this autumn when the earth tones of the ripened and harvested fields will dominate the design.

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Barn at Indian Hill Manor

September 6, 2013
Barn at Indian Hill Manor; Oil on Canvas Panel 11" x 14"

Barn at Indian Hill Manor; Oil on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

I had the opportunity to paint at Indian Hill Manor. I had noticed this design opportunity during my tour a week earlier.I wanted to get one more good farm painting fora submission to the Farms & Barns Regional Competition.

After arriving, I spent about twenty minutes moving around this dirt road, working to determine the best vantage point. I made several sketches in my book and determined which spot and design would work best.

For the first hour, I worked in relative solitude. Then I heard some noises and figured something was going on by the farm house (which was at my 2 o’clock). My view of the house was obstructed by an outbuilding. I was curious about the activity. Later, I realized that the noise was actually coming from a field behind me. The sound must have been echoing off of the outbuilding. A couple of the maintenance workers were burning some branches and “stuff”. Suddenly, I had a problem. The wind had shifted and I had smoke blowing my way, not bad. Then it got bad, some of the ashes were now falling onto my palette and onto my painting. Nothing I could do short of closing up my painting.

This fallout lasted about ten minutes. Some minor clean up of the palette and some delicate use of a palette knife to clean up the painting. Finishing touches and I was done. Happy to report that the paining worked well and this painting was accepted to the exhibition.

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Farms and Barns 9 Regional Competition

September 3, 2013
Barn at Indian Hill Manor; Oil on Canvas Panel 11" x 14"

Barn at Indian Hill Manor; Oil on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

I am honored to report that three of my submissions have been accepted into the Farms and Barns 9 Regional Competition. Barn Overseer, Klenke’s Florals and Barn at Indian Hill – Plein Air will be in this exhibition at The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois. The exhibition opening and awards ceremony will be September 14. The exhibition runs through October 15, 2013.

Barn Overseer; Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Barn Overseer; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Klenke's Florals; Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Klenke’s Florals; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″