Posts Tagged ‘Blackhawk Forest Preserve’

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Blackhawk Spring

July 10, 2017

Blackhawk Spring – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

One of the first warm spring days and the chance to get out to paint. Some trees were were still in buds and others were just revealing their new leaves.  Trying to capture the indications of the warm colors of the buds and the cool colors of the new leaves is a bit mind bending. No matter what, it was a fun morning to be out putting paint on canvas.

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Rolling on the Kishwaukee

September 22, 2016
Rolling on the Kishwaukee - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Rolling on the Kishwaukee – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Ventured over to Blackhawk Preserve to paint. Fortunately, clouds formed to the north and, for the most part, stayed consistent for the two hours I painted. As I was finishing the painting and starting to break down my equipment, a pick-up truck rolled to a stop. I knew what was coming, or so I thought. Rather than questions concerning what I was doing, the driver began to tell me about the river and how as a boy the river was much deeper (I am sure he was smaller as a boy) and how he and his father used to fish in this park. As I finished packing my stuff, he wished me a good day, started his truck and drove away.

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Kishwaukee at Blackhawk

July 25, 2016
Kishwaukee at Blackhawk - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 11 x 14

Kishwaukee at Blackhawk – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 11 x 14

Ventured over to Blackhawk to paint. As I arrived at the park, I noticed some nice cloud patterns offering some interesting reflections on the river. As I moved between spots, making a few thumbnail sketches to determine my best design, the sky went from partly cloudy to cloudy. Had to change my strategy and decided to tackle this design. Forced the atmospheric perspective to help pull the foreground. My wife was especially happy with the foreground reflections and made it VERY clear that I best not mess with them. Two hour painting. Got home and pulled the painting out of the travel box and cringed when I noticed scratches caused during transport, Needed a few minutes a careful touches to smooth things out, Lleft a few of the scratches as they added to the plein air effect.

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Kishwaukee Calm

August 13, 2013
Kishwaukee Calm, Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Kishwaukee Calm, Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Had not painted at this park in a long time. I have created quite a few works out here. Hate the idea of being redundant. Of repeating myself. Of painting the same thing over and over again. But since it has been awhile, I figured that either my eyes would see something different, or see something which I had not seen before or even that I might even bring something different to the design.

I arrived at the park, took a quick ride through the park (it is a small park) and settled upon this scene. The sunlight coming over the tops of the trees on the east side of the river caught my eye,,,and my imagination. Quiet and peaceful. A few other visitors to the park but they kept their distance.  I did notice a fellow fishing about a hundred yards south of my spot. I could see him looking at me every now and then. I assume that he was curious about what I was doing. I worked undisturbed until a group of kayakers drifted past and made comments. I attempted to ignore their banter though they persisted. Thank goodness that the current kept them moving to the south.

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Afternoon Shadows

February 15, 2013
Afternoon Shadows; Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

Afternoon Shadows; Oil on Canvas 12″ x 24″

After creating the small study, I decided to take it larger and alter the format. The lines work well in this wide format. It was fun  to work but not without its challenges. As I neared completion, I realized that I had two separate areas, the foreground and background. There was little cohesion. It did not appear as radical in the small study as it did here. To remedy the situation, I integrated elements of snow onto the branches and limbs of the trees in the background and that was enough to pull the areas together.

I currently have this painting displayed against a dark wall and boy do the colors of the woods pop!