Posts Tagged ‘boats’


Before the Flair

February 23, 2019

Before the Flair – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Decided to create a work with some dramatic color as well as a subject which might appeal to Woodwalk Gallery clientele. I utilized a plein air oil sketch of Anderson Dock, the boats and distant peninsula. I used a photo reference for the sunset. The boats at the left margin gave me a challenge. I needed the boats to read but needed to subdue the value of the reflected light.




January 28, 2019

Awaiting – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

On a bright summers morn, I went for a quick walk along the nearby bay. Fortunately, I brought my small camera. Snapped a quick photo of these boats. Reviewing the mornings photos while eating breakfast, I liked the basic design which I had captured.

I seldom work from photos, but in this case, the design was there. I had to bring the distant shore down into the frame. I opted to eliminate the small outboard motors on a couple of the boats and altered a few of the boats colors. But this design is basically as I found it; or perhaps, it found me.



Fish Creek Plein Air

September 12, 2018

Weekend Getaway – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 7″ x 11″


Habored at Fish Creek – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 7″

Had a great time leading a Watercolor workshop at the Peninsula School of Art. Fun and challenging group of artists. What a joy!

The workshop completed, we¬† decided to venture into Fish Creek. I took time to paint while my wife relaxed (which is to say, she read a little bit, walked into town to check out a couple shops, got some lunch for us, etc.). The dog slept. I decided to try painting on a new paper. New to me that is. It is paper from Dick Blick’s. In this small size, I found that it acted very similar to Arches. Working watercolor en plein air is an extra challenge. Although I managed my time and paint application well, there is still that test of patience when having to wait for the paper to dry adequately before applying more intense colors into key spots.


Harbored at Fish Creek

August 2, 2016
Fish Creek - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Harbored at Fish Creek – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Out for a morning of painting in Door County. Had intention of a scene from the pier. However, the windy conditions, the narrowness of the end of the pier, and the angle of the sun caused me to change my mind. It was partly cloudy. Some beautiful patterns of clouds gave me an idea. Started to paint. About twenty minutes into the work, I had to scrape out the sky and start over, As is sometimes the case, the cloud patterns had changed so dramatically, I had to re-calibrate. Fortunately, this main cloud pattern, though constantly morphing, held fairly steady through the rest of my painting time.


Trio at Bay

July 5, 2016
Trio at Bay - Oil on Canvas - 11" x 14"

Trio at Bay – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This is based on sketches made while on a trip up near Gills Rock Wisconsin. Capturing the “movement” of the water turned out to be the most difficult, yet satisfying exercise of this painting.


Remember Me

December 13, 2015
Remember Me; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Remember Me; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Out early in the morning and back out to Anderson Dock in Ephraim. This structure has been painted many times by many artists from many angles. Interesting structure with an interesting twist.

Long story short, visitors are invited to sign their names onto the building. A sort of legal graffiti. Yes, our name is on the building and we make a point of updating it every year.

BTW – Welcome Jean


Sister Bay Marina

November 22, 2015
Sister Bay Marina; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Sister Bay Marina; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Made our way over to Sister Bay on a warm afternoon. Upper 80’s but very windy. The wind helped to make for a rather comfortable afternoon of painting. I was able to find a spot where a small structure shielded my easel from the wind. Our dog wasn’t so fortunate. We noticed him constantly shaking his head. We realized that the wind was bothering him. My wife took a chance and draped a small towel over his head, shielding his ears. He seemed to enjoy the headdress and settled down eventually laying down and taking a nap with his head covered by the towel.

Finished the work, packed up the gear and headed over to Husby’s for a take out pizza. Then back out to enjoy another beautiful Door County sunset. Good day.


Door County July 20

August 8, 2012

Plein Air July 20 – Harbored at Fish Creek; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

We planned to have dinner in Fish Creek. The boys offered an idea. They wanted to visit Clark Park to relax and read a little bit before dinner. That gave me a chance to set up my gear and work on a small painting.

Had a little bit of trouble. I quickly found three possible designs but only had time to do one. Enjoyed doing this piece. Fortunately, I locked in the main boats quickly. It was a busy harbor this afternoon. One key boat left the docks while I was painting and three others came in.