Posts Tagged ‘Boone County’


Grange Hall at Woodstock

June 21, 2017

Grange Hall at Woodstock – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

I had a longscape (12″ x 24″), which I had started plein air. Unable to finish the painting on-site, I brought the unfinished work home. Unfortunately, life got in the way of me making a prompt return to finish this scene. I tried to complete the work in my studio, bit realized that I made the work too stiff. I killed the fresh spontaneity of the plein air start. The panel would need to be destroyed.

While sitting in the “to be killed” pile in the studio, I noticed how another failure cropped the initial painting and hinted at an interesting option. Ran with the idea.  Received contact from one of my gallery’s which has expressed interest in carrying this work.


Boone Path

June 3, 2017

Boone Path – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

I had a plein air sketch and a photo from a scene at a Boone County preserve. The plein air painting did nothing. Probably should have been scrapped, but I felt that there was something to be found. Stewed over it for several months.

Artist prerogative took over. I decided that I liked the fore-ground to mid-ground lead in, but it was everything from mid-ground to back that was in need of interest. I decided to impose a farm in the mid-ground and play with the light. After posting the image on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), one of my galleries quickly contacted me. This work is now at a gallery awaiting a new home.


Boone Crib

April 30, 2017

Boone Crib, Oil on Oil Primed Canvas 6″ x 8″

I was playing around with ideas for a larger work. Decided to do a little study of this barn. Used this study and the reference photos as a lesson for my Level 3 watercolor students.


Character on Chrysler Drive

November 8, 2016
Character on Chrysler Drive - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 9" x 12"

Character on Chrysler Drive – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Although I have driven past this frontage road dozens of times, I had never explored it. Recently ventured and found this abandoned abode. Did a small painting which “had bones” but was not “it”. After a few days of looking at the painting, I figured out how I could alter the design to “read” better. Happy with this effort. Found out this place has been vacant for six or seven years. Hope that it lasts for awhile longer so I can gather some additional paintings out here.


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.


Grange Hall Berm

September 13, 2016
Grange Hall Berm - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 8" x 10"

Grange Hall Berm – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

I spent time painting a farm scene from the side of the road. The scene included the farm house and several of the barn and outbuildings. Although I was wrapped up in painting, my attention was diverted several times as I noticed the interesting effects of light and shadows on the tree at the far right of my design. Decided that I liked the possibilities enough that I returned a few days later to simplify my design and paint the tree. I plan to revisit this scene as the seasons change, which is coming soon.


Poole Road Morn

September 9, 2016
Poole Road Morn - Oil on Linen Panel - 9" x 12"

Poole Road Morn – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

I opted to revisit a location. I had been here in May, but thought that late summer would offer an interesting change and challenge. Was I right. As I turned onto this road, I realized that the road was being prepped for resurfacing. A lot of dust was going to happen.

Found this spot and settled in to painting. Interesting day of painting. Only a couple cars rambled through. However, I had several landscapers trucks move through. One of which made slow passes on three occasions. I figured that he was measuring my progress.

About an hour into painting, a rather large dump truck rolled to a stop about twenty yards away. The driver got out of his rig and made his way over to my easel. I thought that it might be someone from the road crew stopping to ask me to leave. Surprised to find out that it was a worker from a sod farm. He was curious and had to see what I was up to. He said he had never seen an actual artist at work and thought that it was real cool. He asked some good, insightful questions. Had a nice conversation. Sort of made my day.