Posts Tagged ‘Boone County’

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Shed at Beaver Creek

February 15, 2019

Shed at Beaver Creek – Plein Air finished in Studio – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

A few miles to the east is the work space of an artisan. They make a wide range of ceramic items including water-wigglers. The converted barn is surrounded by fields about a half mile off of the main road. A thick stand of trees keep the farm hidden from the main road. The folks have allowed me to come by and paint the scenery. Except for the attacks by mosquitoes this past summer, the farm is a fairly safe location for painting.

I had set a strategy of working larger plein paintings last summer and fall with the idea that any unfinished works could be completed during the cold mid-western winter. This is one of the first pieces completed. I worked for two hours on location. This painting was well underway and should not have needed a lot of work to finish it. The most stressful aspect was to complete this work in the studio while maintaining the freshness of the plain air work.

Side note: the owners wife informed me that the small sunflowers in the pot were planted by one of the pesky squirrels on the property. Nice touch. I like it.

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Field Marker

February 13, 2019

Field Marker – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Fall of 2017, I found this spot along Grange Hall Road. Harvested field to my left and grazing cows to my right. From time to time, while I painted, the cows would wander over to see what I was up to. I am sure that they thought I had food or treats for them.

The plein air work was a small 9″ x 12″ work. The plein air piece had issues. The sun was somewhat to my back. Being an early October morn, the sun was a bit lower in the sky. These conditions caused me to see the colors and values as less intense than I would like. Upon completing the plein air work, I contemplated wiping off the days mess. But there was “something” about the work that made me wait.

Over the winter, I looked at that painting numerous times. Then it started to come together for me. In real life, the sun was to my left, what if I altered the design and had the sun coming from the right? That would enable more drama with shadows from the trees and fence-line. The distant tree line was just a flat, stagnant line. What if I “invented” a distant hill side to help give motion to the distance? What if I intensified the colors? What if I simplified the tree-line to my right? A few thumbnail sketches and a small value study gave me the confidence to go for it.

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Along Beaverton Road

January 20, 2019

Along Beaverton Road – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12″ x 24″

This farm is well hidden by bushes and trees along the roadside. Not much of a view from the main entrance either. Thanks to a small gap in the brush, I was able to set up my gear and work on this view. It was a rather quiet road. About an hour into this painting, a young woman stopped her car to see what I was doing. A simple greeting was all that was exchanged. About five minutes later, an older gentleman riding a golf cart rolled up (I suspect that the young woman had alerted this fellow). The gentleman looked at the painting and said nothing. I made an assumption that this might be his farm. He confirmed my suspicion but seemed stoic. Concerned that I my presence and work might not be to his liking, I offered to stop my painting and leave. He replied that I did not need to leave. Said nothing more. A few awkward moments later, he quietly rolled away.

 

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Standing Along Grange Hall

October 16, 2018

Standing Along Grange Hall – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

Using sketches and plein air studies from last summer, I worked this painting as a demonstration for my workshop students. Although, to begin, I had a loose pastel sketch on the canvas, I applied my oil paint swiftly. I worked to place general colors throughout the entire canvas. Within twenty minutes, I had enough paint in place that the students could see where I was going with this painting.

I allowed the students to start their works. While the students were painting, I moved around the classroom to guide their progress and took occasional breaks to add more strokes of paint to my work. By the end of the afternoon, my painting was basically finished, save for a few tweaks completed at my studio.

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Barn at Beaver Creek

October 9, 2018

Barn at Beaver Creek – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Another play with watercolors. Used artist prerogative on this. This structure used to be a barn. Several years ago it was converted to a ceramics workshop and display room on the ground level and a home on the upper level. The front has a lot of windows. The barn has been allowed to age to dark brownish gray patina. Rather than paint this painting in its current state, I wanted this structure to look barn-ish.

I could see the indications of the former sliding door entrance to the barn and the opening for the hay loft. I also felt that changing the color to something more indicative of a barn would help.

Not sure that the owner was very excited with my choices, but I am.

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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.