Posts Tagged ‘Boone County’

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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.

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Cows to the Right of Me, Fields to the Left

December 22, 2017

Cows to the Right of Me, Fields to the Left – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Out to one of my favorite country roads. Found this spot between the fields. Liked the design possibilities. It was a bright sunny morning and I did not have my umbrella with me. Made for a greater challenge to work good values on the canvas.

The fun part of this was the field to my right. A few dozen cows grazing. As I set up and started to paint, the curious cows came over to check things out. A few stayed nearby until I was finishing the painting.

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Sisson’s Outbuilding

December 8, 2017

Sisson’s Outbuilding – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 12″

I had painted at this spot a week earlier. A couple of trucks were not to my liking, but I painted the scene anyway. Looking at the painting at home, I felt that the composition could work better in a square format and WITHOUT the trucks.But that will wait for another day (by the way, the partially finished painting is still in my studio).

On this particular day, I had intentions of working a scene about a mile north of this farm. As I passed this farm, to my delight, I realized the trucks were gone. Stop the car. Go back. Set up your gear and hope that I can complete enough of it before the trucks come back.

Maybe because I had painted this a few days earlier or perhaps because I had worked the composition in my head. I do not know nor care, but this is one of those rare paintings that seemed to paint itself. No hitches. Finished in under two hours. What joy. Wish that more works progressed this easily and successfully.

 

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Poole Road July

November 26, 2017

Poole Road July – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

I have painted along this road before. I decided that a longscape might be an interesting twist. It took two sessions to finish this painting. Amazing how this road so close to Rockford is so lightly traveled. Only about a dozen cars drove past during both paint sessions. I have to spend more time along this stretch.