Posts Tagged ‘Boone County’

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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.

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Where Woodstock Road Turns

November 19, 2017

Where Woodstock Road Turns – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 36″

Well this was ambitious. A 12 x 12 painting can be a challenge. A 12 x 24 format can be tricky to complete within a 2+ hour time frame. But 36″ wide?

Took two sessions to capture this scene. The format fits the subject well.

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April on Wheeler

July 1, 2017

April on Wheeler – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

Late April, nice weather and a chance to get out to paint. Spring is tough. The bright, fresh “green” can be overwhelming. The implementation of warm colors is necessary to get the landscape painting work.

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Berm Along Grange Hall

June 28, 2017

Berm Along Grange Hall – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Nice design opportunity with strong shadows falling across a quiet country road. This is a larger version of a plein air work completed last summer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.