Posts Tagged ‘Breckenridge House’

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Plein Air – Midway – Anticipating Blossoms

August 2, 2013
Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Anticipating Blossoms; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Rain threatened. Rather than travel far and lose the day to rain, I drove over to Midway Village. Quickly set up with a view of the gardens by the Breckenridge house.

The overcast/cloudy conditions made it rather comfortable to work. Enough of the right light to yield some degree of shadows and yet offer protection from the glare of the sun.

The painting worked well. I had to pay attention to alter the greens.  Too much of the same color can be overbearing. To minimize the “green”, I started by putting a light wash of Alizaron Crimson in areas which would be foliage thus using a complimentary color as a background. I would liked to have had color from flower blossoms, but that was not to be. Good day for painting. Oh, by the way, it started to rain as I started to pack up my gear.

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Plein Air – Midway June 11

July 2, 2013
View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

The weather appeared “iffy”. Rather than travel back up to Beloit to generate additional works for the Edge of the Rock plein air competition, I traveled over to Midway Village. I was told that I could be there in the morning, however, they did have groups scheduled for afternoon tours. So I kept it small and quick.

Found this view at the west end of the village and moved fast. Had some sunshine initially but about halfway through the painting, clouds moved in and overcast conditions prevailed.  Rained later in the afternoon.