Posts Tagged ‘Cherry Valley’


Cherry Valley Barn

February 3, 2019

Cherry Valley Barn – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 16″ x 20″

From the parking lot of a school, I was able to capture this scene. Moved fast to get a lot of this design blocked in. Was moving at a good pace and stopped after two hours. Back at the studio, made a few adjustments and finished this work. Toughest part of the studio portion was not messing up too much of the plein air effort.


Tracks Thru Baumann

November 5, 2017

Tracks Thru Bauman – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

Although I have painted from this spot before, I had not tackled this design. In the past, I focused further t the right, the bend of the river. Moved quickly to capture this scene in two hours. Did a few minor tweaks back in the studio.

Good timing. Within a few days of several things happened. First, within a couple days of posting this painting, one of the galleries contacted me. They wanted this work for display and sale. Second, we were hit by several heavy rain storms. This park and the spot where I was standing when painting, were under water for more than a week. The tree which gave me shade while I painted this work was washed away by the floods.


River’s Edge

November 17, 2016
Rivers Edge - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Rivers Edge – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Used a poorly rendered, quick plein air study from May, to create this little work for a gallery’s point-of-purchase display. Like this one better than the original.


Bend at Bauman

July 27, 2016
Bend at Bauman - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Bend at Bauman – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Insisted on going out to paint despite cloudy conditions. I prefer a clear or partly cloudy days which give me strong shadows to aid my composition. Settled on this view of the river. I was able to set up along the recreation path. Not too bad except for all of the goose droppings. The soft lighting softens everything. I had to impose atmosphere to aid the feeling of separation between the land masses.


Plein Air Early October

November 7, 2012

Plein Air-October 7 #1 – Espenshied; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

I had been so busy working to complete several large paintings for my display at Rockford ArtScene and teaching my classes at Rock Valley, that I was missing a colorful time of year. I was spending too much time in the indoor studio and not enough time in the outdoor studio.

On a Sunday morning, I decided that I would head out and get a few quick, small studies done and gather some additional reference photos. I was getting ready to leave the house and was a bit surprised when my wife indicated that she wanted to tag along.  Time together. That’s nice.

Grab some additional supplies and the dog stuff and finally we were off. We headed over to a forest preserve south of Cherry Valley. I took about twenty minutes to do the little painting of the Kishwaukee River while Helen and Clawed moved around and gathered some reference photos. Nice with the digital camera. I told my wife to take all the photos that she wanted and we could sift through for keepers later.  Better than spending time and loads of money on film and developing.

First little painting completed, we packed up and moved down the road. The preserve had a little trail that I wanted to explore. We gathered a few more photos, but no scenes inspired me enough to stop and paint.

On to another nearby spot. I found a scene that I wanted to tackle. Perhaps because it was a little later in the morning, this one took a little longer. The lighting and the complexity made it difficult to keep my focus. My wife gathered some more photos and then sat down to do some sketching for herself.

Nice way to spend the morning together. More paintings to follow from this excursion.

Plein Air-October 7 #2 – Kishwaukee Springs; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″