Posts Tagged ‘country road’


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.


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.


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.


Limestone Road at Edson

January 16, 2017
Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 16"

Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

A warm sunny morning. Early autumn. Where better to spend time painting than a relatively quiet country road. Dealt with an occasional vehicle passing by. The relative quiet otherwise disturbed by the rustling of ripened corn plants. At least I thought that it was the corn.


Poole Road Morn

September 9, 2016
Poole Road Morn - Oil on Linen Panel - 9" x 12"

Poole Road Morn – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

I opted to revisit a location. I had been here in May, but thought that late summer would offer an interesting change and challenge. Was I right. As I turned onto this road, I realized that the road was being prepped for resurfacing. A lot of dust was going to happen.

Found this spot and settled in to painting. Interesting day of painting. Only a couple cars rambled through. However, I had several landscapers trucks move through. One of which made slow passes on three occasions. I figured that he was measuring my progress.

About an hour into painting, a rather large dump truck rolled to a stop about twenty yards away. The driver got out of his rig and made his way over to my easel. I thought that it might be someone from the road crew stopping to ask me to leave. Surprised to find out that it was a worker from a sod farm. He was curious and had to see what I was up to. He said he had never seen an actual artist at work and thought that it was real cool. He asked some good, insightful questions. Had a nice conversation. Sort of made my day.


Late Day Rays

August 17, 2015
Late Day Rays; Oil on Canvas 20" x 20"

Late Day Rays; Oil on Canvas 20″ x 20″

Several years ago, I made some sketches of a farm along a country road. I liked the raw design, but could not figure out what to do with the scene. The day I witnessed this scene, it was somewhat overcast.

A recent sunset supplied my incentive. I made some sketches of the cloud patterns. The next day in my studio, I was flipping through my sketchbook when I came across the country road sketch. Quickly put the two ideas together  and painted this work.


Wheeler Road

September 11, 2014
Wheeler Road; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Wheeler Road; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

Ventured to paint outside this day. Had a vague idea of the design I wanted, but not certain where I would find it. A right turn here. A left turn there. As I passed through the shaded road and across this intersection, I realized this is it. Turned the car around and got back to this spot.

I took a few minutes to sketch four possible designs. Found the one which was most appealing and started in on the canvas. This is one of those paintings for which one strives. About a half hour into this painting I had “that” feeling. Everything about the painting was progressing just the way I envisioned. I could have stopped right then and had a good painting. Every few minutes I stepped back from the painting and still felt that if for some reason I had to stop, it would not have been a bad thing.

Eventually, I knew that I needed to put my brush down before I overworked the painting. Love the design and hope to come back here and capture the changes to the landscape as we move through the colorful autumn season.


McGregor Road

September 22, 2011

McGregor Road, Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Created this painting from a sketch made during the Fields Project. Utilized Transparent Red Oxide to sketch the scene and establish values in select portions of the painting. Played the red/green complementary range.


Watertown Road

August 12, 2011

Watertown Road, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Rains rolling through the area. I moved in to the studio to paint. I decided to use the afternoon to create this painting from a study created in early July.