Posts Tagged ‘Dixon IL’


First Place Award – Regional Survey

May 18, 2017

Clouds Over Grange Hall 3 – Oil on Canvas – 48″ x 36″

Thrilled to share news that my painting, Clouds Over Grange Hall 3, was awarded First Place at The Regional Survey of Art 14 sponsored by The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL.

This work is a meld of two sketches. I have created several paintings of this farm. I have created paintings of the different buildings and have created a couple “longscapes” which capture the feeling of the land. I though that it would be fun to take this farm and place it in the presence of a very dominant sky. I grabbed a couple sketches and photos from a sky I witnessed earlier and merged them with this farm. I guess it worked. (The preliminary design sketch, 20″ x 16″ is also available).



Plein Air Paintings of the Eagles Nest Group

October 29, 2012

Plein Air June 30 – Wilson’s; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

“Wilsons” is one of nine of my works which are included in the exhibition of plein air paintings by the Eagles Nest Group. The Eagles Nest Group is a collection of artists that get together about once a week to create plein air paintings in and around Ogle County. More than 70 plein air works by the members of the group are on display. The works are on exhibition at The Next Picture Show-Lower Level, 113 W. First Street, Dixon, Illinois. Exhibition runs from October 26 – November 20, 2012. No admission fee to view the exhibits.


Farms and Barns 8

September 10, 2012

Bin Deere, Done That; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

Buds and Barns; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

My paintings Bin Deere, Done That and Buds and Barns have been accepted into the Farms & Barns 8 Regional Competition. This exhibition is hosted by The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois will be on display from September 14 – October 20, 2012.


Plein Air – Lost Nation

August 9, 2011

Plein Air July 26 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 26 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

The Eagles Nest group planned to meet at a property south of Oregon. Well, it was closer to Dixon. It was a long ride for me.

The property had a couple buildings on it and an interesting stone house. But our ability to get an interesting view of the out buildings was limited and the view of the house alone just didn’t excite me. I walked around the property looking for a scene to paint and got a few reference photos. From the front yard, I had a nice view looking up the access road for the farm across the road. As I worked on my first painting, it occurred to me that this view would yield a good “longscape” (ex. 8″ x 16″). Unfortunately, I did not have one of these canvases with me.

I moved back to the entrance of this farm and worked on a view looking up the drive from the main road. Painting #2. I made a few modifications to the flowers to make it work. I did encounter a challenge when I went to add some Cadmium Red to my palette, and realized I had left the paint at home. I adjusted and incorporated Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple.