Posts Tagged ‘Door County’


Klenke’s Garage

July 7, 2017

Klenke’s Garage – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas – 8″ x 10″

Due to inclement weather, I opted to work in the studio. I worked with reference photos from trips to Door County. None of the photos gave me an uncluttered view. Each photo of this old structure had elements which obstructed the view I wanted. But I was able to utilize portions from several photos to create the neater version pictured above.

Enjoyed that exercise enough that I decided to repaint the design in watercolor as pictured below.

Klehnke’s – Watercolor on 140# CP – 9″ x 12″



May 30, 2017

Sunspot – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Artists prerogative at work. The actual scene was witnessed during a sunny, autumn weekend in Door County. It was mid-afternoon and the rest of the crew was relaxing and napping. I was restless, grabbed my camera and went for a walk through back-roads around Ephraim.

The sun lighting up a shaded area caught my eye. The foliage was thick near just past the path. I could see part of the base of a structure, obscured by loads of turning leaves. I played with the idea of removing some trees and leaves to reveal a structure. I played with the concept in a small 11″ x 14″ version, before taking it to this size. I am tempted to go larger yet. We’ll see.


Boats at Bay

May 17, 2016
Boats at Bay 2 - Oil on Canvas - 16" x 12"

Boats at Bay 2 – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 12″

Used sketches from a couple years ago to create these paintings. Did the small one first. Wanted to go larger but felt that the 16 x 12 would be large enough. This scene is another design from travels in Door County. Baileys Harbor is across the bay.

Boats at Bay 1 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 6"

Boats at Bay 1 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 6″


Sunlit in Sister Bay

September 4, 2015


Sunlit in Sister Bay; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Sunlit in Sister Bay; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Traveled to Door County for a vacation and some paint time. Decided to get up there a day early to participate in a Quick Paint competition. As usual. I saw too many fine opportunities. Decided to stick with a strength and paint this flower box display. Although the sunlight did not fall across the flowers as I had anticipated, I was happy with the my choice.


Clouds Over Rieboldt

August 30, 2015
Clouds Over Rieboldt; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Clouds Over Rieboldt; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

A couple of years ago, I created a small, 6″ x 8″, painting of this location. It was a nice little painting but not real exciting. The other day, we had beautiful clouds all afternoon. Later, back in the studio, I came across the Rieboldt painting and decided to play with the landscape design with the cloud patterns infused into the design. Not happy with the photo (still dealing with the new camera, computer and software learning curve) but happy with the painting.


As Morning Sun Hits

August 6, 2015
As Morning Sun Hits - Study (Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 9")

As Morning Sun Hits – Study (Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 9″)

Working from a photo take during a trip to Door County. This worked well in the small format. Had fun being”not” realistic with the sky. Have had fun experiencing a number of people viewing this painting who did not question my treatment of the sky. I believe that the treatment of the sky works because it is such a small segment of this design.


Passing Clouds

March 6, 2015
Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

I utilized a scene from Door County to create a simple landscape for the aid of one of my Rock Valley College classes. Simple scene with a simple, if not boring sky. It served the purpose for my students.

I contemplated putting a coat of gesso over the painting to recycle the canvas. Before destroying the work, I decided to have fun and play with it first. Wanted to play with  early evening clouds. After establishing the clouds, I found that I had to adjust colors in the land elements.


Eagle Harbor Sunset

October 8, 2014
Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canavs Panel 6" x 8"

Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Door County. During the afternoon, a front came through and it rained. We did a little shopping and headed for dinner. The dinner was fine but a killer dessert – Fudge Chocolate Cake with homemade Salted Caramel Ice Cream. We headed back to the hotel.

I was itching to get another painting in and headed to the nearby beach to capture the sunset.  I knew it was a bit breezy, but this was tough. The temperature was dropping and I was dealing with wind gusts of 30 mph. Had trouble with wind playing havoc with my easel and my canvas. Eventually, Helen was using both hands to steady my easel and canvas while I quickly painted. Not a winning painting, but considering it was done in 20 minutes under very adverse conditions, I can not complain.


Eagle Harbor Spectrum #6

July 16, 2014
Eagle Harbor Spectrum #6; Oil on Gessoed Paper on board 6" x 8"

Eagle Harbor Spectrum #6; Oil on Gessoed Paper on board 6″ x 8″

Had an hour or so before dinner. Decided to play with another sunset.

The most nerve wracking part was placing the light, foreground clouds into the painting. I felt that they were necessary for balance. I had to implement restraint to keep from going too far with these light clouds. Seems as though I got it right.


Morn Light Upon Cedar Court

May 7, 2014
Morn Light Upon Cedar Court; Oil on Canvas 20" x 20"

Morn Light Upon Cedar Court; Oil on Canvas 20″ x 20″

Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor in Door County Wisconsin celebrates their twentieth year in business this summer. The owners asked all of their artists to submit one work which measures 20″ x 20″.   Should make for an interesting exhibit.

Morn Light on Cedar Court is my submission. This was created from sketches made while in Fish Creek last October.

“The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.” – Vincent van Gogh