Posts Tagged ‘Espensheid Preserve’

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Chilled Waters

December 24, 2017

Chilled Waters – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Finishing up a very productive week with a visit to a park south of Rockford. Although I have painted at this canoe launch before, today I found a different perspective. I was nestled in by some trees at the north end of the launch. Although a few people did venture into the area, it was fun to witness how long it would take before they realized that I was nearby painting.

I planned to finish this work within two hours, but it took a little longer. It was too fun to stop too early. Within a day of posting this work, two of the galleries sent requests to display this work. It is now placed and awaiting a new home.

Sad to say that following this day, we went through three plus weeks of gloomy, wet weather. By the time I could get out again, the foliage was gone. Now I await the snow.

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Espensheid

July 31, 2016
Espensheid - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 9 x 12

Espensheid – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Traveled over to paint at Espensheid Preserve. Made my way down to the canoe launch. About two dozen geese were “lounging” by the river. Although I stayed well back from the river, most of the geese decided to get into the river… just in case. As I finished setting up my gear, making my thumbnail sketches and getting my palette charged up, I noticed the mini-migration had left only two geese still on land, at the waters edge. As I painted, I noticed that the few remaining geese eventually settled down to enjoy the sunshine. About an hour into the painting, about a dozen more geese were back on shore. By the time I was finishing the painting, I realized that all of the birds were back onshore. They must have realized that I meant them no harm as they all stayed put as I got busy getting all my gear down and loaded into the car.

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Espnshied April

October 24, 2012

Espenshied April; Oil on Canvas 24″ x 36″

I wanted to have another mid-to-large work on display for the ArtScene. I worked with a 9″ x 12″ plein air piece created this past April. The proportions were slightly different, but this piece stayed relatively close to the original location piece.

Although I did not have the piece completed to my expectations by the time I set up my display, I did have it finished before the opening of ArtScene.

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Espensheid April

May 20, 2012

Espensheid April; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

A plein air painting. The Kishwaukee River winds through this preserve in northern Illinois. It had rained during the early morning hours. It was overcast and rain threatened but I went out to paint anyway. Almost no breeze. The only sounds were those of the rushing waters and the occasional honks from the migrating geese. Only a couple hikers investigated my workings. Glad I went painting this day, although, I discovered that I REALLY NEED a new pair of hiking boots (leaky shoes create wet socks, cause cold feet).