Posts Tagged ‘field’

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Nestled Barn

January 21, 2018

Nestled Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

I utilized a plein air sketch to create this small painting. The plein air painting is 8″ x 16″. I decided to create this work to focus on the barn. The galleries had nice sales of small works like this during 2017. This will help to rebuild the inventory for 2018.

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Through Fields Home

June 19, 2017

Through Fields Home – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

On a streak of artist prerogative. I had a photo of a forest scene. The photo has pestered me for more than 25 years. I had tried paintings of the scene in watercolor and in oil paints. I was never satisfied with the efforts.

Came across the photo while searching for a subject for my advanced students. Imagination kicked in. I decided that the fore-ground to mid-ground could work, I just needed to change to woods at the edge of the field. Open it up. Offer a path to move the viewer deeper into the work and give a better focal point. Found a source photo of a farm house and fused it into the scene. I like this effort but imagine that I will play with this further.

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Boone Crib

April 30, 2017

Boone Crib, Oil on Oil Primed Canvas 6″ x 8″

I was playing around with ideas for a larger work. Decided to do a little study of this barn. Used this study and the reference photos as a lesson for my Level 3 watercolor students.

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Along Fields Edge

September 11, 2016
Along Fields Edge - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Along Fields Edge – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Found this recently harvested field. Loved the play of the tree shadows. Fortunately, there was a field apron where I could pull safely off the road to paint. Fortunately for me, the field owner did not seem to mind me painting here. Fortunately, the panting worked.

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Field Creek

January 14, 2014
Field Creek; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Field Creek; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

Traveling through Boone County this past fall, I came upon this scene. I pulled to the side of the road, walked back to the bridge, made a few quick sketches and off I went. As I continued with my travels, I kept thinking about this image and this design.

Following lunch, I pulled out a canvas, toned it and worked this painting. Finished in time to clean up, eat dinner and hurry off to teach watercolor class that evening. A very full day.

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Artist at Work

December 7, 2013
Artist at Work: Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

Artist at Work: Oil on Canvas 12″ x 24″

A couple summers ago, I was creating some plein air paintings at the Nygren Wetland Preserve. While I painted, my wife spent time exploring and gathering photographs. One of her photos was of me painting among the tall grasses.

It took a couple years, but I finally decided to play with this design on a long canvas. I used a wash of Alizaron Crimson to tone the sky and a mottled wash of Transparent Red Oxide for the grass. Once these were in place, I applied body paint to finish of the painting.

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Plein Air – Along the Corn at Bloomberg

August 16, 2013
Along the Corn at Bloomberg; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Along the Corn at Bloomberg; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

A good day with a lot of atmospheric perspective. Very overcast and humid. I headed south of town, I had a location in mind but after arriving, I decided to venture on. I did not find what I was hoping to discover. Took a turn south and found a design that could work, but it just didn’t hold enough interest. I decided to head over to Deer Run, I thought that I would be able to get a good view of a treeline there. Nope. Too many trees blocking the design which I thought would be available. I spent about fifteen minutes or so moving around to check on possibilities. A bit saddened when I realized that an old barn adjacent to the park had been razed recently. Was ready to just set up and do something…anything then decided to go back near Oak Ridge. I remembered seeing something that could work though I was not certain if I would be able to park the car safely.

Got to the spot. Luckily I would be able to park safely. I walked around and found a spot at the edge of a field of corn. Looking across the road, I had a nice vantage point. Quickly set to painting. As much as I enjoyed the conditions and balanced light afforded by the overcast skies, I could not help but think about getting back here on a sunny morning when the shadows could reveal great possibilities.

As I painted, occasionally a car or truck would lumber down the road. The sound of the trucks brought the memory of a scene from the classic movie, North by Northwest, when Cary Grant is out on a lonely country road waiting for a contact to arrive.

I used combinations of Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple and Cadmium Yellow to achieve the earth-tone effects on the grasses.