Posts Tagged ‘fields’

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On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.

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Barn Along Limestone / Mulford Barn

May 21, 2018

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

These two little guys were created using plein air sketches from summer 2017. These began as demonstrations for my Oil painting class. Liked the starts enough to finish them and place those with a gallery for point-of-purchase sales. Took some liberties with the background trees for design.

Barn Along Limstone – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Calm Morn

April 11, 2018

Calm Morn – Oil on Canvas -22″ x 28″

During the deep cold of January, I worked this painting from a plein air sketch completed last summer. I took liberties with removal of a railroad bridge and some trees. Augmented the effect of sun pouring across the ripened fields.

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Cleared Field

December 29, 2017

Cleared Field – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Ventured out to a quiet rural road. I had intentions of this scene and design. I had to make a few adjustments. The small building had been toppled by age and storms. I knew that I had made sketches of these buildings last summer.  So I painted the scene and imposed the small building by utilizing sketches from the book which I happened to have with me.

As often occurs, as I was busy painting this design, I noticed that this location offers additional opportunities. The painting “Fields to the Left of Me, Cows to the Right” is one of the designs. More paintings to come from this location.

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Nestled

December 20, 2017

Nestled – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

A warm day in late October. Decided to take a drive through a park anticipating a worthy scene. Unfortunately the spots I thought would hold promise, failed to excite me. For the heck of it, I ventured to a remote corner of the park. I remembered a path into the woods that might work for a painting. As I neared the path, I realized that the park staff had cleared away a lot of low laying brush and limbs. To my good fortune, their work enabled me to enjoy this view which was not nearly this visible a year ago. I enjoyed a couple of uninterrupted hours of painting under the shade of some very tall pine trees. I plan to check this spot out during other times and seasons.

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May Morn on Limestone Road

July 4, 2017

May Morn on Limestone Road – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

Found this farm a few miles south of my home. I have worked a couple, less than successful, paintings of the barns. Decided that a longscape of the scene could offer better possibilities. Looking forward to exploring additional options at this location.

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Boone Path

June 3, 2017

Boone Path – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

I had a plein air sketch and a photo from a scene at a Boone County preserve. The plein air painting did nothing. Probably should have been scrapped, but I felt that there was something to be found. Stewed over it for several months.

Artist prerogative took over. I decided that I liked the fore-ground to mid-ground lead in, but it was everything from mid-ground to back that was in need of interest. I decided to impose a farm in the mid-ground and play with the light. After posting the image on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), one of my galleries quickly contacted me. This work is now at a gallery awaiting a new home.