Posts Tagged ‘fields’


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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).



Clouds Over Bloomberg

November 7, 2016
Clouds Over Bloomberg - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Clouds Over Bloomberg – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Traveled out to paint assuming that I would aim to capture a view of a field of recently harvested hay. As I made my thumbnail sketches, I could not help but notice the clouds rolling through. Changed my direction and took to painting this view. Perhaps a little to close to the road, but I survived.


Rise on Limestone Road

September 28, 2016
Rise on Limestone Road - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 8" x 10"

Rise on Limestone Road – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

I ventured to an area south of Rockford. As often happens, the spot which I had planned to visit was not comfortable. The area looked to be private property rather than a public spot. Found this spot nearby, made a couple thumbnail sketches and started to paint.

The spot is at a bend in the road which requires drivers to slow down. That keeps things a little safer for me. Had a local resident stop to ask a few questions. Said that it was neat that an artist thought well of their area.

I am looking forward to visiting this area again. Great opportunities nearby.


July on Grange Hall Road

August 24, 2016
July on Grange Hall Road - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 12 x 24

July on Grange Hall Road – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12 x 24

Last autumn, I did a reference painting from this spot. It was small, 8″ x 16″, and concentrated on the buildings and foreground. Sky was left unfinished. Regretted that I did not complete the piece. Did use it as a basis for a few paintings during the winter.

Decided to return and work one to completion. The challenge on this work was all the summer green. Had to work warm tones in to combat the monotony. Already thinking about getting out here again this autumn when the earth tones of the ripened and harvested fields will dominate the design.


Homage – Dvorak String Quintet in G Major Op. 77

July 12, 2016
Homage - Dvorak String Quintet in G Major Op. 77 - Oil on Canvas - 24 x 30

Homage – Dvorak String Quintet in G Major Op. 77 – Oil on Canvas – 24 x 30

Homage – Dvorak String Quintet in G Major Op. 77 – Oil on Canvas – 24 x 30 (11 x 14 study also available ). Please accept my apologies for the delay in posting this and for the poor color reproduction (still fiddling with the new camera and software). This is the painting premiered June 26 during the performance by Midsummer’s Music at Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, Wi.
My paintings are a response to light and shape.That is, I see the beautiful shadows produced as sunlight floods across a building and trees, etc. This assignment was different. Recorded music was forwarded to me with no indication of composer nor musical title. I was to respond strictly to the music. Listened to the music several times until the roll of the music gave me the feeling of clouds across a field. The crescendos indicated dark, storm clouds.

When the assistant artistic director for the musicians saw this painting, she remarked that my depiction was appropriate as Dvorak loved the midwest, specifically Iowa.

Presentation t Woodwalk Gallery June 26, 2016

Presentation t Woodwalk Gallery June 26, 2016