Posts Tagged ‘Fish Creek’


On Deck

September 26, 2015
On Deck; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

On Deck; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Had an idea to paint this shop which stands at a busy intersection. Fortunately there is a nice park across the street. Better yet, the spot which yielded this view was sheltered by a tree. Very comfortable, shaded spot and only a few interruptions by curious visitors.


Pink Improv

September 27, 2014
Pink Improv; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Pink Improv; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

My wife and I planned our annual summer retreat to Door County Wisconsin. Our main purpose was to utilize the week to paint. All other “touristy” activities would take a back seat to our art. A couple weeks before vacation, Helen realized that if we traveled up to Door County a couple days earlier than planned, I could participate in the Door County Plein Air Dockside Quick Paint.

The Quick Paint event is the culmination of DC’s annual Plein Air Festival. In short, on Saturday morning, we have the opportunity to paint in and near Clark Park in Fish Creek. Although artists such as me have to pay an entrance fee to participate, we get to join with the festivals 40 artists in attempting to capture scenes in this park area. While the paintings of the festivals artists are auctioned immediately following the Quick Paint, our paintings will be on display during the evenings public reception at The Peninsula School of Art.

We arrived in Door County late Friday evening. The Quick Paint begins at 9:00am. After breakfast, we took a brief walk to determine a suitable subject/design for my painting. Settled on a workable subject and set up my easel and equipment. Realized soon into the painting that I should have set up a little closer to my subject. Throughout the painting, I had to deal with gawkers standing in between me and these flowers, while they were watching other artists at work. I kept my cool and just dealt with it. Not much else that I could do. About thirty minutes into my work I realized that my design was a bit off. I knew the changes that could be made to improve the work. Unfortunately, changes were not an option at this point. Just deal with it. I did decide to make one important alteration. Both flowers were in red clay pots. That just was not going to work. I looked to the other side of the porch and found my inspiration. While I did not move the flowers around, I did utilize the design of the green pot and used that instead of the pot that was on the subject plant. Artists prerogative.

That evening at the reception, I was gratified to see that my painting was one of several which were sold. I was able to meet the patron that purchased this work and quickly realized that this patron had visited  while I was creating this work.

A good painting and a sale, nice way to start a painting vacation.


Breakfast at Summertime

September 21, 2014
Breakfast at Summertime; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"

Breakfast at Summertime; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6″ x 8″

Worked with sketches made during a recent trip to Door County Wisconsin to create this little painting.


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


Fish Creek Cottage

December 29, 2013
Fish Creek Cottage; Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

Fish Creek Cottage; Oil on Canvas 14″ x 11″

I used sketches, a reference photo and a watercolor painting as a basis to create this work as an example for my oil painting students.

At class, I started by discussing the reference photo. The actual scene had numerous non-essential items such as a boat on a trailer and a grill. We discussed reducing the design to the simplest elements and adding back only those things that will help tell the story.

I had this design sketched onto my canvas and added some alizarin crimson to tone the canvas. I did a rough block-in, which left this painting in a mediocre mid-tone state. That is, although the students could see the painting coming together and could discern all of the elements, it was not polished. Lines were not straight and refined. Spots of the painting were a bit muddy. Extremes of values were non-existent. It was a painting but it was not art. Later, I added the refinements and punches to make the design pop.


Fish Creek Cottage Demo

December 15, 2013
Fish Creek Cottage: Demonstaration of Outline - Refine - Define

Fish Creek Cottage: Demonstration of Outline – Refine – Define

In an effort to help my watercolor students loosen up and get a little more bold with their initial applications of paint, I worked this demonstration.

I started with a 16 x 20 block of watercolor paper. I created the drawings side-by-side. The fun and yet tough part of this was to apply my first, or “Outline” phase in the same manner to each of the two designs. That is to say, I worked to get both sides of this work as similar as possible. With watercolor, you will never get the same results twice, but it is still a fun challenge. When this “Outline” phase was completed and dried, I  selected the painting on the right side to use for my “Refine” and “Define” stages. This enabled the students to better understand the steps necessary to create their paintings. It also helps them to see how they can go a little more bold with their initial washes of paint to help keep their finished works fresher and a little less muddy.


Towels Dry Yet?

March 29, 2013
Towels Dry Yet?; Oil on Canvas 10" x 8"

Towels Dry Yet?; Oil on Canvas 10″ x 8″

I was playing with designs, looking for something that would work for a large canvas. I came across this sketch which I created a couple years ago while up in Door County Wisconsin (Fish Creek to be specific). Cropped original sketch quite a bit to come to this design. It was fun and works pretty well, though I doubt that it would hold together on a canvas that is much larger.

Busy today getting lessons ready for next weeks classes. Have to come up with ideas and thumbnails for my Still Life and Level 3 groups this weekend. Monday will be busy as I will be setting up my display at Bennie’s for next weekends  Spring 2013 ArtScene (I still have to decide on which paintings will be an display and get the information tags ready). Thursday will be set up day for the display at Midway Village. Next Friday and Saturday will be LONG days with activities at both venues until 9:00pm. Hope that it’s lousy weather so people won’t have the desire to be outside and would rather tour the various art venues. Of course, I also hope that people will be more interested in purchasing some original artwork rather than just “lookin’ at the purty paintin’s”.