Posts Tagged ‘flowers’


Showing on Sheboygan Street

July 19, 2017

Showing on Sheboygan Street – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

In Cedarburg for their annual plein air competition. Early afternoon before I could set out to paint. Found an interesting Victorian house with some laborers at work. Thought it would make an interesting painting. Did a couple sketches, began to set up my easel and supplies, and then.. realized that the workers were finishing their job. Opportunity lost.

Everything back in the car. Scrambling for an interesting find. Wanted to get something accomplished this afternoon. Turned a corner and this hanging basket caught my eye. Set off to painting it. Challenge. I miss calculated my direction and had to fight to keep the bright sunlight off of my canvas. Had I correctly anticipated the sun, I would have been able to set up and gain advantage of shade from trees.


Milk Bottle and Blossoms

June 30, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Last winter, we had a Saturday morning with nothing pressing. My spring classes were scheduled to start the next Saturday. This was a last open Saturday for a few months. We decided to visit an antiques mall near the state line. We had never been there before, but my son had written an article about the business for The Northwest Quarterly, so we decided to give a look.

Neat, clean, organized – not exactly what I was expecting. Nostalgia hit. We were constantly finding items which reminded us of such items owned by relatives or neighbors from our childhood.

Then the artists eye started to kick in. I began to see items for the interesting still life element which could be useful. I came across a couple old milk bottles and a small Mason jar of marbles and made a purchase. While the jar with marbles is yet to be utilized, I placed some artificial flowers in the small milk bottle and created this painting.

Soon after posting the images on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), I was contacted by one of the galleries which represent my work. It has recently been delivered to the gallery (Rivers End Gallery) and should find a new home soon, I hope.


Coffee Pot Display

September 1, 2016
Coffee Pot Display - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 6

Coffee Pot Display – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 6

My wife desired to plein air paint with me. However, she was expecting a phone call and suggested that we paint at our backyard. The flowers were in full bloom, so it seemed like a good idea. While I set off to work on a scene adjacent to our bird feeders, my wife cut a few flowers and placed them in an old coffee pot.

My design did not go well and after fighting with it for about 1-1/2 hours, I decided to wipe the design off of my canvas panel. As I was “de-painting”, I noticed a nice opportunity in the display which my wife had arranged. I grabbed a small canvas and attacked the panel. Took little under forty minutes to crate a painting that worked.

Best part was having to alter the shadows on the pot. As I was nearing completion, the sun gave me some great shadows of the petals. Had to go with God’s gift and capture the opportunity.


Spring Selections at Sunnypoint

July 15, 2016
Spring Selections at Sunntpoint - Oil on Canvas - 11" x 14"

Spring Selections at Sunnypoint – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

Though still rather cold outside, the summer planting season approached. I decided to work this painting from sketch made at a garden center last spring. Sunnypoint is a gardener’s mecca in Egg Harbor Wi.


Marigolds in Blue Pot

February 2, 2016
Marigolds in Blue Pot; Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 9"

Marigolds in Blue Pot; Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 9″

Shopping for annual flowers to place in the garden, we came across some interesting marigolds. I purchased them specifically to decorate a blue ceramic planter.

A beautiful, sunny summer morning was calling for me to paint en plein air. Saw this planter and decided to paint the display. Timed my work well. As I was nearing completion, the sun shown nicely across the marigolds and blue pot. Love the contrast of the deep blue of the pot with the yellow-gold and orange of the marigolds.


Flower Box

August 11, 2015
Flower Box (Oil 28" z 22")

Flower Box (Oil 28″ x 22″)

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past couple months. My old computer finally died. Learning curve for the new computer (and software). Encountered problems with software and had to purchase new versions (again, learning curve). Then encountered problems with my digital camera. Purchased new and once again, learning curve. Still trying to get everything in sync.

Decided to work a few paintings in vertical format. Playing in my sketchbook, I came across designs which could be adjusted to work in the vertical format. Happy with this result.


As Morning Sun Hits

August 6, 2015
As Morning Sun Hits - Study (Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 9")

As Morning Sun Hits – Study (Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 9″)

Working from a photo take during a trip to Door County. This worked well in the small format. Had fun being”not” realistic with the sky. Have had fun experiencing a number of people viewing this painting who did not question my treatment of the sky. I believe that the treatment of the sky works because it is such a small segment of this design.