Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

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Cedarburg Gems

August 15, 2017

Blossoms at the Painted Swing – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Competition and replacement paintings turned in. Now to create a couple small, lower priced works for the Gems display. Found a nice shaded spot on the main street which gave me both of these flower designs.

Hanging Basket – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

Picture This – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Liked playing with the shadows and tackling the elliptic on this design. A shop owner from across the street came over to check out the progress on this painting and give me a bottle of ice water. Wow! That was an appreciated interruption.

Display at Kuhefuss House Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Decided to try this scene as a watercolor. Unfortunately I made an error in the design and it did not work. I returned the next day to paint this design in oil. Painting went well and I had a nice conversation with a worker form the popcorn stand where I was working.

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Special Delivery, Lone Ranger, Patti’s Hen House

August 14, 2017

Special Delivery – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

One of the sites lined up for the event was a farm just north of Cedarburg. Spent several minutes moving around and capturing a number of thumbnail sketches of numerous subject and design possibilities. Found a display of three wagons with flowers. The middle of the three wagons held the most interest for me. I did  not move the wagon, but rather, mentally edited the other wagons out. More than once I had to move from my easel in order to understand the angles and shadows. This was one of those works which “painted itself”. Had fun working this. Only regret is not going larger. Thrilled to see that this work sold before the exhibit opened to the public.

The title for this work was suggested by the owner of the farm. I liked it. Figure as long as we were spending so much time painting on their property, the least I could do is allow her to add an important contribution to my painting.

Lone Ranger – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

Started this on a very warm (it was HOT) afternoon. Although I liked the design and wanted to finish this work, the heat was getting to me (although the chickens settled down around my easel was amusing). I decided to stop before I messed up a good start. Looking at the work that evening, I realized that the values were causing a problem. I needed to be more bold and push the values and colors to make it pop. Returned the next afternoon (it was a few degrees cooler). The planned adjustments were just the trick to make this painting work.

Patti’s Hen House – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

Started this in the morning. I only had about two hours to work due to another commitment. Got pretty far, but unable to finish. Looked at the worked later, with fresh eyes and realized that painting the chicken coop as it is, was a recipe for disaster. I figured out an alternative color scheme that could work.

Returned the next morning. I was hoping the chickens would be out and about to help me give some life to the scene. The chickens were still in the coop. I set to completing the work. Much to my pleasure, the folks let the chickens out. I stopped painting for a few minutes and grabbed my sketchbook. I made some quick sketches of the chickens moving around near the house. Back to painting and I noticed the chickens making their way over to my easel. I continued painting while they checked out my shoes, paint bucket and panel carrier for food. Then they nestled down near my feet while I continued to paint. A St. Francis of Assisi moment.

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Flowers at Lily’s, Five O’clock Shadow

July 26, 2017

Flowers at Lily’s – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

These works were completed for the Quick Paint Competition at Cedarburg.

Having never participated in the Cedarburg Competitions, I was uncertain how crowded this area might be. 150 artists in the competition. You get your canvas stamped and have 2-1/2 hours to get out, paint and return with a completed and framed painting. Not much time to travel from the check-in station.

Scouted the flower pot and anticipated the shadows. Set up my gear, made some thumbnail sketches, and prepared some piles of paint mixtures. Left my set-up while I made my way across the street to get the canvas stamped and start my race against time.

Not a bad morning for painting. Interrupted a couple times by people that did not realize the focused rush that was at work. Not much time for chit-chat. Good news is that I finished and returned with the framed work with a few minutes to spare. The work showed real well under the gallery lighting. Sold too, so that was good.

Five O’clock Shadow – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

An unexpected challenge. This was a problem child.

We had the opportunity to complete a second quick paint with the opportunity to replace the first work if we deemed the second work better.

I found this scene, anticipated the opportunity that shadows could present. Got everything ready and made my way to the check in station with my canvas panel. I placed the canvas panel face down and pointed to the space where I desired the volunteer to place the official stamp. Took a moment to sign the check in sheet and noticed the volunteer placing the official ink stamp in the middle of the front of the canvas. I now had to somehow cover the stamp while trying to complete the painting within the time frame.

I let loose with a rather loud “What are you doing?” Thank goodness no naughty words came out (as I recall). The officials got involved but did not allow any additional time to repair the handicap given.

No choice. Get out and get busy painting. Worked this painting as quickly as I could with the intention of leaving plenty of time to pile on paint as necessary to cover the stamp in the middle of my painting. Did the best I could but some of the stamp still showed through. I decided not to use this work for the competition.

Although not authorized, I did take time a couple days later to pile paint over the stamp before turning this work in to be used by the committee to fill in wall space as works were sold. Good news. You cannot see the stamp!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.