Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

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Shed at Beaver Creek

February 15, 2019

Shed at Beaver Creek – Plein Air finished in Studio – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

A few miles to the east is the work space of an artisan. They make a wide range of ceramic items including water-wigglers. The converted barn is surrounded by fields about a half mile off of the main road. A thick stand of trees keep the farm hidden from the main road. The folks have allowed me to come by and paint the scenery. Except for the attacks by mosquitoes this past summer, the farm is a fairly safe location for painting.

I had set a strategy of working larger plein paintings last summer and fall with the idea that any unfinished works could be completed during the cold mid-western winter. This is one of the first pieces completed. I worked for two hours on location. This painting was well underway and should not have needed a lot of work to finish it. The most stressful aspect was to complete this work in the studio while maintaining the freshness of the plain air work.

Side note: the owners wife informed me that the small sunflowers in the pot were planted by one of the pesky squirrels on the property. Nice touch. I like it.

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Blooms at Breckenridge House

October 4, 2018

Blooms at Breckenridge House – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

In search of a building to interpret in watercolor, I ventured over to Midway Village.  I walked the grounds and decided to take on the Breckenridge House. I embraced the challenge of the flowers. To interpret each planting. To instill unity and yet successfully elude to and instill depth to the scene.

While I painted, a few of the volunteers worked tending to the flower beds. I opted not to include the workers in the scene. I was in a hurry and the many options for placement of the workers required more than I wanted to invest. Before I finished the painting, a couple of the gardeners came over to check out my work. One was put out that I did not include the whole house. Funny look on her face when I responded that I found the product of their efforts to be of more interest.

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Flower Baskets

September 9, 2018

Flower Baskets – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 7″

After placing a quick drawing to set the major elements, the painting was started by flooding the cool, background in one, single wash. I altered the intensity of the colors to help separate components. I allowed this wash to ease into the shadowed areas of the flowers.

After this initial wash was thoroughly dried, I used a damp brush to clean up the components allowing hard and soft lines to work together. Then I focused on the flowers starting with the lightest portions and transitioning into the shadows.

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Flower Box

September 5, 2018

Flower Box – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 11″ x 7″

This design has been used successfully in several oil paintings. I opted to utilize this as another demonstration for my workshop. After doing my pencil sketch, I did all the shadows as a single, connected wash. The shadows alone make for an interesting abstract.

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Autumn Flowers with Apple

August 26, 2018

Autumn Flowers with Apple – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Last autumn, on a weekend trip to Door County, my wife purchased a small bouquet of autumn blossoms at a farmers market. For a vase, we improvised and used an empty apple cider container. We brought the flowers and container home with us.

I thought that the flowers were interesting enough to use as a base for a still life prop for my art classes. I left the flowers in the improvised vase. I started this painting as a demonstration for my oil studio class. Did not finish it in class. At my studio it sat while I contemplated how I would finish the painting. Finally realized that the improvised vase was the issue. Perusing my still life props, I found a vase that could be the solution to my dilemma. Though the flowers are long since gone, I was able to impose this vase into the painting. This works for me.

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Wine and Roses

August 23, 2018

Wine and Roses – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

Competing in a plein air competition, I found this opportunity around the corner from the check-in/stamping station. Very hot day made for an additional challenge to this work. Took a bit longer to complete this, but I am happy with the results.

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Blue Shed

August 20, 2018

Blue Shed – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

The spot I planned to paint at was not going to work. What I expected to find wasn’t available. Alternate site obscured by hay bales covered in plastic sheeting.

Ventured the back roads a bit. Made my way into a small town. Nothing grabbed my interest. Started to head back home and opted for a minor detour through a small town. Spied this shed and decided to take a shot. Had to do some “clean up” and edit a few things, like an above ground pool. Found a couple other opportunities while there. May have to venture back again soon.

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Haven Behind Sal’s

August 7, 2018

Haven Behind Sal’s – Plein Air – 12″ x 16″

After completing “Anvil Grille” and having lunch, I ventured onto the main street of Cedarburg. Although a number of artists were working on the typical main street scenes, I found this sight behind one of the stores. Nestled between two buildings and somewhat out of the view of pedestrians, I worked on this design. Started around 1 P.M., I made some assumptions about possible shadows (which did not happen to the extent I had hoped for) and a took a little artists prerogative concerning the flower pots (after all, it was early June). Not a prize winner, but I like it anyway.

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Steps of Scents

August 4, 2018

Steps of Scents – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12″ x 9″

The Cedarburg Plein Air Festival began with a unique opportunity. The first day of the event, we had the chance to paint in the historic district and then exhibit (and possibly sell) our works that same day.

I completed a painting in the morning, had lunch and still had some time to burn before our efforts were to be submitted for the exhibition / sale. In walking around the main street, a colorful flower basket caught my eye. The homeowner had a lively flower basket hanging from their porch. I thought I might be able to capture a quick painting. As I stood in front of the home, trying to decide on a composition, it occurred to me that the display of potted flowers on the front steps offered a more appealing opportunity.

When the homeowner witnessed me drawing in my sketchbook, curious, she inquired to make sure that I was not with the tax assessors office. When she realized that I was just an artist, I was given permission to continue.

Not able to complete the painting that afternoon, I returned a few days later. While completing the work, I was a approached by the homeowners friend. Short discussion with the friend resulted in a sale off-the-easel. The friend planned to give the painting as a surprise gift. I trust that the painting has been presented by now.

Would like to have a better photo of the completed painting, but I am very grateful for the sale.

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Morn on Cedar Court Part 2

July 17, 2018

Morn on Cedar Court – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

This is the souped up version.

This painting had been at a gallery for a few months. At the time of retrieval, I felt that the work needed “something”. I felt that the abstract design was decent, but something was failing. It sat in my studio for almost a year. It occurred to me that the painting needed to be brighter, more vibrant.

Late one afternoon, before finishing for the day, I put the painting up on my easel. I added a few strokes of brighter highlights near the focal point. Just a few. I decided to take a break and examine the changes to see if it would work. During dinner, we checked the work and decided it was a better direction. A few days later, I went drastic and, in essence, reworked the painting.

Much happier with it now.