Posts Tagged ‘Gills Rock Wisconsin’

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Trio at Bay

July 5, 2016
Trio at Bay - Oil on Canvas - 11" x 14"

Trio at Bay – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This is based on sketches made while on a trip up near Gills Rock Wisconsin. Capturing the “movement” of the water turned out to be the most difficult, yet satisfying exercise of this painting.

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Plein Air – Garrett Bay

July 26, 2013
Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Early afternoon and we decided to head up towards Gills Rock to a place called Garrett Bay. Rocky, but Helen spread a blanket and started to read. It was overcast and rain was predicted by late afternoon.

Shortly into my first painting, I realized that Helen was playing around. She was having fun playing with the different rocks on the beach. As she was grouping the rocks, she started to play with them and make them into pictures. Sort of like mosaics, but without the grout. Helen got the great idea to take loads of progression photos to use with her students during the next school year.

As I was completing the first painting, the sky started spitting. Not a rain, not a drizzled, just the occasional spritz of rain drops. I decided to take on another work, but kept the design to something which I could quickly complete as need be.

A short while into the second work, Helen asked if I would be much longer. She was ready to head back and get cleaned up for dinner. About then, the rain finally came. We moved fast before the full deluge hit. Not a bad day, though I would have liked to take on a couple different designs at this location.

Unfortunately our last day in DC for this trip. We look forward to getting up here again – ASAP.

Rocks at Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Rocks at Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″