Posts Tagged ‘grain bins’


Bin Deere, Done That 2

October 1, 2012

Bin Deere, Done That 2; Oil on Canvas 36″ x 48″

After finishing the painting, Bin Deere, Done That (11″ x 14″), I felt that the design could make a great impact in a larger size. I decided to take it out to 36″ x 48″. I opted to go more vibrant with the foreground to make a more stunning play with the complementary colors in the grain bins. Working this large on my single mast easel made for an extra challenge. Lots of rockin’ and rollin’ going on. This painting did take a little longer than I had planned, but I feel that the results are worth it.

While the grain bins are a bit generic, but the tractor is distinctly John Deere. I sent a watermarked photo of this painting (which was another learning experience) and a letter to the John Deere corporation to see if they might purchase and add this painting to their corporate collection.

By the way, the original 11″ x 14″ painting received an award of Honorable Mention at the Farms & Barns 8 Regional Competition which will be on display at The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois through October 22.

Bin Deere, Done That 2 will be on display during the Rockford Fall ArtScene 2012 October 5 & 6. This piece and two dozen more works will be at Bennie’s, 126 N. 1st Street, Rockford.

P.S. – In preparing this work for the ArtScene display, I sprayed Retouch Varnish on the work. This will add some shine to the image and offer a little protection until I can apply the finish varnish. Problem is, I decided to apply the varnish in our basement. Shortly after applying the varnish, our oldest son stopped by to wash some clothes (still likes the free Mom n’ Pop Laundromat). The fumes in the basement did not mix well with the clothes in the drier. Earlier this evening I received a text message that his clothes (which went through the drier cycle) still smell like the varnish. Oops!


Bin Deere, Done That

August 21, 2012

Bin Deere, Done That; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

While participating in the Fields project a few years ago, I strolled down a country road during the final hour or so of the day. Along the way, I experienced the sight of a tractor parked in front of grain bins and took a photo. I took the photo to capture the details of the tractor.

A couple weeks ago, I came across the photo and admired the great abstract design possibilities. I spent a few minutes making quick thumbnail drawings to play with the design and find a format that I liked. I decided on this design and started in on it. It is always fun when you can work on a painting that seems to paint itself. Before I knew it, I was nearing the end of the painting and began to get cautious about going too far. It is all to easy to overwork a painting.