Posts Tagged ‘Grand Detour Illinois’


October on Clinton

December 3, 2012

October on Clinton; Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″

Last October, the Eagle’s Nest group sponsored a “paint out” in Grand Detour Illinois. The organizers had hoped to draw more artists than we had. Although it was chilly, the sun made it feel warmer.

I endeavored to get several small “studies” completed. I wanted to capture the feel of the colors this day.It worked. I completed three 6″ x 8″ paintings in the morning and gathered several photographs as well. It was a fun and productive day.

After enjoying the small studies for the past year, I decided to tackle the subject again. I found the reference photographs and strategically placed the study to help. Before tackling a full size canvas, I decided to create a small 9″ x 12″ work to help refresh my memory and ensure that I could capture the essence.

Once completed to my satisfaction, I used the small 9″ x 12″ study as a guide to help me with this larger work. The trees turned out to be a bigger challenge than I expected on this work.


Grand Detour – Study

May 15, 2012

Grand Detour Study; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

About three years ago during the Fields Project, I created a watercolor painting at a horse farm. The painting did not turn out well, but I felt that it had possibilities. The painting and the idea have sat and simmered since then. I have thought about this design numerous times.

The other day, I spent the morning plein air painting. It was a cool day and I had not dressed properly. I was chilled and after completing the painting, I headed home for some hot soup and a sandwich.

Following lunch, I went into my studio. I have a painting in the works but just was not motivated to work on it. The design of this horse farm came to mind. I ran upstairs, grabbed the watercolor painting and dashed back to the studio. I did this small study to refresh my memory in preparation for committing this idea to a larger format.