Posts Tagged ‘green’

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Patti’s Hen House Wins an Award

January 27, 2019

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

Patti’s Hen House received an Honorable Mention award at the Regional Survey of Art sponsored by The Next Picture Show Dixon, IL

 

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Kishwaukee Bends

January 21, 2019

Kishwaukee Bends – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 24″

I received word that one of my small river scenes had sold at one of the gallery’s. They asked if I had other river scenes available. Not having anything which I felt was gallery ready, I headed over to a spot along the Kishwaukee River to create a fresh work. It was a challenging day.

The mosquitoes were menacing this past summer. They started early in the season and maintained a consistent attack all summer long. Doing anything outside often became an aerobics routine of bug swatting.

This morning was damp. I knew the mosquitoes might be bad. Before heading down to the river to scout a scene and make a few sketches, I doused myself with mosquito repellent. As I found a spot and did a few thumbnail drawings, the mosquitoes were finding me. I decided to go for it anyway. Back at the car, I reapplied a lot of repellent. I carried my equipment and ground spray. It’s a natural bug spray used by campers. It usually works well. Today, not so well.

While standing still at my easel painting, the mosquitoes were generally sedate, though at times, for no apparent reason, they would rise to action. Whenever I stepped back to look at my work, it motivated the bugs to attack mode. There was little chance of victory over these voracious critters. I worked swiftly to capture the gist of the scene. At a little under two hours, I decided to get out of there and complete the painting back in the studio.

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Guirl’s Outbuilding

September 25, 2018

Guirl’s Outbuilding – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Made a visit to a ceramics workshop a few miles east of Rockford. The workshop and shop are in a renovated barn. The owner gave permission to paint on their property. Many, many possibilities. Spent about a half hour walking the main part of the compound making quick pen sketches and taking some reference photos. Decided to do a quick watercolor painting to make the trip worthy and then back to my studio to ponder future designs at this site.

This is the old chicken coop. No chickens around anymore. The background was done wet on dry. That is, I started on dry paper by painting left to right the tree, then some sky, gently touching the tree. Continued across the paper. This process allowed me to somewhat control the flow of the green into the blue and create a soft transition between the trees and sky. This gives an effect of atmospheric perspective.

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Hoisington’s Shed

September 3, 2018

Hoisington’s Shed – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Preparing to conduct a workshop on Watercolor painting, I searched for a photograph to be used as a reference. I came across a photograph taken several years ago. It was a farm owned by the family of one of my students. Although had tried to work with the photo before, I failed in getting a good, workable design. This time, as I examined and played with the possibilities, it occurred to me to remove the big, red barn which is attached to this shed. I also opted to impose the idea of background woods to add atmospheric perspective to this design.

After establishing a quick, loose drawing, my initial wash started in the tree to the left, flowed into the background woods and into the shadows on the front and side of the shed, and the trees on the right. I allowed some of the initial strokes to flow into the foreground grass. When I did this initial wash for my students, a remark was offered that the initial wash could almost have stood on its own. The painting read well. I continued anyway and ended up with this.

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Oak Ridge July

August 25, 2018

Oak Ridge – Oil on Canvas – Plein Air – 11″ x 14″

After spending a frustrating day painting in the heat a couple days earlier, I ventured out to paint at a park that had held fair inspiration in the past. It had been a couple years since I painted at Oak Ridge.

Arrived and had to scrap my anticipated design. An oak tree that sat prominently along the river was no longer there. Heavy rains a few days earlier yielded a high waterline and negated the opportunity to get a favorable river view. As I played with ideas for capturing the river, this view of one of the field trees caught my attention.

The sky was overcast. I figured that it could be interesting and opportunistic if the conditions changed offered cloud patterns. My wish eventually came through. I worked the trees and meadow nearly to completion, when the sky began to break Before I could complete the painting, the clouds gave way to clear skies. With the sun to my back, the glare was too much. Back in the studio, about twenty minutes of fine tuning was all it took to finish this work.

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Barn Along Beaverton Road

August 22, 2018

Barn Along Beaverton Road – Oil on Canvas – Plein Air – 8″ x 10″

Looking at an area map, I noted a road which I had not yet explored. Nothing really popped. Came upon a small gap in a thickly forested spot. Gave me a glimpse of this barn and that was about it. Not much time available so I tackled this scene with a small canvas. The road was fairly quiet yet I felt safe I will be back for additional painting ventures.

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Birch Trees

August 11, 2018

Birch Trees – Watercolor on Aquabord – 10″ x 8″

I decided to play with watercolor on this surface. I utilized a simple reference photo from one of our Door County trips.

Once a very simple drawing was in place, I worked the negative areas, that is, the areas around the birch limbs and branches, in one continuous wash. I augmented the dark portions to separate the background from the mid and foreground grasses and finished with a few opaque applications of paint to accentuate the leaves.

I like to way that watercolor reacts on this surfaace and love the idea that completed watercolors can be framed without the need for glass or polycarbonate glazing. I am looking forward to working with this process en plein air.