Posts Tagged ‘green’

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On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.

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Calm Morn

April 11, 2018

Calm Morn – Oil on Canvas -22″ x 28″

During the deep cold of January, I worked this painting from a plein air sketch completed last summer. I took liberties with removal of a railroad bridge and some trees. Augmented the effect of sun pouring across the ripened fields.

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Nestled Barn

January 21, 2018

Nestled Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

I utilized a plein air sketch to create this small painting. The plein air painting is 8″ x 16″. I decided to create this work to focus on the barn. The galleries had nice sales of small works like this during 2017. This will help to rebuild the inventory for 2018.

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September Apples

December 5, 2017

September Apples – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 9″

I host a class called Open Studio. It is a combination of painters in oils and acrylics. Every week I offer an option of a still life set up (live) or a landscape (photo resource). The first week of class, following a brief discussion concerning the format of the class, I begin a painting to help the students understand how to start their paintings.

Most times, the start is good enough to help my students feel comfortable and eager to start their own paintings. Usually, by the time I get home, I wipe off  the start and save the canvas for another day. This day however, the start was good enough to keep me working it through most the class. It needed a couple minor tweaks back at the studio. Good enough that one of the galleries has requested a consignment to sell the work.

 

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Sittin’ by the Tracks

August 23, 2017

Sitting by the Tracks – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

The competition, replacement and Gems paintings turned in. Unsold paintings to be picked up from the venue late the next day. With an afternoon available, I grabbed my gear and set out for another painting.

I caught sight of this design a few days earlier. Decided to investigate this as an idea for next years competition. Went to the spot where first saw the scene. It was not good enough. I wanted to get closer to the rail crossing and orange truck. I made my way to the backside of an apartment building, to a closed street. Grabbed my gear and set up near the tracks on an abandoned siding. The painting was progressing well, when I was interrupted by a pedestrian. It was a worrisome resident of the apartment checking to see what I was up to. Realized what I was painting and exclaimed, “Don’t know why you’re painting that. It doesn’t look like a very pretty sight to me”. Critics.

I continued with my work and was interrupted again. This time by an older gentleman who was out for a bike ride along the adjoining recreational trail. He stopped, figured out what I was painting and offered the comment, “Well! When you finish that, you are going to have a very unique painting.” I’ll take that as a complement.

Due to the sun shining and a lack of available shade, this was one of the rare times when I set up an umbrella to shade my easel while I painted. Due to wind conditions, I had to paint most of this work while holding the umbrella with my free hand. Other than that handicap, the work seemed to paint itself.

My son had warned me about trains which regularly travel those tracks. Though I kept alert, no trains came through. I finished the painting, packed up my gear and as I pulled away from my parking spot, I heard a noise. The 4:05 train coming through.

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Blackhawk Spring

July 10, 2017

Blackhawk Spring – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

One of the first warm spring days and the chance to get out to paint. Some trees were were still in buds and others were just revealing their new leaves.  Trying to capture the indications of the warm colors of the buds and the cool colors of the new leaves is a bit mind bending. No matter what, it was a fun morning to be out putting paint on canvas.

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May Morn on Limestone Road

July 4, 2017

May Morn on Limestone Road – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

Found this farm a few miles south of my home. I have worked a couple, less than successful, paintings of the barns. Decided that a longscape of the scene could offer better possibilities. Looking forward to exploring additional options at this location.