Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’


Field Marker

February 13, 2019

Field Marker – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Fall of 2017, I found this spot along Grange Hall Road. Harvested field to my left and grazing cows to my right. From time to time, while I painted, the cows would wander over to see what I was up to. I am sure that they thought I had food or treats for them.

The plein air work was a small 9″ x 12″ work. The plein air piece had issues. The sun was somewhat to my back. Being an early October morn, the sun was a bit lower in the sky. These conditions caused me to see the colors and values as less intense than I would like. Upon completing the plein air work, I contemplated wiping off the days mess. But there was “something” about the work that made me wait.

Over the winter, I looked at that painting numerous times. Then it started to come together for me. In real life, the sun was to my left, what if I altered the design and had the sun coming from the right? That would enable more drama with shadows from the trees and fence-line. The distant tree line was just a flat, stagnant line. What if I “invented” a distant hill side to help give motion to the distance? What if I intensified the colors? What if I simplified the tree-line to my right? A few thumbnail sketches and a small value study gave me the confidence to go for it.


Plein Air – Midway June 11

July 2, 2013
View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

View at Breckenridge; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

The weather appeared “iffy”. Rather than travel back up to Beloit to generate additional works for the Edge of the Rock plein air competition, I traveled over to Midway Village. I was told that I could be there in the morning, however, they did have groups scheduled for afternoon tours. So I kept it small and quick.

Found this view at the west end of the village and moved fast. Had some sunshine initially but about halfway through the painting, clouds moved in and overcast conditions prevailed.  Rained later in the afternoon.


Prairie Plein Air Competition

May 18, 2013
Blossoms at Volkening; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Blossoms at Volkening; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Two of the works created during the Prairie Plein Air competition.  Both works were created at The Volkening Heritage Farm. The work, Blossoms at Volkening, is the work which I submitted for judging. The works by all 52 artists are currently on display at the Prairie Center of the Arts, through June 28, 2013. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, Illinois (‎).

Volkening Farm Plein Air - April 2013; Oil on Canvas 9" x 12"

Volkening Farm Plein Air – April 2013; Oil on Canvas 9″ x 12″


Door County 2011 – part 4

July 29, 2011

Plein Air July 24; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Sunday morning I woke up around 7:00am. As Helen slept, I was antsy. I was still a little bummed out about my result at the Dockside Paint Out. I needed to do something. Those weather guys had predicted rain for this morning. No rain though, and look, I see sunshine. I was tempted to go for a run, but figured that traveling back to Illinois with sweat soaked running gear might not be a swift idea. After stewing for awhile (long enough to kind of wake Helen), I got a cup of coffee from the lobby and walked around the hotel grounds.

After rambling around for a few minutes, I noticed a design across the road from the hotel. Helen was waking up and indicated that she wanted to enjoy a long shower. Great. I grabbed my gear, set up and started to paint this scene. About halfway through my painting, Helen made her way out of the hotel and over to some Adirondack chairs where she relaxed. Once the painting was complete, I swiftly cleaned up, put my gear away and showered. We packed up the car, headed out for breakfast, well by this time, brunch. Meal done and paid for, we reluctantly departed Door County…for now. Off to Illinois to attend a graduation party for our niece.

It was a great, relaxing, memorable and productive four days in an area we love. I can hardly wait for the next trip up here.