Posts Tagged ‘Kishwaukee River’

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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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Chilled Waters

December 24, 2017

Chilled Waters – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 16″

Finishing up a very productive week with a visit to a park south of Rockford. Although I have painted at this canoe launch before, today I found a different perspective. I was nestled in by some trees at the north end of the launch. Although a few people did venture into the area, it was fun to witness how long it would take before they realized that I was nearby painting.

I planned to finish this work within two hours, but it took a little longer. It was too fun to stop too early. Within a day of posting this work, two of the galleries sent requests to display this work. It is now placed and awaiting a new home.

Sad to say that following this day, we went through three plus weeks of gloomy, wet weather. By the time I could get out again, the foliage was gone. Now I await the snow.

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Tracks Thru Baumann

November 5, 2017

Tracks Thru Bauman – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

Although I have painted from this spot before, I had not tackled this design. In the past, I focused further t the right, the bend of the river. Moved quickly to capture this scene in two hours. Did a few minor tweaks back in the studio.

Good timing. Within a few days of several things happened. First, within a couple days of posting this painting, one of the galleries contacted me. They wanted this work for display and sale. Second, we were hit by several heavy rain storms. This park and the spot where I was standing when painting, were under water for more than a week. The tree which gave me shade while I painted this work was washed away by the floods.

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River’s Edge

November 17, 2016
Rivers Edge - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Rivers Edge – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Used a poorly rendered, quick plein air study from May, to create this little work for a gallery’s point-of-purchase display. Like this one better than the original.

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Rolling on the Kishwaukee

September 22, 2016
Rolling on the Kishwaukee - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Rolling on the Kishwaukee – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Ventured over to Blackhawk Preserve to paint. Fortunately, clouds formed to the north and, for the most part, stayed consistent for the two hours I painted. As I was finishing the painting and starting to break down my equipment, a pick-up truck rolled to a stop. I knew what was coming, or so I thought. Rather than questions concerning what I was doing, the driver began to tell me about the river and how as a boy the river was much deeper (I am sure he was smaller as a boy) and how he and his father used to fish in this park. As I finished packing my stuff, he wished me a good day, started his truck and drove away.

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Espensheid

July 31, 2016
Espensheid - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 9 x 12

Espensheid – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Traveled over to paint at Espensheid Preserve. Made my way down to the canoe launch. About two dozen geese were “lounging” by the river. Although I stayed well back from the river, most of the geese decided to get into the river… just in case. As I finished setting up my gear, making my thumbnail sketches and getting my palette charged up, I noticed the mini-migration had left only two geese still on land, at the waters edge. As I painted, I noticed that the few remaining geese eventually settled down to enjoy the sunshine. About an hour into the painting, about a dozen more geese were back on shore. By the time I was finishing the painting, I realized that all of the birds were back onshore. They must have realized that I meant them no harm as they all stayed put as I got busy getting all my gear down and loaded into the car.

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Bend at Bauman

July 27, 2016
Bend at Bauman - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Bend at Bauman – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Insisted on going out to paint despite cloudy conditions. I prefer a clear or partly cloudy days which give me strong shadows to aid my composition. Settled on this view of the river. I was able to set up along the recreation path. Not too bad except for all of the goose droppings. The soft lighting softens everything. I had to impose atmosphere to aid the feeling of separation between the land masses.