Posts Tagged ‘Kishwaukee’


Around the Bend – Study

August 31, 2012

Around the Bend – Study; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 16″

As I was creating the painting Kishwaukee Barn, I thought about the design possibilities in changing the building from a barn to a house and changing the format to a 1:2 dimension (which I refer to as a longscape). I had some small canvases available and tried it. I feel that this concept gives a better feeling of walking into the painting.

Hmmm. I wonder about going larger?


Kishwaukee Barn

August 27, 2012

Kishwaukee Barn; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

After finishing Kishwaukee Woods (Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″), I set it on an easel in an area just outside of our kitchen. I do this with most of my paintings. It affords me an opportunity to view the painting from a distance. While preparing and eating meals, I have the opportunity to view the works and examine them for potential adjustments/improvements.

My wife and I concluded that the Kishwaukee Woods design might be more interesting if it appeared that a building was around the corner. Interest and movement. So I awoke early on Saturday morning and used a reference photo of a barn to test the theory. I think that it worked.


Kishwaukee Preserve – Plein Air May 10

May 23, 2012

May 10, 2012 – Kishwaukee Preserve, Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Arrived at this park and headed to a spot that I was certain would hold good inspiration for the day. Upon arrival nothing at the spot jumped out at me. I drove around the park and found this spot. I had to park my car on the other side of the hill and walk back.

As I painted, ground squirrels skittered around. At first it startled me until I realized what the noise was. Soon it was somewhat comical. They would dart around and occasionally stop in sight to look at me and perhaps to see if I was threat to them. As time wore on they moved closer and closer, most likely to see if I would throw them a few morsels of food. I did not.

I also had to contend with the sunlight through the trees. Not for the sake of my design but for the inconvenience of having the sun glaring on the canvas and palette. I felt as though I was doing a dance with my paint box as every five to ten minutes I had to move to stay in the shade.