Posts Tagged ‘leaves’


Trail Through Rock Cut

December 25, 2017

Trail Through Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Same general location which I painted from only a couple days earlier. Moved up the path by about fifty yards. It gave a different look to the design. Out in the open, I was interrupted a couple times by curious onlookers. Otherwise the painting moved swiftly. Productive autumn for me. I  do regret that I was not able to get more paintings completed this past autumn.


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.



May 30, 2017

Sunspot – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Artists prerogative at work. The actual scene was witnessed during a sunny, autumn weekend in Door County. It was mid-afternoon and the rest of the crew was relaxing and napping. I was restless, grabbed my camera and went for a walk through back-roads around Ephraim.

The sun lighting up a shaded area caught my eye. The foliage was thick near just past the path. I could see part of the base of a structure, obscured by loads of turning leaves. I played with the idea of removing some trees and leaves to reveal a structure. I played with the concept in a small 11″ x 14″ version, before taking it to this size. I am tempted to go larger yet. We’ll see.


Shadows of Autumn

December 23, 2013
Shadows of Autumn; Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"

Shadows of Autumn; Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Worked this from a photo taken last autumn. Love the play of the shadows across the limbs. I was attempting to finish this in time to enter it into a competition. I could not complete it to my satisfaction in time to meet the deadline so I passed on this as an entry.

Something here. Not sure that this is it. I will have to play with this idea a little further to figure out how to make it read better. When I figure it out, I would love to go large with this design.


Plein Air October 4

October 17, 2011

Plein Air - October 4 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air - October 4 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Knowing that our spectacular autumn colors would be short lived, I planned to get as much plein air time as possible. With watercolor classes in full swing, that meant I had to make a few sacrifices such as getting images photoed and onto this blog. So here goes a few of my recent adventures.

Our Eagles Nest group was meeting in Grand Detour to paint. We wanted to scout out locations for the upcoming Oil Painters of America Paint Out scheduled for October 15. Great colors already. Too many great designs. Two of us set immediately to painting. A couple of the women met with and took a quick tour with the manager at the John Deere homestead. One women did a smart thing and just walked around the homestead grounds and the surrounding community and took loads of reference photographs.

I selected to paint a scene looking at one of the buildings from just off of the homestead grounds. Clawed found a nice pile of leaves and made himself comfortable. I took some liberties with the placement of a window. Initially had some difficulty getting the colors I saw. I worked at it, scraped a bit off, put some more in place and eventually felt content enough to call #1 complete.

I was ready to leave this spot but took a moment to turn around. I liked the view of the trees. Didn’t like the design with part of the house in it. So I removed the house and improvised a little bit. I am an artist. I can do that. And so I did. #2 completed.