Posts Tagged ‘mill’

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Mill at Midway

February 19, 2019

Mill at Midway – Plein Air finished in Studio – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Late August I ventured over to Midway Village. Between the entrance to the museum and a neighboring recreational path, is the pond and mill. Although this location has its share of passers-by, I managed to find a spot which gave me a nice vantage point for the mill and kept me somewhat secluded from viewers.

The mill and foreground were my start. The trough on the right and trees to the left were dependent on artistic license. I ripped through this and within two hours had everything well established. I did some touch ups in the studio.

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Plein Air – Midway Lagoon

August 3, 2013
Lagoon Reflections; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 9"

Lagoon Reflections; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 9″

On a previous excursion to Midway Village, I noticed the reflection of this tree off the pond at the main entrance. I had a feeling that it could work but did not wish to paint it this day. I put the idea on the back burner. Even while painting in the village, I found myself giving thought to this idea for a painting.

Monday morning, I had to get out to paint. The pond at Midway seemed like a good project for a sunny morning. I arrived and settled upon this view and angle. Although I was facing west, I was painting under a canopy of trees. Occasionally I had to adjust for the dappled sunlight hitting the canvas. Had a nice, short conversation with a jogger. Seems that he was not from the area, but had heard about the Midway path. While running, he noticed me painting and, well, curiosity got the best of him. While painting, I noticed a local photographer working portrait shots around the mill. Other than this, it was a fine day for painting. And the results were pleasing as well.

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Plein Air – Belvidere

August 11, 2011

Plein Air July 28, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Most days when I travel to paint, I have a preconceived idea of the subject matter which I will find…and paint. This day I did not.

My youngest son ran Cross-country in high school. I remembered his team competing on a field east of here. I decided to drive over to see if I could locate the park and explore the potential. On my way, I got side tracked when I found another park. A very active place and may hold some potential. It has roads, walkways, an old mill, gardens and a river. I ventured further, missed the turn off to the target zone and found another park, a nature area. The park may be limited access, but I will worry about that when the time comes. I back tracked and found the original target. It too offers some good possibilities.

By this time, my head was swimming with ideas and it was getting late. I decided to stop the car, find something to paint and then head back home for lunch. Not the fanciest of paintings, but it was fun and reminds me of the joy of discovering new places.