Posts Tagged ‘Nygren Wetland Preserve’

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Clearing at Nygren

June 5, 2015
Clearing at Nygren 1; Oil on Canvas 30 x 24

Clearing at Nygren 1; Oil on Canvas 30 x 24

I had been painting out at the Nygren Preserves a few years ago. In between and even as I painted, I occasionally took a brief to photograph subjects of interest.

Shuffling through my collection of photos, I came across a rather boring scene under an overcast sky. Not very interesting but something about the design caught my attention. It took a few weeks, but then it occurred to me that a more dramatic sky could make the difference. It worked in a small 14″x 11″ format and worked out well in the larger 30″ x 24″ format.

Clearing at Nygren Study; Oil on Canvas 14 x 11

Clearing at Nygren Study; Oil on Canvas 14 x 11

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Artist at Work

December 7, 2013
Artist at Work: Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

Artist at Work: Oil on Canvas 12″ x 24″

A couple summers ago, I was creating some plein air paintings at the Nygren Wetland Preserve. While I painted, my wife spent time exploring and gathering photographs. One of her photos was of me painting among the tall grasses.

It took a couple years, but I finally decided to play with this design on a long canvas. I used a wash of Alizaron Crimson to tone the sky and a mottled wash of Transparent Red Oxide for the grass. Once these were in place, I applied body paint to finish of the painting.