Posts Tagged ‘Oil painting’


Summer 2019 Workshops

March 2, 2019

My Rock Valley students have inquired about painting workshops for this summer. Unfortunately, the classroom and facility we would prefer to utilize is not available until August. So, we are looking to provide the following;

Basket of Blossoms 2 – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP Paper – 12″ x 9″

August 5, 6 and 7

Dynamics of Shadows and Light: A Bolder Approach to Watercolor

Gain insight to energize your watercolors by creative, strategic and decisive utilization of exaggerated light and shadows. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on planning your design and composition as well as sparking your imagination. Discover methods for pushing negative space to yield positive results in your artwork. Exercises will concentrate on developing your creativity and daring to create more dynamic paintings.  Students should already be familiar with basic watercolor techniques. In addition to your supplies, please bring a couple sheets of Arches 140# CP paper and a few reference photos with subjects of interest to the student. Students will have the opportunity to work independently on their own paintings.

Patti’s Hen House – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 16″

August 12, 13 and 14

Ideas for Creative Studio Painting in Oil and Acrylic Painting

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observational skills, build a reliable process for planning and develop your unique voice. This workshop will help you to identify a focus for creating your art and developing a pattern for success. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on planning your design and composition as well as sparking your imagination. This workshop requires basic experience and training in oil or acrylic. Students should be competent with the techniques and tools of the medium, developed drawing and design skills and the ability to work independently.

Assuming that the weather cooperates, I plan to do a couple outdoor demonstrations at the facility.


Plain Fun with Plein Air: Summer 2013 Workshop

May 7, 2013

Workshop           August 7, 8 & 9, 2013            8:00am – noon

 Plain Fun with Plein Air

Sponsored by Rock Valley College. Class # ART 815 NC

Join us for three days of fun-in-the-sun as we explore ideas, concepts and strategies for enjoying plein air painting. The workshop will focus on helping you to understand how to locate and focus on a subject, how to quickly establish your design, and how to evaluate, amend and finish your works on location. Each day, an objective will be explained, and demonstrated. Students will have time to work on their designs. Students will receive one-on-one assistance and group instruction. Work in your medium of choice – watercolor, oils, pastels, etc. The focus will be on learning new ideas and concepts as well as learning how to be safe, meet new friends, have fun and perhaps, create a masterpiece. It is suggested that you plan to work on small supports (paper, canvas, panel, etc., nothing larger than 11 x 15). Please contact the instructor ( prior to the workshop for information concerning recommended supplies in addition to your painting equipment.

This workshop will be held in the outdoor gardens at the Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford (1354 N. 2nd Street). Please contact me if you need directions to this workshop and/or suggestions for area hotels.

To find out more about the workshop or to register, please contact Rock Valley Community College (815) 921-3900.

Photographs courtesy of Bob Logsdon Photography


Peninsula Workshop Day 2

July 26, 2012

Plein Air June 28 – Hickey’s Launch; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

I decided to take a plein air workshop hosted by The Peninsula School of Art in Door County Wisconsin. In part, I wanted to take the workshop to help gain additional insight to creating my art work. Helen came along to relax.  Interesting week. Did not realize it, but after booking the workshop, I found out that my sister and her family would be vacationing in Door County that same week. So in addition to the workshop experience, it became a bit of a family reunion. I was busy painting during the day. Helen did some touring, shopping, hiking, etc. with my sister’s family and we dined and visited in the evenings.

Moving to day 2 of the workshop, we met at the assigned location ready to paint. Due to the forecast of hot weather and a site that offered little shade, the instructor decided to move us to a different spot. A few mishaps and about an hour later, we were an alternate spot painting. Some shade available, but I was out in full sun anyway. I finished my first painting and had some time before we would break for lunch. I took advantage of tackling another little work. Finished the second work in a little over 30 minutes.

Plein Air June 28 – Bay Shoreline; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 6″


Oak Ridge – Plein Air May 17

June 5, 2012

Oak Ridge – Plein Air May 17; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Traveled to check out the possibilities at a couple of the local preserves. Nothing excited me and time was ticking. I headed over to Oak Ridge. I had not been there in a long time. Quickly found this design from a spot near the road. I was able to paint this without disturbance, with the possible exception of a couple of cars that slowed down to see what I was up to.


Watertown Road 2

March 25, 2012

Watertown Road 2, Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

A studio version of a plein air painting created in early July.


2012 Rockford Midwestern Biennial Exhibition

March 12, 2012

Autumn Canopy, Oil on Canvas 36" x 48"

Very honored to report that my oil painting, Autumn Canopy, has been accepted into the 2012 Rockford Midwestern Biennial Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the Rockford Art Museum ( ), May 19 through September 23, 2012.


Regional Survey of Art 8

February 10, 2012

The following article appeared in the Thursday February 9, 2012 edition of the Sauk Valley Media.

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Rockford artist Tom Linden’s oil painting, “Rock Cut Trail,” will be among the works on display in “Regional Survey of Art 8,” The Next Picture Show’s annual show and sale that features the works of artists from throughout the area. It runs March 2 through April 7 at the downtown Dixon gallery. Go to to see more of Linden’s work. (Submitted photo)
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DIXON – The original works of 40 area artists will be on display and up for sale at “Regional Survey of Art 8,” the annual fine arts exhibit that opens next month at The Next Picture Show.

The show, which features 2-D and 3-D art, opens with a free artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2. Melody and Faith Hemmer will provide music.

“This show is important, because with it we identify current trends in the Rock River art community,” Bonnie Kime, executive director of TNPS, said in a news release. “The exhibit artists will include many local favorites, as well as some new faces.

“We’ve made the regional survey show part of our annual schedule because people enjoy it so much. Because it is open to several mediums, we get a nice variety of art.”

The show’s judge is Don Brown, of Warrenville, who was born and raised in central Illinois and whose work reflects the small town, semi-rural environment that always has been a part of his life.

TNPS also will show the works of member artists Shirley Guay, March 1-15, Kathy Blunk, March 16-31, and Barry Mayworm, April 1-15, at the front of the gallery, while the lower level
will feature the works of Byron’s Mary Morgan Elementary pre-K through 12-grade classes, taught by Diane Conroy.

Rockford artist Tom Linden’s oil, “Rock Cut Trail,” shown above, will be among the works on display in “Regional Survey of Art 8.”

The nonprofit gallery, 113 W. First St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Go to or call 815-285-4924 for more information on its shows and events.