Posts Tagged ‘oils’


Morn Along West Grove

April 17, 2013
Morn on West Grove; Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

Morn on West Grove; Oil on Canvas 14″ x 11″

A couple years ago during the Fields Project, I made a small watercolor sketch of this front porch (less the flowers). I loved the patterns of the shadows and the dappled sunlight on the grass. I was not happy with the finished watercolor. As sometimes happens with watercolors on location, I was unable to capture the values and colors that I saw. Perhaps it was the media. Perhaps it was the paper. No matter, it just didn’t do it for me.

Recently I came across the watercolor painting and decided to play with the design in oils. I did a couple pen sketches as a warm up and to reacquaint myself with the scene. The sketches woke me to the idea of including the pots of flowers to add color, items of interest and a stop to the center of interest.  Not sure that this will work in a larger format but it works well in this size. It was on display at the ArtScene held last week. Several people expressed interest in the work, but as of today, it is still available.

Speaking of ArtScene, I had a number of interesting conversations. One in particular was memorable. As I have noted in previous posts, I do not allow people to take photographs of my works. I have small signs posted at my display asking people not to take photos. Late Saturday afternoon one gentleman broached the subject. In a rather testy demeanor he asked why he was not allowed to take photographs of my works. I took a moment to look at him and determine whether he was  just kidding. I could tell by the look in his face that he was serious. I looked at him and inquired as to why he felt it necessary to take a photograph. Perhaps he had a good reason.

The fellow responded that perhaps he was just too cheap but he didn’t see the problem. I followed up by stating that in taking the photo, He gets some use out of the image. I however receive nothing to help me purchase more paint, or more canvases, or more brushes, or frames, or sketchbooks. It would not help me to afford the entry fee which I pay to be at ArtScene. It would not help to pay for the gas, or maintenance, or insurance for my car which enables me to find and paint these scenes or get all of these works out so the public can see them. It does not pay for the entry fees, or shipping charges to get these works into competitions where I can help to improve the value of my talents. It does not help me pay for my website. In summary, to take the photograph would allow him to have something of perceived value, while I would be left without the ability to continue to bring my vision, my art to the market.

Although I did not make the sale (which I knew would not occur anyway) at least he did not steal from me.


Autumn Trail Studies

February 3, 2012

Autumn Drive 2, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Recently, I came across a photograph taken about twelve years ago during a family hike in Rock Cut State Park.  It was not a good photo, in fact a bit of a mess. A somewhat indifferent, uninspiring splash of less-than-brilliant colors.  But the linear design and the possibilities were of interest. I was searching for a resource photo on a different subject, but this photo caught my eye (no, it didn’t hurt). I can see the possibilities for doing this subject in watercolor as well as oil. Since I am working to create images for my display at the Woodwalk Gallery, Rockford Spring ArtScene and some additional competitions, I decided to work the ideas in oils for now.

The spacial designs are slightly different in each of the two versions, but they were fun and they were created quickly. I plan to use the best features from these two studies as I transfer the format to a larger size. I may even make a few changes. My wife saw the two studies, looked at the photograph, looked back at the studies, shook her head and said, “I don’t know how you got those paintings out of that drab photograph.” I took that as a complement.

Autumn Drive 1, Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"


Architecture and More

November 25, 2011

When It's Ajar, Watercolor on 140# Arches CP 21" x 14"

Plein Air July 21 #2 Malibu Moo's, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Before the Entrance, Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

Three of my paintings, When It’s Ajar, Plein Air July 21 #2 Malibu Moo’s, and Before the Entrance, have been accepted into the “Architecture and More” juried exhibition. The exhibition is hosted by The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois and runs from December 2, 2011 through January 7, 2012.