Posts Tagged ‘orange’


Birch Trees

February 22, 2019

Birch Trees – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Late autumn and I was stuck in my studio. In light of a conversation with Woodwalk Gallery, I decided to create a small work that might have appeal to the Door County crowd. I love finding the birch trees along the less traveled roads. Each tree cluster has its own personality and design opportunities. I created this oil painting using a small watercolor sketch created last summer while we were in Door County. I will probably challenge my advanced watercolor students to paint this design prior to offering it to Woodwalk later this spring.


Autumn Flowers with Apple

August 26, 2018

Autumn Flowers with Apple – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Last autumn, on a weekend trip to Door County, my wife purchased a small bouquet of autumn blossoms at a farmers market. For a vase, we improvised and used an empty apple cider container. We brought the flowers and container home with us.

I thought that the flowers were interesting enough to use as a base for a still life prop for my art classes. I left the flowers in the improvised vase. I started this painting as a demonstration for my oil studio class. Did not finish it in class. At my studio it sat while I contemplated how I would finish the painting. Finally realized that the improvised vase was the issue. Perusing my still life props, I found a vase that could be the solution to my dilemma. Though the flowers are long since gone, I was able to impose this vase into the painting. This works for me.


Warm Welcome

August 9, 2018

Warm Welcome – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 14″ x 11″

The competition paintings were turned in and being judged. Awards and sale later this day. As long as I was in town, I decided to get in another painting.

I had been past this house several times. Although not particularly noteworthy, this orange door always caught my eye. As I began this painting, the title came to me. Seems as though the title helped keep me on track with the value, color and temperature decisions. Fun painting.

While I painted, a nearby homeowner approached me. I wondered if I was going to be scolded for standing in the road. Interesting conversation as he was not fully aware of the Cedarburg Plein Air event. I was happy to see that our conversation was positive and that he was in attendance that evening.



December 15, 2016
Pumpkins 2 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Pumpkins 2 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

A small oil painting created from a watercolor study.


Jane’s Cafe

August 30, 2016
Jane's Cafe - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 10

Jane’s Cafe – Oil on Canvas – 8 x 10

Last spring, my wife and I took a trip to Ft. Myers Florida to visit with her brother and sister-in-law and get warm at the end of a long midwest winter. We used one day to just roam around on our own. Stopped for lunch at a nice little outdoor cafe. While waiting for our order, I enjoyed this scene and snapped a couple photos to use for reference. Love the movement of the orange umbrellas across the design.

A few weeks ago, a rainy day allowed me to rummage through my photos to find an idea for a day of studio painting. This was it.



Fairdale to Edson

December 22, 2014
Fairdale to Edson; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 11 x 14

Fairdale to Edson; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 11 x 14

Saturday afternoon. My wife was off getting her hair done. I was all finished with my garden chores. I had a few hours before we were expected at a party and it was a nice, sunny autumn afternoon (not many more of these expected before the snow flies). I was not about to waste anymore time. I grabbed my supplies and took off to paint.

I had a location in mind. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, I arrived at my destination and was disappointed. The design possibilities just did not jump. I decided to roam the area to see if another sight could grab my attention. Within a couple miles, as I was preparing to turn onto a road, something in the rear view mirror caught my eye. I safely turned the car around and pulled to the shoulder of the road. This was it. Great design possibilities and the anticipated effects of the late afternoon sun could work in my favor.

The spot worked well except for the occasional car passing by me at 55-ish mph. Worked this painting quickly, by my standards, and completed the painting in about two hours. As excited as I was, I wondered how the painting would look when I had some separation and evaluated the work at home. This day worked well. Happy with the results, I had extra fun at the party that night.



Bin Deere, Done That 2

October 1, 2012

Bin Deere, Done That 2; Oil on Canvas 36″ x 48″

After finishing the painting, Bin Deere, Done That (11″ x 14″), I felt that the design could make a great impact in a larger size. I decided to take it out to 36″ x 48″. I opted to go more vibrant with the foreground to make a more stunning play with the complementary colors in the grain bins. Working this large on my single mast easel made for an extra challenge. Lots of rockin’ and rollin’ going on. This painting did take a little longer than I had planned, but I feel that the results are worth it.

While the grain bins are a bit generic, but the tractor is distinctly John Deere. I sent a watermarked photo of this painting (which was another learning experience) and a letter to the John Deere corporation to see if they might purchase and add this painting to their corporate collection.

By the way, the original 11″ x 14″ painting received an award of Honorable Mention at the Farms & Barns 8 Regional Competition which will be on display at The Next Picture Show in Dixon Illinois through October 22.

Bin Deere, Done That 2 will be on display during the Rockford Fall ArtScene 2012 October 5 & 6. This piece and two dozen more works will be at Bennie’s, 126 N. 1st Street, Rockford.

P.S. – In preparing this work for the ArtScene display, I sprayed Retouch Varnish on the work. This will add some shine to the image and offer a little protection until I can apply the finish varnish. Problem is, I decided to apply the varnish in our basement. Shortly after applying the varnish, our oldest son stopped by to wash some clothes (still likes the free Mom n’ Pop Laundromat). The fumes in the basement did not mix well with the clothes in the drier. Earlier this evening I received a text message that his clothes (which went through the drier cycle) still smell like the varnish. Oops!


Autumn Leaves 1, Oil on Canvas

February 27, 2012

Autumn Leaves 1, Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Ran some errands in the morning. By the time that I got into the studio that afternoon, I did not have a lot of time available. I had a class to teach in the evening. So rather than start a larger painting, I decided to grab a small canvas and play with an idea. I used a photo and cropped the scene to focus just on the foliage. Fun little play. Went fast. I finished this painting, cleaned up, ate a quick dinner and got to class early.


Franklin Flow

July 1, 2011

Franklin Flow, Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

I used drawings and two studies to play with this design. Even though I had already created this design a couple times, transferring to a larger canvas was still a bit of a challenge.