Posts Tagged ‘plein air’


On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.


Regional Survey of Art 11

January 4, 2015

The four paintings posted below, Gentle Bend 2, Clearing Skies, Olson Overflow, and Crossroads – Wheeler at Flora Church, have been accepted into the Regional Survey of Art 11. This competition/exhibition is on display at The Next Picture Show 113 W. First St. Dixon, IL and will run from January 9 – February 21, 2015.

Gentle Bend 2; Oil on Canvas 30" x 48"

Gentle Bend 2; Oil on Canvas 30″ x 48″

Clearing Skies; Oil on Canvas 36" x 48"

Clearing Skies; Oil on Canvas 36″ x 48″

Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48" x 36"

Olson Overflow; Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″

Crossroads-Wheeler at Flora Church; Oil on Canvas Panel 12" x 24"

Crossroads-Wheeler at Flora Church; Oil on Canvas Panel 12″ x 24″


Wheeler at Flora Church

December 8, 2014
Wheeler at Flora; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 12 x 24

Wheeler at Flora; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 12 x 24

A few weeks earlier, I came across this scene and created a work that was 11″ x 14″. That was late summer. Now that the colors are changing, I came back. I felt that the scene could work well in a 1:2 format.  Beside the format design, I also enjoyed capturing the colors of early autumn. Hope to get back here when the trees are changing.



December 5, 2013
Mercado's; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Mercado’s; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

At the recent Rockford ArtScene, I had a display of plein air work. The display caught the attention of a visitor. The woman inquired about the work and asked if I would be interested in working at her home. I am familiar with the neighborhood and assumed that there would be great possibilities. Being that it was already October,  I better move quick before the cold set in and the foliage was gone.

I called ahead and arrived in the morning. After getting past the greeting committee, two large dogs, I moved around the property with the owner to check out possible designs. The owner mentioned a view of her home of which she was particularly fond. Due to the amount of trees and bushes, much of the view was hacked and difficult. Not sure that I could make the design read properly. I made a couple thumbnail sketches and confirmed my intuition. This view would not work.

During the tour, this scene caught my eye. I did a couple sketches and liked the possibilities. The toughest part would be the sun. From shadows across the house to shining directly on my palette and canvas, the sun would create a challenge.

The owner liked the painting and asked to purchase it to add to her collection. Okay. Better yet, I got to see where the painting would be placed among her other art works, and she had a lot of original art work.  Happy to have the sale and really flattered to have my work included in a great collection of art in Rockford.


River Reflections

October 10, 2013
River Reflections; Oil on Canvas 40" x 30"

River Reflections; Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″

I utilized a plein air painting created earlier this summer to work this painting. I started by toning the canvas with a mottled wash of Alizaron Crimson. When applying the body color, I aimed to work with a soft touch to allow areas where the essence of the Alizaron Crimson is able to show through. Subtle, but it works. Adds warmth as well as depth to the blue of the sky and water and a nice complement to the green of the tree foliage.


Florals at Klenkes

June 2, 2013
Florals at Klenke's; Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Florals at Klenke’s; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Last July we visited Door County Wisconsin on a family vacation. One morning, while the rest of the family slept in and had a relaxing morning, I used the time to get out and paint. The 6″ x 8″ study which was created that morning (blog dated August 5, 2012), was the inspiration for this studio painting.

The small plein air sketch is currently on display and available for sale at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor Wisconsin.


Rieblodt Creek

May 28, 2013
Rieboldt Creek Study; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Rieboldt Creek Study; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

A small 6″ x 8″ plein air sketch created last summer while in Door County Wisconsin has been taunting me. I played with ideas in my sketchbook then took to working these two paintings.  More ideas up my sleeve for these inspirations.

Happy to report that in the last few weeks, a family purchased the painting Shadowed Box 2 (30″ x 40″) and I received down payments on October Patterns (24″ x 36″) and Autumn Canopy (36″ x 48″).  Let’s hope we can keep the momentum. I still have a fair amount of inventory and I have inspiration and ideas galore.

Getting into the plein air season. Competition entries to prepare. It’s times like these that I am not sure weather to pray for good weather to better enable my plein air forays or for rain to enable me to spend guilt free hours in the studio working larger works. Such dilemma. Until next time..

Lily Pads 513; Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Lily Pads 513; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″