Posts Tagged ‘pond’


Midway Willow

January 21, 2017
Midway Willow - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Midway Willow – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Warm sunny day in November. Lots of color as not all of the leaves had dropped yet. Not many of these days available before it gets cold. Sometimes, you travel to an area anticipating a good, exciting scene to paint and end up disappointed. This was not one of those times.  This stop gave me a better, livelier subject than I had anticipated. Made for a really fun morning of painting.


Reflection at Open Hearth

July 21, 2016
Reflection at Open Hearth - Oil on Canvas - 48 x 36

Reflection at Open Hearth – Oil on Canvas – 48 x 36

Note: Also available in the 24 x 18 study.


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″


Vehmeyers Pond

September 24, 2012

Plein Air – Vehmeyers Pond; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Working to complete some large paintings for the upcoming ArtScene in Rockford. Also nursing some foot issues. These factors have limited my ability to get out and paint en plein air.

Finally getting some relief from the heat and encountering a few cooler days. I decided that I needed to get out and paint. Our neighbors have a small pond in the backyard. I took advantage of the nice day and the minimal travel to go paint from their deck while they were at work. Encountered some challenges caused by the waterfall which I did not know how to turn off. Made some assumptions and finished this quickly. Back to the confines of the studio to stay on task.


June 12 – Pond Off Mud Creek

June 23, 2012

Pond Off Mud Creek Plein Air June 12; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

A bit of a change for the Eagles Nest Group. Rather than a farm, we were invited to paint in the gardens of one of the homes north of Oregon. The hostess, the mother of the homeowner, also insisted on serving us a light luncheon following our painting.

Upon arrival, I saw a lot of possibilities. I thought that there might be a wisp of a chance to get a couple works done before noon. I settled on this scene at the small pond. I had a “toned” canvas available. I say toned, but it was the remains of a failed painting which had been scrubbed off of the canvas, but some of the tinting remained. Actually worked well for this piece.

I used my viewfinder to grab this abstract design. Although the pads moved a little during the session, my early notations worked well to guide me through this painting. The biggest challenge was how to get that “brownish” tinge to the select pads. Spurt of intuition was to throw a little magenta at it with a quick brush stroke of green. Then – DON’T BRUSH IT TO DEATH. In other words, keep my brush strokes to the absolute minimum in order to stay away from creating mud. It worked. I finished well before noon, but it did not appear that I would have enough time to get another work done. I stalled around a bit and then noticed that the others were about done for the day.

Our hostess noticed that we were finishing and came over to view the works. She told us to go ahead, put our gear away and come on over to her house, the second house across the street. Should have gotten the address. While the others decided to drive their cars the hundred yards or so, I decided to walk on over and arrived first. I waited near the front door for the others to come up the drive. As I moved to open the door for the women, we were about as surprised as the owner of the house. It was the wrong house. The owner was at the door and couldn’t figure out what was happening.  I counted the corner house as the first house. Wrong. More interesting, two of the women from our group had been to this woman’s house before and did not realize that we were about to enter the wrong house (at least I had an excuse). One fellow quickly came up with the greeting “Trick or treat”.

We apologized to the owner, regrouped, laughed, walked over to the correct home and had a nice, refreshing luncheon.


Open Hearth Pond

December 29, 2011


Open Hearth Pond, Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

After playing (and I do mean playing) with a couple small studies, I decided to revise the design further and take it to a slightly larger size. I find a great benefit to playing with a design or technique. Each time I work it, I expand or improve upon something which I learned during the previous struggle. Each struggle, or moment of difficulty (or even frustration), once worked through, allows me to have learned something new (about myself, my subject, the medium, etc.). I carry that new found knowledge onto the next painting and beyond. This is why, when someone asks, “How long did it take you to do that paintin’.” I can say, “All of my life!”. A lot of people hate that response, but it’s true.


Pond at Open Hearth – Studies

December 23, 2011

Open Hearth Pond 1, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"

A couple posts earlier, I mentioned the purging of unsuitable paintings. Taking completed paintings which are considered inferior and will never see the light outside of the studio. I  apply gesso (an acrylic primer)  so that I can reuse the canvas (my Dutch blood coming through).

In the process of returning these gessoed canvases back into inventory, I realized that my floor space is getting overrun by blank canvases. Time to reorganize the studio. My youngest, home from college, was recruited to assist me. We went to Lowe’s to purchase some shelves. After returning home, we moved a couple pieces of furniture around and removed one piece from the studio. Within a couple hours of mayhem we had the shelves assembled, in place and stocked with canvases. The shift of furniture and canvases opened up floor space in the studio and gives a more spacious environment. Getting set for the new year.

The shelves seem to be too full of blank canvases. With some luck and time management, I plan to spend a lot of time painting over the next couple months. Some competitions are coming up, I need to ensure plenty of good works for Woodwalk Gallery and Spring Art Scene will be here before I know it (mid-April). Hopefully, I won’t be returning too many canvases back to the shelves.

Incidentally, the paintings shown on this post were created utilizing a palette knife.

Open Hearth Pond 2, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"