Posts Tagged ‘rain’


After the Rain

July 28, 2016
After the Rain - Oil on Canvas - 11 x 14

After the Rain – Oil on Canvas – 11 x 14

Had been working on a series of paintings incorporating big skies / clouds. Was searching for the subject of my next painting, when I witnessed the after effects of a passing rain storm. Used the sky applied to sketches from a plein air paintings created a couple of years ago. I have played with the design of this farm numerous times, but could never feel comfortable until now. This sky and rain effect make the painting.


Sunspots in Shorewood

October 6, 2013
Sunspots in Shorewood; Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel 11" x 14"

Sunspots in Shorewood; Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

Friday morning. Rain threatening. After attending a breakfast in Atwater Park, I was ready to get painting, but I decided to stop by the artists headquarters to see if there were any businesses or homes which had yet to be painted. The volunteers, mentioned a conversation from the night before and there was a homeowner who expressed interest in having a portrait of his home. I did not have a strong desire to do another house portrait, but figured that I would check out the place.

The sky was dark and it was raining as I surveyed the home. It took about twenty minutes of moving around in the rain, looking for possibilities before an idea hit me. I determined that if the sunlight were to come out, it might illuminate the home in dramatic fashion.

It was raining as I started painting the scene. Although the rain abated, it remained very dark. About an hour into the painting, the sun made an attempt to peek through the clouds, but only enough to give me guidance on the tree foliage, then it was dark again. By the time I was ready to finish, I was on my own to imagine the effects of the sun on this scene. I was happy with the results and entered this work into the competition.

A bit disappointed at the Saturday night gala and sale. The owners of the home seemed to love the painting, but felt that the price was a bit out of their price range. The man indicated that they really wanted to own own the painting, but wanted to do some hard negotiating, then quickly threw out a comment about his budget concerns. I attempted to offer him a few ideas to help fit this painting into his budget and help him realize value in the work, but it was clear to me that unless he would be able to boast about chiseling me down, he would not buy. Interesting. He even knew that the sponsoring association would receive a commission for any works sold that evening. He offered the idea that if we met in the parking lot following the evenings activities, he could purchase the work at my wholesale (read – discounted) price and not have to give the association their commission. Not fair to me and not fair to the association and not fair to the town. Lesson learned. I should have approached the homeowner first before painting.

After viewing the work back at my home studio, I decided to make a few, minor adjustments to help the house “pop” a little more. I also decide to alter the name from the owners address to a more generic title. I let the association know about the changes as they are attempting to sell the remaining works from the competition. I also intend to utilize this painting to help promote my work at some upcoming shows.


Rock River and Whitman – 2

August 20, 2013
Rock River North of Whitman; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Rock River North of Whitman; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

It rained through the night. Thick clouds and occasional mist and rain falling in the morning. I decided to head over to Sinnissippi and see what I could find. First stop I made was in the parking lot at the north end of the rose garden. As I parked the car, I noticed the atmospheric effect on the trees across the river. It was even more dramatic as I looked to the south from the rivers edge.

Because of the heavy atmosphere, it was a simple composition. Sky and water were virtually the same value and color. The land mass, was a similar value with subtle changes to hint at details. First thing I did was make a sketch of the scene to lock in the design. While I was sketching, I noticed movement in the water. A raft (group) of ducks was making their way toward me. No doubt hoping for food. That would give me some action in the painting. I loved the shape of the landmass and especially the reflections in the water. Good thing that I took a few minutes to lock in the design.

After sketching the scene onto my canvas, I placed a pale wash of Alizaron Crimson in the sky and water sections. I made a grayish-green mixture for the landmass and filled it in as one shape. I spent a lot of time adding dark’s and white to refine and define the nuances of the land mass.

As I said, I was happy that I took a few minutes to sketch my design. Within the first fifteen to twenty minutes painting that investment paid off. Besides the duck factor, the weather made an impact. A slight breeze picked up wiping out all of the reflections on the water. Had I not sketched the design and therefore caught the reflection details, this would have been a much different and even boring painting.

My students are sure to hear this lesson a lot in the years to come.

Oh, another thing happened, or almost did. I was painting at the edge of the river. About two feet from rocks and another two feet to to the water. I was virtually in the river. As I was finishing the painting, I moved my painting hand the wrong way. My brush hit one of the brushes in my left hand and it did the most interesting twirling routine on its way toward the water. It happened so fast that I could only watch the brush spinning and rolling. The brush hit a rock, back into the air moving toward the water. It hit the rock one more time and spun back towards me before coming to a stop on the rock. I was able to get onto the rocks and retrieve this brush. Later I thought how funny andironic it could have been if I fell into the river while retrieving the brush. Nice to have a spot of good luck.


Plein Air – Garrett Bay

July 26, 2013
Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Early afternoon and we decided to head up towards Gills Rock to a place called Garrett Bay. Rocky, but Helen spread a blanket and started to read. It was overcast and rain was predicted by late afternoon.

Shortly into my first painting, I realized that Helen was playing around. She was having fun playing with the different rocks on the beach. As she was grouping the rocks, she started to play with them and make them into pictures. Sort of like mosaics, but without the grout. Helen got the great idea to take loads of progression photos to use with her students during the next school year.

As I was completing the first painting, the sky started spitting. Not a rain, not a drizzled, just the occasional spritz of rain drops. I decided to take on another work, but kept the design to something which I could quickly complete as need be.

A short while into the second work, Helen asked if I would be much longer. She was ready to head back and get cleaned up for dinner. About then, the rain finally came. We moved fast before the full deluge hit. Not a bad day, though I would have liked to take on a couple different designs at this location.

Unfortunately our last day in DC for this trip. We look forward to getting up here again – ASAP.

Rocks at Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Rocks at Garrett Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″