Posts Tagged ‘red’


Resting Along Bell Road

November 20, 2017

Resting Along Bell Road – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 11″ x 14″

As there is no safe place to park along the road and paint this scene, I was able to find a spot in a neighboring parking lot. Had to look between and around branches and brush to paint this.


Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2

November 15, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2 – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

While out of town on vacation, I received a call from one of  the galleries which represent my artwork. They called to let me know that they sold a painting which I had recently finished. The gallery assumed that I had the painting at my studio and could forward the work upon my return to Rockford. Slight problem. The work in question was currently on consignment with another gallery.

I offered to create a painting similar to the desired painting, but with a kicker. The gallery contacted the buyer-to-be and offered the deal. The buyer agreed to consider the idea. Upon return to Rockford, I set off to work on this painting. As soon as the painting was finished, I forwarded a photo to the gallery. Response was that the buyer was very interested, get the work to the gallery as soon as possible. A sigh of relief when word came back that the buyer was thrilled with this painting.


Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3

November 9, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3 – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

I grew some Sunflowers in the garden this year. Always a treat for the many songbirds that visit. One morning, I noticed that a squirrel had damaged a stem on one of the plants. The branch drooped and the blossoms did not look to good. Decided to cut and trim the branch and bring the blossoms into the house. I figured we might get a few hours out of the group.

Within a couple hours, the blossoms were back up and looking good. I decided to use them for a painting. Started this late in the day and was unable to finish the painting. Almost wiped out the work because the blossoms were all on the same plane and facing my light source. I decided to think about it overnight.

The next day was nice and I went out to paint en plein air. It was almost two days before I was able to get back to this painting By then, time and nature intervened. The blossoms sagged a bit and gave me alternation for the design. I incorporated the changes. Happy with the outcome.


Milk Bottles and Company

November 6, 2017

Milk Bottles and Company – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Created this work for a gallery that had a client interested in a work of this dimension. Took it as a challenge. Came up with this design. Had fun painting it. Although the client appeared to have interest in the digital image sent to the gallery,  they decided that this painting would not meet their needs. Oh well, it was a fun painting.


Elburn Barn

January 18, 2017
Elburn Barn - Oil on Canvas -11" x 14"

Elburn Barn – Oil on Canvas -11″ x 14″

Came across a watercolor sketch completed several years ago. The small sketch was in preparation for a commission. The commission was a watercolor. I decided to play with this as an oil. Although this is smaller than the original watercolor, the colors were applied in a much more intense and lively manner.


Little Red

November 30, 2016
Little Red - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Little Red – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Painting at the house of a friend, I found this abandoned wagon sitting at the edge of a flower bed. The play of light on this find caught my eye and refused to let go. I had no choice but to paint it. Made a few quick sketches to get a feel for the effect of the sunlight, then moved fast to lock the drawing and shadows in place. Once the shadows and light were in place, the rest went relatively easy, although the background was a concern. Had to indicate the foliage without getting caught up in all of the details.


Bucket o’ Apples

October 23, 2016
Bucket o' Apples - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Bucket o’ Apples – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Playing around with small paintings for my galleries to utilize in point-of-purchase displays during the upcoming holiday shopping season.