Posts Tagged ‘reflections’

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.

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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.

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River’s Edge

November 17, 2016
Rivers Edge - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Rivers Edge – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Used a poorly rendered, quick plein air study from May, to create this little work for a gallery’s point-of-purchase display. Like this one better than the original.

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Tomato Harvest

October 6, 2016
Tomato Harvest - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Tomato Harvest – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Did this about two months ago after we got the first harvest of tomatoes this season. Rainy day made going out difficult. Set this bowl of tomatoes near the easel and got the paint moving.  Fun to play with the effects of the striped towel reflected in the metal bowl.

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Bend at Bauman

July 27, 2016
Bend at Bauman - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Bend at Bauman – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Insisted on going out to paint despite cloudy conditions. I prefer a clear or partly cloudy days which give me strong shadows to aid my composition. Settled on this view of the river. I was able to set up along the recreation path. Not too bad except for all of the goose droppings. The soft lighting softens everything. I had to impose atmosphere to aid the feeling of separation between the land masses.

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Reflections at Rock Cut

July 26, 2016
Reflections at Rock Cut - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Reflections at Rock Cut – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Traveled to Rock Cut to paint. It was a cloudy morning, but I thought that it might pose an interesting challenge. Found my design and set out to paint. About a half hour into the work, the clouds started to break up leaving me with a nice opportunity. Nice combination of clouds an clear sky. Normally not a good idea to change focus in the midst of a panting, but in this case, it turned out okay.

As I was putting the finishing touches to the painting, the clouds had given way to a clear day. No clouds, Over the course of the painting, the weather had gone from breezy and cool (sweatshirt and light coat) to about 15 degrees warmer (tee shirt and sweat). The fun of plein air painting.

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Kishwaukee at Blackhawk

July 25, 2016
Kishwaukee at Blackhawk - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 11 x 14

Kishwaukee at Blackhawk – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 11 x 14

Ventured over to Blackhawk to paint. As I arrived at the park, I noticed some nice cloud patterns offering some interesting reflections on the river. As I moved between spots, making a few thumbnail sketches to determine my best design, the sky went from partly cloudy to cloudy. Had to change my strategy and decided to tackle this design. Forced the atmospheric perspective to help pull the foreground. My wife was especially happy with the foreground reflections and made it VERY clear that I best not mess with them. Two hour painting. Got home and pulled the painting out of the travel box and cringed when I noticed scratches caused during transport, Needed a few minutes a careful touches to smooth things out, Lleft a few of the scratches as they added to the plein air effect.