Posts Tagged ‘Rock Valley College’


Bank Shadows

February 12, 2013
Bank Shadows; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Bank Shadows; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

Getting snow out here so it’s easier to get in the right mood to create snow scenes. Very cold though. Too cold to go plein air. I looked through sketches that I did a couple years ago at one of our local forest preserves and found this design. I had created a quick, little (6″ x 8″) oil at the time to lock in my impression of the scene. I used the sketch and the small study to help me plow through this painting. Now – let’s go larger.

Speaking of Plein Air (on location painting), at the request of my contact at Rock Valley College, we will be hosting a three day Plein Air  Workshop this summer in Rockford. Wednesday through Friday, August 7, 8  & 9, 2013. Thank you to Rock Valley for all the extra work to convince the Rockford Park District to cooperate in a partnership. This workshop will be held utilizing the revamped and improved outdoor gardens in Sinnissippi Park at the Nicholas Conservatory. More information will be posted. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please drop an email to me at, and I will forward information as it is available.


Welcome 2012

January 6, 2012

Autumn's Palette, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Hard to believe that 2012 is here already. The holiday season is past and a new year has begun.

First, thank you to all that have read and followed my musings during 2011. A few days ago, I received a summary about the activity at this blog. A San Francisco cable car holds 60 passengers. This blog was viewed 2,400 times in 2011. It would take about forty trips to move that many people. 105 new posts were added during 2011 bringing the total archive to 203 posts. 221 pictures were added, that’s about 4 pictures per week. The blog’s busiest day was April 13, when 45 people visited the post Art Competitions – 2011. Other popular posts included, Anderson Japanese Gardens (June), Rockford Spring ArtScene (April) and Illinois Watercolor Society Demonstration (October). Many of my visitors came through my website (, my e-mail, facebook, and wordpress.

Into the first week of the new year and already I feel as though I am behind. The submission deadlines for several competitions are quickly approaching. Although I seem to have a sufficient number of works, I want to ensure that I have enough really good works for all of the contests I wish to enter. I have more ideas for paintings in both oils and watercolor than I can create (I suppose that is a good thing). Okay, that last one may also fall under a time management thing. When, or if it snows, I want to get out on location to get some small paintings and photo references for more, large design. Enrollment is already underway for my spring classes at Rock Valley College (nice to report that a fair number of students have already registered – thanks for the confidence).  The RVC classes begin in less than six weeks. I am hosting an oil painting workshop next weekend and am scheduled for a four day watercolor workshop at the beginning of June. A watercolor demonstration in early March.  I need to ensure that I have a variety of good works, in various sizes, to forward to Woodwalk Gallery this spring. Oh yeah, Rockford Spring ArtScene in four months. Yikes. I have got to get to work…Now!

Here’s working towards a happy, healthy, productive and profitable 2012. Happy New Year.


Arboretum Shadows

November 20, 2011

Arboretum Shadows Study #1, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Arboretum Shadows Study #2, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

My fall watercolor classes have finished. Thanks to Rock Valley College for allowing me to use their facilities to conduct my classes. Once again, I was blessed with a lot of fun people who were not afraid to try new methods and were open to new ideas. I am flattered at the many students that return semester after semester. It is a challenge to find new ways to stimulate their creativity and tackle their apprehensions.  I am happy for the many new students that have started my classes and given me the chance to help them uncover and discover the joys of this challenging medium.  They were also kind enough to share their ideas to help as I continue to define and refine my ideas about teaching this tricky medium. Another thirteen weeks and a few snow storms until we start the spring semester.

For now, I have plans/ambitions to complete several oil paintings for exhibitions/competitions and Rockford Spring ArtScene. I also aim to complete watercolor paintings for upcoming watercolor society shows.

I am currently working on an idea for a larger painting. I thought it best to play with a few smaller interpretations first. The inspiration came from a visit to a local park. I was fortunate enough to capture some sketches of this scene. I settled on one design which I have already transferred as a drawing to a canvas.  More to follow soon… I trust.