Posts Tagged ‘Rockford ArtScene’

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2016 Rockford Fall ArtScene

October 4, 2016

All set up and ready for this weekends Rockford Fall ArtScene. Friday October 7 (5-10pm) and Saturday October 8 (4-9pm). We will be at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st Street.

Framed 6" x 8" Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

Framed 6″ x 8″ Oil Paintings on Canvas Panels.

 

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

Selection includes Plein Air as well as studio works

 

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"

Dozens of smaller unframed works ranging from 6″ x 8″ up to 12″ x 16″

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Horseshoe Spectrum

July 17, 2014
Horseshoe Spectrum; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Horseshoe Spectrum; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Cleaning up the studio, I came across an 8″ x 10″ canvas that was not on the shelf with my other blank canvases. As I was about to place the canvas won the shelf, I stopped and decided to create a painting instead.

This is a view looking to the northwest from Ephraim. Horseshoe Island sits between Eagle Harbor and Green Bay.

I realize that I am creating an inventory of Door County sunset scenes. It will be interesting to see the reaction from Rockford when I have these little gems available at two upcoming events: Greenwich Village Art Fair (September 13 & 14) and October ArtScene (October 3 & 4).

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Spring 2014 ArtScene

April 14, 2014
View of display from the entrance to the room.

View of display from the entrance to the room.

Rockfords Spring 2014 ArtScene was held this past weekend. We had a lot of artists displaying in the neighborhood which helped encourage foot traffic. Utilizing the larger works made for quicker set up and tear down. It also encouraged people to look through the options of my smaller works (6″ x 8″ through 12″ x 16″). Sales over the weekend were a bit thin. Hopefully at least a few of the viewers will give additional thought and contact me about purchase of works.

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Shadowed Box 2

March 22, 2013
Shadowed Box 2; Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"

Shadowed Box 2; Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″

Upon seeing the painting Shadowed Box (16″ x 20″) on display at the Regional Survey of Art 9 (at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, IL.), I felt that the design could make a great impact in a larger format. Even as this painting was in the early stages, my wife made comments that helped to confirm that this works.

I plan to have this on display during the upcoming Rockford Spring 2013 ArtScene. Flanked by a few of the door handle watercolors (i.e. Ceramic Sentry and When It’s Ajar), it could make for an interesting presentation.

A nice, large wall space in need of color could make a wonderful home for this work.

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2012 Fall ArtScene

October 2, 2012

2012 Rockford Fall ArtScene – My display of original Oil Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards.

Rockford’s 2012 Fall ArtScene is Friday October 5 (5:00 – 9:00pm) and Saturday October 6 (3:00 – 9:00pm). My work is on display in the northeast corner suite on the second floor, at Bennie’s 126 N. 1st Street, Rockford, IL. I will be one of thirty artists at Bennie’s. Bennie’s is one of 42 venues exhibiting this weekend.

2012 Rockford Fall ArtScene – West wall of my space with a display of Plein Air Paintings created this past summer (Okay, so I included one painting from last autumn).

2012 Rockford Fall ArtScene – Several new, still wet, Oil Paintings available.

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Plein Air October 15

October 28, 2011

Plein Air - October 15 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air - October 15 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air - October 15 #3, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

After a busy Friday evening at Rockford ArtScene (yea – one painting sold), I was awake early on Saturday morning to get down to Grand Detour for the Eagles Nest OPA Paint Out.

It was sunny but chilly. I arrived in Grand Detour about 8:00am. A couple of the women were busy setting up a table to greet guests who would join us for this event. I checked in, grabbed my gear and set off to find a scene to paint. It was amazing how much the colors had changed in just the four days since we were last in Grand Detour. I ventured across Rt. 2 to the Rock River. A few cars were present at the park,  but no other signs of people. I found a scene and got busy painting. Hard to hold your concentration when the light is shifting as fast as it does in the early morning. You have to capture the notes quickly and then fill in the rest.

With my first painting complete, I thought that I would venture back to the John Deere Homestead to find another scene. Gear packed up, I was set to leave when I looked around and saw another intriguing view. A spot along the river caught my interest. Quickly set up my paint box again and set to painting. While working, I heard a series of noises. It sounded like firecrackers. About the third time that it happened, I noticed that  following the blasts, geese would fly past. Duh – hunting season.

As I was painting, I had the feeling that I was being watched. I looked around and realized a friend of the group had come to photograph members of the event at work. Bob does a lot of photography, so you can never be sure how much might be for documenting the event and how much may be used for his own artistic endeavors.

I worked #2 by starting with a magenta outline and block in. The color came through subsequent paint applications and really played well with the blues and yellows.

On to find scene #3. I stopped by the greeter to have a doughnut and some hot apple cider. Found out that Barb was being very enterprising and managed to move some of the treats for donations to visitors of the John Deere homestead. Barb must have run some very profitable lemonade stands as a child.

I moved up the street from the homestead with thoughts of going the three or so blocks to the turn in the road to check out the possibilities. Never made it that far. Found a spot of interest, set up and started painting alongside the road. About fifteen minutes into my work, I noticed something at the bend of the road and realized that it was Dan, a member of our group, busy painting. I wonder what view he has? Bob showed up again and began snapping more photos.

As I was painting, I had to move my set up several times to stay within the shadows of a nearby tree. This kept the sun from shining directly on my canvas and blinding me. #3 completed, I started to work my way back toward the homestead. It was near noon and I knew that the group would be meeting for lunch. A chance to view each others work and enjoy some fellowship. On the way back, I noticed several more choice scenes. Unfortunately, not enough time to capture them all. A few quick photographs may help, but will never replace the opportunity to paint directly from life.

Fun time during lunch. Bob showed up again (that guy was everywhere, although, to be fair, Grand Detour is not that big). More photos. A few members asked to see the works which I had completed. Ego boost. Pull the works out, one of which was still in my paint box, a Guerrilla Box. Ego crush. Several of the painters were more interested in my paint gear than in my paintings (way to go Judson’s Art Outfitters).

Lunch over, I packed up and headed home. On the way, a quick stop at the Soap Shoppe in Oregon. A few treats for Helen (Sweetest Day ya know). Home. Unpack the car, clean up my paint box and brushes. Shower, ate an early dinner and then on to Bennie’s for the second night of Rockford ArtScene ( Boo, no sales Saturday).

No trouble falling to sleep Saturday night.

Note: Good news – a few days after the paint out, I received an e-mail. Someone that had seen us at work was interested in the paintings completed that day. They purchased two of my works. Paintings #2 and #3 have found a home.

Alongside the Rock River, working on my second painting.

At work on #2

Not much gear required to paint these scenes.

At work along Illinois Street in Grand Detour

Also along Illinois Street. The folks of the town were nice enough to let us invade their yards without incident.

Painting #3 nearing completion. I had to move a few times to keep from having the sun shine onto my painting.

A photo of the hard core painters on this chilly day.

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Rockford Fall ArtScene 2011

October 13, 2011

Rockford Fall Art Scene

Friday October 14 from 5:00 to 9:00pm

Saturday October 15 from 3:00 to 9:00pm

My works will be on display up in the studio loft at Bennie’s (126 N. 1st Street, Rockford).  I am one of  twenty-nine artists displaying our works at Bennie’s for this event.

Nearly two dozen of my original oil paintings are hanging on display and available for purchase.  My display also includes a number of smaller, unframed works. Paintings range in size from 6″ x 8″ through 24″ x 30″. In addition to my paintings, my popular packs of note cards will be available. Look for my display in the room at the northeast corner the loft.

Support your local artists, it’s easel to do!