Posts Tagged ‘Rockford IL’

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Espensheid

July 31, 2016
Espensheid - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 9 x 12

Espensheid – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Traveled over to paint at Espensheid Preserve. Made my way down to the canoe launch. About two dozen geese were “lounging” by the river. Although I stayed well back from the river, most of the geese decided to get into the river… just in case. As I finished setting up my gear, making my thumbnail sketches and getting my palette charged up, I noticed the mini-migration had left only two geese still on land, at the waters edge. As I painted, I noticed that the few remaining geese eventually settled down to enjoy the sunshine. About an hour into the painting, about a dozen more geese were back on shore. By the time I was finishing the painting, I realized that all of the birds were back onshore. They must have realized that I meant them no harm as they all stayed put as I got busy getting all my gear down and loaded into the car.

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1842 National Avenue

November 24, 2014
1842 National Avenue; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12 x 16

1842 National Avenue; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 12 x 16

During my travel through this neighborhood a couple of days earlier, I spied this beauty. As I arrived this morning, the sun was shining though the weather reports indicated cloudy conditions. They weren’t too far off. About a half hour into this painting, the cloud cover got thick enough that my shadows were gone. The overcast condition allowed me time to get the basic structure of the house and design established. I returned a few days later, when the sun was shining, and was able to invest the time refining the shadows on the porch and establishing the shadows patterns of trees against the house.

While working on this painting, I had the good fortune to meet several people from the neighborhood. Good conversations and safe conditions made for a pleasurable time.