Posts Tagged ‘rust’

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Resting in Cherry Valley

September 29, 2018

Resting in Cherry Valley – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 9″ x 12″

Ventured to a nearby town to paint. I had an idea to capture a view of machinery and such situated at a lot adjacent to railroad tracks. En route to that locale, I noticed this rusted truck and blue car sitting at what usually is a vacant rail siding. Quickly saw this composition. A few quick sketches and I knew that this was the scene to paint.

I set up my chair on the sidewalk across the street from this scene, quickly and a bit loosely, sketched this onto my watercolor paper. As a feral cat checked me out, I swiftly applied paint, trying to get as close as possible to the desired intensity on my initial pass.

As I was nearing the end of my initial paint application, the owner of the property where I was painting, rolled up in an old, beat up truck. He was not thrilled with my presence. He stalled around in front of his building for about twenty minutes before he decided to start up his lawn mower and mow the weeds and gravel which made up his front yard. With debris flying, I realized it was time to immediately pack up and leave.

Not happy to have to leave before finishing, I went back to the studio. Checking out the painting while I ate lunch, I spent a few minutes after lunch adding a few touches to finish this painting.

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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.

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Idle Time

February 29, 2016
Idle Time 2; Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"

Idle Time 2; Oil on Canvas 24″ x 36″

Had permission to paint at an old farm house. Wondering around the property, I spied a shed. As I moved around the shed, I saw these old, dusty vehicles. The sun was just illuminating the front grills. Knew that this would work. Took some photos and made a few sketches. I  was preparing to paint this scene when I was informed that I was trespassing on the neighbors property. Oops!. Not a major issue, but I did have to tear down my set up and find another subject for painting.

Had to rely on my photos and sketches to create these paintings in my studio. Before I was even finished with the 12″ x 16″ version, I knew I was taking this design larger.

Idle Time 1; Oil on Canvas 12" x 16"

Idle Time 1; Oil on Canvas 12″ x 16″

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Watercolor ’12 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles

January 31, 2012

Ceramic Sentry, Watercolor on Arches 140#CP 21" x 14"

Two of my watercolor paintings, Ceramic Sentry and New Day at Spring Creek Farm, have been accepted into the Watercolor ’12 Exhibition. The competition/exhibition is sponsored by The Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL. The exhibit will be held March 3 through April 21, 2012 at the gallery.

Update March 18: Ceramic Sentry received an Award of Excellence at this exhibition.

New Day at Spring Creek Farm, Watercolor on Arches 140# CP 21" x 14"

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Franklin Flow

July 1, 2011

Franklin Flow, Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

I used drawings and two studies to play with this design. Even though I had already created this design a couple times, transferring to a larger canvas was still a bit of a challenge.