Posts Tagged ‘shadows’

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Cedarburg Gems

August 15, 2017

Blossoms at the Painted Swing – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Competition and replacement paintings turned in. Now to create a couple small, lower priced works for the Gems display. Found a nice shaded spot on the main street which gave me both of these flower designs.

Hanging Basket – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

Picture This – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Liked playing with the shadows and tackling the elliptic on this design. A shop owner from across the street came over to check out the progress on this painting and give me a bottle of ice water. Wow! That was an appreciated interruption.

Display at Kuhefuss House Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Decided to try this scene as a watercolor. Unfortunately I made an error in the design and it did not work. I returned the next day to paint this design in oil. Painting went well and I had a nice conversation with a worker form the popcorn stand where I was working.

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Fiddleheads, Lily’s and Stilt House

July 25, 2017

Fiddleheads – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Liked the looks of this view and, better yet, from the shade of a tree. Took a little over two hours to complete, but the time flew. Really enjoyed this one.

Shadows at Lily’s – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

This one completed over two sessions. Started this early one morning. The shadows across this building caught my attention. The drawing and initial color applications took awhile. Because the light/shadows had changed so much, I decided that it was best to stop and come back the next morning to ensure that I could properly capture the shadows which had initially captured my attention.

Stilt House – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Started this one early evening. Liked the raw design, though the angle of the building did not yield the shadows I had anticipated. Decided to stick with my inspiration and charge forward. Returned the next evening to finish the details, well, actually once I started I amended several portions of this painting. As I was completing the work and starting my clean-up, a woman reviewed my worked and stated that my greens were wrong. She was referring to the building. Technically, she was right. However, over the course of two hours, at that time of day and at the angle of the building, lighting will change. I pointed out the lighting issue and that the difference was necessary to help give depth to the design. Confirmed that I had held onto my initial vision despite the change in light.

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Andrews Find

July 24, 2017

Andrew Find – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Knowing that I was coming to the area to paint, my son scouted this old truck as possible subject matter. I arrived early in the morning and set to work. The painting moved quickly. Visited by the curious owner of the building to the right and later by the owner of the truck. Happy with the result, although I am sure that I can do a better, more dynamic job. Hopefully this truck will still be available for next years competition.

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Showing on Sheboygan Street

July 19, 2017

Showing on Sheboygan Street – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

In Cedarburg for their annual plein air competition. Early afternoon before I could set out to paint. Found an interesting Victorian house with some laborers at work. Thought it would make an interesting painting. Did a couple sketches, began to set up my easel and supplies, and then.. realized that the workers were finishing their job. Opportunity lost.

Everything back in the car. Scrambling for an interesting find. Wanted to get something accomplished this afternoon. Turned a corner and this hanging basket caught my eye. Set off to painting it. Challenge. I miss calculated my direction and had to fight to keep the bright sunlight off of my canvas. Had I correctly anticipated the sun, I would have been able to set up and gain advantage of shade from trees.

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Grange Hall at Woodstock

June 21, 2017

Grange Hall at Woodstock – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

I had a longscape (12″ x 24″), which I had started plein air. Unable to finish the painting on-site, I brought the unfinished work home. Unfortunately, life got in the way of me making a prompt return to finish this scene. I tried to complete the work in my studio, bit realized that I made the work too stiff. I killed the fresh spontaneity of the plein air start. The panel would need to be destroyed.

While sitting in the “to be killed” pile in the studio, I noticed how another failure cropped the initial painting and hinted at an interesting option. Ran with the idea.  Received contact from one of my gallery’s which has expressed interest in carrying this work.

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Boone Path

June 3, 2017

Boone Path – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

I had a plein air sketch and a photo from a scene at a Boone County preserve. The plein air painting did nothing. Probably should have been scrapped, but I felt that there was something to be found. Stewed over it for several months.

Artist prerogative took over. I decided that I liked the fore-ground to mid-ground lead in, but it was everything from mid-ground to back that was in need of interest. I decided to impose a farm in the mid-ground and play with the light. After posting the image on Facebook (Tom Linden Fine Art), one of my galleries quickly contacted me. This work is now at a gallery awaiting a new home.

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Sunspot

May 30, 2017

Sunspot – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Artists prerogative at work. The actual scene was witnessed during a sunny, autumn weekend in Door County. It was mid-afternoon and the rest of the crew was relaxing and napping. I was restless, grabbed my camera and went for a walk through back-roads around Ephraim.

The sun lighting up a shaded area caught my eye. The foliage was thick near just past the path. I could see part of the base of a structure, obscured by loads of turning leaves. I played with the idea of removing some trees and leaves to reveal a structure. I played with the concept in a small 11″ x 14″ version, before taking it to this size. I am tempted to go larger yet. We’ll see.