Posts Tagged ‘shadows’

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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.

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Along Fields Edge

September 11, 2016
Along Fields Edge - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Along Fields Edge – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Found this recently harvested field. Loved the play of the tree shadows. Fortunately, there was a field apron where I could pull safely off the road to paint. Fortunately for me, the field owner did not seem to mind me painting here. Fortunately, the panting worked.

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Coffee Pot Display

September 1, 2016
Coffee Pot Display - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 6

Coffee Pot Display – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 6

My wife desired to plein air paint with me. However, she was expecting a phone call and suggested that we paint at our backyard. The flowers were in full bloom, so it seemed like a good idea. While I set off to work on a scene adjacent to our bird feeders, my wife cut a few flowers and placed them in an old coffee pot.

My design did not go well and after fighting with it for about 1-1/2 hours, I decided to wipe the design off of my canvas panel. As I was “de-painting”, I noticed a nice opportunity in the display which my wife had arranged. I grabbed a small canvas and attacked the panel. Took little under forty minutes to crate a painting that worked.

Best part was having to alter the shadows on the pot. As I was nearing completion, the sun gave me some great shadows of the petals. Had to go with God’s gift and capture the opportunity.

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View from Cozy Brook North

August 17, 2016
View from Cozy Brook North - Oil on Canvas Panel - 11 x 14

View from Cozy Brook North – Oil on Canvas Panel – 11 x 14

As I ate breakfast, I decided on a spot to travel and paint. As I walked out of our cottage with my gear, I noticed the beautiful play of shadows and light across a neighboring cottage and changed my mind. Decided to paint this subject. Unfortunately I did not have shade and I did not have  my umbrella with me. Improvised by backing my car up to my easel, raised the hatch and threw a blanket over the window. Worked well. I painted while Clawed slept in the grass nearby and Helen enjoyed some quiet reading time.

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Shadows at Ellison

August 8, 2016
Shadows at Ellison - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

Shadows at Ellison – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

Encountered delays in getting out to paint. Indecision added to the challenge. I eventually found myself in Ellison Bay with intention of capturing a scene at Klenke’s Garage. After checking out the possibilities at Klenke’s, I decided to do a small painting of a house just down the road. As I started the painting, I realized that I was very short on time. I had about fifty minutes to paint, and get back to the cottage for lunch. Moved fast. Not the best work, but it was fast.