Posts Tagged ‘shadows’

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October Drive and Flowers and Fence

January 5, 2018

October Drive – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Used a plein air oil painting as a basis for the scene from Rock Cut State Park. Restraint needed to leave the white of the paper to help illustrate the brightness of the sunlight across the foliage and road.

An oil painting from my Cedarburg trip was the inspiration of the flowers in front of a picket fence. Would like to have been a little looser with the application of colors for the flowers. Perhaps it’s worth another try.

Flowers and Fence – Watercolor on Arches 300# CP – 7″ x 10″

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Entrance at Sisson’s

December 31, 2017

Entrance at Sisson’s – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Another watercolor as a promotion for the watercolor workshops top be held this summer. I decided to utilize a Plein Air oil sketch of this scene. Very happy with the way that this scene came out. Nice design and nice watercolor effects.

As I come to the end of the year, I reflect upon the work accomplished. Some results were satisfying and productive, other efforts were a disappointment. Yet each time I paint, I add to my bank of knowledge. A down side is the number of paintings destroyed in the process. Some in the field (failed plein air efforts), some in the studio (starts which failed to make it to satisfactory completion), and others through inventory review (more than 60 works scrapped in 2017). These “failures” become inspiration to press on to better, more fruitful results.

I  am indebted to the many patrons that helped to fund my “addiction”  through the paintings purchased this year. I am appreciative of the efforts of three galleries working to promote my artwork. Thank you to the friends that follow, “Like” and share the posts on my  FaceBook fan page, “Tom Linden Fine Art”. Gratitude for the students in my classes at Rock Valley College. They challenge me to learn more about art and how to enlighten them on their artistic journey. Above all else, in awe of my wife for her unwavering support and encouragement. Yes mom, I know how lucky I am.

I look forward with eager anticipation at what might be for 2018’s artistic efforts.

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Rock Cut Ride

December 21, 2017

Rock Cut Ride – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

Another beautiful October morning. Traveled to Rock Cut State Park with a few options in mind. I found a small path which leads to one of the preferred fishing locations. It afforded me the opportunity to park off the path and within close proximity to my set up. I nestled into the tree line which gave me this design. Side benefit was that I was fairly well hidden from any passers-by (nice to work in solitude despite so many people passing by).

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Fish Creek Cottage

December 18, 2017

Fish Creek Cottage – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

In need for a subject to paint in watercolor, I decided to revisit a design worked in oil paints a couple years ago. It is a challenge to move from oils to watercolor or vice-versa. The need for good planning is magnified with watercolors. Critical to preserve the whites as long as possible. Vital to intensify the initial applications of paint to minimize the chance of mud invading the painting.

On another note, I decided to clean out some inferior works from the studio. Nearly forty paintings on panels and almost two dozen paintings on stretchers bit the dust. Fresh canvas attached to the stretchers and many of the panels recycled to be used in the future, hopefully to more successful results.

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Sisson’s Outbuilding

December 8, 2017

Sisson’s Outbuilding – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 12″

I had painted at this spot a week earlier. A couple of trucks were not to my liking, but I painted the scene anyway. Looking at the painting at home, I felt that the composition could work better in a square format and WITHOUT the trucks.But that will wait for another day (by the way, the partially finished painting is still in my studio).

On this particular day, I had intentions of working a scene about a mile north of this farm. As I passed this farm, to my delight, I realized the trucks were gone. Stop the car. Go back. Set up your gear and hope that I can complete enough of it before the trucks come back.

Maybe because I had painted this a few days earlier or perhaps because I had worked the composition in my head. I do not know nor care, but this is one of those rare paintings that seemed to paint itself. No hitches. Finished in under two hours. What joy. Wish that more works progressed this easily and successfully.

 

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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.