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Kishwaukee Bends

January 21, 2019

Kishwaukee Bends – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 24″

I received word that one of my small river scenes had sold at one of the gallery’s. They asked if I had other river scenes available. Not having anything which I felt was gallery ready, I headed over to a spot along the Kishwaukee River to create a fresh work. It was a challenging day.

The mosquitoes were menacing this past summer. They started early in the season and maintained a consistent attack all summer long. Doing anything outside often became an aerobics routine of bug swatting.

This morning was damp. I knew the mosquitoes might be bad. Before heading down to the river to scout a scene and make a few sketches, I doused myself with mosquito repellent. As I found a spot and did a few thumbnail drawings, the mosquitoes were finding me. I decided to go for it anyway. Back at the car, I reapplied a lot of repellent. I carried my equipment and ground spray. It’s a natural bug spray used by campers. It usually works well. Today, not so well.

While standing still at my easel painting, the mosquitoes were generally sedate, though at times, for no apparent reason, they would rise to action. Whenever I stepped back to look at my work, it motivated the bugs to attack mode. There was little chance of victory over these voracious critters. I worked swiftly to capture the gist of the scene. At a little under two hours, I decided to get out of there and complete the painting back in the studio.

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Along Beaverton Road

January 20, 2019

Along Beaverton Road – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 12″ x 24″

This farm is well hidden by bushes and trees along the roadside. Not much of a view from the main entrance either. Thanks to a small gap in the brush, I was able to set up my gear and work on this view. It was a rather quiet road. About an hour into this painting, a young woman stopped her car to see what I was doing. A simple greeting was all that was exchanged. About five minutes later, an older gentleman riding a golf cart rolled up (I suspect that the young woman had alerted this fellow). The gentleman looked at the painting and said nothing. I made an assumption that this might be his farm. He confirmed my suspicion but seemed stoic. Concerned that I my presence and work might not be to his liking, I offered to stop my painting and leave. He replied that I did not need to leave. Said nothing more. A few awkward moments later, he quietly rolled away.

 

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On the Moo-ve

July 20, 2018

On the Moo-ve – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 24″

While competing in the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival, I asked one of the co-chairs for input. I was interested in capturing one of the local farms that would not require me to stand alongside a busy highway. Within moments, I had three women firing ideas at me. Among the suggestions, was a farm that was at the edge of town. I stood at the point where the speed limit changed from 25 mph to 45 mph. This was doable. One caveat, while the farmer did not mind painters painting the farm, we had to set up across the road, not too close to the pasture. No problem.

Took about forty minutes to play with sketches to decide on the design and format. Liked the idea of working this scene horizontally. Hard to capture the cows as they were constantly moving around. I found that I had to take several breaks from painting in order to grab my sketchbook and quickly capture their short term poses. Worked on this for about two hours when the weather changed. My lighting was lost. I decided to come back the next day. While I thought it might require an hour to complete, I spent a little additional time altering some colors.

While working the second day, I was visited by the owner of the farm. He made mention of the horizontal format. Said he loved the placement of the cows and how I handled the scene to capture the buildings as well as the distant fields. Took him awhile before he noticed that I had improvised the big barn. While the current barn was dark grey and weathered, I added the red paint. He remarked that along time ago, it was that color. I guess that’s okay.

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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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After the Rain

July 28, 2016
After the Rain - Oil on Canvas - 11 x 14

After the Rain – Oil on Canvas – 11 x 14

Had been working on a series of paintings incorporating big skies / clouds. Was searching for the subject of my next painting, when I witnessed the after effects of a passing rain storm. Used the sky applied to sketches from a plein air paintings created a couple of years ago. I have played with the design of this farm numerous times, but could never feel comfortable until now. This sky and rain effect make the painting.

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Breakfast at Summertime

September 21, 2014
Breakfast at Summertime; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"

Breakfast at Summertime; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6″ x 8″

Worked with sketches made during a recent trip to Door County Wisconsin to create this little painting.

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Around the Bend

September 5, 2012

Around the Bend; Oil on Canvas 24″ x 48″

By now, you have seen that over the past four blogs, the paintings all progressed from one little 8″ x 10″ plein air study. This time, I used the small 8″ x 16″ study to create this larger version. My easel is not made to handle the wider canvas. A lot of rockin’ and rollin’ but I got it done.

And, again, while working this painting, I came up with some additional design ideas based upon that little 8″ x 10″ plein air work that started it all.

Here are all five paintings created to date. More to follow???

Plein Air – May 10, 2012; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Kishwaukee Woods; Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Kishwaukee Barn; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

Around the Bend – Study; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 16″