Posts Tagged ‘sunlight’


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.


Rock Cut Trail

December 21, 2016
Rock Cut Trail - Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Rock Cut Trail – Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Let the purging begin!

Throughout the year, I encounter dud efforts. Sometimes they are out in the field. Sometimes they are studio doomed. Hopefully I recognize the errors of my ways early enough that I can transfer the slop from my support to paper towels then to the garbage, thereby saving the support for another effort (a.k.a. battle). Fortunately, Rock Cut Trail was not one of the dud works.

Some duds are real stinkers. The kind that make me exclaim “What was I thinking?”. Other clinkers are not worthy of seeing the light outside of my studio but, for some reason, I believe that they may offer the seed of an idea to be utilized for a better work.

As the year winds down, I take time to clean up the studio. Beyond the dust and dirt, I find that the studio begins to get swallowed up by too many dud paintings. Time to purge. As of today, 38 works sit in the studio which “bit the dust”. Gone. Cease to exist. About a third of these are good canvas panels which have been sanded and oil primed. About a third are panels which are beyond help and are trash bound. About a third of the clinkers remain. They are canvas on stretchers. The spent canvas will be removed in the next few days, new canvas will be cut to size and stapled onto the stretchers (not a lot of fun, but since my son is not around to do this, the task is mine).

On one hand, inventory of available works has been decreased. On the other hand, my inventory of available supports is ready for the new year.

May 2017 be a more productive and successful year.


Little Red

November 30, 2016
Little Red - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Little Red – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Painting at the house of a friend, I found this abandoned wagon sitting at the edge of a flower bed. The play of light on this find caught my eye and refused to let go. I had no choice but to paint it. Made a few quick sketches to get a feel for the effect of the sunlight, then moved fast to lock the drawing and shadows in place. Once the shadows and light were in place, the rest went relatively easy, although the background was a concern. Had to indicate the foliage without getting caught up in all of the details.