Posts Tagged ‘sunrise’

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Clearing at Nygren

June 5, 2015
Clearing at Nygren 1; Oil on Canvas 30 x 24

Clearing at Nygren 1; Oil on Canvas 30 x 24

I had been painting out at the Nygren Preserves a few years ago. In between and even as I painted, I occasionally took a brief to photograph subjects of interest.

Shuffling through my collection of photos, I came across a rather boring scene under an overcast sky. Not very interesting but something about the design caught my attention. It took a few weeks, but then it occurred to me that a more dramatic sky could make the difference. It worked in a small 14″x 11″ format and worked out well in the larger 30″ x 24″ format.

Clearing at Nygren Study; Oil on Canvas 14 x 11

Clearing at Nygren Study; Oil on Canvas 14 x 11

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Over Passing Clouds

March 19, 2015
Over Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 22" x 28"

Over Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 22″ x 28″

I  used Wheeler Road for some plein air paintings last autumn. A few weeks ago, while rummaging through my photo resources, I came across a photo of a winter scene along Wheeler Road. The photo was taken on an overcast day. Not much of interest. I theorized that if I implemented a more dramatic sky, it could yield a more dynamic composition. Again, flipped through photos and came across this sky (an image taken from our front door). Used my artist prerogative, and combined the two scenes. Fun to play with the effect which the light might play over the landscape. I was happy with the result. Will love to see this one under gallery lighting.

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Eagle Harbor Morn, Andersons, Eagle Harbor Sunset

September 26, 2014
Eagle Harbor Morn; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Eagle Harbor Morn; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

While my wife went for an early morning stroll, I set up on the hotels beach to capture the harbor in the morning light. It was a lot less windy than the conditions which I fought the night before. Very calm. Moved fast and still had to battle to keep the vision. Took about a half hour to get this one done.  About the time I finished, my wife had just returned from her walk. We cleaned up and headed into town for breakfast at The Old Post Office.

Andersons; Plein Air oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Andersons; Plein Air oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Following breakfast, we headed over to the Anderson dock. A lot of possibilities. Took a few minutes to move around and make some sketches. Settled on this design. It was sunny when I started but then clouds moved in. The sun peaked out a couple of times, but most the time I worked in filtered light. Finished a little before noon. We had lunch and I started on another painting. The second painting was proceeding well until the rain came. Quickly got my gear and supplies back to the car.

It rained throughout the afternoon. About dinner time the rain let up and it appeared that we might get a sunset. After dinner, we got back to the hotel. The plan was to grab my paint box. Load it with paint and with minimum supplies, walk into town to catch the sunset. Unfortunately, about a half way to town, it started to rain. We half ran, half walked back to the hotel . Felt like I was in some sort of Twilight Zone episode. As we got back to the hotel, the rain stopped. Rather than go back into town, I set up across the street from our hotel and captured what sunset we had (below). I was wet and cold, but got another painting done.

Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x  8"

Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

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Watercolor ’12 Regional Exhibition – St. Charles

January 31, 2012

Ceramic Sentry, Watercolor on Arches 140#CP 21" x 14"

Two of my watercolor paintings, Ceramic Sentry and New Day at Spring Creek Farm, have been accepted into the Watercolor ’12 Exhibition. The competition/exhibition is sponsored by The Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL. The exhibit will be held March 3 through April 21, 2012 at the gallery.

Update March 18: Ceramic Sentry received an Award of Excellence at this exhibition.

New Day at Spring Creek Farm, Watercolor on Arches 140# CP 21" x 14"