Posts Tagged ‘trees’

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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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Berm Along Farmington

July 18, 2018

Berm Along Farmington – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Last summer, I created a plein air work of an abandoned farm house. The road afforded me an opportunity of capturing the back of the farmstead. I liked the finished product but felt that something was missing. It needed something more.

During the autumn and winter, I often looked at the plein air work and mulled ideas of how to improve the work. Early this spring, it occurred to me that the work could be improved by improvising. I altered the format from a 12″ x 24″ and went with this 18″ x 24″ format. I pushed the farmstead further in the background. This helped add linear and atmospheric perspective to the work. Much happier with this effort.

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Barn Along Limestone / Mulford Barn

May 21, 2018

Mulford Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

These two little guys were created using plein air sketches from summer 2017. These began as demonstrations for my Oil painting class. Liked the starts enough to finish them and place those with a gallery for point-of-purchase sales. Took some liberties with the background trees for design.

Barn Along Limstone – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Calm Morn

April 11, 2018

Calm Morn – Oil on Canvas -22″ x 28″

During the deep cold of January, I worked this painting from a plein air sketch completed last summer. I took liberties with removal of a railroad bridge and some trees. Augmented the effect of sun pouring across the ripened fields.

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Nestled Barn

January 21, 2018

Nestled Barn – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

I utilized a plein air sketch to create this small painting. The plein air painting is 8″ x 16″. I decided to create this work to focus on the barn. The galleries had nice sales of small works like this during 2017. This will help to rebuild the inventory for 2018.

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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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Solace Along Country Lane and Farmington Way

January 2, 2018

Solace Along Country Lane – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Two recent watercolor paintings created from plein air oil studies.

Solace Along Country Lane is an interpretation of a scene in Door County Wisconsin. I removed a lot of trees, bushes and other growth to expose the house. I added the structure in back and augmented what I could see of the rise in the background.

Farmington Way is based on a scene near Belvidere, Illinois. I added the tree on the left and cleaned up the trees and bushes around the house.

Farmington Way – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″