Posts Tagged ‘trees’

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Blackhawk Spring

July 10, 2017

Blackhawk Spring – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

One of the first warm spring days and the chance to get out to paint. Some trees were were still in buds and others were just revealing their new leaves.  Trying to capture the indications of the warm colors of the buds and the cool colors of the new leaves is a bit mind bending. No matter what, it was a fun morning to be out putting paint on canvas.

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Grange Hall at Woodstock

June 21, 2017

Grange Hall at Woodstock – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 20″

I had a longscape (12″ x 24″), which I had started plein air. Unable to finish the painting on-site, I brought the unfinished work home. Unfortunately, life got in the way of me making a prompt return to finish this scene. I tried to complete the work in my studio, bit realized that I made the work too stiff. I killed the fresh spontaneity of the plein air start. The panel would need to be destroyed.

While sitting in the “to be killed” pile in the studio, I noticed how another failure cropped the initial painting and hinted at an interesting option. Ran with the idea.  Received contact from one of my gallery’s which has expressed interest in carrying this work.

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Limestone Road at Edson

January 16, 2017
Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 16"

Limestone Road at Edson Plein Air – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 16″

A warm sunny morning. Early autumn. Where better to spend time painting than a relatively quiet country road. Dealt with an occasional vehicle passing by. The relative quiet otherwise disturbed by the rustling of ripened corn plants. At least I thought that it was the corn.

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Autumn Warmth

October 2, 2016
Autumn Warmth - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Autumn Warmth – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

This studio work is inspired by an experience from Door County.

Last autumn, my wife and I planned to travel to Door County to retrieve works from a gallery (an end of the season thing). Our youngest son, decided to get a couple days off of work to travel with us. Quickly followed by our other son and daughter-in-law. So the whole crew, including dog, traveled to Door County.

Spent Saturday morning and early afternoon moving around the county enjoying the scenery and stopping to purchase a few “necessities” (that is, various food items which can only be found here).

By late afternoon we were back at the cabin. We were invited to attend a hog roast that evening and the gang was enjoying a little nap-time. I was too antsy to waste daylight. I quietly slipped out with camera in hand to take a walk along some neighboring back roads.

Came across the sight of late afternoon sunlight draping across a winding entrance to a homestead. Couldn’t see much of the house, but I loved the raw design possibilities and snapped a photo.

Recently came across the idea of incorporating a barn into the scene. I like the way it works.

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Along Fields Edge

September 11, 2016
Along Fields Edge - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8" x 10"

Along Fields Edge – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 10″

Found this recently harvested field. Loved the play of the tree shadows. Fortunately, there was a field apron where I could pull safely off the road to paint. Fortunately for me, the field owner did not seem to mind me painting here. Fortunately, the panting worked.

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Poole Road Morn

September 9, 2016
Poole Road Morn - Oil on Linen Panel - 9" x 12"

Poole Road Morn – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

I opted to revisit a location. I had been here in May, but thought that late summer would offer an interesting change and challenge. Was I right. As I turned onto this road, I realized that the road was being prepped for resurfacing. A lot of dust was going to happen.

Found this spot and settled in to painting. Interesting day of painting. Only a couple cars rambled through. However, I had several landscapers trucks move through. One of which made slow passes on three occasions. I figured that he was measuring my progress.

About an hour into painting, a rather large dump truck rolled to a stop about twenty yards away. The driver got out of his rig and made his way over to my easel. I thought that it might be someone from the road crew stopping to ask me to leave. Surprised to find out that it was a worker from a sod farm. He was curious and had to see what I was up to. He said he had never seen an actual artist at work and thought that it was real cool. He asked some good, insightful questions. Had a nice conversation. Sort of made my day.

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Espensheid

July 31, 2016
Espensheid - Plein Air - Oil on Canvas Panel - 9 x 12

Espensheid – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Traveled over to paint at Espensheid Preserve. Made my way down to the canoe launch. About two dozen geese were “lounging” by the river. Although I stayed well back from the river, most of the geese decided to get into the river… just in case. As I finished setting up my gear, making my thumbnail sketches and getting my palette charged up, I noticed the mini-migration had left only two geese still on land, at the waters edge. As I painted, I noticed that the few remaining geese eventually settled down to enjoy the sunshine. About an hour into the painting, about a dozen more geese were back on shore. By the time I was finishing the painting, I realized that all of the birds were back onshore. They must have realized that I meant them no harm as they all stayed put as I got busy getting all my gear down and loaded into the car.