Posts Tagged ‘trees’

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Sittin’ by the Tracks

August 23, 2017

Sitting by the Tracks – Oil on Linen Panel – 9″ x 12″

The competition, replacement and Gems paintings turned in. Unsold paintings to be picked up from the venue late the next day. With an afternoon available, I grabbed my gear and set out for another painting.

I caught sight of this design a few days earlier. Decided to investigate this as an idea for next years competition. Went to the spot where first saw the scene. It was not good enough. I wanted to get closer to the rail crossing and orange truck. I made my way to the backside of an apartment building, to a closed street. Grabbed my gear and set up near the tracks on an abandoned siding. The painting was progressing well, when I was interrupted by a pedestrian. It was a worrisome resident of the apartment checking to see what I was up to. Realized what I was painting and exclaimed, “Don’t know why you’re painting that. It doesn’t look like a very pretty sight to me”. Critics.

I continued with my work and was interrupted again. This time by an older gentleman who was out for a bike ride along the adjoining recreational trail. He stopped, figured out what I was painting and offered the comment, “Well! When you finish that, you are going to have a very unique painting.” I’ll take that as a complement.

Due to the sun shining and a lack of available shade, this was one of the rare times when I set up an umbrella to shade my easel while I painted. Due to wind conditions, I had to paint most of this work while holding the umbrella with my free hand. Other than that handicap, the work seemed to paint itself.

My son had warned me about trains which regularly travel those tracks. Though I kept alert, no trains came through. I finished the painting, packed up my gear and as I pulled away from my parking spot, I heard a noise. The 4:05 train coming through.

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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.