Posts Tagged ‘water’

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Awaiting

January 28, 2019

Awaiting – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

On a bright summers morn, I went for a quick walk along the nearby bay. Fortunately, I brought my small camera. Snapped a quick photo of these boats. Reviewing the mornings photos while eating breakfast, I liked the basic design which I had captured.

I seldom work from photos, but in this case, the design was there. I had to bring the distant shore down into the frame. I opted to eliminate the small outboard motors on a couple of the boats and altered a few of the boats colors. But this design is basically as I found it; or perhaps, it found me.

 

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Kishwaukee Bends

January 21, 2019

Kishwaukee Bends – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 24″

I received word that one of my small river scenes had sold at one of the gallery’s. They asked if I had other river scenes available. Not having anything which I felt was gallery ready, I headed over to a spot along the Kishwaukee River to create a fresh work. It was a challenging day.

The mosquitoes were menacing this past summer. They started early in the season and maintained a consistent attack all summer long. Doing anything outside often became an aerobics routine of bug swatting.

This morning was damp. I knew the mosquitoes might be bad. Before heading down to the river to scout a scene and make a few sketches, I doused myself with mosquito repellent. As I found a spot and did a few thumbnail drawings, the mosquitoes were finding me. I decided to go for it anyway. Back at the car, I reapplied a lot of repellent. I carried my equipment and ground spray. It’s a natural bug spray used by campers. It usually works well. Today, not so well.

While standing still at my easel painting, the mosquitoes were generally sedate, though at times, for no apparent reason, they would rise to action. Whenever I stepped back to look at my work, it motivated the bugs to attack mode. There was little chance of victory over these voracious critters. I worked swiftly to capture the gist of the scene. At a little under two hours, I decided to get out of there and complete the painting back in the studio.

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Tree Reflection

June 27, 2017

Tree Reflection, Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Aiming to reduce my inventory of 16″ x 20″ canvases, I played with this design. I like the idea of making the viewer look at a subject in a new or unexpected way.

Soon after posting this photo on my Facebook site, Tom Linden Fine Art, one of the galleries sent a message indicating that they wanted the work for their display. Season opens soon, we’ll hope for a quick move on this painting (supplies needed).

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Cool Waters

May 19, 2017

Cool Waters – Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 24″

Created early this year. A little to cold to go out on location. Worked from one of my reference photos. After first creating a study at 11″ x 14″, I decided to go to this larger version.

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Midway Willow

January 21, 2017
Midway Willow - Plein Air - Oil on Linen Panel - 10" x 8"

Midway Willow – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

Warm sunny day in November. Lots of color as not all of the leaves had dropped yet. Not many of these days available before it gets cold. Sometimes, you travel to an area anticipating a good, exciting scene to paint and end up disappointed. This was not one of those times.  This stop gave me a better, livelier subject than I had anticipated. Made for a really fun morning of painting.

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Ephraim Sunsets

August 9, 2016
July 1 Sunset #1 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

July 1 Sunset #1 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

After dinner, we headed down to a park adjacent to the boat launch. Wanted to capture the sunset. Each painting completed within forty minutes.

July 1 Sunset #2 - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

July 1 Sunset #2 – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

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Harbored at Fish Creek

August 2, 2016
Fish Creek - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 10

Harbored at Fish Creek – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 10

Out for a morning of painting in Door County. Had intention of a scene from the pier. However, the windy conditions, the narrowness of the end of the pier, and the angle of the sun caused me to change my mind. It was partly cloudy. Some beautiful patterns of clouds gave me an idea. Started to paint. About twenty minutes into the work, I had to scrape out the sky and start over, As is sometimes the case, the cloud patterns had changed so dramatically, I had to re-calibrate. Fortunately, this main cloud pattern, though constantly morphing, held fairly steady through the rest of my painting time.