Posts Tagged ‘Winnebago County Forest Preserves’


Plein Air – Oak Ridge Stalwart

August 6, 2013
Stalwart; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Stalwart; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Predicted to be another very warm, okay hot, day. I decided to head over to Oak Ridge. I had not painted over there in a long time. Most of my paintings of this area have been from spots adjacent to the parking areas (main lot, boat launch and equestrian lot).

I decided to get a quick painting done and then check out a trail for possible designs. Went with a bluish-gray green for the distant trees. Painting progressed smoothly.

About thirty minutes into the painting a fellow and his dog (not on a leash and running all over the place – good thing I am not scared by dogs) stopped to take a look at what I was doing. He asked if he could take a photo of me at work. I asked why. He replied that he thought it was artsy. We got into a short discussion and he told me that he was finding it difficult to sell his photographs at art fairs due to all the competition from other photographers. Sorry, no tears here.

Finished the painting. Put my gear into the car and decided to hike a trail to see what possibilities awaited me. Should have examined the map at the start of the trail. I took the east trail and thought (dangerous) that it was about a one to two mile loop. Wrong. The trail went on and on. Twists. Turns. A long stretch along a creek. I came upon another map post and realized that I better turn around. Good exercise. Found some additional subjects/designs for future forays.

Soaking wet with sweat by the time that I got back to the car. Back home for a dry shirt and then lunch.


Afternoon Shadows – Study

February 4, 2013
Afternoon Shadows-Study; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Afternoon Shadows-Study; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

I was flipping through my sketchbook and came across some sketches made a couple years ago during a walk through a local forest preserve. It is fun that after a couple of years and changes, or growth, in my art that I can see an old sketch and yet see something new. Something that I did not see, or was not able to see before.

Played with the sketched design by cropping. Although this was fun to create and I liked the color effects, I did not feel that the design was worthy to be taken to a larger canvas. But it was fun to play with this little painting.

Note to those reading this blog; sketch whenever and wherever possible. Take and use your sketchbook when going for a walk, or just going somewhere to hang out. Fill that book with sketches. Then, take time to look through your older sketchbooks. It will help confirm that you are improving in your drawing skills, your confidence and your designs. Based upon your reviews, allow yourself to revisit a sketch and create a painting based on your current level of expertise. Go with the flow and have fun.


Oak Ridge – Plein Air May 17

June 5, 2012

Oak Ridge – Plein Air May 17; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Traveled to check out the possibilities at a couple of the local preserves. Nothing excited me and time was ticking. I headed over to Oak Ridge. I had not been there in a long time. Quickly found this design from a spot near the road. I was able to paint this without disturbance, with the possible exception of a couple of cars that slowed down to see what I was up to.