Posts Tagged ‘winter’

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Spring Coming

May 23, 2017

Spring Coming – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

Wanted to play with another creek in winter scene. This worked caused some angst. I had not fully thought out my design and approach to execution. The berm on the right side was tough. The actual scene had thick brush and saplings on the right berm. I felt that it would be too cluttered and restrictive to follow the photo. Made a few sketches and thought that I had the design solved, but that was not to my liking. Re-thought it and started again. Oops, that one was not going to work either. Thank goodness, the third attempt sort of painted itself, which is to say, it worked to my satisfaction.

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Over Passing Clouds

March 19, 2015
Over Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 22" x 28"

Over Passing Clouds; Oil on Canvas 22″ x 28″

I  used Wheeler Road for some plein air paintings last autumn. A few weeks ago, while rummaging through my photo resources, I came across a photo of a winter scene along Wheeler Road. The photo was taken on an overcast day. Not much of interest. I theorized that if I implemented a more dramatic sky, it could yield a more dynamic composition. Again, flipped through photos and came across this sky (an image taken from our front door). Used my artist prerogative, and combined the two scenes. Fun to play with the effect which the light might play over the landscape. I was happy with the result. Will love to see this one under gallery lighting.

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Afternoon Shadows

February 15, 2013
Afternoon Shadows; Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

Afternoon Shadows; Oil on Canvas 12″ x 24″

After creating the small study, I decided to take it larger and alter the format. The lines work well in this wide format. It was fun  to work but not without its challenges. As I neared completion, I realized that I had two separate areas, the foreground and background. There was little cohesion. It did not appear as radical in the small study as it did here. To remedy the situation, I integrated elements of snow onto the branches and limbs of the trees in the background and that was enough to pull the areas together.

I currently have this painting displayed against a dark wall and boy do the colors of the woods pop!

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Frozen Bend

January 30, 2013
Frozen Bend; Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"

Frozen Bend; Oil on Canvas 20″ x 16″

Played with the small study. Rather than horizontal, I felt that it could be a stronger effect by working the design in a vertical format. Had to let this dry a few days before finishing. The violet hues were bleeding through the white. I figured that I was using too many brushstrokes while applying the white highlights. After a couple days, the base was dry enough to apply a final few spots of intense white to finish the painting.

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Farm Study and Barn Study

December 21, 2011

Farm Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"

I realized that it was time to start coming up with an idea for this years Christmas cards. Although I had a couple of paintings available which would work, I decided to see if I could come up with a few additional options.

After shuffling through several loads of reference photos and creating numerous thumbnail sketches, I settled on these two designs. As I began to sketch each one onto some gessoed paper (remains from my watercolor classes), I  idea came to mind. I decided to try something really different for me and work the paint only using palette knives.

It definitely gives a different, juicy and impressionistic look to these subjects. It was challenging, at times difficult – but it was fun. Additional design possibilities came springing to mind. More to come.

Barn Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"