Saturday, July 30, 2011

Morning Fog



SOLD
Oil on Linen
24"x36"

This is the larger painting that followed the small study. Always a transition going to a larger canvas and brushes. I used a palette knife on this work to create some contrast in the grasses growing around the trees and also to soften some of the edges that were very evident from the early morning photographs. I liked the feel of mixing aggressive brush work with the knife.

Early Morning Fog



Oil
9"x12"

Returning from painting in Door County for a week, I wanted to try and capture the feel of the heavily wooded areas. The area was so beautiful with water and boats, I didn't have a chance to really set up in the woods and capture the look of light and early morning fog. This is a small study for a larger one that follows.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sailboat at Sister Bay



Oil
9"x12"

What can I say, but another hot day at the beautiful Sister Bay. I had my umbrella set up to block the sun, but it was so windy, I had to take it down. I picked up the pace and finished in 2 hours as I was baking standing on the concrete and catching the noon sun. I loved this small sailboat and of course the color.

Sunset at Sister Bay



Oil
12"x16

The 40 invited artists were invited to paint the sunset at Sister Bay on one of the hottest nights of the week. The sky was void of clouds, so there was some last minute scrambling as the artists painted the sun before it touched the horizon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1981 Honda Scooter



Oil
9"x12"
SOLD

This was the painting I did for the quick draw. 2 hours and done, frame and delivered to the auction tent. It sold, but I did learn a lesson. When in Fish Creek with a beautiful dock...paint boats. They always sell at a higher $ than scooters.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sculpture Garden


SOLD
Oil on Linen
20"x20"

This was a painting completed at the beautiful Edgewood Orchard Gallery. The artists again had their choice of where and what to paint, and I chose the entrance of the Sculpture Garden. It seemed to fit my abstract dappled light style as I looked down the garden path to the white marble sculpture.

Fire Boat and Tug at Sturgeon Bay



Oil
12"x16"

Drove down to Sturgeon Bay from Fish Creek to look at the great tugboats and found the old Chicago Fire Boat and the big red tugboat docked behind it. I loved the reds and the funky details of the boats. Another hot day, but cool breeze coming off the water. Again, I had to paint fast as the Fireboat took 2 tours before the painting was finished.

Beach at Ephraim Bay



Oil
12"x16"
SOLD

This was an early morning painting from the beach at Ephraim looking up at the village on the hill. The 2 churches with the white steeples caught my eye..Plein air painting rule is paint fast and don't chase the light. Another that I should add is paint fast before 300 kids are on the beach throwing balls that land on your palette.

Land Cruiser



Oil
9"x12"

The second day painting was at In-Line Gallery and the owner of the gallery had parked her Land Rover out on the side. The vehicle was eventually in the shade, but 3 of us suffered through the intense heat to capture the beautiful shapes and shadows.

Flower Truck



Oil
12"x16"
SOLD

This was the first painting I did for the Door County Paint-out. 40 artists invited and blanketing the county to paint. I loved the placement of the truck with the flowers and parked next to an old garage that has become a landmark for Highway 42 going North through Door County, Wisconsin. And, I painted quickly to capture the morning light cast across the old garage.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Distant Fields



Oil on Linen
22"x28"

This is a continuation of my abstract landscape series. I like the switch to vertical and creating a design that reads vertical through the composition instead of the traditional horizontal landscape. I used linseed oil with the mix of paints and liked the richness of the intensity of color. The problem is, without liquin, it may take a month to dry.