Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Daylily Garden

Jessica and I went plein air painting in Hobbs Hilltop Garden this morning. I was late since I had to wait for the cable guy. He did a no show, no call. The mosquitoes were out in droves this morning but I did manage to stay out long enough to complete this painting. I wanted the practice painting deep reds and water drops. I did not put in all the rain drops, just enough to get an ideal of how to paint them. The daylilies should still be in bloom for 3 more weeks so hopefully I will make it up there again. Besides the annoying bugs I often see critters that make me smile and this little tree frog in a daylily is one of them. Gerald says he is waiting for bugs to eat. Yah!

12" x 9" oil on canvas 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Garden Tour

Today was the annual garden tour here in Fort Madison. This hosta bloom is one of the paintings I painted at the event. The garden tour gives the local artists a chance to paint at private residences with exceptional gardens. I have taken advantage of this event since the beginning. This event was my first time plein air painting when my friend Ruth Newberry encouraged me to participate. It was a huge daylily garden and the gardener was a retired engineer who now uses his skills to engineer new varieties of daylilies. I wish I could have created a painting so well that day as I think I have since thrown that painting away. I have learned a lot and have had fun doing it. I also learned about flowers, even though it does not show in my own landscaping.
6" x 8" oil on canvas

To see his creations click on Gerald Hobb's Daylily Garden http://www.cvids.org/hobbs.html

This is the second painting, a little more ambitious since it is 9" x 12". I took photos to tweak it later. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Unknown Illustrator

I work part time at the Sheaffer Pen Museum in Fort Madison. We received these original paintings and they do not have a signature. If anyone out there can identify them we would appreciate it.

Young Rabbit

This seems to be the young rabbit I first saw running around with its mother earlier this spring. They sure do grow fast. 
12" x 9" oil on Raymar panel.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rosie's Cat

This is one of Rosie's cats. They are not the most friendly cats rather suspicious like this one. Most of my reference shots were from a distance. The cool gray ground worked well as you can see it between the green. It also helped with the white shadow side. 
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, June 28, 2015


This is the final because I was told I had to have red in this to enter the Red, White and Blue exhibit. I originally assumed that meant a patriotic theme for the 4th of July.  I also changed the face a little so she would look happy, darkened the background some and made up the red star headband.

I had to wipe the face three maybe it was four times on this one. The reference shot was grainy and trying to get this to look like someone around 13 was hard. The local art center has an upcoming exhibit for July titled, Red, White and Blue. I really don't have any flag paintings or even reference shots. This was good practice taking on something out of my skill set. The deadline for turning in artwork is Wednesday and I am hoping to come up with another painting.
12" x 9" oil on Raymar panel

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Niota Creek study

Another study of the creek in Niota. We have had a lot of rain lately and once the sun comes out I may go there and plein air paint. I would think that the branch over the falls is probably gone, hopefully replaced with another log or I will have to make it up.
12" x 9" oil on Raymar panel

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

College Hills Art Festival

I will be exhibiting at the College Hills Art Festival in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th. If you are there stop by my booth and introduce yourself. 

Update on this painting. I donated this to the kid's art tent and the young lady who picked it, stopped by my booth and thanked me. I am happy that it found a home with such a nice young lady.

I also donated this painting. Did not know who bought it.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Niota Creek by the Bridge

I want to stop sometime and paint this scene plein air. It can be viewed from beneath the bridge. 
12" x 6" oil on canvas

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Looking Back

I did Photoshop the head onto the body to get this pose. 
6" x 12" oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

White Tail

Most of the shots of the rabbit look like this. It would be nice to get one where she is staring at me.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Monday, June 8, 2015

Rabbit Watching

This is the pose I get most often when following the rabbits. I haven't seen them around for a few days. At least they stopped hanging out in my back yard where the dogs are let out. The dogs sometimes would see them in the neighbors yard and bark only to be ignored.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Five Tomatoes on the Vine

I usually end up with five tomatoes since I end up eating one before I get around to painting them. The tomatoes are a nice backup painting subject when I don't have time to plein air and they last long. When I buy raspberries I have to paint them right away. 
I started this on the white ground, not that I would recommend it, I was just in a hurry. Painting on a neutral ground makes it easier.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rabbit in the Clover

This is one of the rabbits before it took off. The clover is high because the grass needs to be cut but then again that is why the rabbit is there.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday morning at Wilson Lake

Made it to Wilson Lake for some plein air painting. If I had just got out there sooner I may have caught the mist on the water, as it was settling by then. There were some white blooms in this scene, not sure what they were. There were plenty of great views and nice weather.
6" x 12" oil on canvas 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mist on the Water Study

I intended to get out to the lake before 6:30 to paint the trees when the sunlight hits the tops. I did not make it but there was mist on the lake which is an even better scene, if you can capture it. I only brought a 6 x 6 and had to work fast before it settled. The white paint that makes that chalky look is perfect for this scene.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Early Morning at Wilson Lake

I managed to get up and out to Wilson Lake by 6:30 this morning.
6" x 12" oil on canvas

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Peonies Gone

A friend of mine asked if she could have some peonies to put on the graves and I said, "Help yourself", Well, she took everything including the buds. I guess I should have told her to at least leave some buds. As a result this was painted from a photo reference.
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Run Rabbit Run

The reference photo for this is rather blurry. I tried to slowly walk up to this rabbit taking photos. Luckily I did capture this pose before I lost sight of her. 

I started this on a white canvas and added a light ground working over that. 
6" x 12" oil on canvas 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rock Study

This rock study is from a photograph. I did paint plein air but it is not worth posting.
6" x 6" oil on canvas