This is an oil painting of a previous scene I did in pastel. The local art center is having a themed exhibit titled "Many Hats". My take on that is to paint the same scene in different mediums, pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor.
I have a commission to draw the nominees for the sports banquet. This job was given to me at the last minute and I was also expected to write the short bio from stats in outline form given me. I guess the bios are right but if they aren't it is because I don't know what they are talking about.
Back to painting from photos. This time challenging myself to fix an image by filling in the background with something I made up. I also edited the main image mostly to make it easier by simplifying it. You don't have to paint every spot unless it is a commission.
12" x 6" oil on canvas
I cut out the background to make it easier to concentrate on the horse shapes.
This is from a photo taken after plein air painting. The fleeting moment when the sun is low on the horizon. I don't think I can capture that before it changes.
12" x 12" oil on panel
Again from a photo but not because the light changed but because I am just not tough enough to set up in the cold. Photos do not capture the subtle colors. This was of a stand of evergreen trees in a local park. I may have to go back there and plein air paint.
I had this framed long format painting that just did not work. It sat on my "fix it" someday pile. I finally just threw it away and made another panel. This was from a photo reference looking down at the water overflow from the Oakland Mills dam. I wanted a challenge. I was not sure if this should be up, down or sideways, I guess it is any way the client would want it.
I would like to paint the water flowing over the dam at Oakland Mills but you face the reflection on the water. I turned my attention to the rocky shore with interesting green moss and a distant bank for depth.
Hoping to go out today, in the meantime artwork based on photos taken after plein air painting. If is looks familiar I did it in a square format. They still come out different in color and contrast if the scene is this complicated. Still challenging.
The Fairfield Arts Association's members show requires everyone to use the same format and type of painting panel. This year it is a 10" x 10" cradled wood panel. I applied gesso over the wood and sanded in between the layers of gesso. This was painted from a photo reference of a stream in Lacey Keosauqua state park. I did paint an 11" x 14" plein air painting at the time. This exhibit showcases the range of the artists' creativity. They give you free reign on subject and medium as long as you do not extend more than an inch from the panel.
This last weekend was the Bluff Strokes plein air event in Dubuque, Iowa. Bluff Strokes was sponsored by Mississippi River Workshops, an affiliate of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. With the help of many great volunteers and corporate sponsors we enjoyed 7 days of painting and art related events. This was a wonderful way to see Dubuque; painting the views plein air from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. The event was well organized with the gallery set up in Steeple Square. The painting above is a view from Eagle Point Park, The unique architecture of Victorian homes and churches gave plenty of painting opportunities.
Lock and Dam #11 12" x 9" oil on canvas panel
I originally painted this without the dam workers. It was a gray windy day with intermittent light rain. While I was painting a barge came through. A couple of the workers asked to see my painting and were the most enthusiastic onlookers I had all week. Unfortunately they were not going to be around on the Saturday of the show. It has been a great icebreaker with passing strangers. Lots of encouraging comments.
Lock and Dam #11 River View 14" x 11" oil on linen panel
This was the first time I painted at night in a competition. The painting was wiped off because I just could not make it work. I was happy with this scene. I started with a stark white panel and maybe wiping it off helped make this one work. Lots of pthalo blue then wiped the lights off before adding paint strokes. This view was from the corner of 1st and Locust street. It was hard to see the exact details, but that may have been an advantage to captureing the feel without getting wrapped up in details.
9" x 12" oil on Ampersand panel
On the last day the artists painted at Iowa's oldest Farmer's Market. Music and art to go with the shopping experience of fresh flowers and produce.
Portrayal of Mount Vernon Plein Air
This recent Saturday I went to Mount Vernon, Iowa for a one day plein air painting competition. This is my second year for this event and I went to my favorite place. This is an abandoned quarry that is now a park. I like the shadows and sun light on the rocks. This one tree still had green leaves amidst the dull brown of already dead leaves and bare trees. I liked the duck weed floating on the water surface. It is a challenging cadmium green that was just what I needed straight out of the tube.
14" x 11" oil on canvas panel
I decided to push myself to try a subject I have often avoided, buildings. I did not have the time to finish this painting. The rules on this competition allow you to take it home and finish from photos. I did finish the first one on site but this one will have to be completed later.
Third version of the Geode Rock wall fishing. This is a commission so I painted three versions. I told the client that it is a common subject and I could still sell the other paintings. The people in the paintings were just a suggestion and they could be whoever you wanted them to be. I feel the couple in this one look the best. It was hard to try to give the suggestion of a woman and a man.
11" x 14" oil on Raymar panel.
This is the second version. I like the feeling of sunlight the best on this one. My original plan was to paint plein air, that is until I found out where it was located. I had to walk a dry creek and then through some shoulder high weeds on uneven ground on past tree branches that gave me stinging blisters. I took may camera and put together the background from the photos. I would still like to paint plein air but will have to wait until the park staff decide that they need a trail there.