I started this as a plein air painting and while I was there this lady came by walking her dog. I loved the pattern on the dog's coat and asked her if I could take pictures. They were added later at my studio. I did not capture either one of them as far as a good likeness, but the dog's coat against the red harness was what attracted me to them. I am looking at it here and am considering changing her sweatshirt to a red as well.
10 x 20 oil on canvas panel.
Here it is with the red sweatshirt. I also made a few minor changes, like muted the background around the girl to bring her out more
I again made adjustments. hopefully this is the end.
This morning when taking photos for a commission I saw two deer in a clearing. I startled them and they took off. This gave me the ideal for this painting. I am not the inspiration for the jogger as I am not very good at that anymore. This is at Pollmiller Park in West Point, Iowa.
This is the view from the South. I wanted to paint it in a vertical format to emphasis the expanse of the bridge.
16 x 8 Oil on Canvas on panel
I will be set up at the Gazebo Arts Festival in Macomb, IL this Saturday. September 21st and the next day at Fort Madison, IA at Art in Central Park. If anyone is in the area, stop by and introduce yourself.
The rodeo is in town and I have not had time to paint. I do have time for a few quick sketches
These are from photos I took. I had to fill in the blanks as my photographic skills are not the best.
I am throwing this in the mix. If you want to practice action shots of people the best source is the sports section of the local paper. The hands are great. Sports Illustrated issues have lots of action shots especially the summer Olympics issue.
I just finished painting when this wonderful sunset appeared. I created this from a photograph which is not the same. The panel I started on was linen with a clear coat of gesso on it. That worked well as a neutral background.
I have some Neverending Summer blooms left. I have had to keep them blooming with constant watering. This is on 300 lb. paper and I have scrubbed out some of the parts when the composition was not working. It can be done with watercolor is the area is not your center of attention.