Sunday, November 30, 2014

Winter Moon at Lone Tree

I created this from a daylight photo that I edited in Photoshop. The original did not have rabbits tracks. I did try to put the rabbits in but gave up and wiped them off. I love the moonlight on snow but am not tough enough to brave the cold. 

This is the rough in. I mostly used Caribbean blue with some burnt sienna.
12" x 24" oil on Ampersand panel

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rodeo Park Trail at Sunrise

I painted the skyscape this morning but took photos of the rest of the scene. The orange light affects the color on the foliage and the tree trunk.
12" x 12" oil on canvas 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hydrangea Pink and Purple

When it is icy out I like to paint something that reminds me of nicer weather
8" x 16" oil on canvas

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Appleberry's Goat

This is a study for a larger piece. I have a member's show I participate in and the painting is due on Wednesday. Entering something new always gets more interest but I don't know if I can pull something together at this late date.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jonathans on the tree

Plein air painting in the orchard at Appleberry Farms.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hay Field under the Midwestern Skies

Hopefully this is the final edit.

I used a sky scene from one photo reference and a edited landscape from another for this. If it looks familar that is because it is based on the sample I created for an Arty Party.
11" x 14" oil on canvas.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rocks on the Skunk River

The rocks reflections in the water was the challenge for this painting. This was from one of my plein air painting days where the the on site painting did not turn out that well. 
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Second Connor

Last edit unless I look at it too much. On the photo references he had a smile that doesn't show in my first painting below. Sometimes it is just a subtle change. Finding that is like looking through those pictures where you have to find the changes. I imagine that artists who work on portraits constantly could figure it out the first time.

This is a rough in for another portrait of Connor painted from my photo references. I started with a ground of burnt sienna after which I painted alla prima into that. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

White Pumpkin and Mums

I painted this as a demo the day before the painting at lunch ala art. I painted from a still life set up. Carroll and I teach a class at the local art center. We did this as the demo, with Carroll painting an oil while I painted in watercolor.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


This is a study for a larger painting. I think I may have to make changes to the background, maybe use one of spectators. Also may need to put in part of the obstacle or whatever they call it that they jump over. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall on the River

This started as a plein air painting and I wiped off the top portion. I took pictures for studio work. I knew this was challenging and painting plein air helps me see things that the camera does not pick up. The rocks under water was my main challenge. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas on panel

Monday, November 3, 2014

Burlington Bridge

Plein air painting on the shores of the Mississippi River. I ended up with spiders in the easel, because I had set up on the rocks. The advantages of plein air are so worth it as you see things that the camera cannot capture. 
8" x 8" oil on Ampersand panel

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Portrait in Progress

This is the final portrait. 

I started this from a live model. At this point I worked from my photo references in the studio.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Watercolor demo

Yesterday the Fort Madison Art Center had their monthly Lunch ala Art. Lunch is catered in and they invite the artist from the current monthly exhibit to give a talk. October they had the Iowa Watercolor Society exhibit. They did not have anyone who was in the show to talk. I had been in the show in the past and volunteered to do a watercolor demo. This is the finished demo, after I took it home and tweaked it some.