Tuesday, July 31, 2018

quick paintings

I was late setting this up, but managed to get some of the nice clouds yesterday. I used a no. 12 brush then a no. 4. This is a 6" x 6" study painted from an abandoned bridge. I great place to paint.
6" x 6" oil on panel

Another small study of the view from the west of the new bridge. 
7" x 5" oil on panel

Monday, July 23, 2018

plein air painting places

When I turned this painting in, the comment was, "Not many people know about this bridge". I am sure the locals know but I am not one of them. When going to a new location for a plein air painting event you can scope out the place on the internet. Start by doing a search on the area and Googling images. Pinterest is also a good place to find images. This one was found through:  https://bridgehunter.com/category/city/quincy-illinois/ 
I also use Google earth and using the street view drive through the area hoping to spot a nice scene.
10" x 8" watercolor on aquabord

Sunday, July 15, 2018


A long overdue portrait commission. 
12" x 16" oil on baltic birch panel

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Painting horses in watercolor. I am trying out several types of paper, this is on soft press.

Painted on Arches which I found easier to work on.

Another one on the soft press.

One on hot pressed paper.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Watercolor plein air

More artwork on the Fabriano soft white watercolor paper. It has been a while since I painted in watercolor.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

watercolor on board

I purchased a jar of Daniel Smith watercolor ground in titanium white and buff titanium. I brushed buff titanium on a  gessoed baltic birch panel then sanded it. The brush strokes still show on this one. Maybe putting another coat on will fix this. The ground does a good job of handling the paint, The main problem with this one is I applied the ground over a gessoed board which resisted the watercolor. White gouache mixed with a little ultramarine blue was used on the sky. The rest was transparent watercolor. I washed this off leaving faint images that can now be painted over with another coat of the watercolor ground.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Garden Tour 2018

This weekend was the annual Fort Madison Area Arts Association garden tour. I managed to paint two gardens, the first is the winery. They gave tours and a nice talk on making wine along with samples of various wines made at this vineyard. 
10" x 8" oil on panel

I tried painting a goat at the other site. It took some following the goats around to get a likeness. I have an upcoming plein air event at the Van Buren county fair. The fair should be easier since they will be in pens most of the time. I did take photos and along with this study I should be able to paint a better goat.
10" x 8" oil on panel