Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paintings of Autumn

Barker's Island Marina. 16x20 in., oil on panel.
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Brighton Beach 2. 12x16 in., oil on linen.
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Here are a few paintings from this last month in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The fall colors here have been gorgeous--unfortunately the weather has been spotty so I didn't get out as much as I wanted to. I can cope with temperature and even light drizzle, but wind and occasional blowing rain really makes things miserable when working outdoors.
Autumn Spread. 11x14 in., oil on panel.
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I set up this still life and painted it after sundown one evening. Autumn makes me think of root vegetables--acorn squash, and a few fine tubers I still need to roast up.
Hartley Pond. 12x16 in., oil on panel.
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We found a really nice hiking trail a few weeks ago, and I went back to paint this pond there a few days later. The colors in the water were so rich and I used a few touches of pure cobalt violet in the water nearest the shore.
Autumn Colors Over the Harbor. 12x16 in., oil on panel.
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I thought the color of the trees below me on the hillside was very striking compared to the overcast light of the day. A lot of tourists stopped and spoke to me that day. Duluth is a very popular destination for seeing the fall colors every year (If you ask me, the best colors were actually a ways south of town). Even though I didn't get out to paint as much as I wished, I was able to get some good photos of the maple, birch, and alder trees with their brilliant yellow and red leaves on a few hikes my wife and I took... I may try to make some paintings from the photos in the coming months.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September in the Northland, Part 2

Here are a few more paintings from around the area this month.
Twin Ponds 2. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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Impressive skies have a way of making one know his place in the universe.
Duluth-Superior Harbor. 8x10 in., oil on linen panel.
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I set up near the side of the street one morning to paint this. The light effect at sunrise is difficult to paint for a few reasons: it only lasts 10-15 minutes, and then the colors in the scene change entirely; you have to quickly stare into the bright sun and sky to observe the colors and gradations and then back at your painting, which is often in shadow; and lastly, paintings of sunrises can look twee if you don't adhere very closely to nature. It's so easy to add a little too much bright yellow/orange/pink, and overdo it.
Mrs. Strickland's Things. 12x16 in., oil on panel.
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This is a still life I've been working on for a while. The pottery is from Mexico, circa 1916, and belonged to my great-grandmother's best friend.
 Update: Just a quick on-the-easel photo of another Brighton Beach painting.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September in the Northland, Part 1

Here are some paintings from around the area this month.
Rough Waters on Lake Superior. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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I am beginning to wonder if I should just keep a jacket in the car at all times. It was nice and balmy when I left home, but when I set up to paint by the water the wind was pretty chilly and difficult to work in. My tripod has a crossbar at the bottom I put my foot on to keep it from blowing away while I worked. Wind makes painting a little unbearable, since you have to try and keep things from flying away and simultaneously concentrate on what you're painting. But sometimes, I think it makes for decisive, direct painting, as I had to do with this one.
Brighton Beach. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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This is a painting from the same spot, just facing another direction. The weather was much more cooperative that day. "... when she was good, she was very, very good; when she was bad she was horrid."
Crossroads. 12x9 in., oil on panel.
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The above started as a sketch from nature, but I did a lot of redesigning and painting from imagination.
Twin Ponds #1. 11x14 in., oil on panel.
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I love the greens you get on an overcast day like this, and the weird, vague diffused shadows.

Monday, August 31, 2015

First of the Minnesota paintings

My wife and I moved to Duluth, MN at the beginning of July. Now that we're unpacked and getting settled in, I've been able to start painting again after a (long) hiatus. Here are a few plein air paintings from the area.
North Shore, Tofte. 11x14 in., oil on panel.
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Minnesota is quite a different place from Texas for landscape painting. For one, natural lakes are either rare or completely nonexistent in Texas (depending on who you ask), whereas you can't throw a rock without hitting a natural lake in Minnesota. Duluth is situated right on Lake Superior, which has a very active harbor. And it's quite hilly here. Many of the houses and buildings look like they haven't changed since before 1920 (the house we're renting was built in 1886, for example).
Grand Marais Harbor. 11x14 in., oil on panel.
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So there are a lot of subjects here I've never painted. I hear autumn is absolutely beautiful, and I also plan to get out some this winter and paint snow scenes.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Last of the Texas paintings

I should have posted these in January or February, but we had a lot going on. Here are some paintings from Texas around that time of the year.
Afternoon Shadows. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
We had a very warm winter and early spring. 
Forest Pool. 12x16 in., oil on panel.
I like the crisp quality the air and light have in the winter. Everything is very clear and bright.
Winter Light. 9x12 in., oil on panel.