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.
$400 (click here to purchase)

Impressive skies have a way of making one know his place in the universe.
Duluth-Superior Harbor. 8x10 in., oil on linen panel.
$300 (click here to purchase)

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.