Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In the Nick of Time . . .

In the Nick of Time

I'll just leave this here and come back later for details.

I'm back! Details.
I'm not sure where my reference photo came from but I loved the fresh cut wheat in rows.
The little town in the distance is from a photo I took while driving
back from Brainerd, Minnesota last month.
So iconic here on the Great Plains.
The white houses, a few steeples, and
grain elevators.
The storm on the horizon is nothing out of the ordinary for folks
out here in the middle of the country so to add it to
this painting was natural.
Always trying to stay one step ahead of Nature.
And with that, I need to head out to take in the last
of the garden, pull up tomato plants and okra and chop
out the invasive chives.
Who gave me that evil clump of chives, anyway?

Detail : 10"x10"
Oil on canvas

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Back at it . . .

Ashland Road

I'm finally back at the easel after a couple of rough weeks.
With our garage finished and now extended to nearly twice its original size, 
it is officially bigger than the house.
I know, right? 

And with that project complete, we cleaned the workshop on the south side of the building and set up my shop studio in one side, 
complete with my lapidary equipment,
saws, stones and slabs, easel and all of my oil painting accoutrements.
LOVE it. Totally.
Warm, bright, spacious.

I picked up this unfinished beauty yesterday and dug into it with gusto.
I like the way it turned out and have more to learn about
structures, buildings and houses and how to make them look realistic in the setting.
Sometimes they look like they're floating. Not grounded.
More work.

Details : 10"x10"
Oil on canvas