Tuesday, September 15, 2020

THE GOLDEN HOUR - New Paintings Premiere October 16

The Golden Hour has always inspired me and connected me to a sense of calm creative wonder. The subtle brilliance of the setting sun offers clarity and wipes away the business of the day. The golden hour offers inspiration in the moment, and it is a ritual for me to paint during this favorite time of day.

The Fall Art Tour has gone virtual for 2020. 

I will be premiering new art every day, virtually, during the Fall Art Tour. 

On Friday October 16, at 10 am, I will premiere a new video featuring my Golden Hour collection. The paintings will also go live on my website and online store for sale at that time. My Golden Hour pieces are my most treasured paintings, and  this show is my way to share the moment and the feeling of the Golden Hour with you. 

On Saturday, October 17, at 10 am, I will be showing my new pastel paintings here on my blog and also on my online store. I enjoy working with pastels and find that they are a great compliment to my oil paintings. As an impressionist painter, pastels work well to layer different colors and to create shimmering effects. Autumn leaves falling, brilliant blue skies, and and intense evening colors will all be shown in my pastel paintings.

On Sunday, October 18, at 10 am, I will be showing a selection of works from my archive. Some of these paintings will go back a dozen years. Standing at the easel, and painting on location burns the experience into my memory - when I look at paintings that I created over a decade ago, my mind travels back to the moment. It will be fun to revisit some works through the years and to share the stories of the paintings with you. 

It won't be the same Fall Art Tour, without you all in my Chicken Coop Studio, but I am going to do everything that I can to give you a great virtual show.


Many artists on the Fall Art Tour have online stores, and you can check everyone out at fallarttour.com.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Late Summer Paintings

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. As the late summer changes to fall, we are already starting to see so many signs of Autumn, including the changing leaves and falling temperatures. The days are beginning to shorten, the mornings are often foggy, and the corn is almost ready to harvest.

Late in the day, the brilliant sun still hangs onto that summer feeling, but the landscape is changing.
These paintings show that transition, and they were painted in August of 2020.


Monday, August 10, 2020

Paintings From Summer 2020

Here are some of my new paintings from July. Corbin has these images posted on my online store, thanks for checking these out, and be sure to leave a comment. Enjoy!

P.S. I have updated the 2020 workshops tab, with a class that I will teach on painting the light key hosted by the Peninsula School of Art in Door County. Please click here for more info.

Amish Oat Shocks, Sunset Light 12x16" oil on panel Link to Online Store
After I painted the oat shocks in the afternoon, the late evening light transformed the field and distant hills into a tapestry of light and color. During painting sessions like these, where the sun is setting rapidly, I observe, mix, and paint as quickly as possible, and the result is a very active painting.

Amish Oat Shocks - Afternoon Light 12x16" Link to Online Store
I noticed these oat shocks one morning when I was driving home from painting in Richland County. These shocks are on HWY G. I have painted this field with the barn and the rolling hills in the background a couple of times before and when I saw the shocks in the field I knew that I would paint here again.

Dodgeville Golden Hour 8x10" oil on panel Link To Online Store
This is a farm, outside of Dodgeville, that I painted in the late evening, just when the last bit of light was falling onto the landscape. When I was going to college at UW-Platteville, I used to drive past this scene of a barn, hills and trees every night on the way home. It always drew my attention, and I decided to paint it on my way home from the Mineral Point plein air festival - Paint the Point. I didn't enter this piece into the plein air show, because we could only enter two pieces, but I think that I captured somethign of the late evening on that day. Sometime, I will go back to this location, and paint a larger piece, but for now, I will remember the location by this little painting.

July Farm 8x10" oil on panel Link to Online Store
This is a farm outside of North Freedom on HWY PF. A classmate of mine farms out in this neighborhood, and there is a nice selection of fields of crops and farm buildings out in this area. I painted this over a couple of evenings, focusing on the golden light transforming the colors of the barn and hills as well as the dark shadows creeping onto the soybeans. Summer has such a special quality of light, the humidity creates dirty purples and pinks in the sky at this time of evening, and I was happy to be painting it.

Midsummer Evening 6x8" oil on panel Link To Online Store - Sold
I love these summer evenings, where the sun breaks through the clouds, creating contrasts of yellows and violet clouds. I am happy to live in the country because I have a great view of the sky from my driveway. If I see a sky that I like, I don't have to go far to paint it.

Steve and Nicole's farm 16x20" - Link To Online Store - Sold
I participated in the Mineral Point -Paint the Point - plein air festival in August. With so many events cancelling this summer, it was nice to have an event to participate in. On the first day of the event, I painted 4 painting, and this was the first one. I was drawn to the light on the barn, and the fence created a nice element to the painting as well. I received the artists' choice award in the show, and it was nice to be recognized by my fellow painters.

Mineral Point International - 8x10" oil on panel Link to Online Store - Sold
This was another painting that I created in the Mineral Point - Paint the Point - plein air festival. This was the second painting that I did on the first day, after the barn shown above, and after I got back from skateboarding at the Platteville skatepark. I wasn't planning to paint this tractor, but when I say it sitting there, with the angle that it was parked at, and with the light illuminating it, I couldn't resist. My energy was up, because I had just finished skateboarding, and I was listening to jazz as I painted. This was a quick and spontaneous painting session, and those type of sessions often lead to my best paintings.

Morning Light HWY 136 8x10" oil on panel Link to Online Store
The morning haze acts veils the local colors of the distant hills in this piece. The palette of colors that I use works well to depict morning light and the high key colors that are present at that time of day.

Morning Light on Ableman Road 12x16" oil on panel Link to Online Store
I have painted this farm a handful of times, but this was the first time that I painted there in the morning. There was a peaceful calm present as I worked on this piece, and I was conscious of gradating the colors in the shadows and the trees.

Morning Light on Schneider Road 12x16" oil on panel Link to Online Store
I was walking my dog when I noticed the pleasant morning light falling onto the barn and pasture of wildflowers one morning, and decided do set up and paint it. I found a nice shadow to work under, and I enjoyed the cool July morning.

North Freedom Barn 12x16" oil on panel Link to Online Store
I was attracted to the Queen Annes Lace in front of this barn. I painted it from in front of the North Freedom elementary school, where I sometimes teach at. While I was painting, I visited with some family members who live across the street. There is just something about those July mornings.

Terrytown Golden Hour 12x16" oil on panel Link to Online Store
The late summer sun sets behind the bluffs and the combination of brilliant light and humidity creates a wonderful play of color. A long shadow is cast over the field of flowers in the foreground, and the roof of the barn shimmers in the light. 

Terrytown Twilight 6x8" oil on panel
This was painted immediately after the piece above, just as the last pieces of sunlight make their way through the summer haze and fall onto the barn. This is my favorite time of day.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Paintings From The First Half of Summer

I hope your summer is going well, what a dramatic time of year!
I love painting the special quality of light that is present in Mid-July. During this humid time of year, there are particles of moisture in the air that create a prismatic effect of light falling on the landscape. To me, nothing is better to me than painting the summer light. It often seems that painting was made for July. 

 These were painted in June and July 2020. For more info, please view my online store.

Rock Springs Tractor 12 x 16" $350

Grazing 20 x 24" $750

Hwy DD Fields 9 x 12" $200
When it gets hot out, you can almost see the corn growing. On this humid day, I was drawn to the linear fields of corn and the atmospheric perspective in the Baraboo Bluffs.

The Square 16 x 20" $450

Moms Iris 12 x 9" $200

Plain Hills 8 x 10" $200
 The Spring Green hills can look dramatically different from day-to-day, and even hour-to-hour. On this afternoon, one of the first 90 degree days, the moisture particles in the air created a quality of atmospheric perspective that I had to set up and paint. The wildflowers blow in the breeze int he foreground while some young crops soak up the afternoon sun. 

Plain Hills 16 x 20" $500

BP Farm 8 x 8" $150

Wild Iris 12 x 16" $350

Corn Crib 8 x 10" $200
Loganville Hills 16 x 20" $550

 Even though I try to drive down every back road in my area, I can still find new places to paint. I was curious what I would find in the hills East of Loganville, and this scene made me pull the car over and paint immediately, it was very inspiring. I was drawn to the pattern and shape of the treelines and hills in the background, the long shadows being cast over the foreground, and of course the old red barn. The evening light is poetic to paint, and it was a joy to paint all the while keeping the shapes simple and the color fresh.

Farm Shapes, Backlit 8 x 10" $200

Summer Still Life 16 x 12" $350

Terrytown Barn 8 x 10" $200
The crops are growing in the fields, and the grasses are changing colors. This barn observes all of the changes during the growing season. 

Golden Hour Bales 8 x 10" $200
 This was painted during the first crop of hay, during the golden hour. I noticed this field of round bales one afternoon, while driving to Sauk City to have dinner for my Mom's birthday. The bales were still in the field when I got home late in the evening, so I loaded up my palette and worked quickly to capture the warm effect of light contrasting the cool shadows. This was also the first day that the mosquito's were noticable, and between them, the smell of fresh cut hay, and the golden light, it felt like summer.  

Painting on Campus 16 x 20" $550

Paint-A-Long 8 x 10" $200

Door County Ice Cream Factory 8 x 10" $200
This is the old delivery vehicle that is parked outside of the ice cream factory in Sister Bay. I painted, on this day, during a light rain, and stopped in for lunch afterwards. 

Golden Light on the Cornerstone 8 x 10" $200

Down By The Tracks 8 x 10" $200

The 400 trail was built to take passengers between Chicago and Minneapolis in 400 minutes. Reedsburg was one of the stops between the two cities, and there is a beautiful Depot that still stands along side several old commercial warehouses.  
In this painting, the side of the old feed-mill that faces the tracks is illuminated by intense sunlight. The sun is captured late in the day, descending toward the horizon. Painting along the tracks is interesting to me, because everything is from a time long ago.

Summer Sunset 6 x 8" $100
 To end this email, I'll include one of my favorite paintings from the end of the day. The days are so long right now, that by the time the sun set's it always feels like it has been a long time coming. I set up my easel on my driveway and captured the light quickly as the sun dipped towards the horizon above the corn field.

July Sky 6 x 8" $100

Simple Still Life 10 x 8" $200

Summer Sky 6 x 8" $100

Vernon County Vista 16 x 20" $500

I have been back in Vernon County, painting the rolling hills, the farms and the fields. On this day, the sun reflected off of the metal roof on this well-worn barn. The barn has stood for so long, that it has almost grown into the landscape, and it casts a long shadow onto the banks of a Vernon County trout stream.

Down by the Farmers Company 8 x 10" $200
 I always set aside time to paint down by the tracks in July. Even though the tracks stop here, there is a bike trail that starts here and continues along the route that the trains used to take. Even though the old warehouses no are no longer used, there is still a working Feed Mill in the building on the right side of this painting. The purple lady rock lines the old tracks, which point to the West.  

Rock Springs View #1 12 x 16" $350

On the Tracks #1 12 x 16" $350

On the Tracks #2 12 x 16" $350

Barn on a Ridge 11 x 14" $450

Rock Springs View #2 12 x 16" $350

Cave Point, Overcast Day 12 x 16" $450 - SOLD