Sunday, February 26, 2017

Terrytown Farm 12x16"

I paint all the time on Terrytown Road. I always have. Last weekend, while I was painting in Baraboo, two different people asked me if I was painting out on Terrytown.
There's a few reasons that I like Terrytown. It's close to my place. I live on a beautiful 100 acre farm, bordered by the Baraboo River, but there isn't the opportunity for atmospheric perspective here like there is on Terrytown (not that it's featured in this piece, but you know what I mean). I know several people on Terrytown, like the Terry's and my friend Erica grew up at this farm for the first few years of her life. It's littered with beautiful farms and views of the bluffs, so I'll keep painting there.
This piece is from last October,

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bales and Barn 16x20" oil on panel

Gerald Ott owns this farm. It's out on Pleasant Valley Road, which is off of Terrytown Road. Gerald is a nice guy. He likes to grow vegetables and sell them at the Baraboo farmers Market. He has his hands full with the farm, the cattle, and he also does some mowing for one of the townships. 
I've painted out at his place a handful of times over the past year. I was even out there twice in December, after a big snow. This painting is at McFee on Main in Mount Horeb. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Falling Barn

The old Bindl Barn 24x30" oil on panel

This monster is located between Rock Springs and Baraboo. The new owner inherited it from her father a few years ago, and she gave me the history of the place. It actually served as a chicken coop from the 50's on, this has to be one of the largest chicken coops I've seen. 
The place is falling down. I've painted it from the other side a few times over the years, and I'm glad that I have as it will probably be torn down this year. This time, I wanted to paint the lit side of the barn, so I asked permission to walk down by the field to paint. It turns out she is a substitute teacher for Baraboo schools, just like me.
While I was painting, the Baraboo Bluffs were to my back, and the owner served me vegan muffins and soup. It was very peaceful and nice to be out there painting on some nice sunny days in November.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Fever

The temperatures are rising. The past week has had temperatures in the 50's and 60's. I was out painting all weekend in Baraboo, and everyone was out walking their dogs, riding bicycles, and playing at the parks. I think everyone has a touch of spring fever.

I've had some good times painting spring in Baraboo over the past few years. In honor of the warm weather, I wanted to post some of them here. By the end of the week we will be back to the 30's. After we shake winter, there will be a couple months of mud season, but there is hope, May is coming!

East Street Plum 12x16" 2011
Platteville House and Fence 6x8" 2013

Magnolia Branch 20x16" 2012

Blossoming Branches 20x24" 2013

Baraboo Magnolia 11x14" 2016

Plum Street 16x20" 2012
Plum and Picket 9x12" 2016

Marsh Magnolias 16x12" 2012

Spring Explosion 18x18" 2012

Tulip and Fence 12x24" 2011

Baraboo Cherry Tree 24x20" 2012

Forsythia 18x18" 2016

May in Cedarburg 8x10" 2014

Flowering Branch 24x20" 2016

Flowering 12x16" 2016

East Street 12x12" 2011
Baraboo Cherry Tree 18x18" 2016