Late Afternoon at Riverbend Nature Center

Late Afternoon Hike

Late Afternoon Hike

This painting is from a photograph I took while hiking with Tom at the Riverbend Nature Center in Racine, WI. It’s an attempt to capture the fading light on the prairie. We arrived late and didn’t have a lot of time so we kept the hike short. I remember it as being very beautiful. The painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.

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Arcadia Vase

Arcadia Vase

Arcadia Vase

My brother found this vase in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Filled with flowers and plants from my backyard, I think it makes a lovely still life subject. Good eye little brother. This painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Shaw Wildflower Garden

Shaw Wildflower Garden at Dusk

Shaw Wildflower Garden at Dusk

Last night’s painting from Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. I really struggled with the values and foreground in this painting. The fading light and stone wall are what drew me to this subject. I really needed to push my values in both directions and the piece still doesn’t show the contrast that I saw last night. This painting is an 8×10 oil on panel.

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Backyard View-Black River Falls, Wisconsin

Gregg's View

Gregg’s View

This is the view looking out back from my brother’s house in Black River Falls. Beyond the grasses and wildflowers in the foreground, it’s all woods. My brother rides and walks the trails with his dog, Bo and tries to keep them open. Bo is part hound and if he brings you a rock and you throw it out back, he’ll put his nose to the ground and bring you the very same rock and ask you to throw it again-no matter where it landed the last time. He loves that game and, even though he’s getting older, he’ll play it until either you or he get tired of it. The painting is an 8×10 oil on panel.

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Lake Arbutus-Hatfield, WI

Arnold Creek Boat Landing

Arnold Creek Boat Landing

Tom and I visited my brother in Black River Falls, WI this past week. My brother suggested this might be a good spot to paint. This is Arnold Creek which feeds into Lake Arbutus at Hatfield. I forgot to bring my sun umbrella and got a little dark with the painting, but I like it anyway. This little study might make a good reference for a larger painting. It’s an 8×10 oil on panel.

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Pomegranate Tree

Pomegranate Tree

Pomegranate Tree

This painting is from a photo reference I took at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  This pomegranate tree resides in the Ottoman Garden – a favorite place. The painting is an oil on unstretched canvas and measures approx. 9×12.

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Plein air at Shaw Nature Reserve – The Bascom House

Bascom House Archway

Bascom House Archway

Plein air painting this past Sunday with fellow painters Jan and Judy. It was another hot and humid day, but a little less so than in prior weeks. We started around mid-morning and painted until lunchtime. This painting is a partial side view of the house, it’s oil on unstretched canvas and measures approx. 9×12. Judy left her painting on her easel while we ate lunch and when we got back someone had loaded up a couple of her brushes with paint and mixed colors on her palette and into her clean paint piles! We are hoping it was an unsupervised child and not another childish/rude adult.  At least they had sense enough not to add paint to her painting and they knew how to mix a really great orange😉.

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Low-tech Selfie

Selfie

Selfie

I’ve been playing with taking selfies lately and decided to use this one to paint a self portrait study in oil. So here is my low-tech version! The painting is approx. 8×10 oil on unstretched Fredrix canvas.

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Still life with seashells

Seashell Study

Seashell Study

Another quick study with seashells on a dark background. I’m still enjoying painting these shells. The support is unstretched Fredrix canvas. Oil on panel, approx. 10″ square.

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Gwen

Portrait of Gwen

Portrait of Gwen

Another charcoal study – 11×14 on Strathmore toned gray paper. I used a General’s Charcoal pencil for this one.

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