Sunday, January 31, 2016

#65 - Frost's Road

8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel, plein air

It was 40F yesterday in northern Illinois and I was so happy to be outside painting again. I drove into the countryside and encountered this vista and a line from Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' popped into my head (Thank you, Mrs. Ellen Eberly, Westwood High School). "Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear..."

The late afternoon sky was fighting to clear and let some sun in but it never succeeded, so the colors remained somewhat muted.  It would be a great place to set up in the spring and perhaps paint it again on a 8" x 16" canvas to capture a bit more of the horizon..."Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever come back."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#64 - Home

8" x 16" Oil on primed linen panel

We live on some wetlands and I like the way our house looks from across the pond out back. I took the picture this was painted from last spring before the grass got tall and some of the previous year's grass was dried and evident. Our three boys loved playing back in the pond catching frogs and turtles, and this is the view they grew up with.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

#63 - Apple Jack

6" x 6" Oil on gessobord

I came across one of my dad's old jack knives the other day that I acquired when my mom and dad downsized a couple years ago. He always has a knife in his pocket and I have fond childhood memories of him digging it out of his pocket to either cut some garden twine, tighten a screw, open a bottle of pop for me (or a beer for himself) or cut up and apple.

#62 - Winter Tulip

6" x 6" Oil on gessobord

We had a very warm December in northern Illinois and one mild Saturday afternoon we sat on our neighbor's porch and enjoyed a bourbon in a nice glass. I took a picture and thought it might be a good subject to paint.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

#61 - Autumn Shed

6" x 6" Oil on gessobord

We were driving on a country road in November and I saw this shed at the side of the road. I like the open door and simple lines. I also like the reflection on the wet path in the foreground.