Sunday, September 20, 2015

#50 - Queen Anne Gem

8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel, Plein Air

My fiftieth painting. Another beautiful morning, so I ran out with my paints to a nice high spot on Queen Anne Road where I had a nice view of this gem of a farm and the distant Illinois horizon. I felt rushed during this painting session because of diminishing shade, sudden mosquitoes, and a big to-do list at home, so I probably could have added a little more detail. Still, it turned out alright.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

#49 - Made in the Shade

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel

My wife and I woke to a beautiful morning, so after a cup of coffee and an apple clide donut on the deck we drove out into the country. She dropped me at a corner of two country lanes that was shaded by three big oak trees across the road from this little red barn shaded by an oak of its own. She went off to take pictures and I set up my easel. Great morning.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

#48 - Garden of Eatin'

6" x 6" Oil on Gessobord

I love early September because gardens around here are in full production and mine is no exception, despite the weeds, rabbits and deer. We've got a lot of tomatoes, poblano and jalapeno peppers, and a bumper crop of onions. Perfect for salsa and bruschettas on the deck.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

#47 - Next Stop: Dahlgren

6" x 6" Oil on Gessobord

Last month we found ourselves traveling thru Dahlgren, Illinois, a sleepy little town of 500 with a great old Scandinavian train depot. It made me wonder who designed it and where they came from.