A work in progress -- trees on a path





This was a nice Sunday.  Did some contract work for a couple of Facebook clients, did some laundry, actually wired up a painting (that I always put off), Jack did the cooking for supper, and I got into the studio and started a painting.  In fact, I almost finished it.  Sometimes it happens that way, doesn't it?

Earlier this summer, Jack and I rode our bikes on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.  There were so many beautiful scenes it was hard to pick which painting to do.  Private note:  Later on the ride, I was mesmerized  by the scenery so much that I rode right off the trail and down a rocky embankment.  That hurt like a son of a gun.

Anyhooo...
As most of you know, I always paint my gessobord or canvas first red or some warm color.  I don't like starting a painting on a a white background.  After the background is dry, I sketched in the landscape with pencil very lightly and then went over it in a dark paint.  Both the background and the sketching paint is acrylic.  No patience for waiting for the boring part to dry.  When I want to paint, I want to paint now, not in 2 days.

Then, the hard part was -- do I finish it in acrylics or oils.  That took about 45 seconds to decide.  Oil.  Then it was off to the races.

So, here is the painting in stages.  I hope to finish sometime this week and when I do I'll post again.

Have a great week!

Starting a still life.

Just getting in the groove. A cold, rainy day makes it easier to buckle down and paint. This is from a photo taken last weekend when my daughters visited from Chicago. We were driving through Custer State Park and my oldest bolted from the car to climb the hill that had only one tree.

Still deciding whether to finish in oils or acrylics.

More to come.


3 Canvases started today

"Peonies"

"Alium" starting out.

"Clouds" in it's earliest stages.

"Clouds" about 50% done

Beautiful day in Lead today (pronounced "lEEd.")

Sketched out 3 different size canvases. One large landscape and 2 florals. Once they were all blocked in, I started laying in the color of the large landscape...a sunset scene taken from a photo I took from our back yard.

Also, Frank, our black pug, decided to keep me company the whole time. He's a bit of a snorer, but good company.

"Lilac Road," from start to finish

"Lilac Road" 16" x 20" oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
Finished product.

Almost done. Blocking in colors and values.

Starting out with the cad red background and putting in the values.

This painting painted itself. The hardest part about the piece was getting my butt to the easel and DOING IT.

I woke up Easter morning with no plans on my plate and the sun shining. Since I don't live near my family, there were no Easter obligations and the day lay before me unencumbered with social appointments. On this past Friday, our lovely town of Lead, SD got a good 8" of snow. Yes, snow. But, the last 2 days have been back in the 50s with the snow melting quickly.

So...here is my newest painting. It's the final in the series of the 3 spring lilac pictures I took when I first moved to South Dakota. This is a small gravel backroad in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of western Rapid City.

I LOVE lilacs. The smell brings me back to my childhood and last year the lilac season was a full month behind northern IL...so I got TWO lilac seasons.

Here is "Lilac Road" in its progressive stages. Enjoy.

Maybe if I paint about Spring, it will come sooner!

"Meadow at Dusk," 16" x 20," oil on gessobord

Think Spring.

Here is another in a short series of images I'm doing during late Spring in the Black Hills. This meadow is in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of Rapid City.

This painting was done a bit looser than the last. Probably because when I finally got the time to paint, my light was starting to fade. Had to move fast! Actually, I prefer the more subtle, loose brushstrokes, with an occasional finger smear here and there. Finger painting is a good thing.

The weather in Lead and Deadwood continues to be real snowy. It will get to 40-50 degrees and some of the snow will melt, but then a dumping of snow comes around the corner and we're right back where we started! So.... I have one more in this series. Hopefully, I'll get a start on it this week.

Until then....

Back in the groove...

"Late Spring in Johnson Siding," 12" x 16", oil on cradled gessobord

Finished with the final touch ups on the painting I started last week. When it's dry, I'll paint the cradled sides and wire her up.

Once finished, I got cracking on the next oil on the next late spring landscape I captured last year. It's almost dusk with the sun setting over a meadow. I got a good start, but then needed to finish the laundry and start supper. Oscars on tonight and they start at 6:30 p.m. here in the mountains! See the progress of the meadow painting below...


Meadow ... part 1

Meadow ... part 2

Meadow ... part 3

Back at the Easel

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Well, it took me almost 9 months, but I picked up my paintbrush again. It's about time right?

Sunday in Lead was very snowy and cozy. No need to go anywhere. Jack had his own creative projects to work on and I made a huge chicken pot pie the day before that we could snack on....so NO cooking responsibilities.

My studio still isn't quite set up here yet, so I moved my easel and paints into my bedroom (it's a nice big light-filled room) and started on a 12" x 16" cradled gessobord panel. When I moved to SD last spring (late may), I took some shots of the beautiful landscapes.

So, this one is of this HUGE lilac bush at dusk. I got two springs last year. One in Illinois and then another one in SD. Who doesn't love lilacs?

It's an oil and I've shown it in 3 progressive steps. I think it's 95% done. I've gone kind of loose with it, but need to pop the lilacs more. The oils were getting a bit too wet for me to fuss with anymore. When I think it's 100% done...I'll post it.

Oh....had my little buddy, Frank laying on the end of my bed watching the whole time. He's Jack's dog, but he's become my shadow around here. Nice having a sweet little pup around again.