I was able to get in some oil painting practice using my homemade pochade box on location on June 10, 2017.
I found a great spot in the shade and painted this scene of some grain elevators in Hull, Illinois. I’m not real thrilled with the finished oil sketch, but it was good practice. I recently modified my homemade cigar box pochade with a T-nut so I could mount it to a camera tripod. My first attempt at this modification failed, but I was able to rework it. The new fitting worked like a charm.
A nearby resident stopped by to see what I was doing. I had a nice conversation with him, and he even brought me a cold Pepsi to drink. Rural America at its best!
All-in-all, an enjoyable day of painting and watching trains pass by!
Spending a few days out of town on my vacation, and I am collecting some photo references for future paintings. Most of my pics didn’t make the cut, but this one did. Found this scene while driving along an old dirt road in the middle of nowhere. The only traffic I encountered along this road was a couple of tractors. Stopped on a low water crossing to get this shot.
I like how Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch paint. They are both transparent watercolor artists and have put out several books and videos on how to paint with watercolor. Their paintings are very colorful, and the painting techniques they use create paintings that do not look overworked. The brushwork is loose and the paintings have a glow to them.
I am practicing some new techniques to loosen up my paintings a la Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch. I’m not real happy with the rocks, but it is practice after all! The watercolor techniques Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch use are simple, but timing is critical. I find myself forgetting certain steps of the process and that does affect the final outcome. Overall, I am pleased with the final results of this practice painting!
Abandoned Tower – A Model Railroad Memory (9 x 12 inches; watercolor)
I painted this watercolor for my friend, Bill Graham, who is a model railroader. This scene is from Bill’s former model railroad layout that was located in his basement a few years ago.
I am really pleased with how it turned out!
Getting ready for my next wet-on-wet oil painting workshop. I painted this demonstration painting earlier today, and my students will be using it for reference when they paint their own version. I will be setting up workshop dates for June and July of 2017!
“April showers bring May flowers.” They also bring floods.
This is a scene along Wolf Creek near Farmington, Missouri on April 29, 2017. Flash flooding has been occurring due to the amount of heavy rainfall we have been receiving this weekend. You can tell the water has receded, but more storms arrived shortly after this photo was taken. The spot where I am standing is surely under water at the time of this posting.