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!
Cedar Creek (Day 1)
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.
Country Life (5 x 7 inches; watercolor)
Started this one last night and finished it this morning. An imaginary scene.
Old Country Church (1.0 x 1.5 inches; watercolor)
Just about the time I refill the stock of my dollhouse miniature paintings on Etsy, I sell another one. Not complaining because that’s a good problem to have!
The above painting replaces the Mary’s River Covered Bridge miniature which sold yesterday evening.
Finished this one earlier this morning. Just about caught up with restocking my Etsy Shop.
Down on the Farm (1.5 x 1.0 inches; mixed media)
Painted this one in the studio back in 2007. This scene is located in Meta, Missouri.
Meta Feed Mill (12 x 16 inches; watercolor)
A local freight along the old GM&O at Baldwin, Illinois. (June 2016)
This scene is located in Dexter, Missouri. The grain facility is no longer in use, and I am not sure it will ever be used again in the future.
I really enjoy exploring old rural communities for scenes like this. So many relics of days long ago. These types of scenes are favorites of mine, and are great subjects to paint!
A photo from 2005 at Rocheport, Missouri along the Katy Trail. A great little village!