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!
The painting process for the 9 x 12 watercolor, Abandoned Tower, captured in an animated gif.
Country Life (5 x 7 inches; watercolor)
Started this one last night and finished it this morning. An imaginary scene.
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!
Here’s a gif of the painting process for The Red Rooster.
This scene is located in Farmington, Missouri. The paper size is 12 x 16 inches .
Painted this one in the studio back in 2007. This scene is located in Meta, Missouri.
Meta Feed Mill (12 x 16 inches; watercolor)
This feed mill is still active in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
Painted this scene on location at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri on June 28, 2016.
The dry paint pans worked much better for this sketch. Everything was going great, until I started tweaking the sketch at the very end. I ended up dropping a blob of water and paint onto the sketch. Totally my fault for being careless. Another “hard” lesson to have learned!
I am pleased with the final sketch, although I liked it much better before the careless mistake mentioned earlier. On a positive note, I was able to fix the messy blob spot to a satisfactory level.
I also enjoy watching and photographing trains, and was able to watch four of them go by while I was painting. An overall excellent day!
I painted this scene on location at Caledonia, Missouri. The two structures are the Old Village Mercantile and Methodist Church. It was a warm, early spring day, and I still can remember that day as if it was yesterday. This painting was sold at Pumpkin Fest in Caledonia back in 2012.
Alexander and Main (12 x 16 inches; watercolor)