Plein air “hike”

Well, I packed up all my plein air gear for the first time, (literally, I packed my backpack!) and took a long hike to the patio. Just had to get outside and try my hand at plein air painting. Good practice for dialing in what I may need for a much longer hike. 🙂 I really enjoyed it! I knew I would.
Anyway, some marigolds for my first trek. I didn’t finish it. Although I may take the hike again tomorrow night, or finish it up in the studio. Either way, I haven’t painted since April so it’s good to get the brushes back into my hands again. After all, I still have a piece to finish… right Nick and Jayla?
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More portrait work.

This one is approx. 8×10, oil on canvas board. Not sure why I continue to work so small. It does force me to think about each brush stroke though. So, learning even more with each one.

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Alla prima portrait

I put down the shovel today for a bit of studio time. Lots of yard work this summer.

It’s been since July that I had this opportunity. Was a day to simply relax and work my way back into the creative side. Working very small on this one, for me. Quite the challenge since I like to lay it on thick. 5×7, Oil on Ampersand panel.  Again, just great to have a brush in my hand today.

Oil on cradled hardboard
Oil on cradled hardboard

Thanks to faestock on DeviantArt for the reference photo.

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Walleye paintings

I thought I’d share a couple of older Walleye paintings, each done a couple of years ago, and are oils done on poster board. These were done as a temporary piece of artwork and never really intended for archiving. But thankfully, due to today’s technology, I can keep them around for many years electronically.

The Feed
The Feed

Doing these paintings takes me back, remembering my youth, watching outdoor hunting and fishing shows with my grandfather, uncles, father, and brother, and growing up in the wooded hills of western Pennsylvania . I love that part of this great country.

The Chase
The Chase

Fishing, for me, is a form of relaxation and release. Tensions and worry just seem to disappear, as it does when I paint. I have so many wonderful memories of fishing with friends and family, it’s no wonder I lean towards the water. But, truly, simply being in the wilderness itself is a thrill.

I can’t wait to do a series of wildlife paintings representing my love and respect for wildlife and “the great outdoors”… Hopefully soon.

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