Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nine Springs

Monday was so nice it was hard not to at least try to paint something. I have a new dog and love going to the dog park out there. I hope she settles into a painting buddy. I was on the boardwalk at Nine Springs for a couple hours and also had wind issues. :) The painting itself has few redeeming qualities. I don't want the first of the year to be the best you know.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Start of Spring Painting

We've had a few decent days of weather and on one of them I went to Vilas Park and found this spot just downstream of the dam (where the muskie are currently jumping).  The painting is of a portion of the dam. And I can tell it's really spring ... had an unexpected gust of wind blow over my easel.

Hoping to get the first group outing set up soon but today it's snowing and so I'm holding off just a bit more.

Tom Gilbert

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Finally finished these 2 Plein-air pastels.

It has been awhile since I posted so here goes. 
I finally finished these 2 plein-air pastels. It didn't take too much to tweak them. And it wasn't a winter scene!
top one: Summer's Oak, pastel, 9 x 11.75
bottom one: Spring comes to the Marsh, pastel, 11.625 x 8.625 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Out the Window

It's been rough getting outside to paint this winter and so I found a couple views from my house to paint. Here's a painting of Heritage Park from my front window and another painting of my neighbors house from my back window. Both studio works but I was able to check the actual views from my windows.

Hey, it's March and time to at least hope for some decent weather to paint in.  Obviously the cold still has a strong grip on us but painting weather should be here soon.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter wo Snow

Here's my most recent winter painting but without snow.  Unfortunately I missed getting out for the few nice days we did have with some snow on the ground.


Monday, January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019

I painted this in the studio today based on photos and memory from my walk last week at the arboretum.  As Jan Norsetter suggested I desaturated the color so the photos were black and white to help with shapes and values and I tried to remember the clolors.  I find it hard to make skies blue enough with oil paint so I think I will try again with pastels.   I tried to paint as if I was outdoors and finished in 90 min.

8 x 10 oil on paper