Friday, July 26, 2013

Painting Around Town

Got a late start this morning as I had to service the bearings in my rear hub on my bicycle before taking off. So, by a little after 11am, I was off to find something of interest to paint. I had in mind the river front again.

As I rode down there I passed by a building that I've always wanted to try, but felt the architecture was too overwhelming. It's the Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home. Well, today, I stopped and gave it a try. I was particularly drawn to the water fountain.

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I first did some ink pen sketches to get a feel for the place.

Next I readied me a sheet of 140lb.cold press Arches paper and did this watercolor.
It's an 8"x10" image

From there I went down to Smothers Park and wanted to try to do something to include the fountains down there. But, being it was high noon, the lighting was just not working for me. So I hit some side streets and came upon this view of some people sitting in the shade in front of The Famous Bistro. Of course to get that view, I had to sit in direct sunlight. But, I  made do.

Arches 140lb. cold press.
8"x10" watercolor

From there I started meandering back home and went by a house I had seen a few weeks ago and had talked to the owner about stopping by to paint her incredible garden.

Here is what I came up with. Watercolor, of course.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Plein Air With My Bike

Loaded up my bike and went around doing some scouting and painting. I have been able to get my oils and watercolors all in the same backpack, along with the tripod and everything I need. Still, working on streamlining it further and making it quicker and easier to transport and set up.

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phone: 812-306-1699

This is my trusty steed, a 1993 GT Talera. Outfitted with a simple rear rack, my Kelty backpack, and an assortment of bungee cords.


I started with this one of my backyard and the butterfly bushes, daylilies, and crepe myrtle.

5"x7" oil on canvas panel

From there I rode down to the riverfront and our new park. I picked this view of the bridge, the RiverPark Center, and the Veterans Memorial.

5"x7" oil on canvas panel

Being it was a pretty hot day in the 90's with 100% humidity, I rode over to a coffee house and had me a couple of cold drinks. Then set up and painted this view in watercolor.

7"x10" watercolor

Then the next morning I headed out and did a couple more. I rode all total about 30 miles on this day, only painting two, but scouted out several potential spots I'd like to go back to.

5"x7" oil on panel

This was a little farther on down the road and setup a watercolor.

7"x10" watercolor

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Adkisson Greenbelt Watercolor

Just completed this painting. It's a view along the Adkisson Greenbelt Trail that encircles the city of Owensboro, KY. where I live.

It's a full sheet, 30"x22", Arches 140lb. cold press paper.

This painting was purchased by Owensboro Regional Health Hospital and now resides in their new administration building.