Sunday, December 28, 2008

12-28-08 "After the Ice Storm (Acrylic)"

This painting may look like a duplicate of the last post and it is but it isn't. It was done in acrylic on canvas. I looked at it as an experiment and had a good time doing it.
Which style do you like better? The watercolor or the acrylic?
Acrylic on canvas, 8x10
$50.00, free shipping

Friday, December 26, 2008

12-26-08 "After the Ice Storm"

We had a severe ice & snow storm just before Christmas and I was inspired to capture the moment once things settled down. Ice hung from all the tree limbs and covered the snow drifts making each step crunch. This is December in the midwest, or as they say in Iowa the "middlewest".
Watercolor, 5x7
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

12-13-09 "A winter night in Iowa"

At the Christmas art show in Milo the paintings that sold were mostly winter scenes like the one above. They are simple scenes but full of emotion that speak to the heart.
Again, this painting is a mix of watercolor, gouche, and acrylics that come together to work perfectly on a winter scene.
Watercolor, 8x10
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

work in progress

The previous post's painting has been scrapped because I couldn't make the composition work out. This painting I started Sunday evening after church and will try to finish it by the end of the week.
I have had a very busy month trying to get our house ready for snow fall and I barely made it in time. The snow came before Thanksgiving and hasn't left yet.
Last Saturday we attended an Arts and Crafts show here in our little town of Milo and had the best show of the year. I sold several paintings and prints.

Monday, November 3, 2008

work in progress

Obviously I'm looking for a sunset on the horizen. That's easy enough but how to put in the correct shadows and foreground for that time of day is always a challenge.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

8-28-08 "After the Snow Storm"

There are times when the sky seems heavy and loaded with snow, ready to touch the ground. I've seen that effect during many snow storms. You'll se it when there is a lull in the storm but more is on the way.
Original water color, 5x7
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

work in progress

I'm still working on a winter theme and the weather here in Iowa is reminding me old man winter is on his way. The lower painting is the first washes of the sky and the top painting has a cut out of a couple of barns. Sometimes I use a cut out to get the placement right.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

10-18-08 "Comin' up from deer hunting"

Some days we wonder what we are doing outside in the bad weather but that's where a lot of hunters find themselves and a lot of farmers are also deer hunters. November is the perfect time for hunting. Many evenings like this one presented this view of my neighbors farm as I walked home after hunting. I like the cold, stark atmosphere this painting conveys.
Watercolor, 5x7

Monday, October 13, 2008

Back at it!

I just started to paint with no real idea or real location in mind. I haven't done something like that in several years. Usually work from a real scene somewhere but not this time. The finished painting will probably be a snowfall scene. I've been working on house projects so much lately that the blog has had to suffer.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

9-21-08 Trial and Error

Does this painting look a little different than what Ive been doing lately? It's all acrylic. Fall is on the way or maybe here by the looks of the fields here in Iowa and I wanted this painting to look like the fields are just starting to turn colors.

I left my camera at my son's home for a week and a half so that put me out of commission for posting.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

work in progress

Here is a project in acrylics. As you can see the acrylic paint goes down heavier and more opaque than water colors. The sky is done but the foreground and landscape around the barns needs some imagination. We'll see!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

8-26-08 "Allerton's Round Barn"

This is the completed painting of Allerton, IA's round barn. That small community is trying to preserve this barn, a one room school house, and a large victorian house on a museum property. I usually don't show the painting in the frame but I thought some of you might want to see how it is matted and framed.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's probably obvious I've had a major slow-down in producing paintings. Making paintings feeds on itself. In otherwords the more you paint the more you want to paint and the more you find time to paint. But once you brake that cycle it's hard to get that bike back on the road and head down the trail again. I had three artshow weekends in a row where I only completed one painting and now there are home repairs that must be made or I'll be fixing the porch and such while the snow flakes are falling around me. That's not appealing at all! I'll sit down at my art table this week and start another painting. I'm real tempted to branch out into something new, what I don't know. We'll see what the fall brings.

Friday, August 15, 2008

work in progress

Here is a painting of the round barn in Allerton, IA that I painted last year but in the 5x7 size. This painting will fit a 16x20 frame and hopefully be an improvement of the first one. The sky started out with a lot of big, puffy, billowing clouds. Yet, I couldn't make them look right so I smoothed them over and you see what I come up with. Maybe this is better in that they don't over power the white of the barn.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

7-31-08 "A Nice Summer Afternoon"

Well here is the finished painting with its corrections! The fence row making its way over the rolling landscape leads the eye to the barn just as it should. This painting has much more appeal than the previoius rendition.
water color, 16x20
$200, shipping included

Friday, July 25, 2008

work in progress - adjustments

The lower photo shows a painting I had completed in November of 07 but was never really satisfied with it so this week I took it out of the frame and gave it a stronger foreground and some fall foilage to the bare tree limbs. I'm not finished yet but will add a fence somewhere and a 'v' of ducks in the sky heading south for the winter.
The blogging has been neglected for several days as I was getting ready for the art show last weekend and this weekend there is another show in Indianola. There should be a large crowd because the National Balloon Classic is going on at the same time.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Brown's Chapel Road

Several weeks ago we went yard-saling around the country side and drove past this farm. Everything seemed to be in place perfectly and the composition needed little improvement.
I'm scheduled to be in two art shows this month, one in August, and have been asked to be the guest artist at another show in August. I like to keep busy but this just might get me worn out.
Watercolor $225

Friday, July 4, 2008

work in progress

It may look like these barns are floating on a brown pond but once I'm done the small barn to the right will be set back with a windmill at its side. The two close up barns and grasses will lead the eye to the focal point .

Monday, June 30, 2008

6-30-08 "Carsonville Barn"

Several years ago when I dropped off my daughter at a friends home I parked the car in the driveway looking right at this barn and silo. I had my sketch pad with me and quickly scketched this scene but did not take any pictures for a color reference. This painting medium is my special egg tempera mix. The finished painting has a rich, thicker texture than water color and dries with a nice glossly look.
$225, watercolor
16x20, shipping included
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

work in progress

This work in progress is a larger version of a 5x7 that I finished some time last year. With all that needs to be done after moving into a new home I'm finding it hard to make time to paint and post but I'm sure things will get back to normal before long.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

6-17-08 "Wisconsin Dell"

Here again is a Wisconsin farm scene given to me from a friend who grew up in that farming state. Her dad had a marvelous round barn that was huge. Maybe I can paint that scene sometime in the future. In this painting the sky is loose and summer like and the viewer is just waiting to walk up the fence row to the barn and house.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Friday, June 13, 2008

work in progress

This painting is coming off a little more loose than most that I have done lately. Sometimes a change is good. I don't have to worry and try to make the sky perfect, the buildings perfect, the grass perfect, etc. You get it. We finally got high speed internet here in Iowa, it took a while but things move slow here.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Trying to capture just the right winter mood after the sun has set can be challenging but rewarding when it's done. I like this one but my wife has given me some critical feed back that has been good and helpful.
Summer art shows are going to come real quick and when I figure in that I haven't been to one in years there could be trouble coming in the next week as I start to get ready for the first show.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Work in Progress

Here is the beginning of my first painting started in Iowa. We moved to the heart of the nation this past week and are settled in enough to begin painting again. My studio is still a wreck filled with boxes and will stay that way for quite some time. We were greated to Iowa by storm and tornado warnings this past week but we are all safe and sound. My wife and I already have had the pleasure of watching the grandchildren and just love it!

Monday, May 19, 2008

5-19-08 "Wisconsin farm"

The lady that gave the photo of this farm grew up on a farm in Wisconsin where her dad built a great round barn. She gave me several pictures of it from different angles. Sometime in the future I am going to put together some drawings and try to work out a painting of it. This will be the last blog for more than a week as we relocate to the state of Iowa. My son and his family live there and my daughter and her family live in Nebraska so we will be close to them. It will take us sometime to get settled in before I can get back to the computor to post a new painting. See you then.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Work in progress

One of my dear friends at church showed me her album of barns she has photographed over the years. This is one of her barns. I took the liberty of making it a winter scene and when I'm done there will be snow falling.

Monday, May 12, 2008

5-11-08 "Spring Fields"

As the spring winds blow and dry the fields out the farmer is ready to work them up for planting. All this must be done in a timely manner to get that seed into the ground.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Work in progress

Dramatic skies really help to tell the story in a painting but boy are they hard to do! I wanted a dark sky but not stormy looking. Two things have delayed my postings; my camera didn't want to focus for some crazy reason and we just took a trip to Iowa for a long weekend. Sorry for the delay.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Name Change

I've been throwing around the idea of changing my blog's name and then developing a web sight (not a blog). The name that seems to fit is Gibson's American Farm. All three words are descriptive of who I am and what I produce as an artist. I've applied to be in three art shows in Iowa this summer. It's been several years since I've been in an art show so there is a lot of preperation to do before the first one. We all hope it goes well.

Monday, April 28, 2008

4-28-08 "McCue's farm"

This painting is finally ready to go! It seemed to take a long time to get develop to post but it's always worth it. I have applied at an art show in Indianola, Iowa that takes place this summer. My type of rural farm paintings should really do well out there. Meanwhile we get to visit two sets of grandchildren who live in that area.
16 x 20 watercolor,
$200 free shipping

Friday, April 25, 2008

Work in progress

Here are two stages of this painting. I like to work from the top down, meaning I start at the sky and end up at the foreground at the bottom of the painting. Little details like windows and background trees start to be filled in at this time also. The next blog will be the finished painting.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Work in progress

It's a little unusual to put the main focal point in the center of the painting but with the strong red barn off to the right of the house it works this time. The sky is acrylic and gouche and the house is all acrylic paint. I'm finding the acrylic is getting easier to work with as I use it more and more.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

4-19-08 "The Old Manure Spreader"

Here's one farm job nobody likes doing. Throwing the cow manure into the spreader and spreading it onto the fields!
I'm still checking out web sights that can host my online studio and help me sell paintings online. There probably is a need to rename my online studio to something with a more rural/farm nature. Any ideas? I like the words Heartland and Oak if that's any help.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Work in progress

The composition of this painting has given me trouble from the start and that is a big clue I should have scrapped it when I had the chance. Now it has a mind of it's own and won't settle for the waste can. It should be done in a day or so. I've not posted as I should because of a back log in house repairs that couldn't be put off any longer. I've been trying to get accepted into an artist websight but the fact that I don't post several times a week is a handicap. They want artist that are very regular and produce weekly if not more to keep their 1.5 million viewers happy (and buying).

Sunday, April 6, 2008

4-6-08 "Marlette Road Farm"

This is a scene right after the wheat harvest. The golden stubble left by the combines fills the field in front of the barn and the straw left behind will be made into bales to be put in the mow of the barn. They will be used all winter as bedding for the barn animals.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Study for Farm

I'm trying to keep a strong foreground in this painting so that the barns and house stay in the background but that isn't always easy to do. We'll see how it turns out.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

3-27-08 "The Little Brown House"

The brown building in this yard seemed quite out of place being too close to the house and closer to the road than it should be. But the only thing it could be was an outhouse!
This house is in Michigan.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Friday, March 21, 2008

3-21-08 "The Farmstead"

This is a painting that I gave to my son Nathan and his wife Heather. It is a representation of the farmstead we lived in Michigan when my four children were young.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

3-16-08 "Waiting for Spring"

This painting conveys the idea that winter has been a little too long and everyone on the farm is waiting for the snow to melt and spring to burst forth.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Work in progress

It has been quite a while since I last posted but I just got back from a mini vacation to Iowa to see my son and his wife and child. We also drove just sort of Omaha to visit my daughter and her husband and two boys. What a week! There is farm land on top of farm land in Iowa.
The work in progress that I'm posting was done before I left but I ran out of time to post it. The finished painting should be ready shortly and I'll have it on this site by the end of the week.

Monday, March 3, 2008

3-3-08 "Willis House"

This painting came out just as I had hoped. The sky and the snow in the foreground set the mood for this lonely house on Lorie Road. It had sat vacant for so many years that the paint was beginning to peal and wood trim was falling off. Today it looks well taken care of by its new owners.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Work in progress

This is another look at the same farm house from the previous post. I'm going to change the season of the year and the time of day for this painting.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2-26-08 "Morning at Lorie Road"

This house was abandoned and run down but about ten years ago was purchased and refurbished with all of it's beautifull style. The owners' had me paint a large size commission for them but there are still a lot of views that I never got around to painting. This is one of them.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Work in progress for Morning Glow

I've had a head cold for most of the week which has prevented me from performing my blogging duties but finally here is the beginning of my latest painting. The goal here is to have a glow from the morning sun coming from behind the house leaving the house itself cast in a shadow.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

2-19-08 "Tornado Season"

Last week several tornadoes spun across a couple of states and did a lot of damage. That got me thinking about tornado season and the dark, moody skies that come with a dangerous thunder storm. Sometimes the whole sky is nothing but black, purplish clouds ready to drop a twister.
Twelve years ago a twister about shook my truck off the road as it passed 200 feet in front of me and the firetruck that was blocking the road. The county volunteer firemen had been tracking it as it traveled six miles by land to exactly where I was.
16x20" Original Watercolor
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Work in progress for "Tornado Season"

I'm trying to make this sky look like it is ready to blow in a tornado at any minute.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sketch for 'Tornado Season'

This is how a painting starts out for me. I draw a pencil sketch for composition
and contrast of lights and darks. I use this when I start to put paint on the paper as my guide.