I was commissioned to paint the image of the Long Grove (IL) Historical Covered Bridge by Long Grove Living Magazine. The painting was raffled off to support preservation of this historic landmark in our quaint downtown.
I am pleased to say, my dear friend, Dr. Taylor Mack, PhD from Mississippi State University won the painting with his purchase of 3 tickets!
16" x 20" transparent watercolors on 300# CP Arches paper.
STUDY - monochrome/ Long Grove Historical Covered Bridge
Prior to painting the Long Grove Covered Bridge, I created a monochrome study with grey markers and colored pencils on toned paper, a technique that has been employed for hundreds of years. I do this to determine "values". Without values, you haven't a painting.
This study was presented to Ryan Messner, President of the Historic Downtown Business Association. This was presented by Mr. Harvey Stein, Publisher of Long Grove Living Magazine.
Closed for the season
This my homage' to Edward Hopper. Though not in oils, this painting was painted in "caseins", a paint as old as the Egyptians, but often associated with the 1920's-50's in commercial illustration. I wanted to capture the flavor of the 1930's by using this type of paint and imagery indicative of this period of time. I used the classic Modjeska Theater on Mitchell St. in Milwaukee, WI as my reference.
The painting is 30" x 30", painted in casein on archival watercolor board. It was a Finalist in the 26th Annual The Artist's Magazine Art Competition in the Architectural/Interior category.
"No more riders"
Inspired by a scene I stumbled upon in an abandoned farmstead in Wisconsin. The location was a "painting-rich" environment, filled with relics of the past, all of which had a story. I snapped as many reference photos as I could that frigid day, and even sketched out a few thumbnail drawings with notes so the moment and INSPIRATION wouldn't be forgotten by the time I got home.
15" x 30" acrylic on stretched art canvas. In the private collection of Dr. Taylor Mack, Phd. Mississippi State University.
"End of the road"
I found this old Buick, along with six more abandoned cars on the same farm as I found the bike (see above). This was 15 years ago, and this past summer I happened upon the same location. Sadly, but not unexpectedly, everything had been cleared away, and only the sad old dairy barn remained. As they say; "you can never go home again..."
15" x 30" acrylic on gessoed hardboard.
Sweet dreams Alex
When my middle boy, Alex was 3, I was able to get a picture of him to paint from.
This is one of my favorite paintings I've ever done, because it was painted out of pure love.