Monday, March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
My painting time has been sort of limited over the past few months because I have been so busy teaching and working in the lab. The new paintings on this post have been in progress for a while.
I tried something new with the water on the Mahoopany Creek painting. My streams, ponds, pools, and lakes are still a work in progress. I have a couple more I want to start and continue to experiment with different techniques.
The new pictures include a miniature version of the field corn painting I posted earlier. A little different view, but I had fun painting this one.
Last fall we visited The Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village. Erin and I took a lot of pictures of windows, doors and, old hardware. These were added to an existing collection of similar images and I have started to paint through a “Windows” series. The three small window paintings are the first in this set. I have dozens of images I want to paint in several different sizes.
If I can find some additional time to paint we will update more often.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
We had a lot of rain in Michigan this year. A full ten inches above our normal rainfall. As a result, everything has stayed very green well into November and all of the local crops appear to have been quite prolific…especially the corn and soybeans.
I am in the process of finishing this painting of some tall field corn and a farmhouse. The location is somewhere between Saline and Manchester on Burmeister Road. I left out the cloud of mosquitoes swarming around me while I was trying to take pictures!
Friday, September 9, 2011
One of the projects I’ve been wanting to get started on for some time, is to chronicle, in landscapes, the places my ancestors lived as they migrated from east to west across North America.
Last fall, we had a chance to visit some of the places my direct-line Harris ancestors lived in northeast Pennsylvania. The painting I am working on now is a scene from Mahoopany Creek In Pennsylvania. My fourth great-grandfather, Emer Harris, lived in this area and owned shares in a sawmill a few miles distant from this spot on the Little Mahoopany, to the northeast. Both of these streams feed the nearby Susquehanna River. This part of Pennsylvania is especially beautiful in the autumn, when the trees are in full color.
One of my next projects will be to paint something Brownhelm, Lorain County Ohio. Emer own some property near the Vermillion River and it was here that his sons Alma and Charles were born. Alma is my third great-grandfather.