This painting is set in Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, WI, the scene of much Bass and Bluegill fishing. I was going for that vintage 1920s and 30s feel, harkening back to the magazine covers I’ve loved from Outdoor Life and Field and Stream. It is available to purchase at the Left Bank Art Gallery in McGregor, IA.
Next month I’m going to attend a Plein Air Painting Workshop taught by Mary Pettis, whose work I’ve admired for the last several years. I’ve been watching her Website for my next opportunity to take a workshop. For some time now I’ve wanted to do landscapes, and my subjects have more frequently been in outdoor settings.
Landscapes set in the Midwest are more difficult, I think, than Western landscapes. There you have the boon of distant vistas and the resulting changes in tone and coloration due to the retreating atmosphere. (That may not be very clear, but I know what I mean.)
My favorite landscape painters, however, are not the many fabulous Western painters, but rather Russian landscape painters. Their subjects are much more like the ones I have available to me in Wisconsin. Of course, their country is older, with older architecture and romantic dirt roads, but I take inspiration from them. They often do intimate settings, rather than the grand spectacle of mountains and water available in the Western Unifted States. The pastoral charm of these scenes is what I will be aiming for.
I recently bought a Plein Air painting called Silver Day by a Russian painter named Evgeny Zhurov (Moscow) and am thrilled with it.