Monday, June 19, 2017

Watercolor Sketching At The T. C. Steele State Historic Site

Expanding Your Artistic Horizons Series

Date: 06/19/2017
Subject: T. C. Steele Studio Barn
Medium: Watercolor 


View of  T.C. Steele  Studio Barn
View of  T.C. Steele
Studio Barn
Today was in the mid 70's which made it a perfect day to go to Nashville, Indiana. We stopped at the Brown County Art Gallery to view the 39th Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale. There was a good variety of work by well-known Indiana artists and was well worth the stop. Afterward, we drove out to the T. C. Steele State Historic Site to spend the afternoon. The site is closed on Monday so you cannot go on the tour but can walk around the grounds.  I decided to take my Watercolor Sketch Kit as part of the Expanding Your Artistic Horizons Series. Looking for a subject to sketch and paint I settled on a view from the porch of the T. C. Steele studio barn.The wind was blowing enough to cool the air and make you think about why Selma came up with the name "House of the Singing Winds". I must say sitting on the porch while I sketched did make me think about why the Steeles wanted to live here. And if the Steel's were sitting on the porch 100 years ago what would they be thinking, doing or saying. Perhaps Theodore would be admiring the studio he had built a year earlier or trying to decide where to paint the next day on his 211 acres. Selma may have been thinking about what she needed to do in her garden or having to host visitors to T. C.'s studio the next day. Maybe they were just relaxing on the porch and enjoying the view across their property or talking with Frank Hohenberger who had stopped by to take some photographs. No matter what they were doing I am sure they were enjoying it as much as I was sitting there on the porch sketching.

Applying Ink
Applying Ink
Adding Color to Sketch
Adding Color to Sketch
 As mentioned in a previous post, for me Watercolor sketching is supposed to be fun. Give me a chance to explore something new and not worry so much about how the picture or drawing turns out. Yes, I would be more satisfied if I was experienced in watercolor and could actually produce a nice finished watercolor but for now, it's about the experience. After I sketched the scene I decided to trace over the pencil with ink. Then went back and applied the watercolor to the picture.  Watercolor takes a little getting used to since it will reactive with additional water. Also, when I start a watercolor sketch I try to be conscious about what makes watercolor unique which is transparency. Sometimes, I find myself trying to apply the colors to be more opaque like oils. Will work on improving this but at the same time remember that for me this is supposed to be fun not work. Anyway, it was a great way to spend the day where one of the most well know Indiana artist lived and painted.

Finished Watercolor Sketch
Finished Watercolor Sketch















Photos from the Grounds of T. C. Steele State Historic Site

Studio Barn




Indiana Heritage Arts 32nd annual Exhibition and Sale

Ken Bucklew Receives First Prize at 2010 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition 

The Brown County Art Gallery located in Nashville In. hosted the 32nd Annual Indiana Heritage Arts (IHA) show and sale on June 12th through June 26th, 2010. The IHA show drew an estimated 1,500 visitors to view the 129 paintings juried into the show by this year’s judge,  Wylie, Texas artist John Pototschnik.  John received his art training at Wichita State University specializing in advertising design and illustration.  He also studied at the Art Center College in Los Angles Ca.  Over the years, John worked at several major advertising agencies and companies in Dallas, TX, then began painting professionally in 1982.  John took on the challenge of awarding prizes for the large selection of paintings entered into the competition. Ken Bucklew of Spencer, In. took the Gold Award (First Prize) for a landscape oil painting titled “Overlook Near Freedom” receiving $5,000 for first prize. The IHA Board of Directors purchased the painting for $15,000 to add to the IHA permanent collection. In addition, Ken won the People’s Choice Award for an additional $500 and according to the IHA it may be the most awarded painting in the organization's 32-year history.

The Silver Award (Second Prize) went to a Seymour artist Judith Lewis for an oil painting titled “Sweet Serenade”. A very well done still life receiving the award of $3000.

The Bronze Award (Third Prize)  of $2000 was awarded to John Michael Carter for a for a painting titled “Lana”.

The $1000 Award of Excellence and an IHA Ribbon went to four Indiana Artists:


Jerry Smith for a painting titled “Ground Level”
Todd Reifers for a painting titled "Martins Garden"
Timothy Greatbatch for a painting titled "April Remembered"
Fred Deloresco for a painting titled "Haying"

The $250 Award of Merit went to:

Dan Woodson for a painting titled "Cows Drinking"
Tom Woodson for a painting titled "End of Water"
Charlene George for a painting titled "Path Through the Popular's"
Ronald Mack for a painting titled "Nashville's First Light"
James Oblack for a painting titled "Tired Iron"
William Borden for a Painting titled "Geyman Hill Farm"
Joel Knapp for a painting titled "Day is Done"
Dale Popovich for a painting titled "Winters White Blanket"
Lawrence Rudolech for a painting titled "Streamed"
Thomas Himsel for a painting titled "The Other Side of the Hill"

Bill Inman was awarded the $300 John "ABE" Eyed Memorial Award for his painting titled "Sun Kissed".
The $300 Carl Graf Memorial Award went to Chris Newland for an oil titled "Sow Again".
Norene Mara won the John Rudd $300 Memorial Award for "Winter Woodland" and Hattie Stanton took the Magaret Colglazer Memorial Award for "Scenic View winning $250.
The V. J. Cariani Memorial Award went to Thom Robinson. Luke Buck to the Floyd Hopper Memorial Award for his Watercolor titled "Hoosier Barn" with $250 in prize money. Andrea Bojrab won the $250 Indiana Plein Air Painters Award for a painting called "Dustin Nature Preserve".

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Painting the Pileated Woodpecker in Acrylic (6)

Expanding Your Artistic Horizons Series

Painting Session 6
Date: 06/17/2017
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Links to Prior Sessions: Session 1 - 3Session 4Session 5

I spent Session 6 repeating what I did in Session 5. I continued to spend almost all of my time working on the leaves trying to achieve some level of realism.  But continue to run into the same issues such as the ability to blend the paint and drying time. I am sure that it is my inexperience painting in acrylic and not knowing some of the methods or techniques used to achieve the results I am looking for. I did read that glazing medium could be used to blend acrylic paint. Before I start another painting I want to get some of the medium to see if it helps solve the problem. I am not sure if the medium and paint will behave the same on paper as it does on canvas. Maybe I will do a test on different surfaces to see how the medium will work before starting another painting. I did paint in a light blue sky in the background. Originally I intended to have lighter leaves in the background but changed this mid-stream during session 5. Looking back at the painting in session 4 I am not sure this was such a good idea. I think I think I like the original idea with the leaves better than the sky. But I don't feel like I am making much progress so will probable only paint one more session adding in a few details and call the painting done. Otherwise, I will overwork the painting and never be satisfied with the results.

Painting Pileated Woodpecker Session 6
Session 6 Painting
Painting Pileated Woodpecker Session 5
Session 5 painting

Friday, June 16, 2017

T. C Steele State Historic Site May 15, 2010 Festival of Flowers Paintout

T. C. Steele Hous
T. C. Steele House
On Saturday, May 15, 2010, the T.C. Steele State Historic Site hosted its 11th Annual Festival of Flowers Paint out in Brown County Indiana and was open to artists of all ages both Amateur and Professional. The entry fee for Adults was $10.00 and $5.00 for Children with pre-registration required for the event. Categories for entry were Adult-Oil,   Adult-Acrylic, Adult-Watercolor, Adult-Drawing, Adult-Mixed Media, Adult Garden Art, Child 12 and under any media and Teen 13 to 18 any media. Ribbons were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd along with honorable mention in each category. In addition, a  People's Choice ribbon was awarded based on popular vote from attendees at the event. All first place winners have their paintings hanging in T. C. Steele’s studio for one month after the paint out.  As in past, there was a line of artists waiting to have their canvases stamped when the gates opened at 7:00 am ET.  After going through the registration validation process, Artists searched the grounds to find the best subject to paint, in hopes of winning a ribbon at the end of the day.  The morning was sunny with cool temperatures making it ideal for non-artists attending the event.

Artists at T. C. Steele Spring Paintout
Artists at T. C. Steele
Spring Paintout
People strolled the grounds during the morning to watch artists paint, and to enjoy the day. Unfortunately, as the morning progressed, heavy rain started to fall around noon, causing some of the artists and attendees to pack up and leave.  For those artists that were almost finished with their paintings, and were willing to stay, they turned in their paintings at 2:00 p.m. for judging.  Rain continued to fall most of the day and the judges had to brave the weather with umbrellas to judge the paintings, in order to determine a winner in each category. While judging was underway, there was entertainment provided by a local band.  All the artists who were awarded a ribbon were present until the end of the day, despite the rain.

The T. C. Steele State Historic Site is located about 7 miles outside of Nashville, In. and is the last home and studio of Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926). Steele was a member of a group of artists known as the "Hoosier Group". The site is 211 acres and includes Steele's studio and house, known as the "House of the Singing Winds" named by his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele (1870-1945).

Original Steele Studio
Original Steele Studio
Selmas Garden
Selma's Garden