Painted this 2 x 3 inch oil painting on January 5, 2019. It was 65°F which is definitely not the norm for January in Missouri. As of today, winter has returned with a couple of snowstorms and bitter cold temps firmly in place.
This scene is located at Engler Park in Farmington, Missouri. I’ll be going back to this location to paint again when the weather gets warm.
I was able to paint 26 paintings in 2018! I look forward to creating more artwork in 2019.
Thank you to all of my subscribers for your support!
Tom (ToCo Artwork)
Bonne Terre Station (2 x 3 inches; oils)
Had a painting binge this weekend. The third and final painting from this weekend.
This one was painted on location using my repurposed Altoids tin as a paint box.
Close to the Edge (2 x 3 inches; oils)
I was able to sneak in a couple of hours of painting today after walking the dog at the park. A miniature oil painting using my repurposed Altoids tin as a paint box. There’s a trail at the back edge of the park with a bench facing an open field. A peaceful place to sit, relax, and paint!
A 2.5 x 3.5 inch oil painting of the information center at Caledonia, Missouri. I used oil pastel sticks to paint this one. I used a reference photo of mine from a few years ago to paint this miniature.
Untitled Oil Painting
I received a whole bunch of free mini canvas panels from a friend. She no longer wanted them, and knew I painted miniatures. They included line art already printed on them. I don’t need the line art, so I covered the canvas panels with gesso.
The above painting was completed from a reference photo given to me by my sister. This is my interpretation of the actual location. This was painted on March 17, and is still shiny with a few brush hairs stuck to it. I’ll remove the brush hairs after it has dried. Too easy to smudge while still wet.
Here are a couple of miniature oil paintings from last week. Two paintings in two days!
The first one was painted using my Altoids tin pochade box. I had a doctor’s appointment, and had to have blood drawn a couple of hours before my appointment. I decided not to sit in the waiting room for 2 hours, so I went to a local park and painted.
The second one was painted the next day while I was out getting grapes for grape jelly from a local grower near St. James, Missouri. The old depot was fixed up a few years ago and sits along the BNSF tracks that run through the town. It was a pleasant day!
I was able to get in some oil painting practice using my homemade pochade box on location on June 10, 2017.
I found a great spot in the shade and painted this scene of some grain elevators in Hull, Illinois. I’m not real thrilled with the finished oil sketch, but it was good practice. I recently modified my homemade cigar box pochade with a T-nut so I could mount it to a camera tripod. My first attempt at this modification failed, but I was able to rework it. The new fitting worked like a charm.
A nearby resident stopped by to see what I was doing. I had a nice conversation with him, and he even brought me a cold Pepsi to drink. Rural America at its best!
All-in-all, an enjoyable day of painting and watching trains pass by!
Getting ready for my next wet-on-wet oil painting workshop. I painted this demonstration painting earlier today, and my students will be using it for reference when they paint their own version. I will be setting up workshop dates for June and July of 2017!