Oil painting of an old red tractor

Ol’ Work Horse
By LuAnn Widergren
8 x 10 in.

This painting received the Artists’ Choice Award at the 2021 Paint the Point, Mineral Point, WI. The painting sold at the show. When I called to tell the farmer the good news, he exclaimed “You sold my tractor!” I have done a replacement painting and a commission of his farm, so all is well in now in Wisconsin! Since then, this piece was awarded Honorable Mention at the American Impressionism Society 2021 All Members Online Juried Exhibition — not sure I’m going to relay that to the farmer.

I have begun to split my time between the Wisconsin driftless area and the Florida coast. I have no limits on finding inspiration! Most of my works are plein air or plein air based. When painting outdoors, I am always amazed how I can really have a bad painting but not a bad time painting. I guess if you haven’t already, I am encouraging you to try it! I continue to work at capturing the beauty nature provides, giving a sense of time and place. Part of the process is figuring out how to filter out distractions, yet retaining the realism, such as in the painting above; the actual scene had vivid green grass in the foreground that, if painted, would have diminished my intended focus.

For Upcoming Events: check out my website: https://www.luannwidergren.com for new works, upcoming Wisconsin and Florida plein air events (definitely returning to Paint the Point), art festivals, and a Duo Art Exhibition with talented painter (and my sister), Lynette Redner, “Two Sisters – Painting the Landscape” at the Beloit Art Center, Wisconsin, May of 2022.

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