Light Show - Oil on Wood Panel - 11 x 14
Summer - Oil on Wood Panel - 12 x 12
Parked for Good - 18 x 18 - Oil on Canvas
We see lots of old rusty pickups on our backroad adventures. I have been wanting to paint one for awhile and it must have been time. I love this style of pickup, it reminds me of my grandpa who would drive to our place in a pickup like this every morning for coffee. Sometimes he would have some Yucatan or Blackjack gum for us. Ahhhhh, sweet memories. I loved him so.
Contentment - 11 x 14 - Oil on Canvas
Rainy Place - Oil on Canvas - 11 x 14
Going Home © Beth Cole | Oil on Canvas | 11 x 14
I was inspired to paint this piece by a photo I took last summer west of Merna. The grain bins look like a little family and I love the way the road recedes into the hills. Every painting teaches me something and this one taught me to take my time and not give up if it doesn't go as expected. Patience always helps. I loved painting this one.
You Can See Forever - 8 x 10 - Oil on Panel © Beth Cole
This building reminds me of the one room schoolhouse I attended through the 2nd grade. I loved that place. So many great memories. I painted this little building up top where you can see forever.
Oh Happy Gray - Oil on Panel - 12 x 12 ©Beth Cole
This was painted from a road I travel almost every week. The clouds and the curve of the road were especially intriguing to me along with the distant tree line. Our Creator always gives us beauty to behold.
Sheltered - 11 x 14 - Oil on Panel © Beth Cole
This piece is inspired by two photos I took on our recent travels - a beautiful sky and a farm nestled in amongst the trees. I love both and it was a joy to put them together. I used brushes, a palette knife, and my imagination.
SOLD - What Lies Ahead - 8 x 10 - Oil on Gesso Board
This view is just a few miles from our home at the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills. There are many roads like this in Nebraska, I like the symbolism of always taking you somewhere. I also wanted to paint this because of the fields. I was raised on a wheat farm in western Nebraska and my sisters and I farmed for my dad in the summer time. I guess I will never outgrow the beautiful shades of the earth, I really love them.
Calm Waters, 11 x 14, Oil on Wood Panel
I painted this from a photo I took of the Platte River east of Grand Island. It was a rainy day and the water was really shining. I took liberty with the colors and foliage, that's what I love about painting!
SOLD - Earthy Gray - Oil on Wood Panel - 12 x 12
Inspired by the view from my back yard on a foggy morning, I painted this with a palette knife, brushes and lots of layers. I especially enjoyed mixing the subtle earthy colors that I used for this piece. The sky gives us such a show at times. I hope it comes across in the atmosphere of this painting.
SOLD. Foggy Morning Oil + Cold Wax - 12 x 12
It was early morning and the sun had just risen in the east. I was driving home from exercise class and I came around the corner to the most beautiful scene of fog and mist. I was inspired by that beauty to paint this piece. It is available in my shop as an original or fine art print.
Walking Road North - Oil - 8 x 10
In the warmer months, I love to walk outside and this is one of my favorite roads to walk. It has a nice hill and when I get to the top I turn around and this is the view I see as I head back home.
SOLD - North of Town - Oil - 8 x 10
This piece was painted from a photo I took on a foggy morning, the sun broke through the fog and lit up the road and the grain bins, I loved the juxtaposition of the light and the dark, foggy sky in the background.
All Lit Up, Oil 8 x 10
This was painted from a photo I took on our adventure to Door County, Wisconsin. I love wooden barns, especially white and red ones, and silos like this with a pattern at the top.....love, love. It was fun to paint, and challenging.
Custer County - SOLD - 9 x 9 - Pastel
I painted this from a photo taken very near where we live. I love painting the familiar. I wanted to paint this because of the way the road disappears over the hill and into the distance and I wonder where it leads. No matter where it goes, I know it will always take someone home.
Wind Poets - Photo/Oil/Cold Wax - 18 x 24
When it's snowy we go out. That's how I got the photo that was the beginning of this piece. I used oil paint and cold wax to finish the foreground, sky and edges. These windmills are a beautiful landmark of our town and I am grateful to do an art piece to feature them.
SOLD - Fog On Main, Oil on Wood Panel, 12 x 12
It was a foggy morning and I waited a little too long to go out with my camera. The sun was just starting to poke through the fog as I drove toward the east on Main Street. I snapped a photo with my iPhone and tried to recreate that magical, foggy scene I loved so much.
Squeak's Barn, Oil/ColdWax/Photography, 18 x 24
This barn was one of our favorites to photograph, it belonged to Squeak, a colorful person everyone in town knew. He has passed away and the barn has been torn down, I am so glad I had this photo of it. I tried to add some color to this piece as a way to remember all the color he brought to many people's lives.
Grain Keepers - Oil/ColdWax/Photography
Evening Light - 18 x 24 - Oil on Canvas
This was painted from a photo I took on the east edge of Merna, actually inspired by our family member's out buildings and hay field. The sun was just going down and the light over the field was beautiful, and I loved the rolling look of the field. That is what I was trying to capture.
SOLD - Spring Storm - Open Acrylic on Wood Panel
There are glimpses of the North Loup River all along Highway 2 in the Nebraska Sandhills, the water always catches my eye and on this day there were storm clouds coming down to touch the earth, bringing a promise of rain. I grabbed my phone as fast as could! I was thinking of the atmosphere in the air as I was painting, I hope it comes through and you feel the spring storm, too.
SOLD - Deep Water - Oil on Canvas - 12 x 24
I took a photo of the North Platte River on one of my drives across Nebraska, it was a beautiful day and I loved the sky and just everything about the scene.
Veiled - 18 x 18 - Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD - Toward The Light - Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 24
Billowing - Oil on Canvas - 12 x 24
This is a photo of a scene I captured on one of my drives across Nebraska. Billowing clouds always catch my eye.
On The Hill - 5 x 7 - Pastel on Paper SOLD
Texas Road - 4 x 6 - Pastel on Paper
Roots Run Deep - Pastel - 5 x 7
SOLD Rain and Fog - Open Acrylic on Wood - 8 x 8
Warm Twilight SOLD
Dobro Lane SOLD
Prairie Morning 8 x 10 SOLD
Guardians, Oil/ColdWax/Photography, 11 x 14
These buildings are no longer standing but stood as guardians at the edge of town by the railroad tracks for many years. I was able to get a photograph of the top part of the buildings before they were torn down. I am very grateful I had the photo and enjoyed using my imagination and memory to create this piece with photography, oil and cold wax.
Running Free 18 x 24 ON HOLD
I was drawn to this scene because of the tall, soft grass and the horses running freely in the wind. I used my photo and cold wax and oil paint to create the original on a wood panel. Fine Art Prints are available in my shop.
SOLD. Our Town Merna - 18 x 24 - Oil/Cold Wax/Photo
SOLD. This is a painting of one view of our little town, Merna, Nebraska. I took this photo a couple of years ago and wanted to experiment with adding dimension to it with oil paint and cold wax. This was a very fun process and I love the result, it was a delight to paint. It is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2 wood panel.
Beth Cole, Nebraska. Paintings of the Land and the Figure.
The Art + Such blog is about art and life, tips and techniques, and art events.
This is my monthly roundup of artsy news, goodness and happenings. Subscribers are especially appreciated and sometimes even receive gifts!