Rodger Bechtold‘s delightful oil painting “Red, White, and Blue” captures the elation of a beautiful day in a charming Midwestern location. This painting and thirteen others appear in his current exhibition Middle Ground, which refers not only to the Midwest, but also the point between realism and abstraction. “Red, White, and Blue” measures 46×66 inches. To begin a large scale painting, Bechtold paints plein air on small linen covered boards. These on-the-spot “sketches” act as a starting point in color, composition, and atmosphere for larger works. Not one to be constricted by a photograph, Bechtold prefers to use his senses to convey his memory of time and season. Click here to view Rodger Bechtold’s entire exhibition online.