Sunday, December 28, 2008
I love Christmas, but it sure does sidetrack my painting schedule! I've been on holiday for the past 5 days, but now I'm back; I painted Midwinter Solstice today. It's 11 x 14 on 300# rough Arches.
The title adds a little mystery...you're drawn into the painting by the 3 small figures in the distance; two are talking and the other has walked away... This is a watercolor, 16 x 20. I completed this painting 2 days before Christmas.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm delighted to announce that my painting, AWESOME AUTUMN won First Place in DeSoto Art League's annual membership show. There were 44 entries and 4 "over-all" awards; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention. Winning is a good "motivator"....back to work I go!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
RIVER BEND RANCH - Watercolor - 8"x10"
Today I spent about 3 hours cleaning up my work area; emptying the trash and sweeping up little bits of debris that is always under my drawing board. I only had a couple of hours before dinner so I decided to do a small landscape. This is the 3rd in a series of "River Bend" paintings.
Monday, November 24, 2008
WATERCOLOR - 20" X 24"
I think this painting has been "mentally" in process for about 5 years. I started with a quick pencil sketch, working out the composition. Then about a year ago,I worked up several "seasonal" color sketches then put them aside until I discovered the sketches this past week in one of my resource files. This is a panoramic landscape of fall colors, with distant hills (mountains?)and isn't anyplace in particular; it's a combination of many places I have been. Sometimes, with watercolor, a painting just falls together all by itself with little help from the person holding the brush. I love it when that happens; it's been a good week in the studio!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This 9" x 6" watercolor is inspired by the dozen or so Cardinal pairs that live in my back yard among the Pecan trees and shrubs. I love trees, especially in the fall and winter. The obvious focus in this painting is the tree trunk contrasting with the orange background, but a closer look reveals the spot of red up high in the tree top!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
"Outta Gas" 16" x 20" Watercolor
I've been painting every day the past couple of weeks, trying to meet several deadlines; 22 illustrations for a children's book and 2 exhibitions. I can't share my book illustrations yet...the author is still working with a publisher. But, I can share one of the paintings I completed last week for a membership exhibition of the Ellis County Art Association in my hometown of Waxahachie, Texas. This painting is of an old abandoned gas station with 50's era trucks parked behind it. The scene is on a corner of a little town in South Central Texas called New Zulch. It has most of the "ingredients" for a Texas landscape...all that's missing is a Longhorn standing in a patch of Bluebonnets! I plan to do several paintings of this location from different angles. The change from Daylight Savings time has resulted in a lot less time for plein air, and more time in the studio. Speaking of studio, I better get back to work.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
"Doug & Ginny's Hilltop Home"
Good friends are a joy....and when friendships span more than 50 years,it's truly a blessing!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
KAANAPALI BEACH - 3-1/2" x 5" - 9/14/08
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
63 artists came together to paint on location from August 9 through August 22, choosing a moment in time and special place to paint...including Rocky Mountain National Park, Big Thompson River canyons, views along the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, and/or people and places in Estes Park, Colorado. Given a 50 mile radius in which to paint, artists chose to document cityscapes found in the various front range communities of Colorado. The public was invited to watch the artists paint during the two week painting period. All paintings were event stamped and authenticated and only works created and stamped during the painting period were included in the exhibition and sale.
In 2005, I participated in this great Paint Out and left the area with a list of places to paint...."next time". Well, "next time" has come & gone..again, & I still have a long list. So, I guess I'm going to have to go back next year..(yee-haa).
For this year's event, I submitted 6 paintings to my "host gallery", Earthwood Collections in Estes Park . (paintings are available for purchase through Earthwood Collections (970-577-8100) Estes Park, Colorado until September 30th.)
"Photo Op" - (RMNP Bear Lake & Hallett Peak )
9" x 12" Watercolor
"Sprague Lake" (RMNP)
11" x 14" Watercolor
Historic Hotel, Downtown Estes Park
(People's Choice Award)
11" x 14" Watercolor
"View from Riverwalk Park" (Downtown Estes Park)
11" x 14" Watercolor
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Three years ago, while on location during the 2005 Estes Park Paint Out, my son drove up from Denver and fished the river downstream while I painted looking back upstream. "Below Olympus Dam" is one of 2 paintings I completed that day; my son has the other painting. We talk of that day often; it's one of our favorite "mother & son" memories.
I plan to complete 2 paintings a day. If I have internet access while in Estes Park I'll be posting daily. Otherwise...I'll catch up when I return August 26th.
On another note, I delivered my illustrations for the children's book yesterday. I'm under a confidentiality contract until it's published so I can't post them yet....but the author was pleased with my work and gave me another book to illustrate. It's a Christmas story and I'm on a mid-September deadline. I'll begin work on it as soon as I return from Estes Park.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
"Lofty View" - Watercolor - 10" x 7"
This painting was accepted into the Arboreatum's plein air exhibit, "May Flowers" and will be on display through October.
Latest News: August, 17th through August 24th, I'll be in Estes Park Colorado participating in the 7th Annual Paint the Parks. I'll be painting along side more than 50 nationally recognized artists as we capture the grandeur of Rocky Montain National Park and the beautiful town of Estes Park. Life just doesn't get any better than this!!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Everybody finished their morning paintings about noon so we had a "show & tell" then took a break for lunch. In the afternoon, even though it was almost 100 degrees, we all found shade trees and produced another painting. I found a lovely blue cottage with a ramblin' rose climbing up the front window. Perfect color combination; red, white & blue!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Yesterday I traveled to Granbury, Texas...about 60 miles west of my home in Waxahachie. The Lake Granbury Art Association commissioned me to give a watercolor painting demonstration to their membership. I'm always excited to paint before an audience. The interaction during a painting demo .... answering questions and making comments as I paint....is the ultimate in "multi-tasking"!
This photo was taken in the mirror...it looks like I'm right handed; I'm actually a "lefty". Scroll up and look in the photo before this one. Adding texture and shadows across the road....almost through.....
Finishing up with some detail and more contrast in the foreground trees.....
The painting is on 140# cold press Arches watercolor paper that has been permanently mounted to a 11" x 14" masonite panel. Here I am with the finished painting. As is my custom, I surprise the audience with an announcement to place their names in a basket for a drawing....and a lucky person will take the painting home. Giving the painting away always creates a lot of excitement. Next to en plein air, my favorite activity is giving demonstrations and sharing my love for watercolor. I had a lot of fun with the Lake Granbury group and look forward to returning sometime soon!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
Today, I spent a delightful morning in our historic downtown. Every Saturday, we have a Farmers Market on our courthouse square and I make it a point to complete at least one en plein aire painting. There are usually about 15 to 20 vendors that set up to sell locally grown produce. This vendor's tent with the red, white & blue caught my fancy. I noticed while I was painting that I wasn't the only one drawn to the colorful tent....he had a lot of "browsers". So, did I, actually; it's fun when people sort of "creep" up to peek at my work! I always stop painting and engage them in a little conversation....
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Title: Shed, Wood's Farm - 8" x 10" Plein Aire
This painting is a simple exercise in control; using only 3 primary colors, plus Burnt Sienna and limiting each color/wash application to no more than 3 strokes. The objective was to produce an image with spontaneous, transparent passages. I think I cheated on the strokes at least a dozen times, but I still ended up with a very nice miniature.