Friday, August 21, 2009

Two New Paintings....

This painting has been a long time began several years ago on a trip through Lost Maples State Park in the Texas Hill Country. I didn't have my camera, so I made several color studies in my sketchbook. From time to time, I'd look at the sketches then set them aside to use on another day. The "another day" finally came 3 days ago. I recall that the colors were gold, yellow, burgendy and "hill country green"....and the river in most areas was deep and slow moving. A short hike from the low water crossing revealed a little stretch of rapids and shallow clear water.

This is painted mostly from memory stimulated by the's been my experience that a memory is much better than a least for a painting that is......
"Along the Sabinal River"
20" x 24" Watercolor

After a 3 day watercolor session with the Sabinal River painting, I need a little recreation; today I played in the oil paints...this little 6" x 6" is a simple composition with lots of color and depth. It's small, but big on impact!
" Hill Country Summer"
6" x 6" Oil on Canvas

Tomorrow is Saturday and the Farmer's Market is on the courthouse square.... haven't painted there in a few weeks, so I think I'll load up my gear and see if I can capture some "small town atmosphere"~ Look for a new post soon.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This 'n' That....and a new painting!

The past 2 weeks have been mostly spent doing "non-painting" tasks....such as laundry & housework. Ugh! That's my price for spending 2 weeks on vacation...painting! The past 3 days, I've been re-arranging my painting setup in the studio so I can take advantage of today's technology and work from my computer monitor rather than a printed photograph. A photo just doesn't give enough information to the artist, especially in shadow areas. A computer-enhanced digital image and the "zoom" feature is a tremendous tool for an artist in the studio.

"Cottonwood Valley"
11" x 14" Watercolor

So, working from my computer monitor, today's painting is "Cottonwood Valley". The image I worked from was one that's been in my "digital files" for more than 5 years. In times past, working from a print-out, I've used various "bits & pieces" from this image, but today was the first time I've worked directly from the computer monitor. Eureka!!! It's ALMOST like being there. What a fun day at work. Have I mentioned that I love my job?