Monday, May 31, 2010

Paint Historic Waxahachie….day 4

The weather has been wonderful….HOT, but wonderful.  I painted 1 painting last Friday, 2 paintings on Saturday, 1 on Sunday, and 2 today.  Here’s what I’ve done so far…

REDINGTON & REDINGTON 5-28-2010                       “Redington & Redington” – 9x12 – watercolor  

TROLLEY AT THE ROGERS                     “Trolley at the Rogers” – 9 x 12 – Watercolor  - This was my Quick Draw painting – I was worried that I’d picked a scene that was a little too ambitious to get finished in the 90 minute deadline…but as the courthouse clock tower chimed..I was signing my name! It SOLD at the auction following the Quick Draw.


Katy Bridge over Waxahachie Creek” – 11 x 14 - Watercolor


                 “Perkins Home on University Avenue” – 11x14 Watercolor -  Sold! Mrs. Perkins came out to see how I was coming along and loved it….she said “I’ve just gotta have that!!!”….woo hoo!

SUNLIT-Texaco by the tracks

          “Sunlit – Texaco Tanks by the tracks”  - 16x20 watercolor- this is my first large plein air; usually I don’t paint larger than 11x14, but I’ve been planning this painting for 2 years and decided that it was a subject matter that needed more space. I’m pleased with how it turned out.

AT THE FEED STORE-FINISHED                   “Boyce Feed & Grain” – 11 x 14  Watercolor - I haven’t uploaded the digital image of this painting from my camera yet, but here’s the photo I took of it with the feed store in the background.

Except for the Trolley painting, (it’s gone home with a buyer) all of the above paintings are on display at the Ellis County Art Association art center, 501 West Main, Waxahachie, TX.  The paint out will continue through the next weekend.  The deadline for paintings to be submitted for judging is 2pm Friday afternoon and I plan to paint at least 3 more.  I think I’ll try to do a couple small oil paintings.  Stay tuned……!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OPS Paint out in Granbury

I don’t often get an opportunity to paint a live model, especially in a natural setting. Because of my lack of “experience”, I’m pleased with the outcome of this 7”x10” watercolor on Arches 300# Rough paper.  The model, dressed in coral red dress and hat, was stunning amid all the greens.

AND….Did you notice my new Advanced Series watercolor palette shelf?…an all-in-one piece that slips easily onto my tripod.  This is OPS member Chase Almond’s brainchild and it’s an idea long time coming for the watercolor artist.   Here’s a “snippit” from the En Plein Air Pro website :

With over 80 square inches of mixing wells, our new “Advanced Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf is like having a studio palette in the field.
Unlike other lightweight plastic palettes on the market that quickly become brittle with use, the “Advanced Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf is made of heavy duty ABS thermoformed material (not brittle styrene plastic).
Sized 11.5” x 16” x 3mm – it has two large mixing reservoirs, 14 generous sized paint wells, a 3” diameter hole for a water cup, and slots to accept the collapsible water pail that comes with every shelf.
The adjustable tab system allows the “Advance Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf to be mounted on tripods with different leg diameters. Legs can be round or square. The palette lays flat on a table so you can also use it as a studio palette.

The “Advanced Series” Palette Shelf comes with a black 3mm PVC cover for transporting it to and from the field.

My first time out with the new palette shelf, I stood there with the cover in my hand wondering where I was going to lay it so that I wouldn’t (1) step on it, or (2) forget and leave it laying in the grass. After a few moments of indecision, I turned it upside down and slipped it back onto the palette….eureka!….a place to “park it” and a little shelf space for tissues, brushes, whatever! I called Chase to tell him about the “alternate use” of the cover and he’s added this information to the product brochure.  (He also gave me “credit” for this tip in the brochure) Thanks, Chase!

I’ll post my other paintings in my next blog…..

Thursday, May 13, 2010

“Cloudy Day on FM 1446” – Oil

Last Monday, in spite of the 30 mph winds, and intermittent sunshine,  I painted out west of town on FM 1446.  Wildflowers were resplendent in gold & yellow.  I saw the flowers first, then the dirt road leading up to a farmer’s metal gate. About every 15 or 20 minutes, the sun would shine on the flowers and the road leaving the trees in the background in shadow.  The contrast between bright light and dark shadows is what I tried to capture.  I was able to get most of the painting completed, but the wind finally won out – I decided to finish it in the studio so I packed up about 4pm and came home.  Beside, it was almost time for supper anyway :-) Enjoy!


“CLOUDY DAY ON FM 1445” - 9” x 12” - Oil  

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Friday, May 7, 2010

“IN THE CLEARING” by Tina Bohlman


“In The Clearing” – 5 x 7 Oil

I haven’t had much time to paint this week…laundry, groceries & a little housework took up most of my time… but I managed to squeeze out some paint and brush up this little miniature landscape.  Foliage and grass is SO GREEN right now! I added a violet complement in the foreground along with a couple of strokes of the discord colors to offset and contrast with all the greens at the focal point and beyond.  This painting is available; purchase inquiry

Saturday, May 1, 2010


HILL COUNTRY MORNING 8” x 10” Oil/canvas
About a month ago, I was in Wimberley, Texas attending a plein air oil painting workshop by Jill Carver.  On the 3rd and final day, we set up on a hilltop overlooking a farm and the vineyards of a local winery.   It was a gorgeous view…it seemed we could see forever.  Jill gave us all inspiration with her morning demonstration painting – it was beautiful! Afterward, it was time for us to paint…. I took a little too much time making a sketch on my canvas and brushing in the basic under-painting. Alas! the time got away from me and it was time to pack up the gear and head for home.  I made  value & color notes in my sketchbook and took several photographs, so I could finish it after I got home. So, this weekend, with the aid of my sketchbook notes, photographs and memory I completed the painting. Enjoy!