Monday, December 5, 2016

Majestic Baldy-Frio River

We have gone to Garner State Park almost every year for over 10 years and I never get tired of painting this mountain above the river.  This is the scene we see from our campsite.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Evening Glow

I wanted to create a painting with a triad color scheme and since this blue violet is one of "my" colors, green and orange fell right into place as the additional two colors!  No matter how I resist being creative and spontaneous, sometimes having a plan can be very beneficial.  I am pleased with the results of this 15x18" pastel on sanded paper, enjoy!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Enchanted Path

I have been working with oil pastels recently and have really enjoyed the experience.  There is more of a "painting" feel to this medium unlike soft pastels.  I suppose it is because of the wax base that it seems to be oily.  Also a reminder to come to my gallery opening at Hyde Park on Duval this Monday Oct 3 from 5:00-7:00.  I have 32 pieces on display!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunset in oil pastel

I recently completed this large painting of a sunset which was inspired by Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle.  In reality the sunset actually occurred in New Mexico but the foreground was too distracting to be a part of the painting so I took artistic license and added the mesas in the foreground. I have been working with oil pastel to see how the medium performed on a larger piece than I normally paint in soft dry pastel.  I am expecting to complete the framing without the glazing necessary for dry pastel.  I photographed it on my patio under the dappled light of the huge oak in our yard.  I like the effect of the shadows.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sunset on the Ranch

Sunsets in Texas are special because there is always a story.  This sunset could be almost any ranch in Texas but this particular scene is from the central plains not far from Dallas. Painted with soft pastel on sanded paper. There is no other place I would rather be than here at this time of the day.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hill Country Wildflowers

The hill country around Texas west of Austin is beautiful in the springtime. There is such an abundance of color amid the huge canopy of green that covers the whole state. Unfortunately it does not last very long.  I painted this during a Dallas Cowboys game that was on my studio television while I painted.  It was like have  the radio on while used to do my homework in college.  i don't know why but it seems to help me concentrate. I guess I never really liked the Cowboys.. Go Oilers, Luv Ya Blue!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Working with art galleries

Several years ago I was very much about finding galleries to show and sell my work.  I even spent a couple of days while I was in New York to visit potential gallery partners. That was all before the WWW revolution and Google. I was very pleased to find a large, prominent and willing gallery in Santa Fe to carry my work. I placed I think, 14 paintings there.  here is a picture of two friends visiting this gallery and standing in front of 2 paintings of mine. Unfortunately this gallery sold 3 pieces of mine, went bankrupt and closed without paying me!