Sunday, June 4, 2017

First Stop Palo Duro Canyon

Once I got out of Austin, I seemed to relax and breath a little easier.  Not sure why except I probably realized I was finally on my way to adventure.  Good time to look at a map.  So I stopped in Lampasas to plot a course.  Once I got back on the highway and was immediately pulled over by the local sheriff for speeding! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Epic Art Road Trip

This is day one of my road trip through Texas, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.  I am very excited and pretty serious!  I have a loose agenda which includes a workshop in Denver with two excellent artists and teachers Casey Klahn and Ken Elliott along with 7 other artists.  Besides that confirmed date I am totally freelancing my trip.  As the character from Pulp Fiction said, "I'm going to walk the earth"!  Here we go!

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.