The cypress trees had just begun to turn our last trip to Garner Park this year. I had good weather to paint outdoors on my new painting rig from Plein Air Pro. The unit was easy to setup and was solid with no wobbling or shaking. My thanks to Chase Almond the inventor.
There is a wild seed farm in Fredericksburg Texas that grows all kinds of wild flowers and domestic blooming plants. I did a little series of these beautiful and colorful spreads. this is the first the Lavender Farm is the title. This color is one of my favorite hues, royal, pure its the color of a king!
We are getting ready for our annual trip to Garner State park. I have a new outdoor painting rig that will allow me to be more mobile within the park. Find more interesting places to paint. I did this little study from photographs in my studio, but on my new outdoor easel. So it was an outdoor inside painting
I have to admit it I love this part of Texas and these parks in particular. I have been to this area since I was a kid. And I continue to this day. This trail is through Lost Maples State park. Beautiful always, especially in the fall!
A few years ago I was out in one of my most favorite places on earth Santa Fe painting with a group of artists. I left the group at the end of the day and drove around until the sun began to set. I came upon this lovely little casita in the middle of no where with a beautiful view of the Taos Mountain. It was such a cozy isolation.
I have a plaster cast of a gorilla I won at an amusement park when I was a kid. I keep it in my studio to sketch just for fun. The other night I ended up with this and was surprised at how human he looked. Sort of a distinguished guest.
I am off on an animal jag for some reason. These two love birds I saw at the Houston zoo many years ago. I've been carrying around the photo for a long time waiting to be moved to paint it someday. These animals are so tranquil, but they are huge! This image is a pastel 8 x 10" on Ampersand Pastelbord.
I have had the image of this cat walking across the driveway for years. I have intended to render it in pastel or oil for a long time. I don't know why exactly I just love the way the shadow looks so graphic against the bland concrete. Once I finished it, needing a title, I thought about our new daughter-in-law, Jackie who just lost her rescued, three legged cat. Her cat looks nothing like this one however. This also goes out to another animal lover Lynn in Arkansas...
Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona Arizona is flanked on all sides by beautiful red, orange and gold rock. It is the center of the vortex world, a very magical place. I have been there many times and will go back this summer. the first time I painted this scene it was much larger version. I sold it through a gallery there and now it hangs in the lobby of the Bank of Sedona.
The many trips to Garner State Park we always enjoy walking along the old roads that used to run through the park. Created many years ago during the depression these trails are now a great way to see the park and enjoy nature. Quiet and peaceful times in the Texas hill country.
I ride a mountain bike around Austin sometime. About 10 years ago I sketched and photographed this scene in southwest Austin where I live. It is now part of Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and a subdivision of new homes. Lots of our area ends up like this, built out. It was beautiful!
My friend Marsha Robinson is an excellent photographer. She has taken several photographs of western sunsets. She gave me permission to paint them. This is the first. Not sure where this is , but it doesn't really matter. We have all been there. It is the edge of the world as the the sets for the day.