...Lufkin parks, that is. Here are my 3 latest Lufkin Parks plein air paintings. My friend, Barb, and I plan to paint all the Lufkin parks. We started in April, and so far, we've painted 4. All of these are 8x10 oil on panel.
16x20 oil on canvas. This is a lake in East Texas which is a really pretty, peaceful place. I love places like this. I used several photos which I took about a year ago. I had fun painting this--the paint just seemed to flow from the brush. That doesn't happen very often.
NFS 10x8 oil on panel. This is a portrait of my Uncle Wilton. I started this portrait from a photo I took of him about 2 years ago, but I got busy and had to put it aside. I decided I was going to finish it this week, and I did! I hope you can see what a kind and wonderful man he is.
SOLD Oil on linen, 18"x14" detail. This is a commissioned portrait I just finished. Painting portraits is a challenge, but one I love. Although I love to paint landscapes and almost any subject, the human face is still my favorite.
Morning Sunlight--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8. These are in my sketchbook from our recent visit to my dad's farm. I like to sketch with watercolors--they're quick and fun. I liked the way the shadowy foreground contrasted with the bright morning sunlight on the distant pasture.
Deer--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8. One evening, these 2 deer, casting deep shadows, came down to the pond for a drink.
SOLD Cows Grazing--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8. These cows aren't really purple; they're black, but in the evening light, they looked purple. There has been a lot of rain this summer, and the grass is tall and plentiful.
Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel. This is the third painting I did at the farm last week. I didn't quite finish it, so I finished it tonight. I guess I can still call it a plein air painting since I did almost all of it on location.
Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel. These were so pretty in the yard at my dad's farm! I loved watching them every day as they changed. As some drooped, withered, and died, other buds grew and opened into these beautiful delicate blossoms. I painted these on the third day we were there.
Plein air painting, 8"x10", oil on panel. My dad and I spent the week at his farm in central Texas. It is so beautiful there! I painted this from the deck on the back of the house. The mornings were cool (66 degrees), but it was really hot in the afternoons (95 degrees). This was done during a cool Tuesday morning.
Oil on 6"x6" gallery wrapped canvas. This is another of the little bird paintings in the Museum of East Texas exhibition (for more information, call 936-639-4434). This little Eastern Phoebe is holding a grasshopper in its beak. I loved painting these birds! It was fun and challenging painting the 1 1/2" deep sides of these canvases.
Oil on 6"x6" gallery wrapped canvas. This is another of my birds in the four person exhibition at the Museum of East Texas (for more information, call 936-639-4434). I watched this little Eastern Phoebe (a type of flycatcher) dart around near the ground catching bugs at our farm in Central Texas.
SO MANY FLOWERS--6"x6" oil on gallery wrapped canvas. I've been painting for a show at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, TX (for more information, call 936-639-4434). It is a four-person show titled Last Week I Dreamed I went to Lilliput (from Gulliver's Travels). All of my paintings are of birds. This is a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird.
A Rufous Easter--9x12 oil on canvas. I guess you thought I had dropped off the face of the earth...nope. I've just been very busy and haven't had much time to paint. Its like being without water and gasping for breath...not being able to paint every day. Painting is what I've always wanted to do, at least since I was 16, and that was a long time ago.
There has been an adult male Rufous hummingbird at our house since Christmas. I believe Dec. 26 was the first day we saw him at the feeder. This is the first time I've ever seen a hummingbird here in East Texas in the winter, but Rufous has been here all winter. I've taken numerous pictures of him and painted this for a sale on Palm Sunday at the Museum of East Texas. I wanted to do something a little Easterish, but not too Easterish... So, I decided on the plain eggs in a basket.
I am a full time artist, painting almost every day. Besides these small daily paintings, I also do murals, large landscapes, figurative works, and commissioned portraits. My paintings are in private and corporate collections across the country. I am represented by Harris Gallery in Houston. I also teach part time in a local college. My home and studio are in Lufkin, Texas where I live with my husband and 2 cats.