Tuesday, November 4, 2008

MY BIKE (plein air), oil on board, 8x10

I looked out on my back porch this morning and saw the sun shining on my bicycle. How exciting! So, I moved the bike out into the yard, set up my French easel on the porch, and painted this. What a wonderful morning it was--the sun shining, the temperature about 65-70 degrees, and no interruptions! I got lost in the paint and forgot about everything else. Heaven!
By the way, this is really my husband's bike, but I call it mine when he isn't listening. After all, I ride it more than he does.

I guess you've wondered where I was. I've been painting most days, but I've also been away from home some and not able to paint. I met Veila, a long-time friend, in Ft. Worth and we saw the Impressionist Exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum last Thursday. It was so inspiring! My favorite was van Gogh's Self-Portrait. I couldn't believe that I was actually 2 feet from the painting done by the hands and mind of Vincent van Gogh! Photographs in books are nice, but they don't show the "real" painting. Another favorite was one by Berthe Morisot which I had never seen before (don't remember the name of it). I enjoyed the exhibit immensely.

Earlier last week, I was also getting paintings ready for the Celebrate East Texas show and competition. I was excited Saturday night to learn I won Best of Show!


Marian Fortunati said...

Congratulations!!! Isn't it wonderful when you receive outside acknowledgement that you are on the right track on your art journey!!
Looking forward to hearing all about it!!

Dar Presto said...

Congratulations on the award.
This bike has a nice dreamy, contemplative quality which probably arises from your heavenly painting experience.