Thursday, March 25, 2010

MORNING LIGHT oil on canvas,12x16

3/21/10 Almost plein air... I painted this from my hotel room window early Sunday morning. I started out the door and saw this bautiful scene, but it was about 36 degrees with a very strong wind, so I didn't paint outside, but through my window. I hated to leave this beautiful place, but I packed up my things and drove back to Lufkin--about 3 hours away.

BRENHAM BLUE oil on canvas on board, 8x10

Still in LaNell Arndt's studio in downtown Brenham on Saturday, I painted this from a photo taken by Marchita Priest. We didn't see very many bluebonnets--guess we were a little early.

Saturday evening, we all met and showed our paintings from the past 2 days and then went to dinner together in a nearby restaurant.

CRUMBLING WALL oil on canvas on board, 8x10

3/20/10 I painted this in the studio of LaNell Arndt in Brenham. On Saturday, it rained and stormed all morning and then continued to get colder and windier, so about 16 or 18 of us painted here. I was looking out the window at this very old wall behind her studio with the rain collecting in front of it. So, this isn't quite a plein air painting.

CLOUDS MOVING IN oil on canvas on board, 8x10

3/19/10 plein air painting. I drove around again and found this scene, set up my easel, and painted. The beautiful weather of the morning was turning into mostly cloudy and very windy for the afternoon. the sun kept going behind the clouds and the whole scene would change. I finally was able to finish this and pack up my things and go to my hotel.

SUNNY POND oil on canvas on board, 6x8

3/19/10 plein air painting. I attended an OPS (Outdoor Painters Society) paint out in Brenham last weekend and had a wonderful time. This is the first painting I did on Friday morning. The weather was beautiful and I drove many back roads in the Texas Hill Country searching for the perfect subject to paint at a place where I could pull off the road and set up my easel.

Monday, March 15, 2010

HEAVENLY FINCHES, 6x8, oil on canvas on panel

In Memory of Bill Pennington
My dear friend, Bill, passed away this morning. He always had a cheerful word and a hug for me and I will miss him terribly. These finches are for him. Maybe he can see them.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WINDY DAY AT WINSTON RANCH oil on canvas on board, 8x10

I had a wonderful morning painting at Winston Ranch en plein air on Friday! I must say that plein air painting is sometimes challenging, though. The sun was shining and it was about 55 degrees, but the wind was blowing 15-20 mph (so the weatherman says...but I think it was at least 50 mph!). I fastened down my canvas and held on to my supplies and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had on a hooded sweater and a coat, and the wind was at my back, so I wasn't cold. I didn't really do everything I wanted to on this painting, but...

Friday, March 5, 2010

WAITING oil on board, 8"x10"

This is a study for a larger painting. I actually started the larger one first and then decided to work out the problems in a small study. So, now I can complete the other painting. There are a few things I'll change, but it will basically be like this one. I combined several photos that I've taken and really enjoyed doing this painting.