Friday, April 30, 2010

OUT WITH MOM 12x16, oil on canvas on board

I painted this from a picture I took on the Bluebonnet Trail near Ennis last weekend. There were 3 sets of mothers with colts in the pasture and we watched and photographed them while they ran and played among flowers on this windy day.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Outdoor Painters Society paint out (plein air paintings)

FEEDSTORE AND TRACKS 9x12, oil on board

SUNSET AT LAKE BARDWELL 6x8, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET PASTURE 6x8, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET FIELD 8x10, oil on canvas on board

IRIS GARDEN 12x16, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET ROAD 6x8, oil on canvas on board.

These 6 plein air paintings are ones I did on the OPS paint out in Ennis and Waxahachie the past few days. It was a great trip!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OPS Paint Out:
I'm leaving at 6:00 AM tomorow for an Ennis/Waxahachie paint out with the OPS (Outdoor Painters Society), just south of Dallas. The OPS is a great group of people whom I enjoy painting with. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we'll be able to paint the beautiful scenery including bluebonnets, our Texas state flower. I'm taking my camera and laptop, but I may not be able to post until I return home on Sunday...considering I have something good enough to post.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MY BIKE oil on canvas on board, 8x10

Plein air painting--I enjoyed sitting outside and painting my bike after I rode it this morning. It's such a beautiful, sunny, warm spring day. How wonderful it is to be able to paint! I know, I could do a more accurate painting if I worked from a photo in my studio, but this is more fun and has a fresher feel. I love shadows!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

LIKE NEW oil on canvas on board, 6x8

This little blue Beetle was a lot of fun to paint! I saw it yesterday and took pictures of it so I could paint it. It has such personality sitting there by the road waiting for a new owner.

Friday, April 16, 2010

WINDOWSILL SUNSHINE oil on canvas on board, 6x4

I painted this yesterday afternoon in my studio when the sun was on my windowsill and the azaleas were mostly in the shade. This bottle of wine was given to me by my friend because it's such a pretty bottle and remains unopened. One day, we'll open it... I used a #8 bristle flat on this, except for my signature. I always use as big a brush as possible to keep me from painting details.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BLUEBIRD HOUSE oil on board, 6x4

Plein air-- I sat on the swing on my front porch this morning to paint this view of our bluebird house. We usually have bluebirds raising young at least once each season, sometimes twice. The weather is perfect, about 70 and mostly sunny. What a beautiful day to be able to paint!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

OAKS AT ROUND TOP oil on canvas on board, 6x8

I painted this little study from a photo I took when I went to the OPS (Outdoor Painters Society) paint out in Brenham in March. This is in the little town of Round Top, a few miles from Brenham. I'm working on a 24x30 painting of this scene.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

RED GLASSES oil on canvas on board,10x8

Here's a portrait I've been working on the past few days.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MANNA oil on canvas on board, 5x7

Avocados are my favorite food. We eat them almost every day, so this is a normal scene in my kitchen. There were 2 light sources for this still life--the indirect light from the window on the left, and the direct incandescent light from the right. That made for an interesting study of colors and temperatures and I'm pleased with the results.