Sunday, September 30, 2007

Original Oil Painting, "Taking Her Walk"

September 30, 2007

This painting is "Taking Her Walk." It is 24x12, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas. I painted this from a reference photo that I took at Wildseed Farms, just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Wildseed Farms is a wonderful place with fields of flowers in explosions of colors in all seasons. They cultivate many varieties of wildflowers, and produce 88 varieties of wildflower seeds. You can find lots of information about planting wildflowers at their website: I love to go there and photograph the views. Their poppy fields are outstanding, and I've painted many poppies from those photos.

This delightful lady was looking intently at all of the fields. I found her posture so striking and chose to paint her walking on a path. She seemed to be the type of person that would take a daily walk and drink in all of nature's glory. This painting can be viewed on my website by clicking HERE.

I've noticed that many of my paintings have paths in them, something entirely unconscious that I have been doing. Paths are interesting to paint, you can add so many colors to the ground, shadows, etc. I do like to paint them, and I guess it is because they leave some air of mystery to a painting, such as where is that path going? Where will it take her? What's on the other side? It presents questions that the viewer can answer.

Baby Chick update!

The little chicks are finally with The Big Chickens! They are doing just fine, and seem to enjoy the big pen. AND, we have a new little hatch again from our chickens. That is two this fall, a record. Baby chick is doing well.

Until next week!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New Oil Painting, Cactus and Bluebonnets

September 16, 2007

Texas' Warm Blue Quilt, oil on RayMar panel, 8x10
Original Oil Painting

I'm painting bluebonnets again. My recent series of paintings are of bluebonnets and cactus. We have prickly pear cactus here. I say "here," but I do have to tell you, I was in Maui some years ago, and there are prickly pear cactus there! Hawaii? Tropical beach? Cactus?? Cactus – beach??? I did not expect to see mesquite trees and prickly pear cactus in Hawaii. It is on the dry side of the island, and the ranching area there looks much like our part of the country. I simply was unprepared to see dry Hill Country looking areas in Hawaii.

OK, I got sidetracked there. The reference photos for the paintings I'm working on are from the patch of bluebonnets on our ranch. I just love it when I can get a bluebonnet framed by a cactus pad. Here is a close up of the focal area of the painting:

Look at how much the chicks have grown! With their growth, their cage size has grown, too. They're still in an enclosed area of the big yard, but protected from The Big Chickens. They are still too young to put with TBCs, but at their rate of growth, it won’t be long! Stay tuned.

This is a shot of a few of TBCs.

A new painting is posted on my main webpage, you can see it by clicking HERE, and a larger version of it HERE. Updates are posted on the "My Studio This Month" page, where I show you my patio painting adventures with my new studio assistant, and some of my paintings from this past month. You can click HERE to see that. The close up of the main painting shows you how I use my oil paints - a lot of texture, thick paint and rich color. Colors are often those of my imagination. I paint an impressionistic subject, and usually an abstract background. My personal brand of impressionism includes abstract colors, some realism, thick paint, visible brush strokes, and intense, saturated colors.

Until next time!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Oil Painting of a Sycamore Tree

August Sycamore 20 x 16, Oil/Panel

This is a new oil painting of the early August Sycamore. It is on Highway 90 West on the north side of the highway at Pinto Creek. It is 20x16, painted on gessoed panel. I plan to take photos of this same tree all through the fall and winter. A catalog of the seasonal changes will be interesting, and give me lots of painting ideas. My original blog post on Sycamore trees is on August 26 in the Flora and Fauna Report. You can click here see the original post and the reference photo.

Flora and Fauna Report

I love zinnias. I plant them every year on my patio. The large ones suit me best, but they really don't get too large here. The heat keeps the a bit stunted, which is perfect for my huge patio pots. I get all colors, but these are my favorites. Fuschia!

I'll have to paint them, it's one of my favorite painting colors to use. Generally it would be under the name of Alizarin Crimson or Thalo Red Rose in paint brands. Both are very strong colors and can be difficult to handle. I'm sure I'll use them both painting these. Our mild weather has kept them blooming, and I think I can keep them going until fall. I'm going to try to save the seeds of these and see if I can grow them next year.

I painted a 12x9 oil of my garden zinnias, wild cosmos, and marigolds last year. This piece is sold, you can see it on my web site here.

I do try to take good photos, but these shots below denied me time to wait for the perfect pose or find the perfect place to stand. A rainbow was over the field in front of the house, and the deer were out feeding a the same time.

I just grabbed the camera and got outside as quickly and quietly as possible, trying to not scare the deer. These are a bit grainy, I had to use the optical zoom to capture it. That is the chain to my porch swing in the middle of the shot. Again, these are not good shots, but the subject matter was too good to pass up. ( apologies to any photographers out there!)

We have white tail deer in this part of Texas. I never tire of watching them.

Until next time!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September 4, 2007

Red Flowers in Clay Jar, 14 x 11, Oil

I painted on site in Fredericksburg, Texas this past fall at Becker Vineyards. I painted the lavender fields and the delightful little house near the main building. The grounds at Becker are beautifully landscaped in every season. This particular day, there was a large clay jar of flowers. I had to paint it. I changed the shape of the pot and painted it from my photos. Vines dripped down all around the jar creating a wonderful backdrop to the clay. This painting is in the Gallery On The Square in Wimberley, Texas. Wimberley is another beautiful area of the Texas Hill Country.

We've had over three inches of rain in the last 24 hours! It looks like more is on the way. This summer is cooler than normal, and certainly the the wettest I've ever known. The landscape is pretty, the trees have more foliage than they do in drought years, our wildflowers are abundant, and the animals must be very happy with so much to eat. We have water in our creek, our pond is well out of its banks, creeks and streams are flowing all around the area. What a gorgeous summer!

This is a photo of Jimson Weed growing in my herb/naturalized garden. It came up early this summer, and I decided to let it grow. Normally I pull it out, it can get very invasive. It grows quite large, and the seed pods have nasty barbs on them. Every time I see a seed pod, I think of all of the little Jimson Weeds I'll be pulling out next spring! But I do love the flower. As beautiful as it is, it is a highly toxic plant, deadly in fact. I don't eat it.

The flowers open in the morning and evening, and are quite beautiful. As soon as the sun begins to heat up, the blooms close, then open again as the heat of the day subsides. The curve of the flower is graceful and create little points all around the bloom. The bloom pod is lime green and pointed. The flower breaks through with a creamy yellow cast as a tight bud. As the flower opens the yellow gives way to the creamy white of the fully opened flower. They are pretty for several days, and in a plant of any size there are some open every day. I think of it as Georgia Okeefe's flower! She painted a beautiful one.

I have added paintings to my Etsy store, and put 2 on sale.

Until next time!