Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!

This is a short post to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. My blog is such a fun part of my art, and I so appreciate your support, comments and emails. I am grateful for all of my readers, my collectors, my friends. Thank you all, and I'll be blogging again after the New Year.

I updated my What's Going On In My Studio This Month page, and you'll see a painting of a Louisiana Swamp that I just completed. It will show you a few progressions of the painting in progress. The painting is 24 inches tall by 36 inches wide, which is really large for me. It was a wonderful challenge!

Thank you again,
Jean

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Vineyard Painting and Oreo Surprise!

This original oil painting is titled "Fall Lavender Fields - Cloudy Skies." It's been misty and progressively colder today, and this painting seems to fit the mood for blogging. It is 8 inches by 10 inches, and available for purchase on my website for $200.00. This link will take you to my Available Works page there.

The reference materials for this painting are from Becker Vineyard's lavender fields, just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas.
I visited Fredericksburg in November for a workshop. ** an aside: I've taken an art workshop from Guido Frick at the Fredericksburg Art School every year for the last 3 years. He's a fabulous artist and a fabulous teacher**


And now, here it is, The Oreo Surprise!
Isn't this the most fun cow you've ever seen? I drove past this pasture of oreos each morning on my way to the Fredericksburg Art School for class.

This month, I was in Fredericksburg again for their Christmas parade and festivities. I simply had to drive by the pasture again, and to my surprise, they had baby oreos! It was just too cute. So, now there is another thing I love about the Texas Hill Country.
And thanks to the Internet, I can tell you that these are Belted Galloways, or "Belties." Their first recorded history is from the 16th century of Galloway district of Scotland. You can find out all you ever wanted to know at http://www.beltie.org/


Until next time!