Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nueces River, chickens, and orange cactus

This is an original oil painting of the Nueces River. It's not far from where I live, and it's a beautiful area. I drove out there this past weekend. I had family visiting from Louisiana, and always love to take a drive and show them this gorgeous area. The Nueces winds through much of the Texas Hill Country area. This painting is 11 inches by 14 inches.


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It's been a while since you've seen the chickens. They are happy and laying! I have a rooster painting I just finished, and another drawn out to do. I also have 2 canvases drawn with the white antelope from last post. And a turkey. And a painted bunting. Time for animal and bird paintings! I'll be posting them soon for you.

This is the orange blooming prickly pear cactus. This one is covered with buds and blooms!


The pear blooms are winding down now. The many tree blooms are giving way to a variety of bean pods. The Spanish Dagger seed pods are huge. Vividly colored orange and red berries are covering bushes. It's a pretty spring!

and, my helpers are still working hard!


















Until next time..

28 comments:

pelecypods said...

Your cactus pictures are beautiful.
Cactus may have painful thorns but nothing can beat the beauty of their flowers.

jstinson said...

As always, I was blown away with the beauty in your painting! Makes me long for the days I spent in Texas! The corn fields in Nebraska, while nice, just don't do it for me.

Liz said...

I love seeing your little helpers in each post, Jean! And its a gorgeous painting.

Anonymous said...

I love the new painting.
The chickens have grown.
The cactus flowers are so different from what you see in south Louisiana.

Janis

Linda Blondheim said...

A lovely painting Jean. Love that photo of the cactus. That woul make a fabulous series of paintings.
Love,
Linda

www.lindablondheimartnotes.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Lovely painting, Jean. I miss the prickly pear.

HMBT said...

Wonderful pictures and art!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Pelecypods, thank you so much for visiting my blog! Yes, the flowers are so delicate for that thorny plant!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Jill, thank you for such a nice compliment! I've never been to Nebraska! I will try not to whine about Texas when our summer temperatures get so bad. Last week we had 2 days of 100 degrees. It did cool off, thank goodness. I'm not ready for summer yet!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Liz! Yes, those little helpers are great!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Janis, I imagine it would be pretty hard to grow a lot of what we have in Louisiana. It is amazing that there are plants that actually like these harsh soils and heat and droughts!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Linda, I've painted cactus flowers in watercolor years back, but never in oils. I'm so glad you like my painting!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Jill, We had hail night before last, and it's been to wet to do much riding around, but I imagine we have few flowers left on the cactus. This happens many years. It seems that when the pear are in full bloom, it's about the season for our spring hail storms.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Heather, thank you for visiting my blog!! You have some pretty great art yourself!!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Great painting! :)
I love chickens!

cynthia said...

Beautiful painting - just love your brush strokes!

I'm fascinated with chickens myself. I wish I had some.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Michelle, I hope you're feeling back to normal now!! I'm painting another rooster today! I got some great shots yesterday at our chicken yard, with our rooster flapping his wings! That will be a fun one to do.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Cynthia, I just told Michelle that I'm painting chickens today. They are funny to watch.

Genie said...

Your blog is gorgeous, as always! I love your work!!!!

The Artful Eye said...

Jean
Your painting is beautiful. I love the cactus photos too! Your helpers make mine look useless. I need to crack the whip.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Texas art! Squeee!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Andrea, thank you for stopping by! Yes, try the whip, or treats. Treats work for my kitties!!

I appreciate the compliment on my painting!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you Genie!!

Jean Levert Hood said...

anon - yes, lots of Texas paintings here!

Tommy Thompson said...

Jean, Congratulations on your new venue for your paintings. Marie and I hope that you sell out fast. If we are ever in your "neck of the woods," we would certainly like to visit your wonderful ranch that seems to offer you endless painting motifs.
All the Best, Tommy and Marie Thompson

Jean Levert Hood said...

Tommy, somehow I missed responding to this, please forgive me! I would love for you and Marie to see my neck of the woods!!

Roaming The Hills said...

You do a great job capturing the essence of the Texas Hill Country! Love your work!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Roaming the Hills - Thank you so much for visiting, and taking the time to leave the nice comment!! I so appreciate that!