Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank all of my blog readers. You're the reason I enjoy writing my blog and sharing my world. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with the best gifts - family and friends. May you all have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with those you love, may it be filled with blessing.
Jean

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pear and Cherries - Original Oil Painting, Persimmons

Pear and Cherries is another of the small color studies I've been working on. This one is measures 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide, it is on gallery wrap canvas, meaning the design continues on all sides of the painting. It may be framed or hung as is.

Pear and  Cherries, Original Oil Painting, Jean Levert Hood

Pear and Cherries, oil on canvas, Jean Levert Hood ©2009

There's a wonderful area in Brackettville known locally as "Five Points." Right at this corner, you'll find this wonderful tiny persimmon orchard! I love it every year at this time. It's meticulously kept up and a beautiful spot that most in town would pass every day. Thank you Melissa and Doug!

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I found the leaves as interesting as the fruit and branches. What a gorgeous mix of colors and shapes! I was careful to not step on a pile, I wanted to photograph them as they lay naturally. You know how I love color - well - to see this pile of every shade of red, violet, green and gold - what a visual feast!

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There are very few persimmons on the ground, but the trees are loaded.

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These great shapes caught my eye, love the turning of the leaves.

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and look at this lovely one - full of all shades of violets! How amazing. It just looks perfect settled down into all of those greens. Violets mixed with greens are perfect.

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Ok, you know I have to show you an antelope photo, too! They seem very at home now. When I see them in the field, I can stand on the patio and not scare them away. It's fun to watch them eat with the deer - they will often push the deer off for the better position!

My beautiful picture


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And, I must sneak in a cat photo:

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I heard Stella say, "I cannot believe you woke us up for yet another photo op?!?!?"

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Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Too much spam

I'm receiving too many spam comments on my blog - those with endless links, etc. To combat this, I just turned on word verification, which I dislike intensely.

I will explore other options to deal with this, but for right now, this is the quickest thing I can do to help combat this. I am sorry for any of you who subscribe to comments and have been subjected to this also. Thank you, and I'll check further options when I have more time.
Jean

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Calla and Pear Paintings, Animals and Ducks

These two original oil paintings have been listed for sale on my web site.

"Calla Lillies" Jean Levert Hood © 2009
12 inches by 12 inches, oil on canvas, $395.00


"Pears and Cherries" Jean Levert Hood ©2009
6 inches by 8 inches, oil on canvas, $75.00

I feel that one of the most wonderful views is to see the animals laying down. To watch our new black buck antelope laying in the field is quite a thrill. It's such a peaceful scene, so very peaceful. They choose this spot often now. It's pretty far away for my camera lens, but I think this is a fair shot.

This is the far end of the "field" I talk about that's near to the house. If your screen is large enough, you can see a dark stripe about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the picture, that is the Lake. From the house, we can see the ducks and hear them too! I need binoculars to really enjoy what is beyond the lake, though. antelope in field 3

I like this view below, you get to see some of the hill behind the lake. There is a little dip in the photo, just beyond the antelope, that is Lake Jean.

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We have a feeder in the field close to the house and one on the other side of the lake. They're set on timers and the deer run to them when they go off. They mill around earlier, looking up to the box. I think they set alarms on their watches, they seem to always be ready and waiting, close in the field.

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See! There really is a Lake Jean! My sweet husband likes signs.

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The ducks are happy, the little one in the front and the middle white one have their little top knots! The sunlight on the head of the mallard drake is wonderful in this shot. What an intense green! The blue reflections in the water are great. I do love to paint water.

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My helpers are really enjoying their new kitty. This one decided to try to get to know Stella. Make no mistake, those are daggers in her eyes.

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Till next time! I'll have some wonderfully colored photos for you then!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Workshops, Fall Wildflowers, Chamisa Oil Painting

Oh, my blog is gathering dust again!

I had an unexpected workshop opportunity plus my regular yearly workshop over the past few weeks. The unexpected workshop was from Bob Butler. I love his use of color and I study with him every chance I get.

Last week I was in Fredericksburg, Texas. I don't know if it's my favorite spot in the Texas Hill Country, but close! I have taken a workshop there from Guido Frick for the last 5 years. Guido studied under the wonderful artist Sergei Bongart. Every time I take a workshop, I wonder how many life times I would need to paint as I would like!

Workshop paintings are generally not to be shared, (hidden in a closet is more like it!) so this post will give you a taste of our beautiful fall. I'll get to painting in my studio this week.

Mist-flower is blooming! The rains we've had backed by cooler weather finally gave us wildflowers. There is a group of trees just outside of my studio and a nice patch of these light violet beauties grow there in the shade. If we get a few well place rains, they should bloom through December.

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About 10 feet from the mist-flower is a wonderful group of lantana shrubs. It's so deeply colored. Lantana is toxic according to my book, but some small birds may eat the fruit. It's a plant you see often in our area used for landscaping. It enjoys our sandy soils and can handle our summer heat. I've never cultivated it, I just enjoy what grows wild. It's an excellent plant for xeriscape needs.

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These are the little berries that come when the flowers are finished.

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This below reminds me of northern New Mexico's Chamisa, which I've painted often. It's some sort of desert broom and it blooms every year from early fall until the first freeze. I'm not sure what it is, in spite of my 3 books! I love it. It's a sure signal that fall is here and cooler weather is a reality.

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Stella loves to walk with me and she checks out everything I stop to photograph.

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Oh, I can post a Chamisa painting!

This was painted several years ago after a painting trip to Taos, New Mexico. The Chamisa is beautiful there in the fall.

"Chamisa" Original Oil painting, Jean Levert Hood ©2007

Chamisa is available on my web site, it measures 11x14 inches and is available for $395.00. Prices on my web site include shipping and insurance.

I grew up in South Louisiana, so fog was a very familiar site. Here in my corner of Texas, fog is not a familiar site! It's such a seldom occurrence that I thought this shot from the game camera was really special. Seems so different, doesn't it?
© Jean Levert Hood

Since the drought has been so hard on the land, along with the excessive summer heat, we feed protein to the deer in addition to corn, along with medicated salt licks.

© Jean Levert Hood

The ducks love the feeder, the corn, the grain, and the protein blocks!

I don't see too many turtles, but this one is really large.


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I have more to show you already in my camera for next time. So, until then,

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They seem to like the whole idea of fall.

Crock and Red Flowers - Oil Painting, Antelope

Crock and Red Flowers is an oil painting measuring 14 inches tall by 11 inches wide and is available for $395.00.

Arrival of the Black Buck Antelope!

Black buck antelope are native to India. As the name suggests, the males darken with age and the females remain this lighter brown. We're hoping that these 3 are happy here and enjoy our grasses and browse.

They're already enjoying the field in front of the house, happily eating with our deer. I was looking out at them all together, the deer and the antelope, and it happened. ♪ where the deer and the antelope play♫♪♫, and yes - "Home, Home On the Range" stayed in my head all day!

They were released in the field in front of Lake Jean. They bounded off, bouncing on, then slowed down when they reached the thick brush on the other side of the water.

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I'm amazed at how high they bounce, must be springs on those feet!

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This is the only photo I have from the game camera. They're eating in the field in front of the house, but my photos from the patio are through the patio fence - not too exciting.

Antelope, © Jean Levert Hood

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chickens, Roosters, and Ducks

In honor of The Chicken Yard that has so successfully housed our new ducks, I'm showing you these two oil paintings. Next I'll get to the Chicken yard/Duck story.


Young Rooster is 10 inches by 8 inches,


and Chicken Strut is 8 inches by 10 inches. Both of these pieces are available on my web site. They are $200.00 each, which includes shipping and insurance. Both are painted on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, meaning the painting continues around the sides of the piece, so it can be framed or not.


These are the last photos of the ducks in the chicken yard. The process of getting them to the lake (mostly uneventful) happened this past week. Those little top knots are getting pretty wild!

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I thought I'd throw in a picture of the chickens since you haven't seen them in a while. And, I know you were just waiting to see them!

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So, this is the process. We bring one duck to Lake Jean, wait a few days, make sure all is well, bring one more, wait a few days, make sure all is well. At this point, we decide the remaining four can go.

Don and I are in the chicken yard catching the ducks to transport them to the lake. I fall down.

Now, you may be wondering why it is blog-worthy to tell you that I fell down?

Trust me, just put this on your "note to self" pad - A Chicken Yard is not a place where you want to fall down!

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Here's the first one at Lake Jean:

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Finally, this one makes it to the water's edge. We had to drive around to the other side of the lake, this little guy kept running back to us! These pictures are from a little distance, but I think you'll enjoy them.

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The 3 ducks from June are curious and come to see the stranger.

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a little closer,

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Contact! Successful mission!

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And off they go!

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We have black buck antelope now! Next blog, I'll show you their arrival.

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They are spending quite a bit of time with the new kitty.

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