Thursday, April 23, 2009

Plumbago Oil Paintings, Birds and Birds, New Assistants

I'm painting outside this week. It's gorgeous and our winds aren't at gale force for a nice change. My plumbago bush seemed the perfect thing to paint. I painted a larger piece of the bush, then did this small 8x6 piece of just one flower. When they're dry, I'll get a better picture for you. Scanning always gives better results. Here is a preview of my efforts.

Detail of Plein air, Plumbago Bloom, oil, 8 inches by 6 inches.

plumbago bloom closeup  resized

My plumbago:

plumbago bush resized

This is a 9x12 oil painting:

The flax seed feeder is a huge hit. The number of birds that can hang on that thing at one time is amazing!

flax feeder all resized flax feeder red resized

I'm not sure what the rose colored bird on the right is. I don't see it in my book.

This is the Orchard Oriole:

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and our Hooded Oriole is a huge fan of 1/2 an orange:

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The Hooded Orioles pick the orange completely clean.

I hope you enjoyed this week's blog. I appreciate all of my readers and enjoy your comments too. I love getting to share my little corner of Texas with you.

You'll find my small watercolors and smallest oils in my Etsy store . Work on Etsy is priced from $10.00.

You can purchase my oil paintings and studies on my website . Check out my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature!

And I'll leave you with my Outside Studio Assistants:

my assistants resized

My little helpers have time off this week since I'm painting out. Hmmm, seems like my other helpers are a little more enthusiastic! Until next time!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Landscape Painting, Birds and Blooms!

Here's a landscape I've recently reworked. I painted this piece on location in Fredericksburg last fall. As with most of my plein aire work, I consider it a "study." There is simply so much less time put into the design, composition and color elements when I paint out. So you get a great break on the price! (Robert Y ~ this is a special not - an - abstract - post just for you.)

View from the Hill Country, Landscape Oil Painting


View from the Hill Country, Landscape Oil Painting

This particular day I painted 3 pieces. I've been working on fixing those up a bit. As a study, this 11 inch by 14 inch oil is priced at $120.00. This price includes shipping and insurance. It needs to dry a bit more before I list it, but if you just have to have it before then, give me a shout.

This lovely flower is from the Guayacan shrub. As with most plants it has many names. It's also known as Texas Porliera, Soapbush, and Ironwood. It's an evergreen with very dark green leaves. The largest the flowers would be is about an inch and most are smaller in our area.

Guayacan soapbush, ironwood

The flowers look like tiny orchids! They are every shade of violet from very light to a very deep color. The yellow anthers are very pronounced.

Guayacan, soapbush, ironwood

Guayacan is browsed by deer, grazed by sheep and goats, good cover for birds, and enjoyed by butterflies. It's common name indicate it's usefulness, the wood is very hard and soap was made from the bark of the root. Our drought hasn't seemed to dampen it's enthusiasm for blooming, they are covered in blooms! We'll see beautiful red seeds later.

I saw my first Scissor Tail this week! I can't believe I was able to get close enough to one to get this shot. The peach breast of these gorgeous bird is amazing. I love these birds and wait for their arrival every spring.

scissor tail

You'll find my small watercolors and smallest oils in my Etsy store . Work on Etsy is priced from $10.00.

You can purchase my oil paintings and studies on my website . Check out my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature! There is a new post for April. (Robert Y~fair warning, it is an abstract!)

So I'll go for now! Till next time.

Untitled-54resized We planted tomatoes yesterday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I bought a new painting! Rose Refour

Betty Refour is an artist that I met online. We are in a wonderful group together, WWAO - Worldwide Women Artists Online. Betty's sister Rose has autism. Rose is an artist too, she loves to paint. Betty is Rose's caregiver and encourages her art.

Betty says of Rose: "Rose has been drawing for as long as I can remember but is new to painting. Her favorite medium is red ink. She is mostly nonverbal and will often use art to express herself. Having a conversation with her sometimes is like playing pictionary. She is self taught and has had the opportunity to be a part of several group shows around the country. Her work can be found in private collections around the world."

I saw this piece below on Betty's blog and I had to buy it. This is about the happiest painting I have ever seen! Rose also has greeting cards for sale in Betty's Etsy shop. Her work is very reasonably priced and Betty champions this cause with a percent of Rose's painting sales going to Autism initiatives. She has a special section in her shop for Autism Awareness.

Rose painted this piece on her birthday:

Rose Refour

© Rose Refour 2009

Betty said "when she got up that morning she put on her favorite dress, one of her most admired jewel crowns and then painted her face. After all it was her birthday and she was queen...if only for a day."

This piece is now mine! I think it's such a happy painting. It makes me smile each time I see it.

This is a new piece that Rose just finished:

Rose Refour 2

© Rose Refour 2009

"Look" is available for only $20.00 in Betty's Etsy shop.

Title: Look - (Betty says this is the title because that's all Rose would say when finished!)
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas Panel
Size: 7 x 5 inches
Date: 2009

I'll keep watching for Rose's work, she brings smiles into our world.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor paintings priced from $10.00. My Etsy store carries my small works.

Don't miss my website for my oil paintings and to see my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Poppies, Abstracted - new oil painting!

Poppies, Abstracted -I enjoy painting abstracts from time to time.

Abstract: Poppies Oil Painting

This one didn't start out that way. The method I use to paint starts with an abstract "block in." This piece was to be a poppy painting, yet I liked the abstract block in so much that I continued in that fashion.


Abstract: Poppies Oil Painting

Poppies, Abstracted is 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide. It is available on my website, along with my other oil paintings, studies and demos.

Wild flowers

We have 3 kinds of wild verbenas. This one is my favorite.


It's the most showy of the 3 and of course, it's my favorite color! When we have normal rains these bloom all but the 2 coldest months of the year. They really make a pretty show and if volunteers come up in my herb garden I tend them and encourage them.

I've planted quite a bit this year. I'm only needing rosemary now, they didn't have it when I bought most of my plants for the season. If herbs can take our heat they do well here, as most prefer less than stellar soil and prefer our too frequent lack of rain. After I get the plants established they will need little water. This summer will keep my on my toes with watering and tending, but after this year they will be fine with little care.

I want to thank the kind artists who featured me last month. Jordanka featured me on her blog on March 8th. Jordanka paints wonderful trees. Brenda Thour featured me on her blog on March 8th, and also featured me on the Design Style Guide Blog.

I am honored, and I thank you both so very much!

You can purchase my small watercolor and oil paintings in my Etsy store where you'll find them priced from $10.00.

You'll find my oil paintings on my main web site as well as my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature. I will be posting a painting in progress soon. You'll see a progression of photos from start to finish of a landscape painting. Stay tuned!

My little helpers really liked the gardening idea and want to help. mannequin gardening Till next time!