Sunday, May 23, 2010

Yet Another Prickly Pear Oil Painting, Spring Continues!

This oil painting has been donated to the San Antonio Art League for their 2010 Fund Raiser. I'll give you more details on this at a later time. I've painted many prickly pear cactus, they are such a fixture in the Texas Hill Country! The spring blooms have been gorgeous. Soon we'll be seeing their fruits as the blooms die down, a red "tuna."

Prickly Pear, donation to San Antonio Art League fundraiser
Jean Levert Hood, © 2010, "Prickly Pear" 12x12, oil on canvas

A walk around my studio brings these next photos for you. Rains and nice temperatures are continuing, so I'm hoping the flowers will stick around for a while longer.


I have a hard time telling if these below are Gaillarida or Sneezeweed. They're really thick this year. I just finished a wild flower painting with some of these and verbena, and, of course, cactus!


The Mountain Laurel seed pods are not looking happy. There are caterpillars and these huge ants both working on them.


We have a multitude of daisy type flowers:


Butterflies are plentiful and we have many varieties. The abundance of wildflowers is making many bees, butterflies and nectar seekers very happy.


These gorgeous wild poppies will finish blooming soon, the bloom period for these is through May. These are about 2-3 feet tall:


More happy and hungry bugs:


I love how the grasses add to this view:


Prickly pear cactus are a favorite of mine (I bet you didn't know that!) The way the light and shadows hit them is what makes me want to paint them. I have photographed this particular plant often. After it's new spring leaves, there is this one huge leaf! It looks like two leaves failed to split!

weird prickly pear

Eagles Wings Art Center update:

Prickly Pear Cactus in Yellow, Oil painting

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010, Prickly Pear, Yellow, Oil on canvas

This piece sold at the Grand Opening of the Eagles Wings Art Center in Eagle Pass, Texas. Bob Butler's new Gallery is fabulous and the opening was just perfect. There was a wonderful crowd, good food, lots of great conversation, laughter and fun. I had the great pleasure of meeting some wonderful artists - Phil Bob Borman, Rick McCumber, Betty Sue Rose and Mary Ross Buchholz. It was great to visit with Del Rio artist Pam Bunch again.

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They seem to be leaving the studio a little too early in the afternoons.DSC_0490resized

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Eagles Wings Art Center

Prickly Pear Cactus in Yellow, Oil painting

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010, Prickly Pear, Yellow, Oil, 9 inches by 12 inches, $325.00

This piece is now in the Eagles Wings Art Center in Eagle Pass, Texas. Bob Butler's new Gallery has it's Grand Opening May 15th. Artists represented are Pino, Phil Bob Borman, Dan Burt, James R. Butler, Steven DaLuz, Bob Hunt, Rick McCumber, Clay McGaughy, Betty Sue Rose, Michelle Williams, Pam Bunch, and I am very honored to be included in this list.

These are wonderful mixed media artist, oil painters, sculptors, watercolor artists and jewelers and more. The Grand Opening will be May 15th from 7 pm to 10pm. I'll be there along with many of these fine artists. Join us at:

Eagles Wings Art Center, 357 South Adams, Eagle Pass, Texas, 78852. For more info, you can contact me or Bob Butler.

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They love playing in the wildflowers after our studio work is done!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Three Jalapenos - Oil Painting, More of our Spring

"Three Jalapenos" is an original oil painting, 8 inches by 10 inches, painted after a grocery store trip. I just had to use them in the studio! It's available on my web site for $200.00.

Three Jalapenos, Oil Painting, Jean Levert Hood

Jean Levert Hood ©2010 "Three Jalapenos" Oil, 8 inches by 10 inches

Our Prickly Pear bushes are just starting to bloom! Buds are plentiful this year, I'm looking forward to some good photos later next week. Most of the blooms here are bright lemon yellow, although we have peach, orange, rose and soft yellows.

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The agarito flowers have left the bushes loaded with berries!

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This beautiful Spring has me planting again and I'm later than I have ever been! I do love to dig in the dirt. My herb garden was pretty much destroyed after last summer's record breaking drought and heat followed by the coldest winter I've seen in my 30 year here.

I'm babying a tiny lavender plant that survived and but the oregano is getting huge already. I planted catnip in a pot for the 1st time last Spring, it's doing great. My Plumbago is coming back and I have 2 salvia struggling to return. So, I need lots. Rosemary, more lavender, thyme, mint, sigh. Basil, sage, tomatoes, peppers and zinnias are planted and I'm hoping for a wonderful crop. My antique rose is showing off it's 1st bloom now and the coming buds are plentiful.

It's been a while since you've seen our deer and antelope, oh, and yes, a duck. They're all happy with lots to eat out there right now. Green is everywhere!

My beautiful picture

Remember the plant I'd never seen before?


I still don't know what it is and no flower has ever emerged! Those little spikes just turn brown and that's it. Maybe that little spike is the flower! It's still doing well. I'll keep an eye on it and see if it makes it through the summer heat.

This spring is continuing to be nothing short of amazing. To actually have a spring here is amazing! Often it is two weeks long and we slide headlong into summer heat. My patio swing has been such a treat in the evenings. The birds are singing, wildlife is abundant, and my kitties are waiting for pets and brushing. Life is good.

Clay and Flowers, Oil Painting, Jean Levert Hood

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010, "Clay and Flowers," Oil on linen, 16x12

This piece is now in the Eagles Wings Art Center in Eagle Pass, Texas. The Ribbon Cutting for Bob Butler's new Gallery is this Tuesday, and the Grand Opening will be May 15th. I'll tell you more about it later.

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They wanted to enjoy the wildflowers. Truly, I think it's that they grab any excuse to haul out the beach chairs and glitter sunglasses.DSC_0487resized