Am trying to take advantage of the perfect fall weather here in Dallas by getting in some plein air painting. The colors this year have been spectacular, found this scene at one of our local parks. Look who was keeping me company at lake's edge!
The Some Texas Artists Like To Paint blog is featuring "sky" paintings this month. I will have to admit that this theme has me much more aware of what's going on overhead each time I'm outside! Be sure to check out what other Texas artists are doing.
One of the wonderful things about the artist blog is the community of friends that you make online. One of these online friends, Annie Salness of Portland, Oregon, is in need of her friend's help. Annie, artist, wife and mother of four, at age 46, had a stroke in mid October and a group in her hometown is having an "Art Walk for Annie" to help with medical expenses. Leslie Saeta (California) and Dreama Tolle Perry (Kentucky) have started a special blog for artists to donate a painting with all proceeds going to the Salness family. You can see this blog here.
You can purchase this painting, "Waitin' to Walk for Annie", by clicking the Buy Now button at the bottom of this post. You can own this painting and know that 100% of your money will go to help Annie and her family. Here is what the painting looks like framed.
This was my first day's painting from my recent workshop with Calvin Liang. We started the week at the Anderson Mill, an old grist mill dating from around the Civil War days.
Here is Calvin in front of the mill and just starting his demo in the morning. Not sure what he is saying in this photo, but am sure he is stressing the importance of the four elements in the structure of a painting: shape, color and it's correct temperature, values, and edges-sharp, soft or lost. He stressed these four principles all week. Thanks, Calvin, I need the repetition!
This photo of our workshop attendees, along with Calvin and Qiang who organized the class, was taken the last day of the workshop. What a sterling group, I couldn't have asked for a more talented bunch of artists to spend the week with. As you can see, the weather was sunny and perfect all week long.
Packing up with great anticipation for the Calvin Liang plein air workshop next week in the Austin area. Before I put the lid on all the paints, I wanted to try Calvin's suggested palette, so what better way than to experiment with one of his painting subjects. Check out the link above to see Calvin's paintings at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio.
Getting ready to make a big jump into plein air painting! Heading to a workshop with Calvin Liang and, weather permitting, we'll be painting on location north of Austin around the lake area. Hope to get his suggested palette together and practice with it before I head that direction in a few days. Am so excited to have the opportunity to study with Liang and to also learn more from a previous workshop instructor Qiang Huang who is sponsoring this workshop. Two such fabulous artists!
These miniature antique books were a gift, perfectly tied together as a small package...two Books of Common Prayer, one from Sussex, England, and the smaller one, a New Testament dated in the early 1900's.
Last year we spent a week in the Fall with friends in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This was painted from a photograph taken on one of our many hikes through the area. Although this was painted in the studio, I'm hoping to get more involved with plein air painting, especially now that the Texas temperatures have dropped below 100.
I was out shopping yesterday and saw this adorable child with her grandmother, who I quickly asked if she minded if I take a photograph. Gave her one of my cards so she wouldn't think I was a stalker! But I was instantly taken in by this happy little girl, and with so much hair at such a young age. She immediately started playing "patty cake" when I took my camera out. Had never painted dark skin tones, so refered to Color Mixing Recipes by William F. Powell for a good formula. A great reference book if you haven't read it.
This painting is a set up of two gifts from friends. The stein was a surprise from an artist friend who knows I like to paint still life's and the peaches were given to my husband by a friend at church. The terra cotta rim around the stein seemed to be a perfect match with the peaches.Thanks, Angela and Sandy.
Just had these new postcards printed at Vistaprint. Not quite the moo.com card but similar. I've had "writer's block" lately or do you call it "painter's block". I have been painting but not anything I wanted to post, you know, something that would come back to haunt me in a year or two!
The Some Texas Artists Like to Paint blog has a different theme each month and for September it's "fish". Not having any idea what I would contribute, I looked through some past photographs and found this, a guy fishing in the stream in downtown Pagosa Springs. We were fortunate to spend a week with friends in Colorado last year and I remember snapping this photo from a bridge along the river walk. Thought the overhead view and foreshortened figure looked a little abstract amidst the water and rocks.
I'm real excited about this painting! Have finally seen some results in this still life in trying to achieve a looser style. I really don't know why that is so hard for some of us. Maybe it helped that I had a lot of time to "think" about this painting. Everything for this still life was set up at the end of last week, when I got a call from the painter ready to repair the ceiling in the breakfast room where I have my "studio" set up. We had had one of those "pesky little step through the ceiling accidents". So, the vegetables go back in the refrigerator until today, repairs done and it's time to paint again. Had mentally painted this for a couple of days, reminding myself to first block everything in very loosely with a large fan brush. My husband says golf is so hard and challenging because there's so much to remember and think about. Painting is just like that!
This is a talavera jar that I usually keep small packages of smarties in for my grandchildren, but thought it looked perfect as a vase for these sunflowers. The peppers will go in shrimp and grits tonight, still enjoying the tastes of Charleston!
This month the theme for the blog Some Texas Artists Like To Paint is "dreams", and I have painted this picture of my granddaughter napping at age 3 (she's now 13). Be sure and check out what my fellow Texas artist friends are posting.
Thought this was a great shot from the recent British Open. My golfer husband said a better title would have been "Out of the Rough" if the player hit the ball correctly. Which ever is correct, you get the idea!
Thanks to Qiang Huang and his help in painting a blue and white vase in a recent workshop, I find I am now drawn to these china pieces more and more for use in still lifes. Having fresh sunflowers is an added bonus!
Had fun with this "summer" setup of sunflowers and watermelon! Reminds me of a previous painting I did of my grandson last year. Thanks for all of your previous comments, hope you are all having a great summer!
Enjoyed incorporating this old Shakespearean book, dated 1858, into this painting. It's a beautiful book with a gold embossed cover and spine, but is so fragile that just by opening it causes pages to loosen, so it's not handled very often.
Just returned from a tour of the Low Country around Charleston and Savannah; loved everything we saw, but especially Beaufort, South Carolina. This is a view of the bay in Beaufort with the lush marshes in the foreground. These are the grasses that are used in the gullah baskets handwoven in the area. Beaufort was also one of the cities used in the filming of Forrest Gump.
Some Texas Artists Like To Paint is a new blog that officially kicks off June 1, so I invite you to visit our new group of Texas artists who will paint a different assigned theme each month. Of course we had to start out with "anything Texas" for this first month. When I saw this longhorn steer skull hanging on the front of a bar-b-q joint in Glen Rose, Texas, I thought this had to be my first entry. The longhorn, the Lone Star flag, the weathered wood siding...all screamed TEXAS to me. So visit often and see the many interpretations that all the different artists have to share.
Don't you think the pickup truck should be the official Texas state vehicle! On the highway outside of Lampasas, I spotted this one with cactus planted in the bed of the truck and sitting in a field of spring wildflowers and bluebonnets.
The Dallas Associated Creative Artists (ACA) Annual Awards Show was last night and I feel very fortunate to have won one of the Merit Awards with my "Santa Fe Vendor" entry. He is a favorite of mine painted from a photo taken at the train station marketplace in Santa Fe. The show will hang at the Artist's Showplace for the month of May and I encourage anyone in the area to drop by to see some outstanding paintings. I'll attach my other two entries in the show.
A couple of weeks ago we were heading south on highway 281 in the Texas Hill Country and were awestruck when we saw these fields of yellow wildflowers. A quick u-turn produced this lazy afternoon scene.
Decided to post this most recent painting in the frame. We've been out of town and it was great to get back home to paint. While we were gone I ran across this copper tray at an estate sale. I could just picture it in a still life setting, so couldn't resist bringing it home.
Thanks for visiting my blog featuring my most recent oil paintings. I have an art degree from Southern Methodist University and spent about 10 years marketing my paintings through museum art shows, decorators and representation at the Dallas Decorative Center. I put the paints aside for a few years to pursue other business and design interests, but most recently have returned to oil painting. If purchase information is not listed, email me personally if you are interested. Thanks for visiting my blog.