Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Hill Country View"

9 x 12
oil on canvas board

Painted on the last day of the OPS paint out in Fredericksburg.  We had the most perfect location with these incredible views at the Tonkawaya Ranch, noted for being the highest point in Gillespie County. Would love to go back and spend a week there taking in the most breathtaking scenery, and that doesn't even take into consideration the fifteen longhorns grazing throughout the hills. What a true Texas experience! The Howard's were extremely generous in opening up their property for the artists. The is a view facing west, can you just imagine what the sunsets must look like!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

''I'm Looking At You''

6 x 6

Dreama Tolle Perry submitted a cat photo for this weeks DailyPaintworks challenge. Having just finished a "dog portrait", I just kept on with one more cute fuzzy critter! 

Sunday, May 15, 2011


oil on moleskin paper

This painting has been done for Angela Elledge's book for the Texas Moleskin Round-Up. Angela and I were out painting en plein air one day when her daughter stopped by the park with their dog Cowgirl. How Texas is that! Couldn't resist snapping a few photos of this precious pup, which resulted in my moleskin entry for Angela's book. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

"Sliced Orange"

6 x 6

Here's another small painting for the DailyPaintworks vegetable challenge for the week. Oops, just realized this is a fruit, hope that works!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


6 x 6

DailyPaintworks challenge this week is Paint Your Vegetables, a subject that I love to include in most any still life. A trip to the produce aisle in the grocery store conjures up all sorts of painting ideas. After a few days of plein air, this was a fun project for a rainy day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Near Luckenback"

9 x 12
oil on hardboard

This past week Outdoor Painters Society had a paint out in and around Fredericksburg, Texas. This was painted on my first day, just down the road from Luckenbach. On driving through the small community of Luckenbach (by small, I mean post office, general store, beer stands and lots of picnic tables), we encountered a good number of bikers preparing for a rally over the weekend, but, sorry, no sightings of Willie and Waylon!   

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Self Portrait en Plein Air

oil on canvas sketchbook paper

Normally don't do self portraits, but that's the Daily Paintworks challenge this week, so tackled this from a photo my husband took of me painting en plein air. Remember when we were younger and talked of older people as "blue hairs"...OMG, I looked at this painting and realized that I R 1 !!!!