Monday, August 31, 2009

Willow with Gold

This painting of my daughter, Willow, seemed to come together on its own. The colors in the photo are a little off --- the background actually has more yellow tones and the green is not so blue.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Respite in the Old Spanish Governor's Garden

I painted this from a photo I took in the luxuriant garden of the Old Spanish Governor's Mansion in San Antonio. Since the city is home to many military bases, and the young man was so obviously in the military, I suspect that this was a poignant interlude before, after or between deployments.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Every Picture Tells a Story

One of my paintings was featured at this website:

You can add a story or poem or song to go with it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Long, long drive

No new painting today. Yesterday, I drove a long, long way to far, far NW Texas for my nephew's wedding. The weather was clear and hot and once I got a little way north of Fredericksburg it was apparent that the hideous heat and drought we've been suffering in the Austin area had not extended nearly as far north as I thought.

As I whizzed along on the lonely roads and highways, the colors became more and more diverse and vibrant. I wished I had the time to at least photograph some of what I saw, but when you're going 70, it's near 100 degrees out, and people are expecting you to show up, it's hard to stop, turn around and seek out a safe spot to park to take a couple of resource photos you may never get around to using.

But, LORD, the colors were enchanting. I challenge you non-painters to start looking for variations in the colors outside. Notice what areas are cool and which are warm, and where the contrasts are. You will greatly enrich your experience of what is around you.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Plein Air Crocheting

Once again, my favorite model doing her own creating. One of these days, maybe she'll actually sit for a live session. Until then, she's a wonderful sport about letting me photograph her. The photo I worked from for this was not shot by me, but by Alan Prevallet.

I always struggle with the second stage (the second day), but, as usual, I hit a tipping point when it was no longer difficult, but simply an exhilarating challenge.