Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This is an example of how I use a photograph of a real place and situation as a starting point for a landscape painting. Above is the painting, "Those Sunshine Days", and below is the photograph that inspired it. The location is the Texas Hill Country. I use black and white photographs so the actual color situation won't be an influence on the painting. More landscapes can be seen on my web site.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Although I was never personally a big fan of the sport, I grew up around rodeos. As a kid I could count on the near certainty of our annual local "Rodeo and Riding Club" event having on its roster a bull named "Widow Maker", or as the locals pronounced it "Widder Maker". All of the animals, the "broncs" as well as the bulls, had names, but this one stuck out. That made him a legend to all of us.
I never wanted anyone to get hurt, of course, including the animals, but I always hoped the bulls found their riders little more than a very temporary annoyance.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Texas Redbud earns its name only in March, when its tiny red flowers bloom. The flowers are replaced by green leaves at the end of the month.
The piece above is oil pastel on board.
I'm including "Aspens" below, not that it has anything to do with Redbuds, which are probably my favorite tree, but because I like it better as a painting.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is another watercolor and Sharpie pen piece. It was done for a "trade" party. One brings a wrapped piece of art to put into the mix, and then takes a number. When the number is called the one with that number picks a piece from the pile of wrapped art. After the work is unwrapped and revealed the idea is that it can be taken by anyone else. It's a strange concept and deserved a strange piece.