Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zabriskie Point Death Valley California

It is said that Rembrandt coined the phrase, "without atmosphere, a painting is nothing." As far as art goes, no truer words have ever been spoken, and no other art-related quote has stuck with me more. Even in a portrait painting you can have a hint of it in the few inches from the tip of the nose to the ears.

But landscapes sing when atmosphere is included. Nothing makes your center of interest pop more than muted grays of distant mountains, trees or just thick air of hot Texas summers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Classic Car Show and the Wrath of Wipe

A few weeks ago I tried a plein air painting at a local classic car show in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. It started out fairly well but somewhere along the way, as often happens, I lost my focus and eventually lost the painting to the wrath of Wipe.

I felt kind of bad as several onlookers wanted to see what I had accomplished and I had nothing to show them.

Here is the studio version of the same subject, a 1955 Chevy Bel Aire:

55 Chevy Bel Aire - 9x12 inch oil on Gessobord

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fossil Hunt

I've painted this limestone creek several times over the last few years as it's just down the street from our home in Waxahachie. The center of interest here is my son and his red shirt and shoes exploring the white rock banks of Mustang Creek.

Fossil Hunt - 9x12 oil on panel