Saturday, December 27, 2014

Looking Closer at Reference Photos

Every time I look through my personal reference photos for subjects to paint I seem to find something I hadn't noticed before. Especially if I zoom in and crop out unwanted details. 

For example, this recent oil, Seven Points Sheep, was maybe 10-percent of the original photo of a cotton gin near Waxahachie. He just happened to be grazing nearby. 
Seven Points Sheep - 10x8-inch oil on canvas panel

This calf was just a small background compliment in a photo I took of a barn. Zooming in he became the center of interest. 
Calf Romp - 9x12-inch oil on panel
And finally, in my original photo you could hardly see these pigeons warming their bodies atop this structure in Grapevine, Texas. By enlarging the image they became the center of interest and really make the painting more successful.
Pigeon Warming - 12x9 oil on panel

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thankful for Time to Paint - Thanksgiving 2014

Here are three paintings from over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

#193 From Bethel Road - 9x12-inch oil on canvas panel. I don't know the name of this creek but it flows near Little Bethel in Ellis County. Little Bethel Church was featured in the movie Places in the Heart.  

#194 From Greathouse Road - 11x14-inch oil on canvas panel. As I have said before, this is the prettiest part of Ellis County. It's not the hill country but it has some of that feel to it.

#195 - From Green Gulch Road - 11x14-inch oil on canvas panel. Another view from the most scenic drive in Texas. This road (which is subtly hinted at in the distance) winds through the Chisos Mountains into the basin of an extinct volcano in Big Bend National Park. This is a plein air painter's dream, but I have yet to actually paint there since I haven't been back since I started painting outdoors.