Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Camp Misery

Early explorers named this spot along the Rio Grande River "camp misery" because of the difficulty they had getting their wooden boats and gear through this part of the canyon.

A centuries-old rock slide had narrowed the passage so much that they needed three days to get through it. Today this is a class IV rapid but easily passable in the more flexible rafts of today.

This is a painting of Santa Elena canyon in Big Bend National Park. My reference photo was taken during a 2-day rafting trip in the early 90s.


Monday, November 9, 2015

From the Jetty


October in Galveston was a first for me. The island and I go back almost 50 years beginning in the 1960s where vacations almost always ended up with our car heading south from Wichita Falls for a long drive to the Gulf. My adult years didn't change that tradition but now it's only a 5 hour drive.

Brutal heat and humidity were, or course, the norm for "island time" so visiting there recently in the Fall was ideal as weather goes. Not that I didn't enjoy the place no matter the conditions, but it was so different that it didn't seem like the same place. I didn't bring my painting gear since we were only going to be there for two nights but I planned to take a lot of photos for studio use and "From the Jetty" is a result of one of those photos..It was early morning just at sunrise and the water, waves and foam were beyond beautiful. As an added bonus, porpoises were vaulting themselves completely out of the water near some nearby surfers.

#233 From the Jetty - 9x12-inch oil on canvas panel is available for $150 unframed

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paint Historic Waxahachie 2015

This month is the beginning of "Paint Historic Waxahachie" which means that artists participating in the annual event can paint at designated locations every weekend, leading up to the awards, dinner and sales on Friday, June 5th. The art will be for sale through Sunday at the old Citizens National Bank on the Square in Waxahachie.

These four samples are from the last two weekends and feature rural landscapes near Waxahachie and extending out to Maypearl, about 15 miles west. The first one, "Arc de Treeomphe" was the most enjoyable as I saw exactly two cars during my time there, the mail carrier and one other artist. The weather was breezy and overcast with a slight mist in the air which made for lots of atmosphere.

"Youngsters" was another fun painting as I was hoping to capture these shade-loving cows before they moved on. I imagined that they would leave right as I got set up, but they stayed there for a good 45 minutes, long enough to block them in. I also enjoyed visiting with their owners, the Carrions from Dallas, who stopped by to check out my work.

Arc de Treeomphe - 8x10-inch oil on panel
Youngsters - 6x8-oil on panel
Free Range - 8x10-inch oil on panel
Shaped by Wind - 8x10-inch oil on panel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two from the Gulf

Seagull - 10x8 oil on gessobord
Both paintings are 10x8-inch oil on Gessobord referenced from photos I took a few years ago while vacationing on Galveston Island.

Orange Umbrella features my Mother-in-law relaxing on the beach while my son digs in the sand in the distance. These were extremely fun to paint for some reason. Maybe it's just the simplicity of them.

I was thinking about another title or two for the umbrella painting... maybe Shady Spot or since this is the Gulf of Mexico, Naranja Paragua which sounds so much better than orange umbrella.
Orange Umbrella - 10x8 oil on gessobord

Friday, January 23, 2015

Depot Light

Depot Light - 8x10-inch oil on Arches Oil Paper. This is an old freight depot in Waxahachie, Texas.

The early morning January air was filled with humidity and provided plenty of atmosphere between the railroad tracks and distant warehouses.