Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I was out painting today with PAAC near Lafayette; Aquarius trail head had a beautiful view of the mountains, but it didn't get to be that beautiful until mid-day; with no toilets for a break, it is hard to do another painting; too bad, as I would have stayed otherwise. I did a 12x9 of a little farm house...which is still in my pack. The comments from the other artists who saw it were positive, but I am reserving my own til tomorrow.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Above is a Live Oak (14"x11") I painted on Thursday morning; so one of the last paintings I did; as is alwasy the case, I just get warmed up and it is the end of the paintout! I did a 20" minute after this one, as two bulls had come and taken up residence under the tree as I was finishing this one up. I did not want to add them in case I blew it, but I think I captured the bulls pretty well, all things considering in my sketch (12"x9").
Below is the afternoon painting from Wednesday at Sally's Spread. This was the incredible ranch that looked like a mini French village. Most everyone did a long landscape to capture all the buildings. I decided on this square format (12"x12"). The morning painting is being worked on. I was unhappy with it but resisted wiping it off. I have been playing with it today in my studio. It had a good foundation so I think I can make something presentable.
The watering cans are from Tuesday morning. I really want to play with the shapes on this one. It was meant to be a study for a larger painting, but I ran out of time. I also smeared it but I had fun painting it. Below is the token Bluebonnet painting (12"x9") from Tuesday after lunch. There were not many Bluebonnets to be found as this area of Texas is in drought conditions. It is not one of my favorites from the trip.
This is the third painting of the day from Tuesday; it is 16"x8". I sat out in the middle of a field for this one. I haven't decided if it needs anything done with the foreground. The unfinished look of it doesn't bother me at all.
And finally, the last painting of the trip (16"x10"). This is the place Barbara and Chuck rented while their house was being built. I am not sure, but I do think this painting was done under the windiest of conditions of the week, which is saying something. One of those hold on to your easel or it will fly over kind of days. I worked really fast and I have done some touch ups in the background as I laid out good shapes to finish later. The fence is also incomplete. But for a two hour painting I am good with that. I really liked the colors and odd angles of these buildings.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I ended up doing a landscape in the morning of the fields with a live oak as the center of interest, from my spot by the fence, but I removed myself from close proximity and the horse lost interest. I think it is one of the better paintings I did this trip. Since I still had a half hour before we were heading to the Hilltop Cafe for lunch, and I had a lot of paint on my palette all ready to go, and two "cows" were now under the tree I had just painted, I did a quick study of them before they moved, so that if I wanted to put them in my painting, I had the reference to do so. It helped that I had just painted the tree.
After lunch (which was very good-Cajun fare) we headed to the "goat" farm, but truthfully, I don't know that anyone actually painted the animals. As has been the norm of the week, the wind was up, and it was hard to find shelter, but a few of us hung in there and painted anyway. I was under a tree with Kay and Louise at least trying to get out of the sun, and we all painted different scenes. I did not take a photo of the scene I decided to paint; I think because once we set up our gear, we had to paint holding on or else it would blow over. I am not kidding. My hat flew off and I could not retrieve it, because it was not worth loosing everything else for. I do have photos of the scene Kay painted as that was what originally drew my interest. Too funny.
Dinner was again hosted by Chuck and Barbara in their lovely home. Barbara not only made dinner but 5 fresh pies, cherry and apple. I had to try them both, as it was too hard to pick, and there were both excellent. We all had our paintings out for show and tell in Chuck's studio, and believe it or not, I didn't think to take any pictures. I had every intention of taking a group photo. Darn it. I am hoping that Leslie or Chuck took some photos that they will share.
Cynthia and I drove all day today, but we did go check up Palo Dura Canyon as was recommended by one of the artists yesterday. It was beautiful but again, too much wind, and I am quite beat up from all the wind so we did not stay to paint as we had planned to.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We painted here all day; I painted one of the barn's in the morning from the hill above the buildings looking down on it. I painted a section of the scene above in the afternoon. I painted "large" today (it is all relative), doing a 16x12 in the morning and a 12x12 in the afternoon. I am behind on taking photos of my work. Tonight we are dining at the brew pub in town.
We started the day out at Ruby Lee Clark's house, a descendant of a German settler, she still speaks German fluently. (I found out that many families here speak German and have a heavy German accent.) Her house has been in the family for generations and is like a museum. We were supposed to paint the house for its architecture, but her yard, which was on a large corner lot, was a museum of its own for garden accessories of all kinds. There was so much to pick from it was hard to decide! I could paint there for a week and never run out of things to paint.
After lunch, I went with Barbara Bush (in black) to the one field of bluebonnets known to exist around town; Up close I discovered that bluebonnets are lupine, but don't dare call them lupine in Texas. We painted there for awhile and then went to another private property (below) for the rest of the afternoon. So, I started small in the morning and grew bolder as the day went on.
Monday, April 6, 2009
This evening we had a lasagna dinner at Barbara and Chuck Mauldin's home. They are the couple behind the Plein Air Event here in Fredericksburg and they have done an amazing job. Turns out they were heavily involved with BSA for 17 years, so they know how to keep all of us wayward artists herded, fed and happy. We are probably very easy compared to adolescent boys. Leslie Allen showed us all up by going out on the deck after dinner and doing a quick sunset painting.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The hill country of south central TX has drought conditions and this is not a good year for the Bluebonnets; but there are some and they grow along the banks of the highways as witnessed above and the wildflowers, that I know not what they are, below.
After unloading at the Comfort Inn we went to town and found the Markt Platz where we are to meet tomorrow morning for our first foray to the hinterlands to paint, and then we walked up and down Main Street (HauptStrasse) looking for the Whistle Pik Gallery, which we did not find. But we did find this wonderful building which is a new gallery set to open the first week of May, which such notables as Quang Ho, Scott Burdick, Pam Ingalls and other familiar names.
This is why you want to be the artist doing a demo at a big event like this; There were two artists with easels set up on Saturday and though neither of them had sold a painting Friday night, both of them had sold their paintings on Saturday and I bet you dollars to donuts that this woman had bought the painting that was being painted as she was involved every step of the way.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I can't believe I did not take any pictures of the opening at Southwest Gallery last night. I got back to Ginny's house (Cynthia's sister graciously invited us to stay) and realized I didn't even take one of my art on the wall. There were alot of people by the time we got there at 7 p.m. but it had thinned down considerably by the time we left an hour or so later. One of Cynthia's paintings had sold! And it was the one she wished she hadn't sent in. Too funny. I found out that there will be @ 27 artists from 5 states going to the paintout in Fredericksburg.