Saturday, May 18, 2013

Windy day in Austin

Found a nice shady, spot along the river in Austin today...

The path in front of the tree was busy with Saturday morning joggers, dog walkers and cyclists. Many friendly people stopped by to watch or shout out compliments while riding by. I especially love it when children visit me while I'm painting. I hope that they find inspiration and encouragement to be creative.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lake Georgetown

Yesterday, we painted at Lake Georgetown, just north of Austin. It was a beautiful, day with bright, sunny skies and just enough wind to keep it cool. The water was b deep blue-green when I started painting, and then turned a paler blue-gray as the clouds started to appear. One of the biggest challenges of plein air painting is the constantly changing light. I was attracted to the rocks and then found them to be quite difficult, but fun to paint.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Practice, practice, practice!

Several weeks ago, I ventured out with the Austin Plein Air group at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower center. I met some great artists, and got excited to paint outdoors again - even though my painting was not "a keeper."
Since then, we have painted at a ranch and during a lavender festival at a vineyard in the Texas hill country. I'm really enjoying getting to know this area, and the spring wild flowers are beautiful.
Today, I painted with a new friend from the plein air group at a park in Georgetown. She took a photo of me painting as the geese were walking by. Plein air painting is extremely challenging, and it takes a great deal of practice and am fairly happy with today's painting. I think I'm starting to make some progress.

Painting among my feathered friends in Georgetown

Blue Bonnets at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Today's painting, 8x10, oil