Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dos Manzanas

oil, 6x6

It has been a while since I painted a still life. I had fun with this, using my palette knife to get thick, rich texture and color. The title, Dos Manzanas, is simply Two Apples, in Spanish. I thought is sounded way more interesting than Two Apples!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Well, hello there!

This adorable mule, along with a horse, several longhorn and some goats, all greeted me at the fence on a ranch where I was setting up to do a painting of a rusty shed at the Kerrville plein air event.

Oil, 6x6

Rustic Gem
Plein air, oil, 8x10
(Available at Kerr Cultural Arts Center, through Oct. 26th)

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I painted this from a photo reference taken at a lavender festival at a winery. There were people milling all around this man and it was a very hot, sultry day in the hill country of Texas. I love the way he was able to tune the world out around him with a good read in the shade of a large tree.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

More Kerrville pics

Here are more pictures from the Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event (KOPE).

                                                                Rustic Gem, oil, 8x10

                           Truck in', oil, 8x10

My paintings of a shed on the Collins Ranch, and of the junkyard trucks. Both are showing and for sale at the Wet Paint Show at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center for the month of October.

What a wonderful event! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kerrville Plein Air Event!

I just returned from my first competitive plein air painting event in Kerrville, Texas.  It was intense to paint with artists who's work I've admired for years, and new artist friends from all over the state. I felt like a real Texan, driving down dirt roads, sometimes around cows, goats, deer and road runners, to get to ranches, where we painted junkyard trucks, barns, and beautiful countryside.

     Truckin', oil, 8x10

This is my painting of a couple of old trucks on the first morning. I've never painted trucks or cars, and it was a lot of fun! 

On the second day, we painted in a Quick-Draw competition. After selecting a spot and setting up our easels, we had 90 minutes to complete a painting, and then frame it and submit it to the judge within 15 minutes. While we painted in downtown Kerrville, there was a block party going on all around us! 

I painted this back door to a historical mansion and sold it on the spot! Even though I didn't win a prize, I felt like a winner.


On the last day of the event, I painted at Collins Ranch and submitted this painting of an old shed and entered it into the show that day. 


           Rustic Gem, oil, 8x10.                                          

  This was the scene to my left while I was painting...


The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center did a wonderful job running this  this event. And a special thanks to Debbie and her staff at Rivers Edge Gallery & Framing who helped many of us frame our paintings.

I'm looking forward to participating again next year!