Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Back in Georgia, I was able to spend many early mornings on the beach. Mostly, I just walked and observed because the light moved quickly and became too bright to paint. These first colors of the day are so delicious though, and I find myself still thinking about them back in the studio.
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After completing the small study, I painted this larger piece below to send off to my gallery. Beyond size, I didn't change much in the second one except to "push" more purples and periwinkles in the shadows. They are pretty similar, but I think the larger one vibrates a little more.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I know this subject matter is really off-topic for me, but yesterday our Plein Air Austin group met at the Austin Zoo for our weekly paintout. Something new and different! :) I chose the bird because it was stuck in its cage and couldn't get too far out of my sight (unlike the tigers who kept going into their huts for shade). My bird wasn't very talkative but the bird next door kept repeating, "Hello Brad, Hello Brad", intermingled with the Tarzan cry, "aw-ee-aw-ee-aw". It was quite entertaining. Talking birds... really funny...
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A dramatic sky gets me every time. On this particular day, I was just finishing up another painting in the other direction when these clouds emerged. I couldn't stay, but I memorized the scene AND snapped a picture (you know, just in case I should forget something.)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This piece and other new works of mine are currently on display in the annual summer show at the Davis Gallery here in Austin. "That Summer Feeling" features the gallery's family of artists, and it is my great delight to be part of it all. Below is the exhibit invitation - wish you could all stop by... and if you are in town, please do! (On display through August 28.)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am pleased to share that Plein Air Austin has a juried exhibit opening this weekend at Texas A&M University's Forsyth Galleries! This invitational show is a great opportunity for us, both individually and collectively. We have 22 members participating and each has two paintings included. Above are my two pieces that were juried in; and you can see the entire show by clicking HERE.
Opening reception is Friday night... if you are near, please join us!!
“Plein Air Exhibition”
Featuring the work of Plein Air Austin
June 4 - July 31
MSC Forsyth Center Galleries - Texas A&M University
110 N. Main Street, Bryan, Texas
Friday, June 11, 6-8 pm
Many thanks to the staff and curators at the Forsyth Galleries and to Beryl Kerwick, our Exhibits Chairman, for her excellent work!
Monday, June 7, 2010
We are home now. It was sad to leave St. Simons Island, but after five weeks away, it feels good to be back. This is my last painting done in Georgia (on Jekyll Island), but definitely not my last painting of the coastland imagery. I will be revisiting the colors and forms of the beaches and marshlands for a good while to come. As my "painting sabbatical" ends, I feel great satisfaction... both expectant and excited about where this work will lead me next. Having devoted painting time like this is a rare and wonderful opportunity and I enjoyed every minute! Thanks for your many wonderful comments of encouragement and for sharing the journey with me!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I love seeing all the old bungalows that were built in another lifetime on the island. This pink one particularly caught my eye; yes, because it was just so PINK! The owner wasn't home to give us permission, but hopefully, she would be pleased!!!
PS - When you get this we will be on the road, driving back to Texas. Wow, does time fly when you are having fun! It's sad to leave but it will be good to be home!!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I have watched this Hydrangea in our beach house garden go from leaves only, to little pink-tipped buds, to full-on flower. This process was duplicated in gardens all over the island and they are now in full display everywhere. They are a real garden staple in the south and have fabulously brilliant color; the soil must be perfect for them.