Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sycamore at the Springs

Sycamore at the Springs, L. Daniel, 8 x 6, SOLD


I love the swimming holes in Texas! There are so many really cool places to dip in the water and sit in the shade in this area. Today, my plein air friends drove 30 miles out of town to Krause Springs - a family owned campground and, well, swimming hole. This spring fed creek runs through limestone outcroppings and is complete with a cave and rope swing. Kids of all ages were having a ball!! And so refreshing after painting in the heat! :)



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19 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful Laurel,

It's hot here too. I don't know how you paint in the heat I hear you're having. Gorgeous work.

XOXOXOXOBarbara

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Beautiful! Your greys in the rocks and grouns plane are masterful.
Joan

Chris De Dier said...

I like your fluency and how you still capture very different textures with consistent broad strokes on such a small scale. Well done!

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Beautiful!! I so love your work. I am inspired to get out in the 100 degree heat here in Tennessee. :)

Mitzi Easley said...

Well done Laurel. I really admire your painting spirit and the way it informs your work. Just lovely!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

I am always in complete awe how you can pick almost anything, sometimes mundane (a bush growing by a rock) and make it look gorgegous. It is such a gift.

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Your reflections are AMAZING! My parents know the people who own Krause Springs and I've heard about it but never been there. Will have to plan an outing!

Ruth Andre said...

Laurel, Your trees are wonderful as usual. The mood of this painting is lovely. Love hearing your swimming stories too.

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Elaine Hurst said...

Your use of subtle use of color, and the greyed colors is wonderful. Well done! Ah, to swim after painting, sounds great!

Tracey Mardon said...

Makes me want to go back tomorrow! I love how you still got the highlight on that rock in the shadow.
Tracey

SamArtDog said...

This is one of my favorites of yours. Killer colors and an amazing sense of place!

Carol Horzempa said...

I love your work and keep coming back to your painting of a simple little tree.

The reflection in the water is a real teaser on these hot days. Very nice!

Dusty Pines said...

the colors create a true feeling of the heat haze - i really like the reflections in the water, too! thank you! (btw, we could use some of your high temps here if you'd like to send some over - it's cold!)

Anita Tresslar said...

It is very hot here in OH.I admire plein air painters who go out to paint in any weather. Your work shows that determination to get it right. Nice painting.

Angie said...

Very lovely, loving the warm colours

BARON WILSON said...

This is a superb painting, Laurel. Wonderful brushwork & colors as always. I missed seeing you there. I was "downstream" a little way, but did get in for a dip !

Randall Cogburn - Alvin, TX said...

If you get a chance rent a canoe at Barton Springs and paddle down it toward the dam. I'm not sure if theres a place to setup a tripod on the rocks but when I get a chance thats a spot I'd do for sure. I wish I lived in Austin :).

One of these days I will. Maybe if a hurricane comes I'll have a reason to get up there, lol.

Nice painting, love the composition.

~Kirby

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

this totally evokes a river bank swimming hole kind of like the one we used to visit in Lake George, NY. Love the yellow shimmer on the surface. You got it perfectly.