Sunday, September 28, 2008
Yesterday morning, members of Plein Air Austin met at a local park expecting to paint at a pond with great morning reflections. But when we got there, it was covered with small algae plant forms (aka pond scum). In the midst of the algae, one small group of lily pads was thriving with beautiful lotus flowers. This lily was fully open, bathing in the sunlight.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Although the summer travel and painting on the road has been quite fun, I am enjoying being in my home studio and working on bigger canvasses! This larger piece is based on a plein air study I painted this summer on Lake Travis. It was a quiet morning on the lake and the reflections of the distant shore just sparkled.
This painting will go to the Davis Gallery here in Austin.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
During the two weeks I spent in the mountains, I kept passing cows in pastures and wishing I could paint them, but there was never a good place to set up. On the last day in Livingston, I finally found a field with room on the shoulder to paint that even had shade!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Yesterday I received this award from two fellow bloggers, Elizabeth Floyd and Barbara Muir, and am so delighted. It's so encouraging and I am truly honored to be awarded in this way! Thanks Elizabeth and Barbara!
Here are the "Brilliant Weblog Award" rules of acceptance:
1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
6. Participation is entirely voluntary (of course!).
7. Have fun...honoring the bloggers who inspire you regularly.
These are my picks (you are all my so good at what you do):
1. Carol Marine, for her consistent inspiration and delicious still lifes
2. Virginia Vaughan, for her farm series and other wonderful landscapes
3. Robin Cheers, for her loose 30 minute studies
4. Jann Alexander, for her fabulous photos of vanishing Austin scenes
5. Stephen Magsig, for his cool Detroit scenes
6. Jenedy Paige, for her lovely portraits7. Gerald Schwartz, for his wonderful simple shapes and California light
Thank you all for your inspiration.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
At the end of a long day of hiking and painting, I couldn't resist one more attempt with this little vignette. Our friends had cleared some dead trees, the logs were all stacked so neatly and who can resist a red wheelbarrow? Not me.
Monday, September 8, 2008
There is something so spectacular about hiking in the mountains. Every time the path turns, a new vista appears that is more breathtaking than the last. (Columbine Lake, Tabernash, CO)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
For the last two weeks I have been painting in the mountains and having a blast! The first week I was in Tabernash, CO (near Winter Park) staying with dear friends who not only hosted me but also took me to some great painting spots. This old homestead barn is in a remote corner of a big YMCA ranch. A big family of marmots lives under this building and they watched me the whole time I was painting... keeping guard I guess.