We braved the 100+ degree heat the other day and went downtown to plein air paint this old mansion. It's one of Austin's treasures and a great place for events. They are also very "artist friendly" here. The curator was gracious enough to come out and bring us cold water while we were withering on the vine.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Last year I snapped a photo of this building in Italy. I can't remember what town this was, but I liked the way it looked. Since it's only a couple of weeks before I leave again for Chianti country, I'm trying to get my head back into the country. Ciao!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I finished this companion piece to "Colors 1" last night. It took me a couple of days to get the mood back. As you can tell by the number of posts this month (or lack of) I'm not as available for painting right now. I'm getting ready for my annual trip to Italy and will be gone most of the month of September. I will paint while there and hopefully have a batch to post when I return. I want to thank everyone who follows me and are moved enough to leave me comments on my work. You all don't know how much that means to me to hear from you - it's the force that helps keeps me encouraged and moving forward. Thank you!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
As most of you know, we are in the middle of a horrendous heat wave and drought. I painted this one on 2 consecutive 105 degree days. I had no preconceived image, rhyme or reason, just pure mood/feelings are expressed. Quite a change from my previous 2 paintings!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Before the hurricane, we'd run down to Galveston a lot. There are so many old charming houses there. This is one I drove by on the way to lunch one day and just loved the place. I snapped a photo and am just now getting around to painting it. I've got to get back, but will probably wait until this horrible heat wave is over.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This was painted alla prima (all at once) and took 2 hours and 15 minutes. I was attempting to lay the paint down quickly but accurately. My natural tendency is to keep going over my paint work with additional adjustments. I was attempting to force myself to lay the paint down and LEAVE it alone. Sounds easy, but it's not.