Sunday, July 28, 2013

Positano Hotel, Italy

This is another tiny travel painting from Italy.  It's that wonderful little town on the Amalfi coast called Positano.  This scene is part of the entrance to a beautiful hotel that had rooms overlooking the ocean.  Fun day, great memories. 

BTW, all my little travel paintings are now on exhibit in the Chase Bank Building at 700 Lavaca in downtown Austin.  The lower level is called the Corridor of Arts.  I am exhibiting with 5 other Kindred Spirits who I travel with.  We can walk by each others paintings and know exactly where it was painted.  There are several paintings from our recent Hawaiian vacation together and each and every one is different and unique to the artist who painted it. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Here's something different.  This is a watercolor I recently painted for an upcoming GT Library exhibit.  It's hard to really see the calligraphy detail in the painting but it contains some of my favorite books and was motivated by my love for reading.  I like to throw out a curve ball every now and then.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Osprey Nest - Lake Sam Rayburn

This is the first painting I did after my return from Kentucky.  It's a large Osprey nest straight out in the water from our lake house.  It's close enough for me to watch the action with my binoculars.  I've been watching it for months now.  There are two babies and a very attentive Mama.  I've seen the male fly in with a large rat in his claw for dinner. . Nice family.  The 'babies' are getting rather large now.  I wonder how long they are going to hang out at home. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Maui Sunrise

I just returned from a great trip to Kentucky for an oil painting workshop with Dreama Perry.  It was a very long journey, 1070 miles by car, but well worth the time and trouble to get there.  I will be using a totally different color palette I learned from the workshop that is includes very bright cheerful colors.  We stayed in a town called Paris which was just beautiful.  There were huge thoroughbred horse farms with rolling lush green pastures all around us.  It was so green and lush it almost hurt your eyes.  They have obviously had a lot of rain and it was like being in another world.  We were lucky enough to be invited to one of the oldest horse farms in Kentucky while there.  We were able to tour the owner's home and see their operation.  This is the time of the year when the baby foals have just arrived.  We watched a couple of them run and buck in the pasture and it was a beautiful sight.  Their land and homestead date back to the Civil War.  So much history and such a rare treat to be able to visit with them.  I'm off to start painting with my new color palette.  I hope to have some new paintings showing my new lessons soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Black Sand Beach - Maui, Hawaii

I'm posting again before leaving town for Kentucky.  Phew - I'm just a traveling fool.  My BFF Rae and I are hitting the road first thing tomorrow morning to head to a 3 day workshop in Paris, Kentucky.  Yes, there are good painters there.  We will take an oil workshop from Dreama Tolle Perry; whose work I greatly admire.  So I'm leaving you with another one of my recent travel paintings of a black beach I've visited many times over the years when on Maui.  It's still the same and that pleases me very much.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Old Maui Church

I am just returning from the lake house but have been painting.  I did a series of little travel paintings from Hawaii and Spain (5x7's).  This one is a little old church we passed while driving around on Maui.  It caught my eye when I first saw it and decided right then it would become a little painting.