Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I Art Congress, May 14th


This past Thursday was the fourth I Art Congress at the Real Gallery. Unfortunately, all the venues on the list to tour experienced little traffic. Still, we had a very good time. Here I am with my good friend, Bonnie Orr, a local screenwriter and producer. Thanks to my fellow exhibiter, Greta Olivas, for allowing me use of the photo. Oh, BTW, those are not my paintings, mine were on the other side of those panels :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some Still Lifes and Exhibit News


I will have paintings at two venues this week. The first is "I Art Congress" this Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm at 912 E Congress and the second is the opening for the AVAA's Members Show this Saturday at Austin ArtSpace. Please come by, if you can, and say hello.

Now for the Fun Stuff! Two recently done still life paintings.

The first is a small painting of some stacked bowls that I painted at my friend, Nancy Kirk's home. We both painted the same setup and it's so interesting to see how our individual styles come through.

Bowled Over 6 x 6" Oil (Sold)

Her husband has put together a set up for lighting still lifes such as this. It was perfect and made setting up this little still life very easy.

A small study of some flowers I found on one of my walks with our dog, Priss.
Still Life 1 8 x 6 Oil (Sold)

I love doing small works like this. There's such a looseness of how the paint was laid on -- a lot of fun.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Wednesday already!

Good Morning:

I thought that today I'd post some studio and plein air studies I've done over the past several weeks. Since my mission for the summer is to paint en plein air as much as possible and trees, I thought I post a study I did of a Levitan painting. If you're not familar with Levitan, he was a Russian Post Impressionist and a wonderful painter. Please look him up. This is a section of one of his paintings:

A Bit of Levitan
Oil 10 x 8

Here's a study I did at Barton Springs Pool when I was painting with a few of the Wildcats Painters. Barton Springs is a lovely, spring fed pool located in Zilker Park here in Austin. I'm very pleased with the way I captured the transparency of the water and the shadows of the life guard station. Two other things I'm working on this summer...

Lifeguard at Barton Springs Pool
Oil 10x8

This last plein air study is from last week, when some of the Wildcats, the Brights and I met at the Park at Central Market North and painted. The Park is really very lovely with a walking trail, lovely trees and a pond. This whole complex used to be part of the State Mental Hospital (sorry, I don't know it's official name) and you can see some buildings in the background that still remain. (BTW, it's still in use.)

The Pond at Central Market North
Oil 6x8