I am pursuing a second career/hobby in art. I am concentrating on photography and painting with pastels. Currently, I exhibit at the New Braunfels Gallery and occasionally at various venues with the Texas Pastel Society.
Worked with Jodie 2/28 and 3/21 at his Bandera workshop. Completed two pictures as part of my Ireland series. The first is based on a photo of a stream at Glendalough. The second is based on an early morning photo taken at a B&B in Killarney.
Saturday, the Texas Paint Slingers met at Cactus Jacks in Gruene. We had use of the back patio and the neighbors field. I set up on a porch facing the back of the main building (downwind from the outdoor grill). Here is my pastel version of the funky gallery.
Went down to the Carver Center to pick up my three pictures. After that Sondra and I went to Bright Shawl to see the other pastel show. Got there too early. It wasn't open. So we went to La Vallita, the art and craft venue next to the Riverwalk.
Saw the gallery with Mary Shepard's cacti paintings and Susan Carlin's portraits. Stopped at Henry Cardena's gallery and viewed his colorful landscapes. Also stopped in the art co-op. Saw one of Kramer's flamenco dancers, a portrait done Kathleen Cook's portrait workshop and a number of Bob Franklin's flower pastels. Marveled at the sharp edges and colors.
The theme for March was Music. What a tough one. I entered 3 photos. The first one was a picture of Beale Street lined with motorcycles. I call it Thunder and Blues. Picture 2 was a photo of an East Texas High School Band at half time, titled FNM (Friday Night Music). Finally there was a photo of a line of Bass Violins against a Texas Sky. The violins were taken at Ash Music Store in San Antonio (thanks to the store manager for permission to photograph in the store). Unfortunately this collection produced no ribbons.
The Texas Pastel Society TXPS show at the Carver Theater is a non-juried show. Twelve pastelists exhibited at this show. There were some lovely pastels. Shown below are the 3 I entered. The onion picture is from Plymouth Village. The highway is a back road in East Texas that my daughter took us to. The pasture scene is from Fort Straith in the Ring of Kerry Ireland.
The reception was very nice. I got to meet with some of the artists I have been talking to in the past year. Even provided a print of my onion picture to one of them. The show lasts until Tuesday.