Thursday, June 30, 2011

Photos for NBAL Texas Show

I was getting together entries for the NBAL Texas show and worked on three pictures.  The plan is to pick one for the show.  The first one was a heard of longhorns walking toward the camera.  I had to move part of the herd closer to the main herd to eliminate a metal pipe fence in the background.  Here it is:

A Meeting of the Herd, 12x18
It's Texas, but there is no focal point and a lot of green, so I tried a second picture.  This is a picture of tubing on the Frio river.  I liked it because it shows the hills in the distance.  I had to remove power lines in the foreground to clean it up.  Here it is:

Tubing on the Frio, 12x18
Then I came upon a picture with a lot of color, mostly reds and oranges.  This was taken in our backyard.  Don't tell anyone, but the rock is from East Texas.  This is the one I will enter:

The Eyes of Texas, 12x18

Monday, June 27, 2011

Amazing Workshop

I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Ingram Texas at Kathleen Cook's Studio.  She is a marvelous pastel artist (see http://www.kathleencook.com/).  Her work ranges from portraits to still life (including intricate fabric patters and lace work) to landscapes.  Just spending time in the studio with all of the marvelous art was inspirational.  However, I also got to attempt two still life pictures under her guidance.  These were designed to challenge me at my level.  It was not expected that I would end up with a finished picture.  However, I came close.

Thursday's challenge was a 13 by 19 inch study in darks and lights done on Canson paper.  Much different than using sanded paper.  You certainly can't put on as many layers of pastel, so some planning is required.

A Ball, a Can and a Box, 13 x 19
Friday's (and, as it turned out Saturday's)  was a more complicated arrangement.  I was also challenged to do this pastel on a full sized (19 x 25 inch) sheet of Canson.  This is the biggest I have ever worked.  Believe me, I created a lot of pastel dust.

Feathers, Fruit and Copper, 19 x 25
All in all it was a great experience.  Hopefully, I have learned from this.  Still life requires more discipline than landscapes, especially if you are trying to be faithful to the subject.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Break

After completing painting of the Blue hills outside Sydney and the Texas hill Country scene in in June 6th's class, I decided to paint another Hill Country scene at home.  This was based on a photograph taken at the Sister Creek Winery.  The challenge: a)  there was no foliage on the trees in the picture, and b)  I decided to add a road as a point of interest.

Sister Creek Shack, 9x12
Monday, June 13th was my last day before summer painting in Bandera with Jodie Taylor.  I am taking a summer break because of other time commitments.  Hopefully, I will be able to rejoin him in the Fall.  I only completed one picture this week.  It was based on a picture printed from an old scanned slide, so I had to do a little color correction.  This is another scene from the Sedona Arizona area.

Sedona #2, 9x12

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 6 - Update

I did another version of the Mt Garfield Storm, this time trying not to end up with an abstract.  I started with a pastel/alcohol wash on UArt 600 paper and concentrated on using a light touch.

Mt Garfield Storm #2 - 9x12
Compare this to the version in the previous post.

Continuing with the blue hill theme, I painted a picture in class of the blue hills outside Sydney Australia.

Sydney's Blue Hills - 9x12
For the second half of Jodie's class, I worked on a Hill country scene with lots of Texas sky and clouds.

Hill Country Water Tower - 9x12
I added the road and weeds for interest and left out a windmill and fence to achieve a less cluttered picture.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Memorial Day Class

Completed two pictures this monday.

Sedona #1 - 9x12
Started this one with a pastel/alcohol wash.  Added the road to lead to the focal point.  The hillside along the road started out as a shadow, but looked better as a steep bank.

Mt. Garfield Storm - 9x12
Started out as a painting from a photo of a storm taken from the top of Mt Garfield.  The idea was to use lots of purples for the distant hills.  Turned into more of an abstract the initially intended.  Had lots of input from Jodie and Trina (a class member).