Saturday, September 24, 2011

Marion Texas Paint Out

Thursday morning the Texas Paint Slingers went to Marion to paint an old abandon feed store.  There were five of us that showed up and painted until 11 o'clock or so when it got too warm.

My set up (in the shade).
The feed store (there is also a small white weigh station off to the right).
My picture was somewhat disappointing.  I tried to eliminate all of the newer buildings and bring in the weigh station.  The feed store came out a little to boxy for my taste.  And too much lawn.

Old Marion feed store

Sunday, September 18, 2011

More Hummingbird pictures

Spent several hours this week taking more hummingbird pictures.  They seem to like the Texas lilac (Vitek) tree this year.  Here are two more.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird and Friend

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A bird photo and two new pastels

Yesterday we had a visitor in our backyard.  I was told it was an immature Ruby-Throat Hummingbird.  Up to now we have only had Black Chin Hummingbirds.

Hummingbird feeding
Also finished my pastel of a small stream in Lost Maples State Park.

Beside a Quiet Stream
Friday I went to Warbler Woods with the four of the Texas Paint Slingers.  Below is a picture of one of the many paths in this local bird sanctuary.

Thrasher Alley


Friday, September 2, 2011

NBAL Shades of Red Show

Reception for the NBAL Shades of Red show tonight.  Lots of good art, wine and gourmet snacks.  What more could you ask for.

I entered the little red school house (see last post).  Had a nice critique from J. Taylor.  Seems I needed more dark shadows in the bushes and shrubs to highlight and "pop" the individual plants.

I also modified the red stones in the water photograph.  I added a green glaze to highlight water depth.  The President of the Art League, as well as one of the Art Leagues premier Digital Media commented favorably on the picture.
Red Rocks in Landa
I also entered the Little Red Wagon photograph.  I printed this on a rag paper similar to watercolor paper.  It gave a very interesting finish.  It didn't look like a glossy photo, more "arty".

Little Red Wagon
It won an honorable mention.  Best I've done this year.