Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kathleen Cook's Workshop

Last week I took Kathleen Cook's workshop on Pleinaire painting.  Worked on two paintings on Canson  half sheets and one on UArt sanded paper.  Still finishing the two on the Canson.  Then Saturday we went out to the Lazy Hills ranch and painted.

Lazy Hills Ranch on a cloudy day.
It started out as a cloudy day.  However, halfway through the painting, the sky cleared and was a brillant blue.  I decided to stick with the original sky.  Finished the painting in my studio.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

East Texas Fires

Finished this painting from a photograph taken by my daughter in Elysian Fields (East Texas).  Thanks Beth.

East Texas Wildfire

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Artoberfest

Friday I worked at the NBAL gallery.  While there I entered three pictures in Artoberfest.  This is the NBAL's annual juried show.  This show is open to members and non-members alike.  It was interesting to watch all of the artists bring in some very excellent work.  One of my entries was selected for the show.

An Irish Still
Not this one.  An 12 x 24 inch pastel.  Had the picture critiqued by J. Taylor (one of my mentors) and a fine pastelists) after the judging.  Too much green, Needed some detail in the foreground.  Red doors were a little uneven.  Edges needed softened.   However, a good effort for my level.  I was able to complete this on the rough side of a piece of Canson paper.  A new achievement for me.

Hummingbird and Friend
Not this one.  Previously posted on this blog.  I printed this on a piece of Canson Infinity Paper.  This paper has a surface like watercolor paper (neither glossy nor matte).  Something new I tried.  T. Bender, one of the Co-Chairpersons and a premier digital media artist, was kind enough to explain to me that the judge did not like the effect that surface gave and complained that the photo "showed lines".  Oh well, it was the same paper I used for the photo last month that got the honorable mention.  It really depends upon the judge's perspective and background.

And the selected entry was:

Comal Spring Stream
Printed as an 8 x 18 inch on glossy photo paper.

Thursday's Paint Out at Walker Ranch Park

One of San Antonio's secret places.  The Walker Ranch Historical park near the airport (under the flight path).  The Texas Paint Slingers gathered here for another paint out.  I selected a spot along the ttrail to Panther Springs (no water) just over this stone bridge.

Old stone bridge at Walker Ranch