Sunday, December 16, 2012

Three More Pastels

Here are three more pastels I have completed in the past several weeks.

The Black Forest #1, 9 x 12 Pastel

The above is from a photograph taken while on a bus tour of Germany's Black Forest.
The next picture is a scene base on a photo of an evening storm over Seguin Texas.  Of course I choose not to show the real street and houses of my subdivision.  I preferred the rural look.

Storm over Seguin, 9 x 12 Pastel
Disaster on a Dismal Day
Just imagine rounding a curve on a dark and cloudy day and meeting a moose!  Based on a photograph taken in New Hampshire.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Small Works and Others

 Submitted two photographs and two paintings to the NBAL Small Works for Big Holidays show.  There were no categories, just best of show thru third and 7 honorable mentions.  The judge (Ron Rencher) noted that presentation was important.  Several photographs won, including Jolene Oyer's best of show winter scene.  The following photograph won an honorable mention.

A Johnson City Christmas, 9 x 12 photograph
 Sondra and I were returning from First Friday in Fredricksburg when she spotted the lights on the Perdenales Electric Co-op company's headquarters in Johnson City.  I stopped and took a number of pictures.

I also finished several pastels recently.

Cold Waters, 9 x 12 pastel
This one is also in the Small Works show.

Along the Guadalupe, 9 x 12 pastel
This was a plein aire painting from last month.

On the Road to Bandera, 9 x 12 pastel

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NBAL Displaying Membership

I am a displaying member at the New Braunfels Art League in photography.  Saturday I submitted three pastels (two from the Texas Pastel Society's 2nd Biennial Show and one new one) to NBAL in support of also becoming a displaying member in pastels.  I am excited to report that my application was accepted.  Here are the three paintings.

Reflections, 9 x 12 pastel

Fall on the Medina River, 9 x 12 pastel
Willow Loop Flowers #2, 9 x 12 pastel

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Art and Wine

I have experienced lots of art and wine (or art and whine) during the past two weeks.  Two weeks ago I attended a Doug Dawson workshop.  Three days of exploring values, composition and color.  A terrific learning experience.

Massachusetts Vineyard, 9 x 12 Pastel
First I covered the sanded paper with a ochre hard pastel and an alcohol wash.  Then I layered in my four values from dark to light.  This was followed by carefully selected colors.  The resulting painting has a certain glow to it.

Friday we attended the reception for the Texas Pastel Society 2nd Biennial show.  Sondra worked the wine and cheese table.  While I didn't win anything, I did get a certificate for getting into the juried show.  Mary Lopez won second place with a painting she did left handed (due to problems she is experiencing with her right wrist).  Amazing.

Last Saturday I watched a demonstration by Jeannete Cuevas at Cactus Jacks and saw her and Rita Kirkman's exhibition.  So many excellent pastels (portraits, cows, frogs, still lives, etc).

Tuesday was my bi-weekly workshop with Jodie Taylor.  I attempted to repeat the technique described above.  Instead of the ochre, I used a deep cadmium yellow.  Not quite as successful.  I believe the pastel layers were to heavy.  However, I was able to capture the mountain top.

Enchanted Rock #3, 9 x 12 Pastel
Friday we went to First Friday in Fredricksburg.  More wine and cheese.  Saw two large Clive Tyler pastels and an excellent show of oil paintings by Teri Jo McReynolds.  Came away inspired.

Friday, October 5, 2012

NBAL Artoberfest

The NBAL Artoberfest is the league's only show open to all entrants and the only juried show.  For the first time I got three entries accepted, two photographs and one pastel.  Tonight was the opening reception and I got the surprise of my life.

Lost Maples Autumn, 9 x 12 pastel
 Was I ever shocked.  This pastel not only was accepted into the show, but was awarded first place in the Pastel/Drawing category.

I also got two photographs accepted into the show.

After the Storm, 8 x 8 photograph


Walking Down Memory Lane, 12 x 18 photograph
The biggest surprise, this photograph won the Sponsor's Prize.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

2nd Biennial Texas Pastel Show

Have three pictures juried into the 2nd Biennial Texas Pastel Show.  The show will hang in the Art, Incorporated gallery, San Antonio starting in mid-October.

Cypress Trees on the Medina River, 9 x 12 Pastel

Hill Country Barn, 9 x 12 Pastel

Willow Loop Spring, 9x 12 Pastel

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rhapsody in Blue

I entered two photographs and a pastel in the NBAL September show entitled Rhapsody in Blue.  All entries had to reflect either blue or rhapsody.  Got an honorable mention!

Rhapsody in Blues, 9x12 Photograph

Taken in Memphis.  Thanks to my two models.  The photograph won an honorable mention in the Photography category.

Faded Blue, 9 x 12 Photograph
 A New Braunfels landmark.
Autumn Blue, 9 x 12 Pastel
Thanks to J Tenney for finding this lovely spot near Haverhill, Ma.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Two new photographs.  New Braunfels - Gateway to the Hill Country

New Braunfels Downtown
New Braunfels Toward Gruene

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Two new pastels.

Desert Night, 9 x 12 pastel

Lost Maples Autumn, 9 x 12 pastel

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I entered two photographs and one pastel into the NBAL July show.Texas was a very popular theme.  Lots of entries.  Unfortunately,  I didn't place among the winners.  Congratulations to all the winners.

This is a must see show.  I urge anyone in the New Braunfels vicinity to come see the show.  Several pieces have already sold.

Got several good comments on the Guadalupe river photo.  Thanks.

A Hill Country Water Tank, 9 x 12 pastel

King of the Hill,  8 1/2 x 11 Photograph.  (Its good to be king).

Roots in the Guadalupe, a 12 x 18 Photograph.  (My favorite entry)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I entered three photographs from our brief stop in Amsterdam into the NBAL June show (Water, Water Everywhere).  It was a very popular show and, unfortunately,  I didn't place among the winners.  Some very good art in this show.

Watch Your First Step, 13" x 19" photograph
This is a picture of houses along the inner harbor in Amsterdam.

Babbling Brook, 13" x 19" photograph
This was taken at at Amsterdam's famous Keukenhof tulip gardens.

The 7 Bridges, 8" x 10" photograph
Yes, there are 7.  Can you see them?  This was taken from a canal boat.  Yes, I later found out that this is a tourist cliche.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I was accepted into the New Braunfels Art League as a Displaying member in Photography.  Below are my three entries:

King of the Hill
Autumn Bounty
Autumn on the Kancamagus Highway

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Texas in the Spring

A series of pictures from recent road trips in the Hill Country.  The first three are from scenes on Willow Loop, a narrow Ranch Road north of Fredricksburg.  Lots of flowers and lots of traffic.

Yellow, White and Blue Flowers

Yellow flowers beneath the cliffs.

A Blooming Yucca
The following picture is an adaption of a scene from west of Comfort.

A Hill Country ranch

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Texas Pastel Society's All Member Show

I am entering 3 pastels in the TPS all member show.  The theme of the show is Fiesta, so I looked for pictures with lots of color or of historical nature.

The first is a plein air pastel painted at the Antique Rose Emporium during the March TPS meeting.

The Blue Wall, 9 x 12 Pastel
The second is a colorful picture depicting a crowd headed to a fiesta event.

El Mercado, 9 x 12 Pastel
The third is a picture of the Presidio La Bahia in Gonzales Texas, site of one of the battles of the Texas revolution.

Presidio La Bahia, 9 x 12 Pastel

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Paint Out at the White Ranch

It was a cloudy, but warm, Tuesday.  The Texas Paint Slingers went out to a ranch about an hour south of San Antonio.  The further south we drove, the more bluebonnets and other flowers we saw.  Bonnie and Roy White, the owners, mowed a path through the field for our vehicles and provided lunch.  Certainly appreciated the hospitality.

J Taylor and I painting at the edge of a field (Thanks to Gaye Sekula for the photo)
Spent the morning painting a field full of bright yellow Tallow-weeds.  This is the first painting of the day.

South Texas Spring, 9 x 12 Pastel

Gray skies and trees just getting their leaves.  After lunch we moved to a different spot.  A large patch of yellow, leading off into the back ground, caught my eye.  Although the weather hadn't changed, I opted to paint a blue sky and a tree with leaves and to extend the yellow off into the distance.  Got a nice tip from Gaye Sekula on curving the road.  That's another reason for joining these outings.  Always learning and always good company.
Golden Highway, 9 x 12 Pastel

Friday, March 2, 2012


Two more attempts to portray water.  This is difficult.

Roadside Waterfall (New Hampshire), 9x12 Pastel

A Cypress Autumn (Medina River), 9x12 Pastel

Monday, February 27, 2012


Here are some San Antonio Summer photographs.

Rolling Along at Six Flags, 9 x 12 Photograph
Twisting Through Space at Six Flags, 9 x 12 Photograph
Relaxing Along the River Walk, 10 x 10 Photograph