Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Photographs

Here are several photographs from our recent visit to the Christmas Markets along the Danube.

St Stephans Cathedral in Passau, Germany

The Blue Cathedral in Durnstein, Austria

Lights along the Danube, Vienna, Austria

Sunday, November 3, 2013

October's Pictures

Finished up several more paintings.  First is another autumn scene from the Kangamangus highway in autumn.
Kangamangus Highway #3, 9x12 Pastel
Next is one from Sedona Arizona
Bell Rock, 9x12 Pastel
A hill country painting, north of Comfort Texas.

A Hill Country Line Shack, 9x12, Pastel
This is a repeat, in a smaller size, of one I had done as a plein air painting.  It was done as a an exercise in speed.
South Texas Spring, 5x7, Pastel
Here is one of my first attempts to paint flowers. It is from a photograph taken in East Texas while watching a bird banding operation

Tiger Lilys, 9x12, Pastel
Finally, another scene from Arizona, Montezuma's Castle
A Castle in a Cliff, 9x12, Pastel

Thursday, October 17, 2013

More Pictures

My Twin Cyprus in Caddo Lake picture was selected for the NBAL juried Artoberfest.

This clipping of some of the 11 pastels selected appeared in the Sunday Herald-Zietung.

It is the picture on the lower left (the winner appears in the upper right)  At least I was in good company.

Here are some more recent pictures.  The first picture was painted during the Comfort Texas Art Walk. The proprietor of Comfort Crockery was kind enough to allow me to set up in front of her store (at the request of Cindy Morawski).  Thanks to both.

Road to Lost Maples, 9 x 12 pastel
Here are two more recently finished pastels.
Willow Loop Flowers, 9 x 12 pastel
End of the Road, 9 x 12 pastel

Friday, September 6, 2013

Pictures from Texas and Ireland

SOLD!!!! This is a montage of Texas images from El Capitan near El Paso to the Hill Country near the Frio River State Park to Caddo Lake at Uncertain (in East Texas).  Hence the title: Waltz Across Texas.

Waltz Across Texas, 12 x 36 Digital Print
East Texas Relic, 9 x 12 Pastel
This was an old abandoned ranch on US 71, somewhere between Carthage and Buffalo.

Twin Cyprus, 9 x 12 Pastel
Unfortunately, Caddo Lake is this green.  It's an invasive plant nearly blanketing the whole lake.  This is a 2 hour study I tried to see if I could loosen up my painting.

Irish Pasture #1, 9 x 12 Pastel
Irish pastures are not fenced in.  The sheep roam freely.  Look closely and you can see the blue paint on their rumps.  That's how they are "branded".

Irish Pasture #2, 9 x 12 Pastel
Find the sheep?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Back to Painting

Haven't posted any pastels lately.  Had some almost finished, so I got to work and completed the touch ups.  The first image is one I completed during Clive Tyler's workshop.  This was from a photo he provided, since he wanted the entire class working off the same image.  It clearly shows the effect of the orange and peach underpainting (and his directions).

A Western Range Scene, Pastel, 9x12
 The second was started as part of the workshop. We went to the Ingram ranch and each selected a different scene to paint.  I had a lot of trouble mastering the underpainting, so I redid a lot of the painting in my studio.

Ingram Ranch 01, Pastel, 12x18
 This pastel was painted from a photo taken during a recent trip down San Antonio's Mission Trail.  I loved the geometric patterns of this shaded corridor.  It is currently hanging in the NBAL Texas Show

San Jose Mission, Pastel, 9x12
This pastel was from a photo taken early one morning from a river boat on the Rhine.

Rhine Dawn, Pastel, 9x12
I've had this one hanging around for a while.  Just got back to finishing it up.  Its from a photo taken through a front windshield while careening down a New Hampshire highway.  Thanks Barron for driving.

Autumn Highway, Pastel, 9x12

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two photographs I have completed for the upcoming NBAL Celebrating Texas show (Starting July 2nd, Reception on July 5th).

The first was taken during our Christmas tour of San Antonio's Mission Trail.  Loved the sky.  Strange December clouds.

The Bells of Espada, Photograph. 8.5 x 11
 The second is a composite (a frameless triptych?).  For those of you unfamiliar with Texas  geography, that's El Capitan on the left (the landmark on the last leg of the stage trip to El Paso)  The center section is the hill country just north of the Frio River.  The right hand side is the Government Canal on Caddo Lake near the Louisiana border.

Waltz Across Texas, Photograph, 36 x 12

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Recent Work

Here are four pictures (including two quick studies) from my recent work.  Took a workshop last month and it took time to get back to my style of painting (whatever that is).

The first picture is from a recent quick trip to Sacramento and Wine Country.  It was a foggy morning drive around Napa Valley.

Back Roads of Napa, Pastel, 9x12
 The next picture is from an old photograph taken in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

View from a Lighthouse, Pastel, 9x12
The next two pastels are quick studies (completed in one or two hours).  That's quick for me.

Red Rocks of Arizona, Pastel on PastelBord, 5X x7

This one was an attempt to capture a rainbow in Hawaii, from a picture provided by Lauri McLean.  What I discovered was that rainbows are very hard to paint.

Hawaiian Rainbow, Pastel on PastelBord, 5x7

Monday, April 1, 2013

En Plein Air

The last two weeks I managed to get outdoors with a group of painters.  Day 1 three of us went to Gruene and stood on the sidewalk and painted.  I painted the old H. D. Gruene building, choosing to ignore the trees in front and to make the road as it must have been in the past (leading to a ford over the Guadalupe River.  The following week 6 of us went to Huaco Springs Resort a RV/Campground on the Guadalupe River (at 1st Crossing).  I started a picture of a cliff along the river.  It was a cold blustery overcast day, so most of us finished early.  Because of the clouds there were no shadows which made the scene challenging.  Earlier in the month I finished a scene from the Sonoran destert outside Tucson.

The H.D. Gruene Building, 9 x 12 Pastel

Overcast on the Guadalupe, 9 x 12 Pastel
Sonoran Desert #2, 9 x 12 Pastel
The Sonoran Desert scene, along with the pastel of azaleas painted from a photograph taken at the tulip gardens in Amsterdam is on display at the Bijou theater in San Antonio at an exhibit sponsored by the Texas Pastel Society.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


This pastel was sold Saturday at the NBAL.

Lost Maples #4, 9 x 12 Pastel

This is the second pastel in my series from our Arizona trip.

Red Rocks #1, 9 x 12 Pastel

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NBAL Entrys

 I have hung 3 pastels and 3 photographs in the NBAL gallery.  Hanging in the main gallery are the following:

On the Road to Willow Loop, 9 x 12 pastel
Lost Maples #4, 9 x 12 pastel
Home on the Lake, 12 x 18 Photo (Montezuma's Well, Arizona)
 I have also entered a pastel and two photos in the current show (Celebration).  This show celebrates the 170th birthday of the NBAL building.

Sonoran Desert #1, 9 x 12 pastel (Tucson, Arizona)
Desert Twist, 8 x 10 B & W photo (Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona)

Taking the Curve, 8 x 10 photo (Tucson, Arizona)

No, the above image is not Photoshopped.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

First Pastels of the Year

Here are the first three pastels I have finished this year.  These are from scenes in three different locales, along the Rhine River, East Texas and the Hill Country.

 The first is based on a photo taken through a bus window while touring the Black Forest along the Rhine River.  It was painted on a light red tinted sheet of sanded paper.

A Secluded Valley in the Black Forest, 9 x 12 Pastel
The next picture is a fog scene from the Sabine River in East Texas, taken by my daughter.  It too was painted on a red tinted piece of sanded paper.

Foggy Sabine River, 9 x 12 Pastel
Finally, a picture from Lost Maples State Park, painted on a piece of cadmium yellow tinted sanded paper.

Lost Maples Fall Scene #4, 9 x 12 Pastel