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.