Saturday, November 15, 2014

An Assortment of New Paintings

Here are four of my more recent efforts from all over the place.  The first one is from a picture taken at the Sand Hill lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Penninsula on the shores of Lake Superior.

Sunset on Lake Superior, 9x12, pastel
The second one is from a picture taken along the road between Blanco and Albert Texas.

The Llama Ranch, 9x12, Pastel
The next one is from a photo taken from a moving car while speeding along a highway in New Hampshire (thanks Barron and Jeanne).  To those not familiar with New Hampshire, this mountain used to have a recognizable face.  Now it can only be seen on the New Hampshire quarter :-)

Death of the Old Man on the Mountain, 9x12, Pastel
Finally one from a photo taken on the western shore of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Mohr, 9x12, Pastel

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NBAL Artoberfest

Another juried art show at the New Braunfels Art League.  All three of my entries were accepted this time.  The show runs until November 15th, so if you are in town, drop in and see some amazing art.

Target Practice, 9x12 Pastel
An old truck spotted on the road between Blanco and Albert.

The forgotten Trail, 9x12 Pastel
This image was somewhere along highway 16 between Helotes and Bandera.

A Fungus Amungus, photograph
Along an old trail leading to an abandoned lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Penninsula.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

NBAL August Show

The NBAL August show is a juried and judged show.  NBAL has invited other local art leagues to participate.  I entered two photographs and a pastel.  Two were accepted.  Care to pick the reject?  See below for the answer.

Melk on the Danube, photo on canvas, 12 x 36
 This was a panorama picture taken from the Melk Abby on a cold winter's day.  This was the favorite according to several people who saw it before I entered it into the show.

The Wheels on the Bus..., photo on canvas, 16 x 20
This was a bus on the Danube River between Buda and Pest, just touring.  I thought it might be to cutesy, but entered it in anyhow.

The Iron Road to Hearne, pastel on Uart, 9 x 12
This was a composite of a picture of the railroad headed east toward Hearne and some bluebonnet pictures.

The answer to which was rejected: the crowd favorite, Melk on the Danube.  But I am celebrating because the pastel was the first I have gotten into a juried show.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some More Recent Paintings

My South Texas Rain painting got an Honorable Mention in the NBAL Texas show.  It competed in the same category as drawings and watercolors.  There were a number of very good paintings among the pastels, so I was very excited to get this painting recognized.  Credit also to the Greenhouse Gallery for the stunning mat and Hobby Lobby for framing this picture.  The mat and frame really enhanced the sunny look I was trying for.

The first picture is one I started in Stan Sperlak's April workshop.  I finally finished it.  It was painted on the Ingram ranch along side Bear creek.  I had to carry my pastels several hundred yards over the hill to get this view.  The other three paintings are from various locations ranging from Amsterdam to southeast Texas to the Hill Country (just up the road from the Hill Country Chapel shown in the painting on my previous blog.

Bear Creek Bend, Pastel, 9 x 12

Keukenhof Gardens Fountain, Pastel, 9 x 12

Blue Bonnet Wine Trail, Pastel, 9 x 12

Hill Country Llama Ranch, Pastel, 9 x 12

Friday, July 4, 2014

The NBAL Texas Show

I entered three pastels in the NBAL Texas show.  They are on display from July 1 to July 31st.  If you are in New Braunfels, please stop in and see the show.

Chapel in the Hill Country, Pastel, 9x12
The above was from a photograph taken on a narrow back road between Blanco and Albert Texas.  The next picture is my second rendition of the Tea House in Uncertain Texas that I previously posted.

Tea House in Uncertain, Texas, Pastel, 12x18
Finally, the following was originally titled After the Rain.  It is from a photograph taken by James McClean on a South Texas Ranch (used with his kind permission).

South Texas Spring, Pastel, 9x12

 It was matted by the Greenhouse Gallery frame shop as part of a demonstration on framing techniques.  The mat added a certain glow, so I had to enter it in a show.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Good News

My photograph of the Blue Cathedral won third place in the photography category at the New Braunfels Art League March show (Theme: Color).  See my December 29th posting.

I recently completed two versions of the Tea Room (on Caddo Lake near Uncertain, Texas).  This quaint little shack on stilts was just across the county line from a dry county.  So many people would boat over to the Tea Room and have a little "tea".

I did a 9 x 12 study, but was not happy with the result, so I did a 12 x 18 version from the original photo and the study.  Which do you prefer.  Please comment.

Tea Room #1, 9x12 Pastel, study

Tea Room #2, 12x18 Pastel
And here is a painting of a flood on the Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe Flood, 9x12, Pastel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Around the World and Back

Three pictures from three different locations.  First, from right here in Texas.

Perdenales Falls, 9 x 12 Pastel

Then from Amsterdam's tulip gardens.

Keukenof Tulips, 9 x 12 Pastel
Finally, from the center of Australia, the great outback.

Twilight at Uluru, 9 x 12 Pastel

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Started off the new year by completing 4 paintings.  Working on a fifth I hope to post shortly.

The following is from a photograph taken on the road to the Enchanted Rock State Park in Texas.

The Enchanted Highway, 9 x 12, Pastel
Last Saturday the Texas Pastel Society had a paint-in.  We had four set ups to choose from.  I picked the one shown below.

Irene's Vase, 9 x 12, Pastel
Last Sunday I saw an amazing sunrise from County Line road here in New Braunfels.  The pink clouds and the two tone sky was very unusual and beautiful.  Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera, so I had to paint this from memory.

A New Braunfels Sunrise, 9 x 12, Pastel
And last, but not least, another autumn scene from New England.

New Hampshire Backroad, 9 x 12, Pastel