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.