April 2009

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"Life in a Rose"

“Life in a Rose” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

This is the painting which was supposed to be before the “Magnolia Moment”. After all that white in the Magnolia, this feels intense! It is an old fashion type of rose with multiple petals, some going in contradiction to the others…

"Magnolia Moment"

“Magnolia Moment” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

I started out this rainy day to snip and paint another flower from my brother’s garden. But this freshly opened and damp magnolia stole the thunder from all other blooms around the house. Luckily it did not start to close until I was most of the way through the painting….

"Spring Fog, V.H."

“Spring Fog, V.H.” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

There was a wind today over 19 mph which kept me from painting. While organizing my canvases in the studio, I found a few I had forgotten and had never put on my website. This would be wistful thinking about my up coming summer on Martha’s Vineyard…

"Live Oak Grove"

“Live Oak Grove” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

I found this grove a few weeks ago on one of my scouting trips coming back home from Weatherford the long way. It was such a splendid grove that I had stopped and taken multiple photos of it to burn the image into my consciousness. Of course, that only works when I see the photos again! Which I did this morning and waited until near evening to catch the light right. The cattle were a bonus when I got there to paint…

"Evening Birdbath"

“Evening Birdbath” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

I mowed the lawn today. Or I should say the weeds. They had grown twice as high as the grass from the rains we just had. I always like to walk around and admire the perfection of the yard after just cutting all the raggedy growth. I filled the two birdbaths and this one caught my eye as well as that section of sky on its mirror surface…

"Wild Flower Trail"

“Wild Flower Trail” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

After driving into Dallas and back over the weekend, I experienced the full scope of the Texas wild flower season along the roadsides. Upon returning, all I wanted to do was paint wild flowers. I found this trail up above the rock quarry lake, or tank, as Texans say. The sun was close to down and it just was what I had wanted to paint…

"Lavender Dahlia"

“Lavender Dahlia” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

This is a study for a commission I am working on. I like to push the colors in one direction or another. I like this direction, but maybe it’s not right for the commissioned piece. Luckily, the person doing the commissioning will never look at these note here…

"Chocolate Strawberries"

“Chocolate Strawberries” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

My friend, Tiberia from Barking Rocks Winery, had a 5 foot by 5 foot by 2 foot crate of strawberries he had hand picked in his wine room! As I was leaving after helping syphon out some muscat wine, I thought maybe I should paint some strawberries before he crushes them all. By the time I finished this piece the chocolate had melted under the heat from my lights. It tasted great with the strawberries though!…

"Blue Bonnet Drive"

“Blue Bonnet Drive” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

The Blue Bonnets are finally out in force in my own back pastures. It’s fun to drive around there (watch the mesquite thorns under the tires!) and see all the new locations of blankets of wild flowers spread out all over…

"Spring Eve"

“Spring Eve” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 USD

I have been waiting for this Mesquite tree to finish leafing out. I thought it was ready for today’s painting. By the time I was half way through, I had an audience of 7 calves! They were having fun licking the shiny headlights on my car. I finally had to shoo them away when one tried to bite the front grille work. Luckily the mom’s stayed a respectable distance away, and none of them was interested in the Mesquite I was painting…

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