April 2009

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"Curtain Rising"

“Curtain Rising” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

Due to a number of reasons, this is the only Texas Hill Country painting I was able to finish. Next time I promise more!…

"Spring Morning"

“Spring Morning” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

For the last two days, when first I’ve walked into my studio I have smelled a most delicious, almost citrous odor. Couldn’t figure out what it was nor where it was coming from. This evening I went out to pick a wild flower bouquet to paint. As I was arranging it and turning on the still life spot lights to prepare to paint, I found the iris bud I had painted 2 days ago totally open in its full splendor. That is what had wafted out that wonderful scent and I knew I had to paint it now…

"Last Of Winters Hay"

“Last Of Winters Hay” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

As I passed by the hay to go down to the lower pasture to paint, I realized this was the last of the winter hay. If I didn’t paint it now, the cattle were going to eat it and there would be no more until next winter. I pulled the jeep up to were I wanted to unload my gear and started to set up. Whoa Bessie! One of the cows spotted me and the jeep and trumped to the others and they all came arunning. (One really does sound like an elephant trumpeting when mooing!) Before I could get a brush out to work, I was surrounded by inquisitve, hungry, black faces with large, pink, smacking tongues. One started licking the jeep and then they started mooing at me. When they got no response they headed over to the hay to munch on. The HAY!? I had to rush over twice to tell them off before they ate and trampled it all…

"First Iris"

“First Iris”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my iris I transplanted from an elder friend’s house last spring have started to bloom. I had no idea what color they were when I dug them up and am happy to find them white. The 50 mph winds beat up the first bloom pretty badly. So this is really the 2nd. Maybe that is the reason I found no flower beds planted here…

"The Moon Gate"

“The Moon Gate” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

I discovered this garden in a local newpaper article. Went to see it and photographed it, but had not been able to paint there until today. It is one of the most incredible, small, 3.5 acres, gardens I have ever enjoyed painting in, bar none. The Chandor Gardens was designed and built starting in 1936 by British portrait painter Douglas Chandor. Some of his most famous portrait sitters were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth. I look forward to creating many more images from this marvelous place. This particular image is of the Moon Gate Douglas built. Some of the imbedded decorative elements near the top are made out of whole soda bottles with the bottoms painted copper green/blue! The colored icons on the top ends are dragons denoting the prestige of the owner or of the house…

"Garden Ready"

“Garden Ready” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $595.00 USD

I am finally getting around to gardening. I have just planted 4 Black Spanish grape plants, for future wine maybe. Now I am eyeing the flower garden. Picked these zinnias up and decided to paint them first…

"Sunset Through The Barn"

“Sunset Through The Barn” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. This painting has SOLD.

Most of today was a frustration. It was beautiful, warm and sunny, but the wind howled at 30 to 40 mph all day. At sunset it became flat calm. I needed a walk and went to check out the barn where the hay had been all winter. The rancher had just fed the last rolls of hay to the cattle. The barn looked naked without the adornment of hay up against it. And then I saw a painting. I ran back to grab my gear. I was thankful I had my winter jacket on as the temperature was heading down as the dusk settled around me…

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