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"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 Morning"

“Spring Morning” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 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…

"The Moon Gate"

“The Moon Gate” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 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…

"Wild Verbena"

“Wild Verbena” , this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $550.00 USD

I finally got the lawn tractor going and was mowing down the remnants of last year’s weed crop. At the edge of the lawn up against some cactus I found this wild verbena all in flower. It was too pretty not to pick and bring in the house and it eventually found its way to my still life table…

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"Bright Pear"

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

Bought these fruits today and the Tangerines were just so vivid I wanted to accentuate their vibrancy…

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"Water Tower Sky"

“Water Tower Sky”, this is a Small painting, 6″x 8″, oil on canvas panel. $500.00 US

I wasn’t going to paint today…getting ready for my show Saturday at Flavors From Afar at 6712 Snyder Plaza in Dallas, TX, 214-696-2327 but when I went for my walk this afternoon there was this sky waiting for me. So, no walk!…

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"Comanche Peak"

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

I had to get out of my studio to paint today. It was 81 and a beautiful day. Suggestions had been made to paint Comanche Peak as it is the commanding presence above Lake Granbury for 10’s of miles around. I found a spot in a school parking lot which was far enough away and high enough for a great view. As the sun began to set, the colors came out and shifted into this wondrous collection of tones and values…

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"Chilmark's Chocolate"

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

Around this time each year, Chilmark Chocolates shares their odd lots with the community. They do this by giving the post office chocolates to put out on the counter for all who come in to leave or pick up mail. Needless to say, it is my only favorite season to go and get my mail! After nibbling some there, I realized the full pieces would be a great still life and I could write it off as a business expense. Giddyup, I went straight over to the store and got 2 boxes to contemplate. Today’s painting, hopefully, is one of a series I will do while this miserable weather keeps me in chocolate, er, indoors… Thank you, Chilmark Chocolates!