This is another of the little waterfalls surrounded by Japanese maples in the Dallas Arboretum. The trees have started their springtime explosion of color while the sky and background still have their moody and somber winter look. This is an optimistic painting of renewal.
Garden Falls – 6×6 inch oil on panel, $108 plus $10 shipping and handling
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In the Dallas Arboretum there is a stream that runs downhill amid a little forest of Japanese maples, with many little drop offs where the water falls. The “spring” in the title of this painting doesn’t refer to a spring of water, but to the season when this was painted – some vibrant green water plants had made their appearance, but the maples are still wearing the greys and browns of winter.
Garden Spring – 8×6 inch oil on panel $144 plus $10 shipping and handling.
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Lately I have been working on some little landscapes using acrylic and water soluble oils. They really are little – this one is only 5×7 inches. Acrylic is great for establishing a base painting with lots of watery flow. Then a layer of the oil was sloshed on and the painting completed by wiping out, scratching, or stippling away the paint from the lighter areas.
This particular one is what I have seen called a “spontaneous” landscape. Developing it was a lot like seeing castles and animals in clouds – the way the paint settled and arranged itself suggested the landscape forms. So the scene does not exactly exist anywhere but is certainly based on my experience of walking along dirt roads when the grass is crispy and dry, as it so often is in the middle of our country.
Dry Grass – 5×7 inches, acrylic and oil – SOLD
This is one of a series of artworks that focus on scars on tree trunks. The light is warm, the forest is quiet the trauma is over. The tree’s old wounds are healed, although they will always be visible. One stump is even sprouting new growth.
Regrowth – 6×6 inches, oil on panel – $108 plus shipping and handling
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This is a doorway right in the little town where I live. Nice french doors that are impossible to open because of the trees stationed right outside. I think I’d rather have the trees than the ability to open the doors, and it seems like the shop owner feels the same way.
Sentries – 6×6 oil on canvas panel – SOLD
Out in the Texas hill country there is a post office and general store that seem to make up the town of Vanderpool, which is very close to Lost Maples state park. This is a favorite part of the state to visit. It’s remote enough that television and cellular reception is patchy to non-existant, so it is a wonderful place to go to enjoy some quiet time.
Vanderpool View – 6×6 inch oil on panel – $60 plus shipping and handling
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There is a state park very near my home. In addition to a lake and some rare natural prairie land, the park also preserves one of the last working farms in the area, including the home and many outbuildings. This is one of the many small barns still on the property, seen in the light of a cool winter setting sun.
Penn Farm, 6×6 oil on panel, $60 plus shipping
I loved the geometric shapes of the buildings, the tangle of shadows, and the way the utility lines broke up the intensely colored sky. This alley in Kilgore, Texas clearly needed to be painted.
Kilgore Alley – 6×6 oil on canvas panel – SOLD
Oh, my, another moody fall landscape. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. When it comes to painting, I love the very subtle variations of grays and tans that are characteristic of the season where I live. The very brief display of bright color is followed by a long, quiet, mellow period of rest. The actual scene was not far outside of Cedar Hill, Texas.
Tangle – 6×6 oil on panel – $60 plus shipping
This is the Paluxy river in one of its sweet moods. When the water is low, like it was on this day last summer, you can see dinosaur tracks in the riverbed. Maybe I should have painted a T Rex back there in the distance.
Paluxy Banks, 6×6 oil on canvas panel – $60 plus shipping