Link Champagne

This was a warm-up for the plein air session in my last post. The subject was a heuchera that had just come home from the garden center. This variety is called “Champagne”, so I’m going with that for a title. I love the colors in these leaves – they emerge a combination of pale orange and magenta, and age to a subtle green and buff.

Champagne – 6×6 inches, acrylic and gouache on panel SOLD

 

Link Enchanted Rock

The title of this painting doesn’t suggest a fantasy landscape. It’s a real place, and Enchanted Rock is its real name.

Enchanted Rock – 6×6 inch acrylic and oil on panel.

Link Garden Spring

This is a little waterfall in the Dallas Arboretum that is surrounded by Japanese maples. I wanted to bring out the vital freshness of the new spring growth in those water plants. They glowed.

Garden Spring – 6 x 8 inch acrylic and oil on panel

Link Snow White

I was honored to be invited to participate in the exhibition “View from the Art Village 50-Year Retrospective” at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery. The show was curated by Nancy Cohen Israel  and celebrates 50 years of the Braniff Graduate School at the University of Dallas. I received my graduate degrees at UD and am thankful for the program as well as the opportunity to exhibit there again after all these years.

I’ll be showing this little acrylic piece.

Snow White – 4.5 x 7 inches, acrylic on paper

Link Vacation Home

This is closer to my current usual subject matter: typical suburban landscapes. I noticed this birdhouse with the winter tree branch pattern when walking the dog early one morning. At that time the house was empty.

I like my results when I come at shapes kind of sideways, either by removing paint or by negative painting, rather than painting them directly. In both cases, forms are revealed incidentally when the shapes around them are defined. In this painting, it’s the empty space of the sky holes that received the heaviest application of paint. It may not show well in the photo, but in real life it’s the abstract empty spaces that seem to advance.

Vacation Home – 8×8 inches, acrylic and oil on panel.

 

Link In the Shade

Another one of the little landscapes. This is another of those “spontaneous” landscapes. I kind of think the spontenaity is in the way the paints arrange themselves, not in me. I can’t help but see things I recognize in the shapes the water and paint make.

In the Shade – 6×6 inches, acrylic and oil. $108 plus $10 shipping and handling.

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Link Little Landscapes

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

Link Kilgore Alley

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

Link High Summer

In early summer, everything is green, green green. As summer begins to move towards autumn, there is more variety in the grasses and leaves as they begin to fade to tired grays, mauves, and tans. Over at the Cedar Hill State Park, where I found this scene, there are also many white and yellow wildflowers in the fall.

High Summer – 6×6 inch oil on panel, $60 plus shipping

 

Link Sun’s Promise

There’s a walled garden at the Dallas Arboretum that is one of my favorites. In the very early spring, the climbing roses have a few red leaves left from autumn along with the new emerging bright green ones. I love the shadows on the white walls.

 
oil on canvas panel, 6×6 inches – SOLD