I stood on a very windy hilltop this morning east of Austin to paint the rolling hills and curvy road in the country. The wind nearly blew me away. I have to say though, my new Prolific Painter easel set up was really stable. I kept a hand on it only during the biggest gusts.
I had a nice painting going. Caught the fresh tilled dark earth, the new spring greens, lots of atmosphere with the low sun. Then when I put the painting on the ground and was dismantling my palette, I dumped my turps (sludge and all) right on top of the painting. So now it has a pastel look - maybe a happy accident?
The painting was on Arches oil paper - and even with the turp mess, there was no bleed through. No "fat" left in these colors now.
Where did the week go? Well TGIF!
Here is a scene from Austin - looking south on Congress Ave. Its available at Russell Collection Fine Art.
This is an example of what I am trying to do now. A busy street scene like this and the capitol building could have been something I spent hours and hours laboring over and working every detail. But I limited the palette and simplified the scene and left areas of the initial block in basically untouched. Had I kept working, I would have wrung all the life out of it. That took confidence. Sometimes stopping is the hardest part.
Available at Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 4, 6-8 pm.
I am not framing the large pieces now. I hope they are contemporary enough to float on their own and this way can fit into more interiors I think. And if someone wants a frame, then that is always an option they can decide on later.
It was most definitely easier to prepare the work for this show without all the framing. Still, I sanded the wood edges and waxed them to seal out moisture and protect the wood a little. I like the natural wood look so didn't want to paint or stain the edges.
Ampersand is the best product! I tried some cheaper cradled boards Jerry's started carrying, but they were cheaper for a reason. My husband had to fill corners and glue the board down to the wood frame in some cases. I want to put less money into my paintings, but not use inferior materials. Word to the wise.
Both the large gallery painting and the smaller sketch are available at Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin. The 3x3 (Three Women Three Visions) show opens Friday September 4.
Wow, where did the week go? I've been painting, painting, painting! Gearing up for my three woman show at Russell Collection. Working on figures and city scenes of Austin and other favorite places. The above scene is of Congress Avenue in Austin and is available right now at Tidewater Gallery.
This week I will be painting the figure in context again and then hit the road next week for a road trip to New Orleans with V....Vaughan. We'd love to meet you there if you are in the area. Email me or watch social media for info where we "check in" and come have a beignet with us!
New Orleans Painting Road Trip with V....Vaughan
Three Woman Show - Russell Collection Fine Art
AIS 16th Annual Show
A Painter's Journal
Chasing the light. Capturing life. Rendering it in paint.
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