Unsure if I should share this yet, as the new owners might not have seen or approved it! This was commissioned through Castle Gallery for some collectors who liked a very similar piece but needed a larger painting for their space. So... I enlarged it for them. I can't paint exactly the same scene, even if I tried, so there are differences like the position of the figures, color choices, etc.
The new painting (left) is 24x24 and hopefully sold. The first painting (right) is 16x16 and still available at Castle Gallery!
Remember, if you saw a painting you loved and missed out on, or need a different size, I can always paint something similar, or even create a one-off giclee print in some cases.
Another of those scenes I just love and revisit. This was painted on polyester film. I've been reading about it and vellum and experimenting with the supports. Mylar/Duralar (TM) is acid-free, translucent, tough, and the paint sort of rests on top and the colors stay fresh and bright. It almost has a watercolor effect. Vellum is also interesting with oils, but will buckle if water gets on it and I am not sure about framing it... might require glass. It traditionally was a skin, but now is cotton. The polyester film I believe will be fine without glass as I can't even scratch the painted surface. I used a spray adhesive to mount the film to gatorboard.
There is a little message in this painting... see the small word "be" on the block in the window sill? My dear friend Carrie made that for me years ago. I have often been known to feel overwhelmed and often heard to say that I just wished I could "BE" for a bit. To just be in the moment, not anxious or worried about other things. Just be.
Another great friend, Sharon, used to call it "as ising" - instead of doing a lot, planning, changing, rushing... just be as you are, in the present, at this moment.
I have such great friends. I'm certainly blessed in that.
Please contact Tidewater Gallery to purchase this painting.
New Orleans Painting Road Trip with V....Vaughan
Three Woman Show - Russell Collection Fine Art
AIS 16th Annual Show
I just did one of my most hated chores... packing art to ship. I have 5 big boxes going to 2 galleries on opposite coasts. Why did I think it was a good plan to paint larger? The 48x36 on my easel will have to stay local.
16x12 oil on panel
Available at dk Gallery
Never get tired of these images. This one focused on the blues to fit into the June show theme at dk Gallery.
Castle Gallery has its "Fresh Air" spring show opening Friday March 9 from 5-10 pm.
I sent this painting up there today... nothing like the last minute! Contact the gallery for more information.
Are you sensing that I am stuck on a theme here? I actually have another scene of this model underway on my easel now! For some reason, I just love the images and have really enjoyed painting them. Perhaps like Monet with his haystacks... I like repetition and exploring a motif to its fullest.
I really played with this one. Its a little dramatic and intensely colored. Its fun. My model was a woman making pizzas at the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co. in Dripping Springs. They make some amazing oils and vinegars.
I love the area we live in. Austin is getting quite big, but drive out an hour and you can get to some wonderful special spots for local , handcrafted yummies. Wineries, lavender farms, olive oil, goat milk and cheese, etc.
We also have a thriving urban farm community in Austin. I love to go to Boggy Creek Farms in East Austin for fresh veggies and eggs, if I am early enough. I've painted there a few times too. Might be time to head out there again this weekend. I try to grow my own but my yard has a lot of shade and I never have good luck. This year my tomatoes are in pots (I cut the bottoms off) in a new bed which hopefully will get more sun.
This painting is now available at Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro, NC.
Well hello there. I didn't mean to take such a break from my new blog. Life can sure throw us some curves can't it? This past week or so has been another ailing dog. Her illness threw me for a loop. It was sudden and not easy to fix but we have her on the mend now!
At the risk of sounding like I am bragging, I have to say that I adore this painting. I really like the palette and the brushwork but I also think I really did capture that sort of pause one has now and then. She's ready to cut her wildflowers, but her attention is out the window perhaps admiring the spring morning or thinking about last night. I liked this so well, I did another version larger.
I sent this one to Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Please contact them for information on purchasing.
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