This may not be something you all find easily on your newstands, but my artwork is featured in the current issue of The Network - The Voice of Texas Real Estate. They like to feature original art and artists for their magazine covers and in a feature called "Artchitecture" which I think is just wonderful. Art and architecture, home and interior design all go hand in hand and as they say, "Great art is among the most sublime, meaningful, and redeeming creations of civilizations." Original art is made with passion and love of subject, carrying with it a piece of the artist's heart. Collecting art brings beauty and interest into your home, and plays a significant part in how we experience a place. It supports the creatives who create meaningful, beautiful art -- something so very important and special in times of trouble. These paintings are all a part of my personal journey and share a love of the places I've been. The images they chose were urban scenes of Austin and New York City. Some of them are new and available so email me if you'd like to know more! :-)
Sunday morning was cloudy with flat light. We decided to just do some small studies from a high spot before decamping and heading home to Austin. As you can see I had about 5 in me.
I needed this little break. I think I tend to be a homebody and don't have the time or money right now to travel to paint. But when one is home all the time, then inspiration is rather lacking.
Friday morning I loaded my things into Terri Wells' suv and off we went to the hill country for a painting retreat with Plein Air Austin. We had a nice lunch in Llano and got to the 1200+ acre ranch around 3 pm.
Thank goodness she had a 4wd vehicle because we needed it as we drove the mesquite and oak pastures, climbing rough hills and crossing sandy creek beds.
We came to "Rock Pile" - a large granite outcropping that is common in this area around the highland lakes. I climbed to the top of this pile and had an amazing view. And while I stood there enjoying the absolute quiet, taking in the views, my cell phone rang. AT&T apparently had good coverage out there. Hubster was worried about picking up daughter who was not where she was expected to be. So I had to make some calls - standing 1525 ft above the ranch overlooking Enchanted Rock.
That taken care of, I climbed down and painted the scene above. We drove back to camp and met the other artists who were all arriving and settled down for what turned out to be an interesting night. More on that tomorrow!
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