Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Plein Air Day

My brother Chris and I got out for a little painting on Monday and headed to Tyler State Park down by the covered bridge. Its been a while since I was out painting and I felt a little rusty.
 I tried to  capture the atmosphere of the sunny morning. I have enough information in the sketch to do a bigger painting.

8x10 oil

When we got home we got a little more practice in and painted one of Maria's flower pots.
I put the finishing touches on it in the studio.

8x10 oil

My wife Maria has been doing some rock painting for her flower plots, we will go out and spend a hour or two hunting for rocks along river banks and come home with a bag full of rock canvases.

These are Maria's creations,

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fly Fishing Art, The Strike

The Strike  8x10 oil

This painting sat around unfinished for close to a year. Last weekend my brother and I got out fishing and this week I was able to finish it, funny how that works. Thats him from a trip we took a couple years ago.

Dolphin Rock Painting acrylic,  5 1/2" x 3"

I finished this rock painting of a dolphin, also known as a mahi-mahi.
When I spotted the shape of this rock it reminded me of the high forehead of a dolphin.
I keep forgetting to photograph the rock before painting it.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Painted Rock , Ruby Throated Hummingbird

5" x 6"
This one came easier as I tried to keep the design simple.
The shape of the rock mimics both the shape of the flower and the curving pattern of the hummingbirds wings.
I apply a couple coats of varnish which protects the rock and keeps the colors bright and fresh.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Painted rock, blowfish

I found this rock while we were fishing. Its all about shapes. When I held it in my hand I saw the air filled stomach of a blowfish. An added bonus is it has a flat bottom where it can stand up on its own.