I didn't get to California this January so painted this scene from memory and a photo taken last year. There were a couple of guys fishing down the way, I think they said for sea bass. It was a beautiful day and in the evening I sat on a sand bank and enjoyed the sunset, sipping a glass of wine.
I feel so privileged to have in class a group of individuals who are so enthusiastic about learning to paint. They are unfailingly supportive of each other and of me.
While this is purported to be a landscape class, we sometimes do still life. Since it is October, we had to paint a pumpkin. This is my effort for the class and the others painted marvelous and different versions. Good job, guys!
The northwestern part of the United States is one of the most scenic parts of this country. I recently visited there and spent time on Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island, and the Seattle coast line. I left behind the scorching Oklahoma August and enjoyed perfect weather there.
Bainbridge Island is off the coast of Seattle in Puget Sound. Drove my car onboard a ferry and floated over, such a treat. I came upon the salt flats while hiking. There were several paintings to be had, I could turn in any direction and find a knockout. I particularly liked this scene.
We used a photo of it for class Monday evening. I am so pleased to say that everyone in class produced a knock-out painting.....all different according to their style and all exceptionally good.
Have been longing to find a cool place away from the dreadfully hot temperatures we are having. Looking through my photos, I found this Cambria sea scene on the California coast. Remembering the time I spent there and painting it helped a bit. I used it last evening for a class painting and saw really good results.
I have been teaching for about a year and a half. I had heard others instructors say how much they enjoyed teaching but I did not know how much it would enrich my painting life. It affords me the opportunity to meet, work with, and come to know and like people I would never have known otherwise. So, thanks guys! .....love having you in class.
There is a stretch of road I drive between my house and the main highway that, regardless of the season, offers a scene that is beautiful to see and enjoy. It is situated in the hills and remains hidden until you round a curve and come up on it. It is a lovely surprise each time. I think the prairie grass that grows in the front and back pasture has been baled to feed the two horses who live across the road. The grasses that grow beside the road and fence are loaded with color. There are a lot of alizarin grasses in the summer and fall, mixed with some purples, greens, and golds. Since we are in the midst of a moderate drouth, the colors will soon fade. Am hoping for rain.
This is not a plein air piece. The temperatures here are 100+. I parked at the side of the road and took a couple of photos which we used for a class painting last Monday evening.
Summer in Oklahoma is a good time to do studio paintings. 106 degrees yesterday, no rain recently.
The book is very old and I have owned it for a long time. The bowl was given to me by a friend. It had belonged to her mother who was a still life painter. (Thanks, Cathy. ) The apple, after serving its purpose, went in to the frying pan to be sauteed with butter and cinnamon, a little brown sugar.
Oh, the apple also went to class and modeled for our class painting for the week. Well-traveled Granny Smith.
Summer tomatoes are delicious. They are grown locally and I can get them just picked at the farmers' market. I just don't buy them off season as they tend to have the flavor of styrofoam. They are fun to paint. I took them to class Monday for our weekly painting project.
I had the opportunity to visit Oklahoma's Tall Grass Prairie Preserve recently with an artist friend for a day of plein aire painting. There were some wildflowers blooming although it is still a bit early in the year. We chose this scene for the distant view and the few wild flowers. We enjoyed this cool and windy day, had our sack lunch, and stayed on the lookout for bison. None were to be seen, guess they were beyond a hill somewhere. We did, however, see the long horns.....and they saw us, stopping their chewing to observe our activities.
We are fortunate to have the preserve in Oklahoma and to have it near enough for a day trip. It is a pleasure to visit and see the changes with each season.
During April, Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum staged its annual Rendezvous art event. Curt Walters was one of the featured artists this year. He is probably best known for his Grand Canyon paintings which are magnificent. While in Tulsa for this event, he conducted a master's class workshop for a limited number of participants. Lucky me, I was one of those.
It was a great experience. This little painting is one I did on the beautiful grounds of the Gilcrease museum during the workshop.
I have painted this area many times. It is about three miles from my home and along a road I travel several days each week. There are many views along this hilly road that offers beautiful scenes that seem to change dramatically with each season or even time of day.
How fortunate I am to have this to enjoy.
A great class last evening.........as you can see, everyone is doing well with the palette knife technique. We used a photo I took when I painted the same scene at Keystone last Saturday. I so enjoy teaching the class and I love these guys.
Yesterday was perhaps our first perfect spring day this year. The temperature was in the low 70's and the winds were mild and pleasant.
So, a great time to be out painting.
I met a friend at the Keystone Woods and we spent the day painting, eating, and visiting.
The woods are always paintable and now they are in flux, shedding winter and adding summer. This scene is one I particularly liked. The path goes up the hill then round behind the big cedar becoming a wider path, now a lane that leads you through
almost a canopy of cedars with a
glimpse of sky at the end......another
painting for another day.
On my first trip to Mexico, quite a few years back, I fell in love with roosters. My friend, Joyce, and I took tons of photos of roosters, all loaded with personality, this one especially so. Roosters are also very good at being your alarm clock. I woke to the call of several every morning I was there.
When on Carpinteria beach, if you turn to face away from the ocean, there is this marvelous view of cypress outlined against the mountain and sky. I am sure it has been painted by many artists. I took a bit of artistic liberty and changed the outline of the mountains a bit. Marvelous day there, high sixties and no wind.
Sure do love the California beaches. This beach located between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, offers a bit of solitude along with its beauty. It is just off the 101 but, once there, you feel secluded as you walk (or paint). The shore birds are there to greet the changing tide and feed on
the edibles left on the shore.
Doesn't get any better than this.
Some shaded areas in the woods still have snow though most elsewhere has melted away.
As I have mentioned before in this blog, Oklahoma winters can be quite beautiful. We have grasses (I should learn the name of them) that turn orange and alizarin in our cold weather. They grow along the highways and woods and glow against the dark green of the cedars and the white of snow.
This scene was yesterday and, with the warmth of todays sunshine, the rest of the snow will be gone. I will not miss it. I long for spring and am thinking I need to go somewhere warmer for a bit, perhaps a sunny beach and a warm ocean would do the trick.
Last year around Christmas, this area of Oklahoma had a significant amount of snow and ice. I was iced in before and after Christmas day and we postponed our family gathering until the following weekend to allow time for roads to be cleared.
After the holidays, I took photos at Keystone Lake, west of Tulsa, where there are beautiful surrounding woods. I cropped a photo for a closer view of melting snow finding its way down an incline. Our native scrub oaks keep their leaves throughout the winter and they can take on a glowing apricot color when they are highlighted by sunshine and offer a lovely contrast to green cedars. So far, no snow this season which should allow for safer holiday travel in our area. We do, however, have the cold wind and cold temperatures, 19 degrees last evening.
Our pleasant fall weather will soon be gone so I am enjoying each day and being outdoors as much as possible. An early frost has nipped a few of my plants but many are left and still blooming, especially those wonderful knockout roses.
Using my plein aire painting and the photo as a reference, I painted this version in my studio and will use it for a class lesson this Monday evening.
The plein aire piece and reference photo are below.
This was my first painting on Thursday morning. This lane is close to a boat dock and, from my vantage point, I could just see a bit of the lake. It was mid morning, the light was just right as was the temperature. We brought and ate our lunch before moving on to another spot. A great way to start this 3 day plein air competition.
I had a marvelous time painting at Big Cedar this past week. In Missouri, near Branson, it sits at the edge of Lake Taneycomo. This is such a beautiful time of the year and the weather was perfect for this three day event. A reception, exhibit, and sale was held at the close of the paint out in Big Cedar's beautiful conference building. It is planned to have this paint out annually and it is scheduled for the same time next year. I will be going again! Will share more photos in later posts.
I see I haven't posted for several days, still painting but not getting it to my blog.
This is the demo painting for my evening class last Tuesday. This scene is near Meers which at one time was a bustling town of 500 gold miners who mined in the Wichita Mountains. Now, I understand, there is a family of six left. This family owns the Meers Restaurant, home of the famous 7 inch diameter Meersburger made from the long horn beef they raise. Absolutely delicious and purported to have less cholesteral
impact than chicken. But back to the
stream.....you park and then hike up an
incline for this view. The stream splashes
over rocks and boulders and
around a bend offering up many paintable
options. Also great place to hike.
Been thinking about Venice and looking at my photos. I remember the day I took the photo I used for this painting. It was a cool and not very gray day. The building reflections shimmered in the canal as the tide was rising. I was there with good friends and it was a special time.
Hot and humid summer weather here in Oklahoma has me thinking of Colorado in the early fall. I am not sure if I took the photo for this painting near Aspen or Pagosa but am leaning toward Pagosa. I will certainly be thinking about another trip north. Meanwhile, here, as in other locations in the U.S., we are suffering through the heat and worried about those who may not have air conditioning. Hope you are staying cool where you are.
Around and behind Morrow Bay is Montana de Oro State Park (I think that is the name). It is a wonderful sanctuary and from the view and to the right, I could see the backside of Morro Rock. The wind was high and the seas rough.
The views from up high are spectacular and I am not the only one who thinks so. First time I was there, there was a movie being filmed. They had set up camp with big trailers and all the accompanying equipment in a cove below the main road.
Great place to hike and enjoy just being in a place so beautiful.
Sumac, much like red cedars, are a threat to pasture land. Ranchers go to great lengths to keep the land clear for grazing. Since it is much too early in the year for sumac to be this color, I suspect it has been sprayed to kill it. There were several areas along this road where this effect could be seen.
Aside from the reason why, orange and red sumac added a welcome relief from green along with the red steel fence posts.
Chico, NM, is situated at the entrance of a recently designated state wildlife area. I was there in late August last year, did some plein air work and took photos. This is from one of those.
This has become a favorite area for me. It is starkly beautiful and challenging......arid, hot, difficult terrain. I remember at mid day trying to situate an umbrella on a tree branch to gain some shade, working against a breeze, and my tripod on a down hill slope.
We have had an abundant rainfall this spring and early summer. The wildflowers are blooming in fields and ditches across my area of Oklahoma.
These are called "something" lace, perhaps Veronica's Lace or Queen's Lace. The white has faded a bit in this photo of my painting.
In the midst of the green,green, green, the blooms really pop. In my outing yesterday, I saw fields drifting in the yellow and gold of Black Eyed Susans along with unidentified purple and orange blooms.
When I started this blog, I wasn't sure what I wanted the content to be other than my artistic appreciation of this part of the world I live and work in. Lately, it seems to be about my small landscape paintings and for several days I have been able to post one almost every day. So, for now, that's where I am and it is interesting and challenging.
I am an artist living in northeastern Oklahoma and just a few miles from Route 66. There are sections of old 66 that I like to visit. I take my paint box and my camera to record something that appeals to me on any particular day. I like the 6 inch by 6 inch format for painting and will use that often.
What you will see on my blog will often be related to Route 66, either a painting or a photo. Some images will be of paintings I have recently finished and they are often of the Oklahoma landscape.
Oklahoma is particularly beautiful in the winter. We have a lot of cedars and pines in this part of the state and the grasses turn to red and orange with the colder weather. We also have quite a few lakes so already we have a painting - blue lakes and skies, green cedars, and orange grasses.
I am not a professional photographer so my photos are not for sale but my paintings are. I paint in oil usually on canvas covered board but sometimes on stretched canvas.
I hope you enjoy seeing Oklahoma through my eyes.
I use archival materials for my work. My canvas, canvas boards, and paints are of good quality.
I choose canvases that are of standard size so that ready made frames can be used for them. They are sold unframed.
If you are not pleased with your purchase and need to return it, you may do so within 30 days. You will pay return postage and I will refund your purchase amount.