This is one of my "Hayward Hill" scenes.I parked my car, stayed inside out of the rain.
I sketched my composition on the canvas and put down some color notes. I finished it in my studio this afternoon. This was one of those greenish-blue days. The landscape was grayed down and, depending on cloud cover, was a bit dark. We did get the freezing rain, followed by a LOT of snow.
I see this fellow out walking on occasion. I wonder if his doctor told him he must or is he moving on his own initiative trying to keep himself mobile and independent. Whatever the reason, I wish him well and wave when I see him.
I have not been posting for the last few days but I have been painting. I am still having camera problems so am using a borrowed one today and this not a terribly good photograph. The good news for me is that I have ordered a camera and it should be here in a couple of days. I painted almost this same view in October. In this view, I am inside the fence and the gray line just below the horizon is Hayward Hill Road. I painted it last Saturday when the weather was much more favorable. The temperature at my house this morning was 14 degrees at 7 a.m. But this will pass and we will have much warmer days to come.
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In one post on my blog, I wrote of the red cedars that overtake farms and pastures in this part of, the country and are considered a nusiance. This is an example not far from my home. I think they are quite beautiful, especially in winter. They are green,not red. At certain times of the year, they have a reddish brown tinge on the outer branches. They provide a pleasing contrast to the browns and golds of winter and are seen in abundance along secondary roads.
Polecat Creek wanders around this area, crosses a road here and there and, I suppose, ends up in the Arkansas River. I took artistic liberty and moved the creek a bit because I wanted it to be in this meadow backed by trees with brown leaves. We have trees, I think some may be oak, that do not lose their leaves suddenly but slowly over the winter and perhaps not entirely until new growth in the spring pushes them away.
Some rain, some sunshine, some wind.....typical weather. The temperatures are pleasant, great time of the year. We have been busy at the gallery getting ready for the holidays. Our Christmas party and show will be on December 3. We have added many new art works, small and reasonably priced for gift giving and our decorations are smart and eye catching. Last night was our monthly gallery meeting for all the artists and there was a lights on ceremony just down the street from the gallery. The season is upon us and next week we celebrate Thanksgiving.
We are having unseasonably cold weather, 45 degrees today, drizzle, no sun. So, I painted from a photograph I took at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma, earlier in the fall season. Fun to do and a distinct contrast to what I was seeing outside my window. We are promised warmer weather in a couple of days, can't wait.
Pretty Water Lake is about five miles from Sapulpa, north on 97. It is a small lake and a favorite for fishermen. The lake gets stocked on some sort of schedule and about now trout is on the menu. The water always seems dark and green because of the surrounding trees. Nice place to be.
Today was a beautiful day to visit the Tallgrass Prairie again. We had sunshine and temps in the high sixties. The bison have been rounded up and are corralled for their annual check up but I saw some mighty fine long horns today. You can see they were checking me out as I stopped to take their photo.
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I had to paint at least one more view off Hayward Hill Road. The autumn colors are fading in the country side but still quite vivid in neighborhoods where maples and Bradford Pears have been planted. I liked this scene for its simplicity. There are some orangey grasses and a purple flower I did not recognize.
We have enjoyed some sunshine the last two days and that is changing. Rain tonight and tomorrow along with cooler weather is our forecast. I am working at my co-op gallery tomorrow so won't mind the rain so much. We have preparations to make for some upcoming events. Our Gail Booth is doing a painting demo tomorrow evening at the gallery. On November 14, our jewelry artists, Silk Degrees, will have a Trunk Show and through November and December we will have our Christmas Invitational Miniature Show with a reception on December 3. I am looking forward to this interesting and fun season.
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I drove north, close to the Kansas border, last month to the Tallgrass Prarie Preserve. There were hundreds of bison visible from the road and sometimes in the road. I managed to get some pretty good photos of some and having never tried to paint a bison, I thought I might. Should I succeed it will be posted. I painted this little scene from one of my photos.
I was drawn to this area of the lake when I saw the reflections in the water and it was a protected area from the wind. There is a foot bridge to the right which is a painting for another day. I lost the sun and reflections before I finished but I did get a photo. I enjoyed my time there alongside the critters.....feeding fish, a variety of birds, and a frog. Thankfully, not a snake in sight.
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.