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.
8x10, oil on canvas board, $90. S&H free in cont. U.S.
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.
5x7, oil on canvas, $70, S&H included for cont. U.S.
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.
Today was crisply cool with occasional sunshine and I was able to get some good photos since we still have some color in our trees. I was able to almost complete a painting and I had my photo to finish it in my studio.
Lake Bixhoma is south of Tulsa and not too far from my house, 20 miles or so. It is a small lake and you can find something to paint there any time of the year.
The views on Hayward Hill Road are exceptional this year. I took these photos a couple of days ago along with others and will use some for a painting unless the weather allows me to do one en plein aire. It is still rainy and dreary with grayed down color but the sun will shine again.
I took a photo not too long ago of a view that pleased me on Hayward Hill Road. I drive this road to get to Tulsa from my home. The route is over hills, past horses and cows in the pasture, and distant hazy views of Sapulpa.
I got my painting done in the morning and in the afternoon one of the visitors to the gallery was Herb Robb (H. Robb Design Studio) and his friend, Rick Daughtry. I learned a bit about tessellations and could not begin to explain it. You should check out his website where you will see his work. It is amazing.
All in all, I had a very good day.
"Hayward Hill Road" is oil on canvas board, 8x10, S&H included.
I feel so fortunate that I was able to take Qiang's workshop last week end. I found him to be an organized, straight shooting, and generous instructor....plus, he can really paint! I am including a photo of him and of his first set up for a demo. You can see his finished painting on his blog. It is a knock out and already sold.
In addition to the painting instruction, he gave a blog marketing talk on Sunday afternoon. Since I am just getting started with my blog and learning how to use it, his information was very valuable to me. I picked up some pointers that I intend to put into practice.
I enjoyed the time spent in class and the visiting time after class. On Saturday evening, after dinner, we had a circle discussion and we talked about everything.......the workshop, artists we admire, Qiang and Song's recent visit to China, and many other topics.
Thanks to Jolene, workshop organizer, for 3 very good days. All of it was of considerable benefit to me.
Would I take another workshop with Qiang? Absolutely!
Last Saturday, October 3, was Tulsa's annual Art in the Square show in Utica Square. We had a great day for it, mild temperatures and lovely people to enjoy all the artwork. There were 86 exhibitors, all talented artists. I met new people and got to visit with those artists I don't get to see very often.
One of the people I met was Pattie Duninick from Rapid City, South Dakota. Pattie is a minister, a minister with a mission and a ship. The ship, named Uttermost Witness, was donated to support her mission to reach people in the remote islands of the South Pacific and bring them the gospel and humanitarian aid. Pattie purchased one of my palette knife paintings to hang in the salon of the ship and then was kind enough to send me a photo of the ship so I could see where my painting would be. I am posting the ship photos and a photo of my painting, her painting now. (See above) So........I may not get to sail to the South Pacific but my painting will. Best wishes to you, Pattie.
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.