Oklahoma received it's March snow storm over the weekend. I had at least a seven inch accumulation on my patio furniture. So, please, surely now it is spring. Snow has all melted and today it is 70 degrees.
Well, there was no snow in my studio so I painted from a photo that brought back memories of a warm day near Taos. There were five or six of us painting down this side road that led to an old adobe church. In a close by field, a multitude of sunflowers were blooming. I am remembering the one guy who was with us standing hip deep in sunflowers with his french easel set up and painting the sun flower field. I have a photo of him there. I wonder if he remembers......
I love my California (love my Oklahoma, too). This is the north side of the Morro rock in front of the dunes. It is ever changing, always something new to see, perhaps the ocean is bluer today than yesterday or maybe a bounty of sand dollars will be lying on the beach waiting to be picked up. Dogs will be running in and out of the surf and later the surfers will be in the water hoping for the "big one".
In addition to the distinctive salt plain in northern Oklahoma, there is the adjacent wildlife refuge. The ponds are fed by Salt Creek and is a popular fly through for migrating birds. It is beautiful year round (unless there is a drought) but most scenic in spring and fall. It is one of my favorite spots. If I am lucky, I may see a road runner. They are fascinating to watch and, of course, remind me of the old cartoon I watched as a child.
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.