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.
It is somehow freeing to paint aqua skies and an aqua river, then throw in a purple mountain.
This is another six incher for our Six by Six on Route 66 Show which begins with an opening reception this Thursday. Then Sapulpa's Route66 Blowout is this Saturday. Thousands of people come in for this event. Water Street will be blocked off for a beer garden and music. There is a car show and an art show. Good times and good fun.
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.