We did not get to paint out today. We had a cold front move through in the early afternoon with wind and light rain, temps dropped into the fifties. So we moved to the gallery and painted from photos.
I took a photo of this scene the last time I visited the Art Barn in Valparaiso. I have good friends who teach workshops there and some of us drove to this area not too far from away. It was a breezy, warm day and I have great memories of the time spent there.
We had a great day at Woodward Park, a bit windy but everyone was prepared for that. There were plenty of scenes to choose from and for several reasons we chose this one. We had many onlookers and a few critiques......one of the many "fun" things about painting in a public place.
It was the first time for this group to plein air and they aced it. People watching did not faze them, nor did picking the scene, and eliminating extraneous material to get the design they wanted.
What a group!!
Today was one of those rare spring days when most things are perfect, especially my walk through the azaleas. The plan for the class to paint at Woodward last week were dampened by showers and threats of storms. So, we are going to try again tomorrow. Showers are again in the forecast but we are hoping for sun anyway.
I am posting a few photos that I particularly like from today.......too good not to share.
I drove south of Sapulpa on old 75 to Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs Lake and returning home found this little stream beside the road.
It is another of those small streams that you find after snow melt and/or generous amounts of rain. The woods are green and fresh, the trees that flower are doing exactly that and you see redbud and dogwood here and there........such friendly little trees.
It is a lovely time of year and I will remember it when August arrives.
We are all so happy to finally have some warm spring weather. We are very appreciative after what seems an overly long and dreary winter.
Visiting this park is one of the rites of spring in this part of Oklahoma.
Wonderful Woodward Park occupies the corner of 21st and Utica Avenue in Tulsa. Next door south is the Tulsa Garden Center with its marvelous rose garden and on the southeast corner is the Linnaeus Garden. All go to make up Tulsa's Eden.
People flock hereto see the azaleas, the pink and white dogwoods, and the colorful tulips, all in a semi-wooded setting.
We painted one of these scenes in my classes this week. We are practicing for a plein air session on a Saturday. It will be the first time some will paint outside.
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.