April 29, 2010

Missouri bottoms at Mattson

Mattson Barns
acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches

On the second day of the plein air event, I found this lovely spot along the Katy Trail. Bicyclists in comfortable conversation passed by, enjoying a spring day in the 70s. The Missouri River is unseen in the distance on the other side of the barns at the foot of the distant bluffs. A small park across from the Katy Trail access memorializes Daniel Boone's presence in this area and from the maps, his family owned a considerable amount of land nearby, as part of a Spanish land grant.

 A neighbor to the trail stopped by to see the progress of my painting. He told me that there used to be a large burr oak in the view, but told me the tree I was painting was only a pecan tree. "Only a pecan!" I exclaimed. He said the barn on the right was actually a stone building, that was probably there when Daniel Boone lived in Missouri.It didn't look like stone to me, so I wished I could go over and look more closely.

I am trying to get these two paintings ready for the final show and sale this weekend at Mount Pleasant winery.

Augusta Missouri Plein Air Event

I attended part of the Augusta Missouri plein across Missouri and the U.S. In searching for my first subject, I was attracted to this beautiful and historic bed and breakfast in Augusta. I loved the multitude of textures and the classic lines of the home, the H.S. Clay house, once the home of the town's physician.

16 x 20 inches
acrylic on canvas

April 10, 2010

Spring Colors

I was headed out to capture the early spring colors of the redbud. However, the quince bush was in full bloom and ended up at the top of my favorite photos for the day.

 I thought this was henbit, but it might be dead nettle instead or something else, anyway isn't this a marvelous bug's eye view?

Another view of the quince bush, my absolute favorite flowering shrub.

Oh yes, and the redbud.

But one last view of the quince.

April 4, 2010

Virtual Paintout in the Canary Islands

This month's virtual paintout takes us to the Canary Islands. If you haven't had a chance to use Streetview to wander the roads of the Canary Islands, it's a very interesting place with very narrow streets and steep rocky mountains, with occasional pockets of trees and greenery. I spent most of my time in the higher reaches of the island, but on my descent to the coast I passed by a group of brightly colored buildings at the convergence of a few village streets. 5 by 7 inches, pen and ink on claybord.

April 3, 2010

Paintbrush Still Life

The assignment this week was to photograph a still life. I chose a selection of paintbrushes and since I mainly paint landscapes, I decided to photograph them outside against a landscape that I might paint.

I had trouble deciding which one of the following I liked best. The first is a relatively simple composition that allows you to focus on the individual brushes, but the second has a bit more interesting angles and a bit of light on the larger brush. Other than that, they are pretty much the same picture but the first is cropped more closely.

The third brings the light a little further down and creates an interesting shadow adding a little more depth. However it is a very balanced shot that I think takes a bit away.

The last shot is simply one of some old bamboo brushes that I have had for eons so they are a bit special, even though I don't use them very often.