I went to the Arboretum on my birthday in February and photographed these beautiful flowering trees on the lake. Needless to say, I had to paint them.
The parks in Seville, Spain were filled with flowering trees when we visited them last May 2016. Here I painted a walkway of flowering oleander trees. I loved this scene with the flowering trees against the lovely palm trees.
I saw the peonies at the grocery store and could not resist them. They are so lush and smell wonderful. I had a beautiful peony bush in my yard in Michigan but they don't grow well here in Texas. I look at this painting every day in my office. It makes me smile.
Here is another image from our December trip to Big Bend. There were beautiful white flowers blooming all along the Rio Grande with the colorful cliffs in the background. Hard to believe this was in December. It was 70 degrees too!
My two paintings were juried into the Artists of Texas exhibit at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. This show has a water theme. The top one is titled "Rio View at Big Bend" (20 X 24") and the bottom one is "Cape Cod Dunes" (5 X 7"). The show is March 15 - April 29, 2017. https://www.artcentercc.org/upcoming-exhibits/
I know this looks like a crape myrtle (for you that live in the south), but this is an oleander tree. They grow everywhere in Sevilla, Spain. Even bougainvillea are trained into trees. This was in a large and beautiful park in the center of the city. Everything was blooming when we were there in May 2016. You can one of the many cathedrals in the distance.
This is a plein air painting that I finished in my studio. We were painting on the the nearby Turtle Creek park in Dallas, and the air was completely still. It was early spring and trees were blooming. I tried to capture this still moment.
We had this view of the Chisos mountains from our porch in Terlingua, 30 miles from Big Bend National Park. The view of the undulating blue mountains at sunrise was so captivating that my husband and daughter started painting too! The owner of the house we rented was thrilled that her visitors loved the view enough to stay rather than head off to the park!
This was a plein air painting I did in the woods around White Rock lake in Dallas. It was in the morning and the sun brightly hit this group of trees. I captured it with my knife as quickly as I could!
On Monday, I blogged about the preliminary watercolors I did for this painting. As promised, here is my final painting of the Rio Grande at Big Bend State Park. I have entered it for possible inclusion into an Artist of Texas show in Corpus Christi this spring. Wish me luck!
I am painting a large oil of a view of the Rio Grande in Big Bend. Here is my preliminary work. The first is a watercolor and ink sketch I did onsite plein air. The second is a larger watercolor I did at home. On Wednesday, I will show you the finished oil painting.
When we stayed in Tuscany, this was our view of Pienza from the villa. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to have this view of a golden medieval town every morning while you drink your coffee! I can't imagine ever getting tired of it.
This is a plein air painting I did over the Christmas break while visiting Big Bend Park. We stayed in a house on a mountainside in Terlingua, Texas. The views from the porch were spectacular. We saw many road runners and javelinas in this desert landscape. Only in Texas!.