Nothing but Blues Skies

Cactus Jack

Our two Longhorns found an open gate and went to visit the neighbors large herd of welcoming cows. As much as we wanted them back, we were not sure how to separate them from their friends without a stampede. Weekday mornings do not allow enough time to do any cattle rustling, but luckily they happened to be hanging out by themselves along our fence line last Saturday morning. Tom opened the gate and led them back to their pasture while their 100 plus friends were wailing and telling them not to leave…..I think the boys are glad to be back. Welcoming treats of carrots and cattle cubes helped a lot! I just finished two new paintings to celebrate their safe return. I have them on my Etsy web site . Click on Leicalady.etsy.com to see all of the Longhorns

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Spring has Sprung

This photo was taken by Leicaman on our morning walk. An unusual view of Texas Bluebonnets, but I love it, probably because of that or maybe because like Daddy Bub….Leicaman loves carrying a camera with him where ever he goes….sometimes two or three. This morning he took photos of the moon…..yesterday it was something different….all while I was still sleeping. He is so lucky that we have dogs to wake him up to get these AWESOME SHOTS!!!!!

I love these colors.I was inspired to paint some trees. I said it was not finished. My teacher and best critic, Tom said “It’s finished” So I said…Good I’m ready to paint something else….Tom and I have been remarking about the gold green color of the Mesquite trees as they are just coming out……I had just the right color in my palette, so I sketched this little tree today for him….
Speaking of Spring…..I just want to say that my Mamacita who gave me my maiden name of Spring….is the most awesome chica that I have ever met and I am soooo proud of her for taking care of herself and staying healthy and strong!!!!! Te amo mucho!!!!!

Worth Seeing

It warms the soul on a cold day when you can walk into a place of business and feel genuinely welcome.  On a freezing day this month of February, I had the luxury to make a return visit to a wonderful art gallery in San Antonio,  The Greenhouse Gallery . Surely it has been close to a year since I have been able to enjoy this treat, but the owners remembered that I paint and that it had been a while. The gallery is celebrating 29 years.A champagne reception will be held on Friday Feb 11 followed by an open house  on Saturday Feb. 12, 2011.There is always breathtaking art by numerous artists . The web-site is first class and new artwork alerts are e-mailed frequently to subscribers. The link is  www.GREENHOUSEGALLERY.COM

Lean On Me

Our niece, Anna asked me to do a painting of a Barn Owl for her room in her new house. I became inspired to grant her wish when I read Wesley The Owl by Stacey O”Brien. This is a book that I will always own and cherish. I gave my first copy to Annie and I will buy another to keep. It is that good. My husband Tom should really appreciate the fact that after reading about how heavenly, yet horrific it can be to raise an owl, I am not going to adopt one anytime soon. A friend just generously offered to allow me to help raise an orphaned Screech owl. Isn’t there enough screeching in this house already? Another well meaning friend has recently reminded me how much I would love an Alpaca. This is so tempting but after last week, I think I will wait til next year’s new crop. If an owlet appears on my doorstep, I think I might be in heaven, though. Just sayin’

Pretty In Pink

I should say handsome in pink. With a combination of rose dore madder, naples yellow red and a touch of blue/grey and titanium zinc white, I added the background color that I like to compliment Wellie’s black and white curls. I can always go darker if needed. His Mom, Debby e-mailed me yesterday and we were talking about the same shades, so hopefully this is it! Just a little more time before it is finished……

Pretty In Pink

Wellington in the Works

Wellie

I’m working on this portrait in oil. (This image is flipped because I shot it with my computer.)This should be a good day to finish it. I’m thinking of a rose or potter’s pink background…..hope I have some. It would be too bad if I HAD to make a trip to Herweck’s Art Supply to spend my gift certificate!

Owl City

owl painting in oil on ampersand board

This painting is exactly what I remember from our owl sighting about two years ago. I was riding Sarita and Tom was on Francie. It was not quite dark, but two Barred owls were perched together right on the fence-line to our neighbor’s property. The only other time we saw two owls together was right when we first bought the Rockin’ P ranch in 1996. I have seen a few road kill of these barred owls because of their habit of flying and hunting at a low position, perfect target for cars. Sunday night we saw one perched beside the county road and Tom saw him early this morning again. Too far away and too dark, but he was really looking for him.

There you are!

I love all birds and animals, but owls are my current obsession and here is my collection……The painting above is oil on ampersand board of two eagle Owls. Some of my other paintings are listed on Etsy and you can click here to see them at Leicalady.etsy.com

Cows

just cows medThis has been the most fun painting to work on. It is painted with oil and I feel like I finally have the feel of it and I really love it….I thought watercolor would always be my first choice, but for now I am hooked on the richness of oil…….Besides these beautiful bovines, my inspiration comes from Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. My artist friends call me Dandrew and that is a compliment. My models for this painting belong to my neighbors. You can see how fat and sassy they are. They are contented cows, for sure…..Most of my paintings have been reproduced as Giclees by the finest photographic lab in the country and I just posted them all for sale on Etsy.com. This painting will be available in a limited edition (less than fifty) and will be reproduced on archival quality Artist’ stock material. Hand signed by Dana Spring Parish.

Paint By Number

moo

moo

I must have a million brushes. Some are almost worn out, but I never throw ANYTHING away. You can look in my closet (if you are brave enough) and see my collection of never once worn items. Then there is my collection of pencils which include charcoal, graphite, mechanical, every shade of pastel and watercolor. My favorite is a Staedler super fine point. My collection of erasers is in a drawer by itself. Peyton is taking an art class this semester and I offered him his pick of these prize possessions. He declined my offer. He has one wooden pencil with an eraser that went through the washing machine.

credit goes to fotosearch.com

credit goes to fotosearch.com

I had to google” pencil” to get a photo of this relic. My son is a no frills artist……..What he has done so far with his pencil rivals Van Gogh, Pollock and Picasso…..I am SO bad about my stuff that I almost forgot what were the primary colors. I have every shade of any color that you could imagine and feel the need to duplicate each hue in acrylic,egg tempera, goache, watercolor, pencils (see above),  oil (hmmm…..expensive, but SO YUMMY)and maybe encaustic wax in the future. Am I inspired? Yes, but I still can’t throw ANYTHING away!artist.med

It will be fine until I get into life size sculptures of all our animals, then we may have a problem…..

Debajo de Mismo Luna

I never fully understood what the true meaning of this sentence in Spanish was until I was separated from my family for too long of a period to be able to cope with it. We lost our precious brother, Russell  and are grieving still….but we are all under the same moon and that gives me peace. I painted this little tribute dedicated to that thought today…..IMG_2390