This week-end has quenched my thirst for art. Being in the city versus the ranch has made it a challenge to devote time to painting. I find it tempting to visit places that were too distant for the last 18 years. Yesterday we were able to check out the works of Porfirio Salinas at the Witte Museum.There are about 30 of his landscapes on exhibit at the new Texas Heritage Museum. It was amazing to see these oil paintings in a wonderful setting and be able to get inches away to absorb the textures and hues of his work. He sold his first painting when he was in the 3rd grade to his art teacher. Another fact I discovered was that another artist paid Porfirio $5.00 per canvas to paint his bluebonnets for him….if this is true, I can totally relate. This painting of our Longhorn Mesquite Joe was much easier to paint than the one of him with all the sunflowers in the background. The tiny ones at the top are almost done, but will I ever finish them ? I would much rather paint another Cactus Jack sans the wildflowers!!!A big fat stick of pastel and I am done…..
In the words of Paul Simon
You know life is what we make it
So beautiful or so what
I’m gonna tell my kids a bedtime story
A play without a plot
Will it have a happy ending?
Maybe yeah, maybe not
I tell them life is what you make of it
So beautiful or so what
Some people are like flowers, they are sooooo beautiful. There is a lot of so what and so awful in the world, but I will never be inspired by that.
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!!!!!
It was hard to know where to stand to get the best view of the San Antonio Longhorn cattle drive this year. This was our first time to go and we were excited to get some photos. We could not decide on which lens to use. We found a great spot for next year, but it will remain our secret…until then, this is my interpretation of what I saw.
Taking a break, for a change of pace from my favored feathered and furry subjects to paint, I have been recording some of the interesting mini disasters that have occurred out here in the peaceful solitude of the country. The worst fire consumed 0ver 700 acres and we have had our share of floods since the big one in 1998. My attempt to illustrate fire and flood looked like a Thomas Kinkaid gone bad, really bad. I painted over the saucy waves of gold and the tender pink clouds, to come up with two paintings that I am happy with.
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
I have had this image in my mind for a long time.
This morning I started reading about the technique called minimalism. It can apply to anything….furniture, landscaping, life in general. This is pretty much the opposite of my life style…I am more of a maximistic person. Yes, I just made up that word…..This applies to food, pets, paintbrushes and did I say food? Well, what I gleaned from my reading was that I should not think about what the painting says about me and it should stand on it’s own without the benefit of being a carbon copy of a famous artist. Not until it was finished did I realize that it does have a story within the brush strokes. It has layers of paint like years of memories. Starting at the top where it is calm, and ending up with a few wrinkles and creases towards the bottom…..There is glitter at the bottom that you can see if you look really close. Just my style. Just like the shiny happy people in my life…….
My friend, Sue brought photos of her Brahman calves a few months ago. They are adorable. Her babies are a rich golden color…….This is a watercolor painting on Arches 140 hot press paper. It works well with all water media.
We started seeing these Falcons just about four years ago. The male Kestrals just happen to have two of my favorite colors. I have painted them several times and I just finished this mixed media on arches watercolor paper.