Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cowboys on the Beach: Only in Texas

Rodeo Surfin'
11x14, oil on panel
The great portrait artist Chris Saper is an idol of mine and I used her color theory for these boys. The challenge was their widely varied skin tones and I really wanted to describe them (and their difference) well. If you could see the painting in person -- it truly glows. I was honored to have a valued collector visit the studio this week and bring friends and commissions - Yippee!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Beachy Chic, Loads of Potential

Anchor Courts No. 3
8x8, oil on panel
First, let me apologize for the glare on this photo. I've tried to correct it - using both natural solutions (different location, different days) and unnatural ones (Photoshop) but there's just no hope for it.
Found this spot on an early morning ride around Port Aransas. There are 10 little, brightly-colored bungalows at the Anchor Courts - the property is for sale and we would call it...hmmm.... a fixer-upper. It could be a very retro-charming family compound. I call the pink bungalow for living and this turquoise one for my studio. This painting is going to the ARC of the Capital Area's 10th Annual Building Bridges Art Auction in October. I'm happy to be included in such a worthy cause - click here or here for more info.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lazy Days in Port Aransas

Little Mermaid
12x12, oil on panel
Happy Summer to all! How lucky our family was to plop down on the Port Aransas beach one day recently next to the family of this precious little girl. She was soooo busy, with all her buckets and cups and shovels - she entertained us for hours. Simply put, I'm enchanted by beach light and reflections.