Thursday, November 20, 2008

Small Paintings Show

Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!

We are having a new Small Paintings Show in Fort Collins at the Readers Cove, a nice bookstore on Harmony Road and Lemay. Our opening is Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 pm so be sure and come.

I am putting in the corn stalk one below as well as this painting I did of bales in a fall field. One of my favorites...I love those round bales and due to their size never had to haul them anywhere, unlike those little rectangular nasty ones!

We are off to Texas for Thanksgiving. I'm sure the weather down there will be just ideal, the one time of the year that it is almost perfect in Austin. Have a great one!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Painting at Grant's Farm in Loveland.

A few weeks ago some of my friends and I went out to a farm near Loveland where they grow pumpkins and painted the area and buildings. There were bunches of little kids there with their Moms picking out pumpkins and gourds for Halloween. Cute.
I really liked this doorway and the huge stalks of the corn nearby. It was very, very cold. Probably 40 degrees with a wind about the same speed. Not the easiest kind of atmosphere to paint outdoors! I would have to say that painting outdoors is just the greatest thing that an artist can do, however. You just seem to see articles, atmosphere, color and distance in entirely different ways once you start painting outdoors.
I started my love affair with painting out when I was in college and I trundled my junior high, high school and college students out all my teaching career. They actually liked it the best of all drawing projects that they ever did. It is just so invigorating to experience all the outdoors has to offer. The more you do it, the more your painting improves.
I painted some great views of Long's Peak from this property also, it's a wonderful farm with a great barn and a lake.