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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Painting in the Park with Polly Jackson

These paintings were done in my painting class with Polly Jackson, the last (for a while)  in the series of painting in the parks.  It's getting way too hot to paint outside in the afternoon!  The sweat runs in your eyes, you have to wear sunglasses to paint in, your paint dries in about 5 minutes on the pallet, and your point of view changes with the movement of the sun.  Not withstanding all of the above, I still love it!

These magnificent live oaks are in Little Stacy Park in south Austin.  Some trees just beg to be painted.  It's no wonder that Austinites are so passionate about their trees.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This painting is also from Bull Creek Park - a little slice of wild flowers, mesquite and china berry trees.

Wild Flower Meadow

Another post from painting in the park - this one is at Bull Creek Park.  I have lived in Austin all my life, and never knew this park existed.  It is wide open with almost no one there.  A few lucky dogs have the run of the park with their owners, and I'll definitely go back again.

This first painting is a panaramic view of the park from a gentle hill covered with wildflowers.  I thought you might enjoy seeing what these scenes actually look like and how I translated them into paintings.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pease Park Saturday

I'm painting en plein aire (outside) for the first time with Polly Jackson, and I have to say I was intimidated at first by all the things around me.  It's interesting to be able to hone in on something that catches your eye, and make a painting from it. So, okay, I'm hooked.  I can't wait to go out again.
While I was painting on the trail, my neice Jori and boyfriend Woody trotted by -- they were participating in the Urban Race -- sort of like a scavenger race -- around Austin.  They finished in the top 25, and qualified for the national version of the race held in New Orleans.  Way to go Woodie and Jori!  Wonderful day!

Little Jack Horner

Sure glad Little Jack Horner didn't eat one of these plums -- he'd have halucinations for weeks. This is the last of my 8 x 8 posts for a while.  This is an interesting size to work in, but I'm much more comfortable working in a larger format.  Art is all about experimenting for me, that's what keeps it interesting -- so what if some of the experiments don't pan out.  It was fun creating anyway!


About Me

I was married - for a really long time to the most interesting man in the world - Wayne Harmon. He is gone now, but never forgotten. We have one child, and two amazing grandchildren. I've been painting all my life, and consider myself a born teacher and a story teller.