I’ve always enjoyed spring in the Texas Hill country. For many years I made regular trips traveling miles upon miles with my camera and paints to capture the beauty to be found along many county roads. Some not even paved!
This small painting is simply titled: Evening Bluebonnets, and was based on a photo I had taken from one of those trips to the Texas Hill Country. It measures 11×14.
The evening light was casting a soft glow and I loved the rocks and small stream. I did add more bluebonnets to the composition. If you would like to purchase any of my art, please feel free to contact me. You can also see what’s available here.
Ah, springtime in the Lonestar state of Texas featuring the state flower, the bluebonnet. This latest painting off the easel titled: Lonestar Spring is a 24×36 oil painting and is available at Griffith Fine Art in Salado, TX. (254) 947-3177 (note: this painting has sold)
The Village of Salado if a great weekend getaway, with several bed and breakfasts and historic lodgings and is located off I35, between Waco and Austin, Texas.
As you stroll along Main Street in Salado you’ll see it’s a lively marketplace with something for everyone, whether your in the mood for fine art, antiques, pottery, collectibles, unique and handcrafted furniture, or gourmet foods to name a few. You can check out their events calendar to plan your trips.
This post is a short note about painting composition.
Ever play those visual games where you look at two similar images but they’re not exactly the same and you have to try and find the changes?
Well, here’s a comparison of one of my paintings. The top image has something that is missing from the bottom image. It doesn’t have anything to do with any color shift caused by my using a different camera, but some object in the landscape was removed. Can you find it? Secondly, why do you think it was removed? (Sorry that the image is a little out of focus but you can see the finished painting here:
If you still don’t see it, look at the foreground area on the left. Notice a difference? The cactus is missing! Why did I remove it? It was distracting and interrupting the movement of your eye. Notice how you want to look at it and your eye sorta stays there. By removing it your eye movement flows easier throughout the painting.
For an artist, it’s wise to review your painting and try and catch anything that does not support the overall composition. Even minor changes can have big effects and big improvements on your art work.
Soon after making available my small 5×7 paintings at a very reasonable price, I was contacted for a request to do two paintings of longhorn cows. I photographed these two Texas longhorns grazing among the bluebonnets along a country road several years ago. Although these two paintings could have been kept together as a set, it turns out one was to be a wedding anniversary gift and the other was for a friend of my client.
After receiving the paintings they had them framed and I was emailed a picture to see what they looked like. If I didn’t know better, they look like larger paintings! Thanks Richard and Marcella!