Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mix, Apply, Repeat

This is one of those paintings you do when the clock is running and you have to be somewhere so you just jump out and paint very intuitively. Not a lot of over thinking everything.
I was in Bell Buckle last week and had about an hour and a half before I had to pick up my daughter. I knew of this farm because I had painted there before so I drove like a maniac to get there and jumped out and started slinging paint. The faster I painted the more I enjoyed it. I think sometimes I tend to get caught up in the details and can belabor some of the areas of my paintings when I should just mix the value and color, apply, and move on. I catch myself going back and screwing with areas I probably should have left alone.
Anyway, everytime I paint here the guy that owns the farm shows up and we catch up with each other. It's kind of funny because when he pulls up it's almost like seeing an old friend when in reality I have no idea who he is.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Big Stars

Went to the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area yesterday and painted an area that I used to duck hunt in. The season is over so there is never anybody in there this time of year. The only person I saw was a crappie fisherman who wanted to know if I did portraits, don't ask me why. He put his boat in right by me and putted around the trees you see in the painting and disappeared.
Painted again this morning with Plein Air Nashville in Leiper's Fork. I tried my hand at the barn you see covered with these giant metal stars. Due to time constraints I had to weed out quite a few stars. They are all over it. I didn't have the patience or the time. When I started there was a nice horse trailer parked in front of it that I drew in and started to paint when out steps the owner with his horse in tow. He loads the horse, hooks up the trailer and leaves. So I erased the trailer and drew in the stars and the side of the barn. As soon as I had blocked in the painting Mr. Greenjeans showed back up with the trailer and parks it where it had been before. I didn't have the energy to draw it again. Enjoy the stars.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Radnor Lake Show

This is one more piece I did last week for the Radnor Show the Chestnut Group is having to benefit the Friends of Radnor Lake. The show will be Thursday night the 16th of April at 6:00 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 17th, 18th and 19th from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. It's going to be a great show for a great cause. If you have never been to Radnor Lake come one of those days and make it a hike/artshow day. It's a great place to kill an afternoon.