Just for something different, I entered a few paintings at the Washington County Fair. With sparse competition in the Golden Age Division, I managed some ribbons. “Consort” was Grand Champion and “Meliza” was Reserve Champion. Even “Christina” snagged a ribbon. There was a $2 entry fee and I received an $8 cash award. I was a Happy Camper at the oldest County Fair in Texas.
While wandering around the Red Cliffs Ranch where we stayed near Moab, my eye was drawn to this relic. Color mixing was a challenge. And accurate capture of the various textures was my goal.
From a photo I took years ago in our back yard. As an artist I have always said, “I don’t do flowers.” This one is irresistible for me.
One of the pro photographers in Anacortes, Washington, posted a photo that I used as a reference. It was an “accidental exposure” because all the birds left the ground unexpectedly.
During the Covid era, Bridget Wolk offered a 3 day workshop on portraits on Zoom.com. The model was Meliza. We worked on planes of the face and hair, shapes, shadows, light and more.
This was a favorite site near my hometown. The rough water made it an appealing place to chill out. It was perhaps “meditative.” And the view is unchanged…even over 60 years. Oil on canvas board, 11×14″.
Dennis was on a first bus ride somewhere in Ohio. This was painted from an old photo from 1979. Ability to mix accurate colors has been a most useful learned process.
Version 1 of Christina sold at the Gallery. This Version 2 may be better. From a 1913 very early color photograph, by her father in England.
On Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington.
From a photo I took on Lake Superior, on the North Coast of Minnesota. I just happened to capture some rock climbing. It was a good place to practice my intense dark values as well.