Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sunflower Sideshow and East Texas Bluebonnets

Summer Wish

Oil on Canvas


The Artscape Show at the Dallas Arboretum is coming up. I love these little gallery wrapped canvases, and I pre-treat mine with transparent orange. The paint glides over the underpainting, and gives the final painting a little more life and glow. In this image, you can see at the top how the painting continues around the edge to give a 3-D effect.

Winter has officially vacated the premises in Texas, and I am crossing my fingers and toes that all the rain last week will make my sunflowers thrive this summer and give us some bluebonnets this spring. Some of the most amazing bluebonnet fields grow 7 miles from my mom's organic farm in East Texas. I haven't painted many bluebonnet landscapes in the past, but may break out the pochade box and brave the heat and mosquitoes and chiggers this spring, if the blooms make their appearance as hoped.

I leave you this morning with a picture of my angel, Winnifred Wigglepants, who went to the Rainbow Bridge last January following a brave fight with GME encephalitis. This photo was taken two years ago in May in the bluebonnet fields in Kemp, Texas, not far from where I grew up.

Winnie Wiggles, The Jiggliest Angel

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