Monday, December 31, 2018

Sunrise Pansies

It's pansy season in South Texas. These valiant little flowers love the
winter here—high 20s - 30s at night and even during the day. It doesn't
snow here very often but when it does, their little faces look happy
peeking out from a snowy blanket. I have no idea how "pansy" became 
synonymous with "delicate" or "fragile."

Saturday, December 22, 2018


There are a few versions of this underneath—esperanzas
are trumpet-shaped flowers and all my efforts to portray
them as they really look ended up feeling static. At some
point, it felt that this was really about complementary
colors—yellow and purple and about brush strokes. Mixing
greyed-down yellows and yellow-tinted purples seemed
like a fine-enough intention for this one painting.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Bringle Bottle (Blue)

Same bottle . . . When I paint a subject for the first time,
I find I could head off in multiple directions which, of
course, can't be done on the same canvas. Sometimes the
new iterations are better, sometimes just different.

Hadn't realized until after my last post that I'd been away
from my blog for two years! I did continue to paint, though.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Bringle Bottle (Gray)

This "model" is a porcelain bottle by Cynthia Bringle,
a wonderful Penland ceramist. I think I bought it
around 1980 from a Denver gallery. This painting
is in a small works holiday group show up now at
the Hunt Gallery in San Antonio.