Upper Camp

This is a repost from 2014. It is an all time favorite painting of mine, and…

It is that time of year where I load my family, our bikes and backpacking gear, and more art supplies than you can imagine and head to New Mexico. I will arrive to the sunshine, and the sunsets, the trails and rattlers. I will arrive to friends old and new, and together we will grow, and learn and experience the magic of the painted desert.

I will arrive to unpack our belongings in our home away from home, a small campground at my favorite end of the ranch. This little trailer belongs to our dear friends Tom and Eddie, they are an important part of our little camp. I know that after a long day Tom will be waiting with his arms to give me a big bear hug (and maybe a cold beer). I know that if I hear their camper door open and close twice in close succession around 5am that someone got up because nature was calling, and went back for a camera to capture the sunrise. The double camper door has become my alarm to fireman my way out of bed to plein air paint the sunrise.

I suppose we are all packing up to head to the Ranch to create our gypsy village for the summer. Travel safe dear friends old and new.

I did this painting from a photo my dear friend Jodi took.

Dallas Summer

8″x10″

oil and live violin notes on canvas panel

I painted at Baylor Hospital today, and was accompanied by a very talented violinist. The water is infused with her notes.

Last Walk to School

7″x5″ oil on panel

Last walk of the year. They are switching the school start times. My youngest had the latest start time this year. Next year my youngest will have the earliest start, so the days of just me and her walking are over. It has been a gift I have treasured. Our dear crossing guard, Mr. Eary, is also turning in his stop sign. I am so grateful for his leadership keeping our kids safe, and his warm greeting and his enthusiastic reminders to “have a good day” were something Lydia and I truly treasured.

Diptych

12″x8″ oil on panel

I have a set of shallow shelves by my easel where I put recent works to dry and look at. I put up the 8″square I painted yesterday, and chuckled at the fact that I put the horizon line on almost the exact same spot on all the 8″ tall paintings. And I wondered…could any of them work together? SCORE! I found an 8″x4″ that looked great with the square. I made a couple of color adjustments across the seam, but mostly I let the differences stand. I love them together!

Notice the horizon on both shelves.