Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Little Spring

Bluebonnet Clusters, 6 x 6

When you live in Austin, it's almost obligatory to go out to the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center in the Spring, and it certainly is if you're a plein air painter.  I was intimidated to tackle the gorgeous scenery on my own, but I went out anyway on Monday.  I'll admit this was my fist time to go outside painting totally on my own, no class, no group, no friend (is that initiation for being a "plein air painter?").   While painting, I overheard (many things) someone saying this was not a good year for bluebonnets, but there were plenty to be found.  I've always said if you're going to paint bluebonnets, you'd better get it right, because people are passionate about them.  I am, too, but I think of this as a "nod" to them, so maybe I got away with it?

-julie davis

5 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Julie,
And you see you were a great painter, all by yourself. Just wonderful. If this is a nod, then a nod is the perfect thing to do. You are a wonderful painter and this is beautiful.

Take care,

Barbara

LSaeta said...

This is a great painting. I absolutely love your colors - so crisp and clean!

Laurel Daniel said...

Good for you! I remember that "first time alone"... I felt like I had a sign on my back announcing it. And you definitely got away with this nod to the bluebonnets! The first of many, no doubt???

Pam Holnback said...

Julie, Painting alone can be peaceful and inspiring. Great job.

julie davis said...

It was both, Pam. I even lost track of time with no one there to tell me it was time to go.....