Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ruins of Salado College


Salado College Ruins, 6 x 8

I painted this this morning from a photo and an on-site painting done in the Carver workshop. I would've stayed all day in this location had I been able, but it was my youngest daughter's birthday and I had to leave early to make it back to Austin. I love the architecture and the colors the late afternoon sun was creating on the old stone. The photo was taken right when I got there (4-ish?)--the painting I did on-site (and that is half-finished) has all my color notes.

The cornerstone for this location of Salado College was laid here in 1860. The college was the first in Texas that was not funded by church or state funds, and it was coed. A series of fires in the early 1900's destroyed the building, but the site is now open to the public. It's a beautiful spot.

-julie davis

8 comments:

Laurel Daniel said...

I love the cool tones you got in those backlit rocks!

Carolyn Finnell said...

This is marvelous. I love the color you used in the stones. they are so lively. I appreciate your showing us the reference photo. I love to see how you interpreted the scene. There is something about the composition, the framing of the tree in the "doorway" that is very intriguing. I can't say enough good about it.

julie davis said...

thanks, carlolyn. I instantly liked the way the "doorway" of the old college framed the tree, like it was there for a reason.

r garriott said...

Love how you simpliflied and clarified the elements of this viewpoint; a good case of the painting as far superior to the photo! Very nice!

Barbara M. said...

Isn't this superb. You've done an amazing job -- so lively, rich, and yet elegantly simple.

Take care,

Barbara

becky joy said...

Julie, I love the colors in this piece. the brushwork is nice too, not overdone, direct and fresh.

julie davis said...

Thanks, Becky. I have to admit this sis one of my favorites right now. I restrained myself from making too many brushstrokes--so I can appreciate your comment about it not being overdone and direct--good word!

Jeb said...

Nice. I like the Texas history stuff!