Wednesday, July 28, 2010

View Up the Guadalupe

View Up the Guadalupe, 10 x 12

me with John McCullough, owner of Windrush

My husband and I are back from Sedona and had a wonderful time. We met John McCullough, saw the Windrush Gallery, and toured many others. I really am thrilled to have my work with John. We enjoyed a long visit and a wonderful tour of the artwork he has there.

As for Sedona, I was in awe of the red rocks--it's truly a unique place and I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance. Apparently we were there during the "Monsoon season," and it did rain a little (though we never quite saw what I'd call a monsoon). The last night, we were fortunate enough to see the sunset in Sedona. Wow!

-julie davis

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Waiting for Next Time

Waiting for Next Time, 8 x 6

Across the water from our house in Hunt is a limestone dock, and this boat sits, and sits, and sits. It's seems as if it's waiting for the owner to come back to have some fun. I painted this Sunday morning before we headed back to Austin.

On another note, I'm thrilled to head to Sedona this week to meet John McCullough, owner of the Windrush Gallery, where I have my work. I understand it's a little hot this time of year :), but the kids are at camp, so it's got to be now. Check out John's blog, too, at He posts newly received works of his artists regularly, and I'm fortunate to be among them!

-julie davis

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Between Here and There

Between Here and There, 9 x 12

Along the farm-to-market road in Hunt there is this group of trees--they catch my eye every time I drive by. I am completely enamored with trees and their gestures. This is between Hunt and our place...thus the name.

-julie davis

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hilltop Ornamentation

Hilltop Ornamentation, 8 x 16

For this painting, I took "Gracing the Hilltop," and closed in on the trees just at the top of the hill, in a longer and more narrow format. It's what I had wanted to try the first time, but the 9 x 12 I had with me didn't lend itself to this composition. I'm pleased with it.

-julie davis

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Spot in the Shade

A Spot in the Shade, 6 x 8

This little tractor sits quietly in the shade of two oak trees on our neighbor's property in Hunt. I don't think it's run often, as a shiny, new one sits nearer the house.

-julie davis

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Country View

Country View, 6 x 8

Believe it or not, I've been painting, but took off to Hunt without the cord that allows me to upload photos to my computer from my camera...not too helpful for blogging.

This is a good example to me of how the smallest stroke can suggest something enough that the brain fills in the rest. The "structure" at the back of the field, created with just a small mark, added what I was after--I'm always amazed at how often little strokes can have impact beyond their size or complexity.

-julie davis

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gracing the Hilltop

Gracing the Hilltop, 8 x 10

Last weekend it cleared up long enough for me to paint outside a few times, and this piece was from one of those moments. I found a covered spot, and it rained a little while I painted, but I was dry.

The hillsides all around the Hunt area are covered in a variety of trees, but mostly oak and cedar. These oak trees graced the top of the hill and its side--a common sight is the light peeking through the narrow trunks of the trees at the top and the silhouette of the trees as the sun sets. One of my favorite views.

-julie davis

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shaded Banks

Shaded Banks, 8 x 10

We enjoyed a trip to Hunt last weekend, and while there I was able to paint outside a few times (despite several showers attributable to Hurricane Alex). I'd like to paint this one again- I struggled between palette knife and brush, and had issues with the foreground and other aspects, but I basically like the composition, and plan to revisit it soon.

-julie davis

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Boundaries, 8 x 6

This glimpse of a fence is next to a convenience store somewhere between Austin and Bryan, on Hwy 290. Our group had stopped there for refreshments and directions on our way to Bryan, and I went behind the store to take some photos of the fields nearby.

-julie davis