Sunday, June 27, 2010

Winery Footpath

Winery Footpath, 10 x 8

This path winds around a small pond at the Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas, where I painted Saturday morning. The grounds are lovely, and the vines were just behind where I stood to paint. As much as I wanted to paint them, the light and shade were just not as striking as they were on this mass of trees and footpath.

-julie davis

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lake Somerville Trees

Lake Somerville Trees, 10 x 8

I had the good fortune this weekend this weekend to go to Bryan, Texas to the Forsyth Gallery, where some Plein Air Austin members currently have paintings on display (me included). The gallery was hosting a paint-out, and some of us in PAA went down to join in. On the way there Friday evening, our caravan stopped at Lake Somerville and painted. These trees were on a hilly peninsula that caught our eyes. It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful way to spend it--painting at the lake with friends.

-julie davis

Monday, June 14, 2010

Evening on the Lake

Evening on the Lake, 8 x 10

This is from one of our last evenings in Florida--there are several docks and piers on Western Lake, and this is one of my favorites. Just around the dock is Hwy 30A, a two-lane road that runs along the coast (and crosses this lake). Walk across 30A, cross some dunes, and you're on the beach. I wanted to capture the almost black-and-white effect that the evening creates on the lake--it silhouettes the trees on the oceanside and can be very dramatic. There is a bit too much reflection on the darks in this photo--they're a bit darker in person, but I like the way it turned out.

-julie davis

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Break in the Reeds

Break in the Reeds, 10 x 8

Another painting from one of the piers on Western Lake in Watercolor, FL. It's such the peaceful place, and I love heading out there in the late afternoon. These trees seem to group themselves just for me.

-julie davis

Monday, June 7, 2010

Distant Pier

Distant Pier, 10 x 8

We're in Florida this week--the same spot we came last year. We love this area, and are sad to think that the gulf oil spill may affect it as soon as this week.

This view is just a short walk from the beach house where we're staying. These trees line a lake, and the pier (one of many) reaches into it. Families can be found fishing, canoeing, and stand up paddle-boarding at the lake.

-julie davis

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HIdden Barn 2

Hidden Barn 2, 6 x 6

This is a rework of the piece I just did with palette knife--a different take. What do you think?
Very different feels...

julie davis