Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the Round


In the Round
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

Here is another scene from our trip to Provence this summer. I I like this one more every time I look at it--I'm working on a larger version now because I love the tones I achieved in the study.  I'll not ship this one until next week as I'm using it for reference on the larger one.

-julie davis

Monday, October 27, 2014

Garden Cottage, Study


Garden Cottage, Study
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

I was fortunate enough to travel to Provence last summer, where we saw gorgeous lavender and many beautiful old....really old structures.  This small cottage was on the grounds of the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh spent some time. In fact, it was a large part of the view from his bedroom window.  Not a terrible place to recover.

-julie davis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Field


Fall Field
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

So this piece is a deviation for me....though not as much as you might initially think.  Everything that's here is typical, the only thing one might say is missing is a major subject (I'd argue otherwise--here, the field itself is the subject).  I can deconstruct more than a few of my compositions to this. Luckily, I think this one still worked.

-julie davis

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long Barn




Long Barn
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

So many of the older structures I paint lie enveloped in foliage, whether trees, bushes, or tall grasses.  I like that when I exaggerated the roof line of this barn it wound up almost hugging the tree at its end.  For me, part of the charm of these spaces is trying to imagine what they looked like in their prime...and what purposes they've served over the years. 

-julie davis


Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Wildflowers and Quick Draw

October Wildflowers
sold

Guthrie Building
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

Remaining from my trip to Kerrville for KOPE are these two pieces.  The first is from the last day of the competition, and the second is a building on Earl Garrett Street, right across from the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.  It's a charming building, and was a fun subject to paint during the Quick Draw--though I can't say the Quick Draw itself was fun--it's like playing that old game, Perfection.  Anyone remember that?

-julie

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hay Bales


Hay Bales

Forgive the original title....this was named in a hurry before submission at the Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event.  You can see the lone cow to the left of one bale...I kept trying to name the piece something to do with the cow (like Breakfast, or Head First, or Back End), but my friend, Laurel Daniel, talked some sense into me and helped me get to something less risky and more straightforward in the short time that we had--thank you, Laurel.  

I painted this piece in the company of cattle...they were an active bunch that morning, constantly moving in and out of my view.  At one point, three made their way to within several yards of me and happily ate while keeping an eye on things (and I kept an eye on them).  



-julie davis

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Better Days" - Best In Show - 1st Place Winner at Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event


Better Days - Best in Show at KOPE

 11 x 14 in., oil on panel, $750
sold

I'm thrilled to report the news that my painting, "Better Days," took first place at the Kerrville Outdoor Painter's Event this past weekend!  To win last year was a huge boost, and to have another judge regard my piece this year as the best again - well, I'm riding pretty high right now.  My friends Jimmy Longacre and Laurel Daniel took second and third places, respectively, and it was a blast to be able to share the experience with them.  

A big thanks to the judge of this year's competition, Phil Bob Borman, and to those who organized and sponsored the four-day event, as well as to those who opened their properties to us for painting. 

-julie davis



@ the Collins Ranch in Center Point

very excited with the blue ribbon :)

with Laurel Daniel and Jimmy Longacre