Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dry Creek Cafe


Dry Creek Cafe
11 x 14 in., oil on panel
sold

For those who went to school at UT or grew up in Austin, or have just been here long enough to know about this hidden gem, the Dry Creek Cafe is somewhat of an Austin institution.  It's an old dive bar, with a charming, rickety deck and a view of Lake Austin that isn't exactly unmatched, but it's good. And some would say most importantly, cheap beer.  It's nicely tucked away on Mt. Bonnel Road so unless you already know about it or just stumble upon it, you'd never end up there.  This painting is part tribute, part memoir, part record....

-julie davis

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tree Study


Tree Study
8 x 6 in., oil on panel
sold

Occasionally I just like to study trees...they were my fist love in painting, and when I feel a little rusty or just want to keep my focus simple, I go to these peaceful guardians and just relax and play.

-julie davis

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2013-2014 book available!




I'm really happy to report that I've just received the first copy of my most recent Blurb book, JULIE DAVIS - Plein Air and Studio Selections from 2013 and 2014, and it's now available online at http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/518991-j-u-l-i-e-d-a-v-i-s-landscapes (in both ebook and print formats). That link takes you to the ebook ($4.99).  For the print version ($20.00), click here: http://www.blurb.com/b/6003541-j-u-l-i-e-d-a-v-i-s-landscapesI always benefit from reviewing the past two years of work; it's a nice record for me of where I've invested myself. 

I've posted a preview of my book in the right column of my blog, scroll till you see it.  Enjoy!

-julie davis

Monday, February 9, 2015

Passage


Passage
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

This is one of my favorite kinds of scenes--why I paint landscapes.  Long views with distant hills and gentle giants.   It's the peacefulness, I think, and I will never grow tired of it.

-julie davis

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Woodpile


Woodpile
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
$120 + tax, $20 s/h

We have a little place on the Guadalupe River a couple of hours from Austin.  Our neighbor keeps his firewood neatly stacked between two trees near his house.  In the early morning, the sun rises over the bluff across the river and drapes its light between his house and the donkey barn on the edge of our property. The light gives a glancing blow to the woodpile this time of year.

-julie davis

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Ranch in January


The Ranch in January
6 x 8 in., oil on panel
sold

I do these long views occasionally to work on foregrounds.  I know of a couple of things I'll do differently next time, but hey, it's a process.  Painting in winter in Central Texas means more yellows and ochres--not the green of spring everywhere.  I definitely like the greens, but the grasses this time of year complement distant hills nicely.

-julie davis