Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Leading Edge of Spring, study

Leading Edge of Spring,
6 x 8 in., oil on panel

Last week, I met up with Plein Air Austin at a member's ranch outside of Austin to paint in the gorgeous spring weather. Picasso's "if only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes," came to mind as I fought with myself over the vibrancy of the greens this time of year. It's truly hard to believe just how "spring green" everything around here is right now. The shock of it is twofold after the drought we experienced last spring, summer, and fall. Fortunately, the skies were generous with the rain this winter, and we are enjoying the fruits now.

I did notice (as happens when painting outside), that my greens seemed brighter outside....things can tend to "darken" when you bring them in, which simply means my eyes lost the battle to my brain.....maybe next time...

-julie davis

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Red Barn

Red Barn, 10 x 8 in., oil on panel
donation, Trinity Episcopal School Auction

So I've violated at least a big rule here--placing the center of interest in the center (ish) of the painting. A fail? I do think there is enough interest in the rest of this painting to keep the eye moving, but also know the composition would've been stronger if I'd avoided this misstep. Should've worked that out before I got too deep into the painting.

On a happier note, I was fortunate to hear from Helen Moreda recently that she'd named me for a Liebster Award, an award based on inspiration. A big thank you to Helen--much appreciated, and I'll list a few folks who have done the same for me. (here are the criteria for the award:)

As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have
motivated and inspired you.

To accept the award you must:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them
2. Post the award to your blog
3. Give the award to3- 5 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers
that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Here are my five under 200 who at various times along the journey definitely motivated and inspired me. Thanks, y'all!

-julie davis

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Desert Creek Bed, Big Bend

Desert Creek Bed, Big Bend
8 x 16 in., oil on panel

This is the last of the paintings I did in Big Bend last week...Laurel and I painted from the cover of a bridge. The bridge covered this dry creek bed, and provided wonderful shade throughout the afternoon for us. Again, the purples in the shadows and pinks in the light really made the scene.

-julie davis

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Uncompromising Terrain

Uncompromising Terrain
9 x 12 in., oil on panel

Trees in Big Bend are few and far between, but in one higher altitude area, they are in abundance, neighboring kindly with various cacti, grasses, and scrub brush. At this point in the trip, I was thrilled to see anything green, and found it appealing to play the pinks, purples, and reds against it.

-julie davis