Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Eagle Lake Landscape

Eagle Lake Landscape
9"x12" Oil on panel.

Another piece inspired by photos take near Eagle Lake on the 90 Alternate southwest of Houston.
If you live in the Houston area and have never made this drive, I highly recommend it.
Drive it when the wildflowers are out and you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On the 90A near Eagle Lake

"On the 90A near Eagle Lake"
9"x12", oil on panel

This was painted using brush work mixed with palette knife about 50/50. Very loose and spontaneous work with bold color. I used photos taken on the 90 Alternate between Richmond and Eagle Lake. Lots of nice ranch land on that route.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Field of Blue

"Field of Blue"
9"x12" oil on linen panel

What a fun piece to paint. I love scenes like this. A nice distant view, a field full of bluebonnets and other wildflowers with a beautiful blue Texas sky!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Setting Sun

"Setting Sun"
6"x6", oil on panel

Painted from a photo I took on my way home from work one night while still living in Houston.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

West Texas Cloud Study

West Texas Cloud Study
8"x10", oil on panel

A quick study painted from photos taken on hwy. 385 between Big Bend National Park and Marathon.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Clear View

A Clear View
6"x8", Oil on panel

Another quick study painted from my reference photos of the hill country.
Simple, basic shapes and very little detail.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hill Country Study

Hill Country Study
6"x8", oil on panel

Another small Hill Country Study, painted pretty fast. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Oak and Bonnets Study

Oak and Bonnets Study
6"x8", Oil on panel

A little made up study of springtime Oaks and Bonnets.


Oaks and Bonnets in Morning Mist

Oaks and Bonnets in Morning Mist
Oil on Panel, 6"x8"

A little study of of Oaks and Blue Bonnets in morning mist.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Dusty Road en plein air


Dusty Road
6"x8", Oil on panel

This little piece was painted en plein air between Pipe Creek and Bandera, Texas.
If you are interested in this piece, contact me directly. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hills Near Bandera

Hills Near Bandera
9"x12", Oil on panel

Pretty sure I've posted this before, maybe not but this is a revised piece I started long ago. It was a problem child of which I have several, meaning that no matter what I do to it I can't seem to get it to my satisfaction. Well, I think this one is finally on my good side and I can call it done. Better late than never right?

If you are interested in this piece, email me for specifics. 
dforks@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On the Western Balcones

"On the Western Balcones"
30'x24", oil on linen canvas

Pretty much a made up scene. This is the transitional zone between the hill country and the Chihuahuan Desert. Overlapping species of flora and fauna from both regions ebb and flow on the Western edge of the Balcones Escarpment.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Landscape with Daisies

"Landscape with Daisies"
20"x20", oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Painted from photos taken in the hill country this past spring.
I found this scene quite appealing with the solitary Oak and the scattered yellow Daisies.
I slightly modified the composition from my photo to make a stronger arrangement. I also added the clouds to the sky that was a cloudless blue gradation in my reference photo.

Available: DavidForks.com

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

View From Panther Junction

"View From Panther Junction"
8"x10", Oil on panel

I painted this from a photograph taken at Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park. 
The actual photo was rather mundane, taken mid day the light was not very interesting and the entire image was rather gray. I took much liberty with the painting process, working quickly I splashed in some light and shadows and accentuated the desert color. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Up A Creek


"Up A Creek"
11"x14", Oil on panel

Found this little creek flowing after spring rains in the Texas Hill Country.
Always fun and challenging to paint water, I kept this piece fairly simple and bathed the creek and foreground in warm sunlight.


Friday, December 9, 2016

A Place in the Hills

"A Place in the Hills"
24"x48" Oil on canvas

Im not sure why I've not posted this before, as it was painted this last spring, over 6 months ago now, but alas here it is. A totally made up scene using many of my reference photos from north of San Antonio in and around the Blanco, Johnson City, and Willow City areas. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

From Out of the Shadows

"From  Out of the Shadows"
Oil on panel, 11"x14"

This painting is a result of combining some reference photos taken between Bulverde and New Braunfels on hwy.  46 and my imagination. Lots of fun to paint, I took much liberty with this piece in order to create a piece of art rather than copying a photo. 

available: DavidForks.com

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hillside Blues

Hillside Blues
Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This was a fun little painting to create, entirely made up, which is always good mental exercise. Sometimes when you use photos or work en plein air, you become a slave to what you see in front of you. Using your imagination allows you to create a piece of art and structure your painting to your personal preferences.


Available: DavidForks.com


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On the Rocker U

"On the Rocker U"
Oil on panel, 8"x10"

This painting was started en plein air on the Rocker U ranch northwest of Del Rio a couple years ago. I didn't get very far with it at the time but since decided to work on it from memory mostly. It is a very simple composition but somehow this painting captivates me. I don't know if i will add anymore to it but i will think about it for a while before jumping back into it.

Not yet available but if you like it, let me know!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Along the upper Ross Maxwell

"Along the upper Ross Maxwell"
16"x20", oil on panel

No doubt one of the prettiest drives within Big Bend National Park is the Ross Maxwell scenic drive that takes you from mountain plateau to the desert floor on a winding and descending non stop sensory overload. This scene is painted from one of the many beautiful vistas on the drive.

Available: DavidForks.com