Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Pump Canyon"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This canyon is near the Rio Grande in Langtry, Texas. My brother Joe and I used to climb into it to explore and take pictures. We also tried catching a fish or two from the crystal clear springs in the canyon. I think it has been over 25 years since I have scaled the 300 ft. walls of Pump canyon climbing in and out of it. Painting this from one of my old photos brought back many memories of good times past.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Afternoon Clouds over the Glass Mountains"

OIl on panel, 8"x10"

This scene is north of Marathon, Texas off highway 385. I had a very difficult time getting a usable photo of this painting and most likely will try again tomorrow. If I can get a better image I will replace the existing one.

Monday, August 29, 2011

"Hillside Oak"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I started this painting from a photo I took between Sisterdale and Fredericksburg, Texas, but after my initial block in I just wasn't happy with it. The photo is drab and lacking of any real beauty. I was initially attracted to the image because I liked the oak on the hillside but there is little else appealing about it. I decided to put the photo away and paint it the way I wanted it to look. I am much happier with it now. Much better to work from life anyway but it isn't spring, bluebonnets are not out and I am not in the Hill Country right now.

"Sundown Blues"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This was just an idea that popped into my head, so I painted it.

"Moon Glow"

Oil on panel, 8"x6"

This painting was inspired by the crescent moon over trees in my front yard.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Spring Valley"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

Another made up Hill Country scene painted pretty fast.

"Desert Slopes"

Oil on stretched canvas, 18"x24"

This is a view of the eastern slopes of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Desert Color"

Oil on panel. 6"x8"

This is a view of Panther Peak in Big Bend National Park. The drought of the past year has killed and stressed desert plants that usually survive with under 10 inches of rainfall per year. The stress on the plants has created more color than usual and after a recent trace rainfall the plants immediately sprout new growth and green color.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Heat in the Bend"

OIl on panel, 8"x10"

This is another painting that was started on location in Big Bend National Park. I had pulled off to the side of the main park road and set up to do this painting. It was getting late in the day and I noticed to the west of me, an isolated storm erupted over Tule mountain. Shortly after that, the wind began to gust and picked my easel up with painting attached and tossed it into the air. Luckily it came right to me and I was able to grab it from flight and rescue the painting but it happened to spill all of my turp on the road. So that ended my painting for the day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

"Bend in the Road"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

A made up scene of the Texas Hill Country. This painting was blocked in very fast. A few details including the bluebonnets were added after the block in.


Oil on panel, 6"x8"
Another painting from my backyard Zinnias.

Friday, August 19, 2011

"Patio Zinnias"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

These zinnias are growing on my patio in my back yard. It has been a chore to keep them alive with this heat and drought we are experiencing but they are hanging on for at least a bit longer.

"Spring Grazing"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

I used horses from photos I took in west Texas and used them in this springtime bluebonnets and pasture scene.

"Chisos Peaks"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This is another piece from the Basin Road of the Chisos Mountains started on location and completed in the studio.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"High Desert Mountains"

Oil on panel, 9"x12"

This scene is of the Chisos Mountains from the Basin Road. This painting was started on location (en plein air) and finished in the studio.

I have made a few adjustments to this painting and reposted the image. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Sundown on the Chisos"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This view of the Chisos is from Terlingua facing east.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Passing Time"

Oil on panel, 8"x8"

This is a stylized cloudscape in Big Bend National Park.

"Afternoon View through the Window"

Oil on panel, 11"x14"

This scene is of the famous "Window" in the Chisos mountains of Big Bend National Park.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Some Like it Hot"

Oil on Raymar linen panel, 5"x7"

Uno caliente jalapeno. Just a change of pace from my typical work.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Evening Calm"

Oil on panel, 12"x9"

This piece just makes me feel calm and at peace, so the title was a natural.

"Amor Del Sol"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This painting was started a couple weeks ago when I painted the other sunflowers from life. I decided to finish it so I could post it here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Night Crawler - Crotalus Viridis"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

This prairie rattlesnake "Crotauls Viridis" was crossing highway 385 north of Marathon near the Pecos County line.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Dog Days"

Oil on panel, 8"x10"

This scene is in Big Bend National Park.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

"Golden Hour"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

I enjoy painting these small scenes of the Texas Hill Country. This is another sunset, this time on a river.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

"Langtry Saguaro"

Oil on panel, 7"x5"
Saguaros are native to the Sonoran desert but this specimen is a transplant growing in Langtry, Texas on the edge of the Chihuahuan desert. Langtry has a couple of Saguaros growing there, one at the Judge Roy Bean visitor center and this one growing across the street.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

"Springs Blessing"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Another sunset scene in the Hill Country.

"Brown Cow"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

I found these cows along the Post Road just south of Marathon, Texas.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Hill Country Sunset"

Oil on panel, 6"x8"

Springtime and and a peaceful sunset in the Texas Hill Country.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Hot 'n Sticky"

Oil on panel, 6"x6"

This opuntia was growing in the Badlands area of Big Bend National Park.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Oil on gessobord panel, 6"x6"

This is from a photo taken on my June trip to Colorado.

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