Saturday, August 28, 2010


Azumaya, 8x10

Ahh, the wonders of the Internet. With a few keystrokes, I've identified the structure depicted above. Anything I spend three hours scrutinizing and painting (and scrutinizing and painting), I figure I should know the name of. So, this structure — this open-air Japanese shelter, commonly comprised of a roof supported by beams and four vertical posts — is called an azumaya.

In any case, our paintout was wonderful. We overran the normally peaceful confines of the Austin Botanical Garden early Thursday morning under conditions that were almost perfect — slight overcast, breezes that were actually cool, and no rain.

That's right, no rain — making it, of course, unnecessary to seek shelter in the nearby azumaya.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In For Repairs

In For Repairs, 5x7

Here is a study from one of the photos I took on my recent visit to Malvern, Ohio. It depicts a GMC dump truck parked for servicing behind Furey Motors. Judging strictly by its dog-eared facade, I think this one might have had multiple issues.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Krause Springs Cactus

Cactus On The Rocks, 6x6

The site of last week's PAA paintout, Krause Springs is about thirty-five miles west of Austin, not far from where the Pedernales River feeds into Lake Travis. Our summer sites are invariably near water, so we can cool off before, during or after we put the paintbrushes away. This particular day, the forecast was for a high of 105º, so it was absolutely necessary to take a dip in the 72º spring early on to keep cool while painting. I chose this rocky, cactus-laden outcropping partly because it offered nearby shade and also a variety of textures, colors and values.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Afternoon Ride

Afternoon Ride, 5x7

I found this red motorcycle parked in front of the Firehouse Grill in Malvern. It is one of an endless number of cycles we saw while in Ohio. The rolling countryside and summer sunshine no doubt contributed to their ubiquity.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Road Warrior Redux

Road Warrior, 24x24

I'm building, albeit rather slowly, a body of larger work, taken from smaller plein air and studio pieces I've done in the past. The original study for the piece above is from a paintout we had several months ago at the Davis Ranch out Hamilton Pool Road in the Hill Country. Below is the original 6x6. 

Road Warrior (original plein air study)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Place In The Shade

A Place In The Shade, 8x10

This shady spot can be found alongside 613 Porter Street in Malvern, directly across the street from Furey Motors.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rolling Corn, Red Barn

Rolling Corn, Red Barn, 8x16

Coming from central Texas, it's amazing to see the rolling farmland of northeastern Ohio this time of year. In the week I was there, the corn seemed to grow well over a foot. This barn and corn field are on County Road 15, just off the main road between Malvern and Carrollton.