Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Krause Springs Cactus

Cactus On The Rocks, 6x6
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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.

15 comments:

scomac said...

Very nice. Especially like the color variation.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

bold, bright and beautiful...everything I love to see in painting

SUSAN RODEN said...

Flash of light.
And limited brushwork, yet so complete.

Lisa Daria said...

This color combination is beautiful and the light placement, allows one to travel all over this piece - love those light blues in there too -

Julie Hill said...

Look at all those greens...so cool! and then that little bit of warmth...great!

Carol Horzempa said...

Beautiful and fresh...love the play between warm and cool colors.

That's a great way to keep cool while paint you, Stephen!

Kim Blair said...

Nice contrast of cool and warm colours in this painting. Refreshing to look at.
Wow, 105 degrees!
Kim

Carol Marine said...

This is beautiful, Stephen! And I am totally digging your old trucks too - great compositions!!!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Wonderful color and texture. Wow!

Dana Cooper said...

Wow Stephen, this looks like it was a difficult scene but you handled it beautifully!!

Kelley Sanford said...

I do love the variety as you said of...textures, colors and values. Don't we all want that in our paintings. Nice piece.

mary maxam said...

absolutely wonderful color light,pattern...very nice

isabel said...

Hola , muy buenos tus trabajos , felicidades!!! te sigo, y volvere a visitarte.. un saludo.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful light. The cool blues are so great. The simple brushtrokes say so much more than fussy ones!

Marla said...

Wow Stephen, this is fantastic! I love the contrast of warm and cool, light and shadow. It's truly beautiful.