Saturday, October 30, 2010

Georgetown Square

Georgetown Square, 6x8

Plein Air Austin joined the plein air group from Williamson County this morning on the town square of their county seat, Georgetown, Texas. It's one of Texas' best-preserved old downtown areas, with plenty to paint. The building at the end of the block with the turret on top is the Masonic Lodge of Georgetown, built around 1900.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Life Drawing

Our life drawing class was cut short today, due to transportation issues encountered by our beautiful model. Thus, we only had time for a couple poses. My missing last week's class and the resulting figure-drawing rust rendered today's first-pose effort un-postable. Here is the second one.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Central Air

Central Air, 5x7

The cool of Ohio's summer evenings can seem surreal to someone visiting from central Texas. The representation above of yet another rustically beautiful Ohio barn — with its open windows and doors allowing the breeze through — pretty much sums up the way I felt about the visit.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Done For The Day

Done For The Day, 5x7

Another of the farms on the outskirts of Malvern, Ohio, this one on Citrus Road NW.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Red Barn, Yellow Light

Red Barn, Yellow Light, 5x7

If this barn looks familiar, it's probably because I painted a portion of this same cowshed, which I posted back at the beginning of August after my trip to Ohio. This one makes more of the barn itself, rather than the rolling countryside, and in a looser style.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Michaelis Live Oaks

Michaelis Live Oaks, 5x7

Last spring PAA had a paintout at the Michaelis Ranch outside Kyle, Texas, which is about twenty miles south of Austin. My brother, Paul, was visiting from the east coast and I was able to talk him into coming with me to take pictures while I painted. This piece was painted from one of the many he took that day.  Thank you, older brother.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Columns Of Light

Columns Of Light, 10x8

This detail was painted from photo reference I took while in Ohio this past summer. It depicts a corner of the Hart Mansion in Minerva. Built just after the Civil War in an Italianate Victorian style, the mansion now serves as a fine restaurant. I found the arrangement of this trio of columns to be unusually beautiful and a wonderful example of what's known in design circles as the Divine Proportion, or Golden Ratio.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Local Flavor

Local Flavor, 5x7

Garcia's Restaurant is the place to go for authentic Tex-Mex when you're in Round Rock. Nothing fancy, just really good food and an atmosphere that makes you feel you're among friends. I rediscovered this little spot this weekend after several years away, during Round Rock's inaugural Chalk Walk, an art & music festival.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Corner Station

Corner Station, 8x10

Today the city of Round Rock, just north of Austin, sponsored their first annual Chalk Walk Arts & Music Festival. Plein Air Austin was invited to join in the festivities, which several of us did. The weather was perfect and many turned out. The subject I chose is an old gas station that has been restored on the outside and re-purposed inside into small offices. It's a really cool little place.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hanover Township Firetruck

Hanover Township Firetruck, 24x24

Hanover Township encompasses the farm my mother grew up on in northeastern Ohio. This 1940s firetruck served the township for decades. It still runs, thanks to the restoration efforts of my cousins, the Fureys, some of whom still live twenty miles or so down the road in Malvern, Ohio.