Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Just a little weird

Patty--Frame #352
5" by 7"
Oil on Masonite

Last week was the fourtieth anniversary of the filming of the Patterson Film, the single most famous piece of Bigfoot film in existance and probably the only film other than the Zapruder Film (of JFK's assasination) to have been as closely scrutenized, frame by frame. This is the money frame, #352, where our girl 'Patty' turns slightly to look at the camera before taking off into the brush.

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been obsessed with color mixing charts and I didn't think you wanted to see those.

But I have some very special pieces in store for later this week!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Plein Air

Enchanted Rock
12" by 9"
Oil on Masonite


Yesterday I was supposed to go to a vinyard near Fredericksburg to paint Plein Air (i.e. outside) with a bunch from the Austin Plein Air group.

Well, the vinyard didn't want us there until ten (that's a good hour later than I like to start when painting outside) and when we got there, there really wasn't all that much that interested me to paint; the grapevines were a good half mile down the road from the buildings, the lavender had all been harvested and all the buildings were modern reproductions of old german limestone buildings. Add to that the limited amount of rapidly moving shade and a rapidly climbing temp and things weren't too rosy.

I had a good look around and decided to go look down the road a bit.

That bit got longer and longer and finally I turned to David (my Dear Husband who likes to accompany me on these little painting excusrions) and said 'hell, let's just go on out to Enchanted Rock.'

He not only agreed, but agreed to buy barbecue in Llano afterward (what a guy!).

So, we drove the additional half hour out to Enchanted Rock, found the absolute best place to set up, a nice big shaded gazebo, with a wonderful cross breeze and a great view of the Rock and spent a very happy two hours there. It was better than painting in a studio. Cool, comfortable, great views in four directions, and a super easy fifty yard pathway from the gazebo to the parking lot to roll a cart full of supplies up. I'm going there again for sure.

I'm not entirely thrilled with the result, but I'm a hell of a lot happier than I would have been settling for a subject I felt nothing about.