One of the local Rice Canals running through the town of Manvel, Texas. Heard there's fish in them. I've never fished in them but seen others fish off bridges and catching some. If you just have that urge to go fishing and can't get to the gulf then I guess it's better than nothing. I can remember stories of my dad's fishing tales up in East Texas. He used to fish with his uncle named Buster for bass out on his property. If you can get into some creeks that might have overflow from ponds sometimes you can get a nice bass that's lived in it and got big or hungry and real feisty. He once had a bass jump straight out of the water at least a couple feet and come splashing down and grabbing his popper bait, scared the heck out of em.
A little dreary today. Rainy and mucky but that doesn't mean those days aren't spectacular to paint because they usually are the best ones to have some fun with. This one not to far from the house with a rice canal to the right. I might paint that one some day.
This Spring I'm teaching the plein air workshop at Moody Mansion and possibly there Oleander Garden. We have special permission to paint there and it will be a lot of fun with some interesting viewpoints. This workshop is geared up for anyone new to plein air painting and for those who have painted before but find it difficult. I'll be going over some simple to do steps that will help you on your way. This one day workshop is designed to give you an overview of what it takes to plein air paint and also give you an actual demonstration of how to go about doing it. Class is open to all members and non members of the Galveston Art League.
My simple material list is as follows, Most if not all can be fit into a back pack:
Easel/Pochade Box with tripod
Brushes long handle bristles about 3-4 or what you normally use, sizes 6 flats, and a small round or rigger brush.
Oil Paints artist grade Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Red Light, Ultramrine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange
Small Palette Knife
Small can of brush Cleaner: Odorless Mineral Spirits or what you use
Can for the brush cleaner
Plastic Bag for dirty Rags/Towels
2 small panels 8x10 in size
Pencil 2b/ sharpener
Small Sketchpad approx 8x5 in size doesn't need to be big.
Saturday, April 26th
Class meets at : 9:30am at the Galveston Art League for signup and register
We will start around 10:15am at Moody Mansion and will last until 2:00pm
We will have a break in between and a demonstration as well.
Any questions feel free to email me. My email is on the right side of the blog page.
If your in need of a Pochade Box I can make one for you for $100 but please let me know a week before the 26th. Payment can be made using PayPal I can send you an invoice to make payment using credit card. The boxes I make can be mounted on a sturdy camera tripod with your tripods quick release plate. These boxes are very sturdy made of Birch and oak, have a removable palette and simple way of securing your panel/canvas using a bungee chord, and adjustable lid support. It's lightweight, and built like a tank.
Working on this one, first go around. Will be adding color later. The cup is made from a longhorn antler. The bottom of it has a wood base and the handle is peeled back portion of the horn. This is the way they made them on the range/ranch 1800's in Texas. I'm sure this isn't the first time horn's were used as cups.
It's been a while since I've painted Galveston surfers. Here's one pulling in on a wave that fizzled just off of the 51st jetty if I remember. Late in the evening when the sun was pulling in behind causing the the surfers to be back lit. I like this type of light and it's interesting to attempt pulling the effect off in a painting as it's always different.
Getting back to the Ship Series/Sailboat series, I haven't really decided on titles yet. This painting is still in progress. In total I'll have 10 different paintings in this Sailboat Series available for purchase. They will be labeled as part of a series of 10. These paintings are all painted on Belgian high quality linen, and oil primed that I stretch myself I'm guessing possibly by the end of April I'll have them all finished. They will only be available for purchase through me directly and not on eBay.
I will be offering a discount if you purchase one of these paintings. It will be 10% off on any painting I have on eBay, up to 3 paintings. Each 11x14 painting will cost $300 + shipping and handling. If you'd like to be notified when they are ready to purchase sign up on my blog on the right and also my monthly newsletter. Until then, back to work on the boats.
The painting "Sea Bound" is off to the Davis and Co Fine Art Gallery for the Rites of Spring Show accompanied by two security guards, one named Jeff and the other Palo. The painting is secured in a sealed crate with a secret pass code for the... just kidding, lol. But seriously it's off to the Gallery.
This painting was juried into the top 100 paintings along with another painting called "Early Morning Surf" for the Artist Visual Magazine. Out of the top 25 of those paintings "Sea Bound" made it in and will be on display at the Davis and Co Fine Art Gallery in Spring, Texas for the Rites of Spring Show. If your around, stop by and take a look at it. Oil paintings, in person, to me are always more interesting to look at. Photo's rarely do them justice.
The Rites of Spring show runs from April, 4th to May 2nd