Sunday, October 9, 2011

Texas Hill Country

When Blue Skies Turn Gray
oil on canvas
8 x 10
   I went down to the Texas Hill Country this weekend to take a sculpture down to the Insight Gallery for their Christmas show and to attend the opening of the two man show of Scott Christianson and Quang Ho. There is so much to see in this region and in addition to the activities in the gallery I intended to do a couple of paintings or studies but it began to rain almost as soon as I started and the rain was very persistent. But considering that we need it so badly I'm not going to complain at all. The one I started was of a field with some Angus cattle in it under cloudy skies. I worked on it until the rain became too much for me.
A small herd of bison.

One of the things I love about this area  is all of the wildlife. There are thousands of deer in the area as well as bison, longhorns, sheep, goats and exotic animals like zebra, black buck antelopes, camels, and other animals from around the world. These of course provide so much inspiration for wildlife and animal artists.

I found a bit of fall color but not much. Like the rest of the state most of the plants that were green and are not any more have changed color because they are dieing from the drought not because of cooler temperatures.
Fredericksburg house.

Another Fredericksburg House
Fredericksburg is such a great little town. It was founded long ago by German settlers. One of the interesting features of it is the architecture of the houses. Some of them are Sunday houses. These were small houses built by the farmers of the area  for their families to use on the weekends when they came into town for church. These are mostly built of stone and native timber and they were built to last.
An old barn at the Sauer Beckerman Living History Farm

Sheep on the farm

An old wagon at the farm.
So much of our state's history has been lovingly preserved in this area, much to the appreciation of artists from across Texas. There are old farm houses, barns, farm animals, wind mills, wagons, and views of great natural beauty everywhere one looks. As usual I came back with lots of reference photos. I have a lot to tell about events at the gallery but I will save that for another post.


  1. Your painting tells a beautiful story of the rain coming! And it is so very welcome!!

    Your photographs and information are also welcome!

  2. Excellent painting, Doug. The bisons just added to this beautiful landscape. Great pictures..especially that old barn at the Sauer Beckerman Farm. Love it.!! Glad you Texans are getting some rain..great news.

  3. Thank you both very much. Actually the animals in my painting are Angus cattle. I shouldn't have posted a photo of bison right under it.

  4. Very much like the glow you captured in Grey Skies. You have some great reference photos here.

  5. Nice painting. Great sense of distance.