Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oil and Water Do Mix

The Dallas Arboretum
8 x10
oil on canvas

Me painting in the garden.

Today I went to the Dallas Arboretum with a group of oil and water color painters, hence the title.Sheri Jones, Joyce Thomas, Cecy Turner, David Tripp and Chris Toplyn were some of the painters there today. The day started out very cloudy and in fact some of my friends did not come because it was actually raining where they lived.
The view I painted.
However, those of us who made it were rewarded by a beautiful day of painting. The clouds went away and we were rewarded with blue skies and sunshine. The flowers were incredible.
My painting in front of the view I painted.
The only bad thing about the day were the crowds. I don't mind talking to people while working, but it was almost crazy how many people came up and asked to see what I was painting. I finished my first painting and started a second but I didn't finish it because by that time the interruptions were just too much. I actually had people bumping into my easel and me  in their efforts to see my canvas.
Clumps of spring flowers.
In spite of that I had a great day. It is such a beautiful place and I can not wait to go back.
Red and yellow tulips massed in huge beds.

Flowers around the big lawn.

Pastel Flowers

The Restaurant in the Garden

Beautiful Spring Flowers

This was the subject of my second painting, the one I didn't finish.


  1. Oh my goodness, Doug! These photos of the flowers are all beautiful and your painting is beautifully painted. So much details in such a small canvas...Excellent!. It definitely proved to be a nice day.

  2. Wow the painting turned out beautiful. Your photos are inspiring. It was a fun day walking among the tulips.

  3. What a beautiful spot! I know what you mean about curious onlookers,I like how you turned it around and enjoyed the day anyway!!I love how you captured the essence of place, well done!