|The Garden Child|
8 x 10
oil on canvas
|Olivette and I painting at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford.|
|One of Dennis's great landscapes.|
|Four of John's great still lifes|
Not all the members were there this time. Those present were, Blair and his wife, a friend of theirs, John Cook, Dennis Farris, Beatriz Welsh, Darnell Jones, Nancy Boren and me. Blair and Janell fixed a great breakfast including fresh Parker County Peaches.
John getting ready to share a larger painting.
There was a lot of really great art to look at. One of the things that makes it so great is that they all have very different styles but they are all very talented. John Cook brought the most paintings, two large partings and four small ones. Nancy brought five, Dennis brought three, I brought two paintings and a sculpture, and everyone else shared one painting. One of the topics was information on painting from old art books. Nancy told about one from England, that talked about how when an artist goes out to paint they should find a "rustic" to carry their materials when painting outdoors. Blair had a great old book from his grandfather from the 1920s. It said that to create a great painting took two artist, one to paint it, and one to "kill him" before he over painted it. This was the author's way of talking about the universal problem of overworking a painting.
|Blair and Janell's patio, it reminds me of a view in New Mexico.|
|Scout on my patio where I did some of my sculpting and painting.|
Sunday I worked at home on my sculptures and paintings on my patio, accompanied by my studio assistant Scout. My friend Tosca had told me about an old British mystery called Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers. It is about a group of plein air painters, one of whom gets murdered, on a painting trip in Scotland. I had ordered this from Ebay and started reading it today. I'm also reading a book on the art of Maynard Dixon. Lastly I did quite a bit of yard work.
|Me painting the picture I posted at the top of this blog.|
|T.K. painting behind where I was set up.|
|Tosca painting on a park bench in the gardens.|
|Candy painting a floral painting|
|A grazing bison at the Fort Worth Nature Center.|
|Bison in the shade at the nature center.|