Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grace Ranch Longhorn

10x8" Acrylic on canvas panel
$35 (email me at teveman2@yahoo.com)

A few weekend ago, I was helping my uncle out at Grace Ranch and taking reference photos for longhorn paintings.  Just before I left, this longhorn bull stopped and posed just right.  This is a study for a future larger  painting.  You can see the reference photo I took here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Farm to Market Views

6x8" Acrylic on canvas panel
Just past the exit to Engle, TX, I see a big traditional style red barn my way out to the ranch on FM2238.  I added a few modifications to help with the design, but you'd recognize the barn, trees and fenced in area right away. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Waipu Cove

6x8" Acrylic on canvas panel
This scene of Waipu Cove in New Zealand, was painted in an online workshop on how to paint more loosely.  It was also timely, because I was supposed to be aboard the Carnival Triumph ship destined for the Caribbean. That cancelled and now has waste running over the decks (yuck). I needed something clean, loose and beechy. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fer Rent, Purty Views

6x8" Acrylic on canvas panel (sold)

Every time I turn onto Gebert Dr in Muldoon, TX, I see the most patched up, dilapidated, rickety barn, but it has a million-dollar view.  As an artist, I had to put a "Fer Rent" sign on it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Texas Country Highways

6x8" Acrylic on canvas panel
When leaving Weimar, TX down old Holman Highway, this view is unmistakable.  Seeing the huge oak, windy road and the Texas Highway sign...it composed itself.  I just painted. The reference picture is here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ol' Muldoon, TX Church

6x8" Acrylic on canvas panel
This is an old church in Muldoon, TX, which had it's peak population of 200 in the 1940's. This is part of the remnants of the booming metropolis.  Still, the steeple stands tall and almost straight.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nature's Song

12 x 16" Oil on canvas panel
This is a fall painting I've worked on for quite a while. It a scene similar to what you'd see at Dana Peak Park in Central Texas overlooking Belton Lake with Whitetail deer. 

Sunset at Tyler State Park

8x6" Acrylics on canvas panel
Here's another one from a picture I took a few years back kayaking at Tyler State Park and stashed into the "must paint" folder. It was very tempting to tighten up and try to blend the clouds, but then I stepped back and it just had a crisp pop to it I didn't want to lose! 

Monday, January 14, 2013

"Dozing Off"

6x8" Acrylic (sold)
I caught a picture of this little brown and white longhorn calf on my uncle's ranch last spring. It was just about to nod off near the fence when I drove by (Read more...).

Late Afternoon at Nolan Creek

8x10 Acrylic on canvas panel
About a week ago, I headed down with the painting gear to Nolan Creek.  The afternoon sun was just right lighting up the grasses really highlighting the tree in the foreground. (Read more ...)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"I O U Ranch"

6x8" Oil on canvas panel
There's an old, crusty and absolutely cool, artsy mailbox down the road.  Had to paint it! You can read more in the blog post: here if you want to. There's no bluebonnets or red blankets now, but it just seemed right to add it in. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

"Misty Morning"

9x12" Acrylic on canvas panel
If you visit Beason Park (Columbus, TX) early in the morning, you might get lucky and see the Colorado River with a thick fog. It was so thick when I painted it, the acrylics that normally dry within a minute after brushing it on had problems with being too wet and dripping!  That was a challenge.  I think this really caught the misty feel with the barely noticeable house in the distance across the river.  This placed third in the plein air competition at the Columbus Folk Fest 2012. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Ed Sandoval's Studio Car"

8x10" Acrylic
I finally revisited and finished a painting done at the famous painter Ed Sandoval's Studio in Toas, NM of an old, rusted car sits out in front. While painting, he rode out on his Stallion in a Zorro outfit and said, "I'm headed into town. I'll be back in a while".  Fun day, and great subject.  I even got a thumbs up by Ed on this painting!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"It'll Do"

10x8 Acrylic on canvas panel
This is a painting from this summer. While going up to a workshop at the Amarillo Art Institute, I passed through several small towns in the Texas Panhandle. Those folks have a great personality! (Blog article here).  I think it captured the feel of the trip nicely with a small town wave from the It'll Do Motel.