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!
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.
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.
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!
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.