Ferns

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Looking at the ferns.
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Flowers at West Show

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Kind of slow at the moment so I sketched some flowers in Valerie’s studio while we waited for the crush of people to arrive.
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Bush

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It’s a bush.
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Succulent Leafs

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Very nice to sit in the courtyard and sketch after a crazy day. This is done in Zen Brush with my Sensu Brush.
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BeeBug

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Everything is budding out here in Austin and soon the bugs will be back. Todays sketch was a little buggy dude… I was using the SketchTime app and my Sensu Brush.
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Courtyard at Night

flexibleI was enjoying a quiet night at home with a fire and a beer and decided to try and draw our courtyard path at night. There was some moonlight and a couple of landscape lights to light the scene. Frankly this won’t be recognizable to anyone but me but I did find it challenging and enjoyable.
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Smoke Tree

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We have a fabulous smoke tree in our courtyard.
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Stacy Park Color Fields

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I snapped a photo on route to Curra’s for breakfast taco’s on Saturday. Yesterday I used that image for my daily painting. I liked just breaking the painting into color fields.
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Lizard

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This is what happens when you are really sleepy and about to close your eyes on the day, and remember that your daily painting was not done. Grab a photo from earlier in the day and paint over it. Yuck. Well at least you can see the lizard eye, right? They really do camouflage themselves well.
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Black Walnut Tree

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We spent a long weekend at my Aunt Joan’s home outside Philly this past weekend. Near her driveway is this cool (and messy, as Joan points out) black walnut tree. I love the branch that looks like an arm and elbow.
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Live Oak #5 revisited

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I wasn’t happy with the painting yesterday and went back into it. Still not so sure about it.
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Live Oak #5

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Back at the live oak again (in oil).
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Plant on the Windowsill

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It’s actually cold enough here in Austin that we needed to pull the plants in. Some of the freshly repotted succulents have made onto the studio windows and they look right at home. And for all you kickstarters visiting this was painted with the sensu brush :) I am smitten!
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Rose Bloom & Bud

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Our rose bush out front has some lovely blooms on it right now, with more to come as we are finally getting some rain here in Texas.
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Road to Somewhere

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I used to do watercolor paintings like this frequently. I would make a loose sketch in my sketchbook then after work make a bigger version with ink and watercolor/gouache.
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Eggplants and Live Oaks

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Late morning painting of the live oak next door.

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A lovely eggplant from our farmer. Looks a bit like a jelly bean with a stem... I really like the idea that jelly beans would grow on a vine :)

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The first eggplant painting.
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Fall Asters

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The fall asters are starting to bloom.
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Clouds

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Please rain.
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Izze on Red and the Front Yard

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Above: I had to try this in red. Also, gave Izze some eyes this time.
Below: is the view off our front porch. I just kept building up blocks of color on this, going from larger to smaller blocks.

Front Yard
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Riddle Road #2

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A second painting from Riddle Road, where Sam is taking archery. I painted over the Can Opener painting for this one. A rather large dead oak tree, I wondered if any owls are living in it?
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The Happy Frog

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The happy pig now has a playmate, the happy frog. Feels pretty tadpole-y. It is another plastic toy turned model.
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Leaf Disguised As a Turd

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I think the title says it all. I had set-up in the courtyard to enjoy the mild 99 degrees and paint this pretty leaf that had been sitting in the workshop. In the end it looked like it came from one. Or maybe it is John Newcombe’s mustache and it has broken free from his face and is flying home to Australia.
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Live Oak

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I really enjoyed doing the painting yesterday (Blunn Creek #3) and thought I would try doing another tree today from a previous painting (Live Oak at St. Cecilia).
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Courtyard Facing South

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I had a nice time yesterday evening hanging and painting in the courtyard with my buddy Dan. We sat out there for 2 hours or so and the temperature dropped from 96 to 92. Downright chilly.
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Purple Cone Flower

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I found a nice shady spot in the garden this afternoon and some purple cone flower which started coming up a couple of weeks ago.
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Watering Can

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This was my Mother’s watering can. i vividly remember her watering her violets and ferns with it. The can is an absolutely perfect design, really functional, your hand slides into the most comfortable spot for use. I used to know a bit of history about it, I will update as soon as I remember.
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Live Oak at St. Cecilia

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Our neighbors have some lovely live oak trees on their property. Every morning I get to look up into the canopy outside our bedroom window as the sun rises. We are told that these trees are well over two hundred years old.
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Thunderstorm

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An amazing thunderhead rolled by last night. We did not get any rain from it, but I did manage a quick sketch that I then worked over this evening. I haven’t been able to really capture how incredibly beautiful this event was, but I was exhilarated by the attempt!
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Pathway

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It was a nice warm Texas day today. I set up near one of the Mountain Laurels and looked down the pathway towards the street. The blooms of the Laurels filled the air. I love this spot in our yard. It makes such a nice transition between the front yard and the courtyard. South by Southwest ends soon :)
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Courtyard and Arrow Sign

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In the courtyard again trying to get in the painting before dinner. Liked painting but not so thrilled with the result. / In private collection
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