A friend and I spent a week wandering around the town of Oxford, Mississippi home to the University of Mississippi and William Faulkner. While most of the scenes I painted were in oils, I decided to capture the town square in pastels. After many starts and stops, I finally finished the scene. One of the reasons that I wanted to remember the view was all the great restaurants that surround the square. We had some memorable suppers.
My Russian great-grandmother used to drink tea out of a glass like this one and I like to eat biscotti with tea, so I thought that they would make a good combination. I tried to capture the varied textures of the velvet background, the shiny metal and glass and the flowers. The flowers were the hardest part due to the narrow range of color. There is a nice contrast between the impasto flowers and the smooth vase.
On a recent plein air paintout, I spotted this scene that was too good to pass up. Cabooses are practically a thing of the past. I stopped immediately to capture this remnant of times gone by. The sun was warm with a touch of fall in the air. I enjoy capturing scenes of common locales that people often take for granted.
I'm really facinated with birds of all kinds. I enjoy trying to sculpt the vast array of colors and textures - particularly in pastel. I love watching how they interact with other birds and display their individual personalities. I can watch them for hours. I used velour mat board for this painting. It gives an especially soft feel to the feathers.
While much of north Alabama farmland is being transformed in to huge shopping and entertainment centers, cotton, soybeans, peaches, etc. still can be found growing locally. Watching the fields turn white against the brightly colored patterns of fall color is a pleasing pastime.
This is another of the plein air paintings I did in Courtland, AL. Fall colors are just starting to show, though I think it is more due to the drought we've been experiencing rather than cool weather. Fish were jumping and insects buzzing. The weather was perfect.