Just like to share some exciting news. Two paintings I entered in The Rites of Spring Show for 2014 have been juried into the top 100 and one painting was juried into the Davis & Company Art Gallery for the actual showing of The Rites of Spring. Here are the paintings below.
These guys were grazing near a road called 8 Mile on Galveston Island, Texas. Nearby is a group of trees I will tell you about in a minute. On family trips we used to go fishing a lot at 8 mile or what others might call Sportsmans road, which is off of 8 mile. At the end of Sportsmans road there's a nice place to wade out to some salt grass areas to fish. Caught my first Red Fish there and Speckled Trout but not my first Flounder. Thats another story involving a sunburn, a floatie raft, and a toy fishing real. Back to the group of trees. Everytime we drove by these tree's I've always wandered if that's wear Jean Laffite buried his treasure. It just might have been. Ever been treasure hunting?
One of the many beach access roads along Galveston Island and Freeport, Texas. The fog is just starting to lift. The drive down the coast from Galveston it became progressively worse at times the traffic had to really slow down.
A view of the Gulf of Mexico looking under the San Luis Pass Toll Bridge on the Freeport side during a fog bank that kept coming in by the minute. The seagulls didn't mind a bit, life as usual. I was watching a group of gulls bobbing around and what might have been a shark came thrashing through getting some grub.
San Luis Pass, Freeport Texas. This view is from the Freeport side of the pass. San Luis Pass has a big toll bridge that goes from Galveston Island to the Freeport side. On this day it was a bit foggy and the local Seagulls were having a ball.
Had a chance to get back down to Galveston and lucked up with some unbelievable fog rolling in. After about ten minutes at the Sea Wall I took a trip down to East Beach to see what was going on then as I head back down the beach it completely engulfed the Seawall and I was barely able to see the surf. What made it interesting was the sun was beaming bright which lit up a lot of areas.
The Pleasure Pier is a fun park with ferrous wheels and fun and games. The small pier at the end used to be a fishing pier but no longer since the last Hurricane rendered it useless. The Flagship Pier is what this pier used to be called, with a big Hotel on top. Surfers used to jump off it and you can imagine from the looks is a pretty big drop.
Starting another series which I think I can make a long one out this series and have plenty of ideas to bounce around. This is the first of first so grab it while you can. This is sort of an illustration type painting getting my kicks for some illustration type work. The girls is hand painted, no sketch to lay in the lines, it's all free hand.
Besides really liking the sea, I'm mostly surrounded by landscape with farms. I'm sort of on the border between rural and town. Truly a nice place to live I really have no negatives other than it's so darn flat here and I wish I lived where the terrain had a lot of interesting views but I make do. Here's a view of some trees in a distant field near wear I live. Got to love the landscape. Another Winter light scene. I was going to add a cow in this one but I was reminded of not overdoing a scene if it would weaken the composition and the overall appeal of the painting. Have fun where ever you are!!
Having some fun painting squarescapes, lol. Don't know why I choose the square format, just do. Maybe because it's easier to cut my panels in one size?? I do like the landscape format though don't get me wrong. I do find that in a landscape format you do have more room for designing the composition with a little more leeway for the sweet spots. The square format tends to narrow down and focus in on a subject more and says " Here it is, check me out!! I'll show you some stuff but let's not forget what I'm really pointing out here." Of course, the same can be done in landscape format it's just more space though.
There's many places around Manvel to paint from. I'll make it my goal to paint more places this year. I am noticing places are changing, land selling, and people building. It makes me wish I had the money to buy up land to keep it from being subdivided and houses built. So the landscape changes.....
Recently, a crew of pipeline workers paved way right through some fields and basically dug it all up and filled it back over again. Then later on in the year another one going through, geesh. Also a lot of farmland going to housing developments, like communities. They are bigger land properties but still it's being carved up. Sad to see. Used to drive around enjoy the countryside, and now, probably within couple so years, all you will see is houses everywhere. Why? Probably the farmland not able to make a profit, so the farmers sell out and developers come in and by the land and try to make profits of getting people to build on them. Families who've own land for years, getting older, or passing on, now being divided up.
This view is not to far from the house and a frequent scene on my bike route, a favorite ride with some twists and turns. As far as I know this is the hay for the winter for some cows on the property. Not sure how long it will last. The tree in the background I think is a Brazilian Peppercorn tree from what I've heard locals say. They seem to be everywhere, especially along fence lines. Not native, that's for sure. Worth anything? Maybe for wildlife. I think woodpeckers like them heard one yesterday across the street pecking on one.
That brings me to another topic I'd like to bring up. Native Trees. What type of native tree do you have in your yard? We have a Sycamore nice big one, love those trees. A couple acorns and a Bald Cypress out back. That's about it for today. If you have a non native tree, chop it and plant a native. Go Native!!
Lucky me! Got a chance to paint Surfer/Model Erica Hosseini. You never know where she will be surfing next. Here's an extra tidbit I thought was interesting, she digs Seinfeld, lol. Gotta love those laughs.