Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Overlands


Overlands
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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A good day at Galveston is when you can catch a good wave near the jetty that's when you know your starting to have a big day. If you catch them further out chances are they are big but go mush real quick. There's a sweet spot in there where they just keep rolling on. Those rare days are the best ones though, they break further out and are big enough to keep on going. I've seen some long rides on those days. 

A Cool Night



A Cool Night
Manvel, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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This one was fun to paint. I have one more I'm working on a night time scene of some cows on Galveston Island, so check back. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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The Summer Solstice, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere, except this is a night time scene which means the Sun wasn't around, lit by the moon. That brings up the topic Astronomy, when's the last time you took a scope out to look at the stars? I started learning a little about the stars a while back, interesting for sure and fun to figure out where they are and what there names are.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eye of the Beholder


Eye of the Beholder
Manvel, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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The Halloween special, "Eye of the Beholder" sounds like a creepy movie doesn't it. This scene isn't to far from our house and I'll let you on a little secret about how I painted it on my Facebook Page. If your not already following I post things on there as well as my main facebook page on the side bar.  So to view the rest hop on over here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Warm Fire


A Warm Fire
Galveston Island, Texas
11 x 14
Oil on Linen
Randall Cogburn

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Floatie Assault



Floatie Assault
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Oh, I love this painting. You might have to pry it from my hands to get it, just kidding. I have only don'e a handful of palette knife paintings, well let's just say you could juggle them that's how many I've done out of all the oil paintings I painted. One, a long time ago sold, another not sure it's residing, and the last but not least is this one. I call it Floatie Assault, the kid wonder, not a care in the world ready to hit the waves with Moxie. Remember those day's when you were a kid with floaties. I was one, my first time to use them was at a pool party and my dad, water guy he is, had me launch off the diving board with floaties, that was cool. I will look forward to making a larger version of this painting in the future it might be a project since it will take quite a bit of paint. By the way the paint on here is thick as butter on bread, so I will definitely send instructions to the buyer to varnish it since it will take some time to properly dry. Go Floaties!! Quick poll, if it's raining at the beach have you ever got in the water, while it's raining?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Street View


Street View
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Outer Reach


The Outer Reach
Galveston Island, Texas
24 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Randall Cogburn

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Breakaway


Breakaway
Galveston Island, Texas
24 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Randall Cogburn

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Evening Hours


Evening Hours
Galveston Island, Texas
24 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Randall Cogburn

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

View at 37th



View at 37th
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 10
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Really liking these frames from King of Frame. I'm not affiliated with them, just to let you know. This frame is called the Marin Frame and they are really well built. Most of my paintings featured on the blog I post a photo with how it could look framed. If you buy one of my paintings and would like to have it framed for you I can do that also. I charge $40 plus the cost of the frame and shipping and it can be ready to hang right out of the box. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sky by Beach


Sky by Beach
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 10
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Out of all the clouds I cared to actually look at in my time, mostly my days as a painter, there was one that actually made me laugh. Forgot what it was about, but it was funny at the time. I'm still amazed that I still see clouds in ways I've never seen before. Summertime is by far the best time to see the best of the best. It wasn't to long ago, about a week or two driving down the freeway the biggest cloud I've ever seen was lit up by the sun in the most awesome way. Even the ever day, day in day out worker would agree. The depth and height and color top to bottom was immense, and the value from light to dark was wide. To bad I don't have a photographic memory to at least feed off of. Camera would have been second best, but as when most dire needs of one you don't have it, even your cell lol, and yes maybe I did run that red light or maybe I didn't...but needless to say it was to late by the time I got my hands on it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Skip


Meet Skip
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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New found subject, I know I'll be doing more of. This guy was at the end of one of the jetties, pretty windy that day. My signature on this one is top left, actually this is the first time I signed a painting on the upper side.


Live Bait


Live Bait
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Remember those new gadgets that you thought were really cool to have on your fishing trip. Like those live well pumps, you know the one's, el cheepo AA powered, the size of a walkman, had a clip and a plastic hose to run into the bucket with the little aerator attached? Here's to those times! Not sure if you still use them and it's been a while but pretty sure they still sell them. Sometimes an old fashion dunk in water will do the trick.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sandy Dunes


Sandy Dunes
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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What's the worst fear people have when they go to the beach? Mine would probably be get stuck in the sand when the beach is pretty much empty, talk about a downer. Either that or forgot shorts. True story, went to go mountain biking one day, drove 30 miles, hyped up ready to hit the trail, no shorts ahhhh!!!!... Well, my pant's turned into shorts, I was determined to ride lol. I may have looked weird hacked off blue jeans a little ragged, but at least I was riding that day.

Plein Air Workshop, Galveston Island, Texas



Great for those needing to learn the basics and those wanting to learn more and have fun doing it. I'll take you through my process of painting plein air. Then I will go around helping each individually. Location to be determined on the 4th, good chance will go to the beach but might do something different depends on weather etc. 

Try to pack light.

Bring the following:
Small sketchpad, pencil/pen
Oil paint, bring minimum of a white, yellow, red, blue. 
Odorless mineral spirits, for cleaning brushes
Brushes 3-4 total, hog hair or sable large brushes are better, 
approx. 1/2 wide, square tip, come to a good point, couple smaller brushes also.
Medium - refined linseed oil or what you use currently
2 panels or stretched canvas, any size under 11x14 is fine. 
Rag/Paper towels, couple plastic bags for trash
Disposable gloves, keep oil paint off hands
Hat, sunscreen, water, snack, chair if you need one
Umbrella for shading out bright light, but not absolute necessity

Some type of easel or pochade box with tripod, example pictured above. A weighted bag to anchor the easel or tripod helps or just a bag to put sand in. 

Date: October 4th Saturday 10am - 2pm
Meetup: Galveston Art League 10am  for Signup
Directions to the Art League.
Cost: $40




Monday, September 15, 2014

Miles of Ocean


Miles of Ocean
Galveston Island, Texas
11 x 14
Oil on Stretched Linen
Randall Cogburn

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This is probably one of my favorite seascapes I've painted so far. Loving the cloud themed paintings as they do add a lot more to the painting. I've went back to some older ways that I used to paint and added that knowledge to what I've learned so far and voila. 

Walking the Beach



Walking the Beach
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Supposedly you can find shark teeth on the beach. I haven't found any but my mom has. She liked to walk the beach looking for shells and stuff. Living in Florida she must have found lots of them. The shark teeth she found are the old ones, that have turned dark black, easy to spot in Florida's white sandy beaches, but here it's like looking for the needle in a haystack. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Set


First Set
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Waves at Galveston can get good, real good. However they don't last to long before they crumble. Every once in a while you'll get clean sets coming in but that requires some special conditions. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Sea Before Me



The Sea Before Me
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Survival Tree


The Survival Tree
8 x 10
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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I thought I'd share a painting I did recently called "The Survival Tree". The Survival Tree is a tree out in California, a lone tree on an LA mountain top, and a survivor of fires. It has became a popular place to have prayers placed near it, and was started by a daughter who's mom had breast cancer. Note the word had, that's nice to hear. The daughter's name is Paige Lewis who started "The Prayer Box" and anyone can add a prayer into it. To learn more about it visit her website here Project Prayer Box.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Hour


Last Hour
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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The Last Hour, 
by Randall Cogburn

As the sun sinks further far west
One can see a shifting light 
Across a pass onto distant shores
Lies the monuments of men
On guard, with two swords.

Before the sun takes sight
They withdraw, Shore up 
And light, Spiraling fires   
An astounding hour leaves
A Shore so true well into the night. 




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Surf or No Surf


Surf or No Surf
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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A little different take on this painting with some abstract thrown in the mix. Ever have those days you are set out to do something and even if the circumstances are not in your favor you do it anyway? Surf or No Surf, I'm going anyway. 

I've been surprised by doing this and it turned out great, even when the surf cast was to be chop suey, I hanged out for about hour and the surf straightened up into some nice clean clear sets. I was the only one out, but not for long.  

A Busy Scene


A Busy Scene
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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I'm having a lot of fun painting this scenes. Summer time toward Fall we have the best clouds as the weather churns them up and they grow big a puffy. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On Course



On Course
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Coburn

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Out from Within


Out from Within
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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I wonder how many wave a per day crash on the beach, or in other words, roll up the beach, wash up it etc. What about big surf days versus little surf days do you think it's the same number of waves rolling up the beach? Interesting thought, I thought. I'll take a sum what guess at it. I'm thinking a wave every 2 seconds, so that makes it 30 waves a minute. Ok hold on let me get the calculator out.... so that's 1800 per hour and finally 43,200 waves in a day. Wow that would be a lot of waves. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flying By


Flying By
Galveston Island, Texas
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Where there's seagulls or other seabirds circling around in an area there's sure to be fish around. Especially around a shrimp boat, they love those boats. Shrimp, fish and scraps for the pickings. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Offshore



Offshore
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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I've only been offshore a handful of times. Twice in Key Largo Florida snorkeling the John Pennekamp State Park and one or two times here at Galveston fishing. I have been in the gulf in a kayak about 100 yds offshore once and was fun to bob up and down in the waves. Dolphins or Porpoises, not sure which, but they do like to play around Galveston and I've seen them in the ship channel before. I had two pop up about four feet away from the kayak, now how cool is that? I felt like I was in a National Geographic Special. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Uncalm Sea



Uncalm Sea
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Seascapes are back, will be doing a bunch this month. 47th Jetty and some nice waves.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Clear Surf



Clear Surf
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Lately the surf has kicked up a notch at Galveston so I'll be doing more seascapes this month and throw in some other painting also, like cows etc. Sometimes it gets clear at Galveston, you just have to have the right combination of weather patterns, one is a good stretch of no rain, the other is calm days and then a good push of some offshore swells and a high tide make for some interesting days. If you really want to see some good clear water in Texas you must take a trip to Chorpus Christi, and South Padre Island. Freeport can get good and so can Matagorda and Rockport. The further north you go of South Padre Island the more shallow it gets to the coast and that means more sand in the water. Other than that a trip to Florida would be a good one. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shore Break


Shore Break
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Ever have sunburn so bad when you were a kid from playing out in the surf or beach to long? I did, oohh it was bad. I was on one of those lounge float deals and we were a place at the beach I don't remember to much about. It did have a dock and a roof type hut out the end and we spent the day out there fishing. I lucked up and caught the biggest flounder, I mean big but also got the burn real bad. When your out having fun at the beach it's all to easy to get sunburn. 

The Flats



The Flats
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Some parts of Galveston Island have some pretty big beaches, lots of sand and this part, which is the south end has probably the second biggest area. The North side I think has plenty more but this spot has the dunes.

On a nice windy day or somewhat windy day you can sail those sand buggies with sails. My dad built one a long time ago and I can remember riding it around in the sand, lot of fun. I don't think we rode on this are of the island we mostly rode on the North side. On a side note my dad was friends of one of the guys who first built one of the first sandrails in Texas and quite possibly the first sandrail in Texas. He helped him build his and then built his own and of course added a VW engine to it. On his he added the roll bar and yes it climbed the dunes in Matagorda lot of fun that was but I was to little to drive it at the time, only ride. So this painting goes out to all who enjoy the beach days and playing in the sand. The Flats, 8x8 Oil on Panel, Galveston Island, Texas near San Luis Pass.