Monday, February 13, 2012

Morning and Afternoon Studies

Morning Light Pattern   9x12    oil
Our plein air group went out on Saturday to paint at a beautiful hill country site just west of Johnson city named The Preserve at Walnut Springs.  Entrance is by appointment only, and thanks to the initiative of our president, Johnnie Sielbeck , we had a wonderful day painting in a target rich environment.

This first painting was done around 9:30 in the morning.  The Preserve is a 2000 acre ranch encompassing an absolutely gorgeous piece of the Texas Hill Country.  The place is a smorgasbord of varied painting possibilities.  I decided to just pull over, set-up and get with it.  There was just a bit of morning haze left, and I was painting almost facing the light as it rose above the hill just to the right.  Besides the interesting shadow linking I enjoyed trying to catch the atmospheric haze and freshness of the day.
Hill Country February    9x12    oil
We stopped for lunch, and visited in the clubhouse until the afternoon light began to cast it's spell on the landscape.  After a quick tour of the elevated portion of the ranch, I selected this hilltop view with a grove of oaks.  The light was behind and to my left illuminating everything in a beautiful golden light.  The sky was filled with an over-running pattern of high, thin, peach and rose tinted clouds against delicate blue.  Both of these studies leave me wanting to take them to the easel for larger versions.  I'll show them when that happens.

1 comment:

  1. What great work Jimmy! You've done such a wonderful job capturing the natural beauty of the 1,500 acres of open space that runs throughout the Preserve. I think it's fantastic that you can pull off the side of the road and capture a landscape as great as these. We look forward to seeing you in the future!
    Jasmin Arpin- Marketing Manager
    The Preserve at Walnut Springs