Thursday, September 26, 2013

TOO PICKY!_Cactus Cluster

Cactus Cluster 
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
9x12 oil on canvas panel

An early morning hike into Pedernales Falls State Park took me wandering all around the river bed, and up the cliffs on either side.  I was getting worn out and discouraged.  I just couldn't get settled on what I wanted to paint.  "Too Picky!", I decided. So, I just stopped where I was and set-up to paint.  Then, I picked up my little viewfinder and began to scan the landscape for a small view where there was dramatic light falling on some varied forms, instead of looking for "the right thing".

It's easy to fall into the trap of looking for "things" instead of beautiful shapes, colors, and contrasts.  I had to paint fast, because the light changes quickly early in the morning, but I got 'er done.  

Jimmy Longacre
Paintbox & Easel
contemporary impressionist landscape artist

River's Edge Gallery Kerrville TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX
Austin Street Gallery Rockport TX

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


My "River Canyon" painting was reviewed by Plein Air Magazine – OutdoorPainter        

I had just delivered this painting, and eight others, to my newest gallery, River's Edge Gallery, in Kerrville, Texas, when I was contacted by Plein Air magazine for permission to publish my painting and write an article on it.

Always interesting to learn what others think you've done in your painting!   :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Coastal Getaway    11x14   oil on canvas panel
It was a great summer, and I had a lot of fun painting to keep up with my gallery in Rockport, Texas  ( Austin Street Gallery ).

This one was one of my favorites.  Every now and then something just jumps out and says, "Paint me!"  I was attracted to these two boats in morning sun against the shadow of the harbor building where they wait to make their getaway out onto the Gulf of Mexico.  Everything needed to make a fun design was right there  waiting to be arranged.

The colors throughout are a play on the harmony and contrasts of the primary red and blue of the boat hulls.