Carolyn and I have had a great time on our mini vacation at the Matagorda Nature Park. It is a great place to camp and take in the sun and beach. I have taken a lots of pictures of sea birds and boats running down the Colorado River. Some of the pictures look good enough to run prints from. I know some will be used for paintings. We will leave this
place of paradise tomorrow and go back to work to get ready for the next art show, which will be in Kerrville, Texas next month. This evening, we will walk the beach!
A’s House is my latest commission painting for Terry, a friend I met at an arts and craft show. The painting was done in oils using a reference photo he gave me to work from. I painted the scene on a 12 by 16 inch gallery wrapped canvas with the edges painted black. When the painting dried, I shipped it to Terry in a wooden crate with padding to protect the painting. He sent me a picture where it is being proudly displayed and an email that made my day!
“Just wanted to let you know we just opened the package and are in awe of your masterpiece. It is just like standing at the old home place of my Mother and Uncles. We had so many good times there and all I have to do is look at your painting and relive all those wonderful memories.
I am impressed at the care you took to make sure it arrived unharmed.”
If you are interested in getting your picture turned into a painting, please send me an email for evaluation and I will get back to you promptly. (I reserve the right to turn down a commission submittal)
I finished a study of this Sandhill Crane today. It was a nice challenge to place a macro photograph subject with a realistic background which came out of my imagination. The marsh and pond with reflections worked out fine to push the subject forward. I want to thank my great photographer friend Gary for allowing me to use his photo for the painting.
The acrylic painting is on an 8 by 10 inch canvas with edges painted black. The bright red color of the bird’s head in this setting establishes instant attention. The darker pond added more contrast which required some use of color not in the reference and a small amount of reflected light to the edges of the bill. The reflections in the water is a nice touch for realism.
Sunrise Over Matagorda Bay is an original oil painting 24 inches by 48 inches
(Note that there are no man made objects in the painting!)
I finally got a good picture of my newest painting today and I changed the name to Sunrise Over Matagorda Bay. I changed the name because during the painting sessions, I was thinking back to the many fishing trips my friends and I had on Matagorda Bay. When out on the water, with the sun breaking through the darkness, one cannot help but feel the excitement of a new beautiful day being born!
I am changing my website Jimmiesart.com to make it easier to share experiences and the journey of my art. Click on recent posts at right to see all of this post. This site is still being built and I will elaborate more in future posts, but will show couple of pics here, just for fun and for the folks that already recognize my work. My paintings and my wife’s Jewelry art are for sale on our eshop website: https://bartlettpairart.com. Thankyou for checking out my new blog location. Please bookmark, as more of my work is ready to be blogged about.