Monday, January 31, 2011

Red Poppies

Red Poppies... Roxanne Spradlin... acrylic... 18 x 24
Red Poppies is an abstract study I recently painted in preparation for a large commission. 5' x 3' to be exact. Which is now hanging in a lovely home nearby. It was a nice experience and appreciate, designer friends Marsha and Christy, for presenting the opportunity.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Walk On

This was a challenge bigger 'n Texas for me . . . it's gone
through many iterations (such a non-cowboy word) over
two weeks and it's still not close to my intention but couldn't
not meet the deadline. It's a subject I'll revisit . . .

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Lone Star Cowboy" by Ann Rogers

8 x 10
oil on hardboard
This cowboy painting now resides in New Mexico, one of our bordering states, so he didn't travel too far from home!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LONGHORN RANCHER by Angela Elledge

8x8 oil on canvas panel
I met Kermit several years ago while visiting home one summer. My brother had kept a newspaper article for me about a man who had left his successful career to return home to SW Louisiana and begin a career as a longhorn cattleman. I boldly called him and explained that I was interested in photographing his longhorn cattle for future paintings. We had 3 cameras working and took well over 800 and shoot, edit later...what did we do before digital photography? Not only did I leave Kermit's ranch with an abundance of material for paintings, but he would not let us leave without a huge bag filled with an assortment of longhorn steaks! If you've never been to Louisiana, you're missing out on meeting some of the kindest people around.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Texas Cowboy

This is not my best effort, as I do not yet do much figure painting. But I wanted to get it posted before the end of the month. Cowboys are fun to paint, though, and I hope to do some more. There are plenty of them around here - real cowboys and the drugstore type too.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Green Yucca by Nancy Medina

Green Yucca by Nancy Medina
Palette Knife/Oil on Canvas

I've been trying to come up with an appropriate painting for the Cowboy Up theme this month, and then I remembered my yucca, which most assuredly at some point in its bloom had a cowboy ride by, don't you think? I fell in love with these giant plants when I started making my sojourns down to Fredericksburg to deliver art to The Good Art Company Gallery a few years ago. They have the brightest white blossoms at the top, and seem to be the favorite entryway plant for all of the driveways of the Hill Country, next to the cactus and rocks.

Hello, Cupcake! by Carol Morgan

Decided a while ago to paint a single large cupcake with LOTS of impasto! The frosting sticks out about 3/4 of an inch and I'm sure it will take forever to thoroughly dry! It was a lot of fun and would be perfect for a kitchen, girly girl's bedroom, or a playroom. It is just a light piece of fluff!
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Burger by Kirk Witmer

12" x 12"
Oil on masonite

Before you ask "where's the cheese?" ... This is a hamburger, not a cheeseburger. (I was all out of cheese that day.) Some folks have told me this painting makes them hungry. I can't imagine why.... :)

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Surfin' Rodeo by Mitzi Easley

Surfin' Rodeo by Mitzi Easley
11x14, oil on panel, nfs
Texas cowboys don't just ride horses. I spied these last summer on the Port Aransas beach and knew immediately I would love painting their gesture, reflections, and yes, those hats.

Pamela's Shed Door - Kirk Witmer

6" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel

A friend has this really interesting door on a stone shed behind her home. I just love her security system. Ain't nobody gettin' in there as long as that rock is where it is! :)

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Lil' Dude" by Gwen Bell

5x8" oil on canvas panel nfs

This was painted from one of my favorite
photos of my son , Michael. He was about
2 1/2 and idolized his Grandpa who always
wore a hat and boots. He's 36 now but I
still see this sweet little boy when I look at him.

COWBOY UP ... HAT by Linda Popple

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

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The January challenge for Some Texas Artists Like To Paint is Cowboy Up. This term originated in the rodeo. When a cowboy was ready to leave the stall it was yelled, "Cowboy Up!" From there it has come to mean that when life is tough, you don't complain and whine, but you pick yourself up and keep going.

This hat reminds me of my grandfather (we called him Dad) who was a rancher in Gustine, Texas. Dad wore a white Stetson (this hat is not a Stetson). He had difficult times in his life. Work was hard and he took his responsibilities seriously. Dad was a respected and loved person. "Cowboy Up" was not in his venacular, but believe me he did "Cowboy Up" every time a problem crossed his path.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Taos Pueblo 1929 - Kirk Witmer

16" x 20" - Oil on canvas
16" x 20" - Giclee on canvas available

This was inspired by an Ansel Adams photograph, so of course I had to make up all the colors from out of my head, but it was the perfect tool for an exercise in getting the values right.
When I had the original digitzed for reprinting I was told "yellows are the hardest colors to get right in printing", but I'd say the reprints are right on the money.

Hay 4 Sale - Kirk Witmer

6" x 8 - Oil on canvas panel

This is another from my "Hwy 95" series done from a photo taken on "The Great Sausage Expedition". The photo was taken at Latitude 30.371885/Longitude-97.371178 which puts it not far south of Taylor, TX. I've been interested more and more in things that repeat themselves in an image and when I saw this row of haybales I thought "Yep, that'll do just fine."

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sharon Hodges: Cowboy on 'Donut with Sprinkles', 36x36x2

Greetings, friends, Sharon Hodges here. I am new to this blog, and this is my first post. Our topic this month is 'cowboy up', so here is my offering......
I totally love the rodeo...the cowboys, the animals, the characters in the stands, the kids, the clowns, the whole big, crazy spectacle. I especially love the odd names of the bulls, and this one is no exception. Eight seconds is a lifetime if you are on the back of a really agitated, massive bull like this one. The cowboy did not win this engagement, but he gave it a great ride.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dying Oak - Kirk Witmer

6"x8" - Oil on canvas panel

This was painted from a photo I took back in October when a buddy and I went on a "Sausage Expedition" to buy the necessities for his retirement celebration. It's a view from Hwy 95, not far north of Elgin, and south of Taylor, Texas. We bought sausage in both towns and they were distinctly different. The jury's still out on which one's better. ;)
This piece will be among my offerings on my eBay store, but I've decided for several reasons to postpone its opening until probably February.

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01/11/11 Just a Little "Wanna-be" by Carol Morgan

As a little girl, I wanted to be Roy Rogers! This painting is sort of a self portrait of me when I was 4 or 5. I loved to dress up and pretend, even then I had a marvelous imagination, to be Roy, Dale or even Gabby Hayes! Evidently my father got a kick our of it because he took this picture one morning when I was in my flannel pj's and awaiting my favorite show!
This is my entry for Cowboy Up -- hope you enjoyed it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dipped N Vip by Kay Wyne

Dipped N Vip
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
12" x 16"
This painting is dedicated to my nephew, Casey Settles. I used a 2008 photograph of him and Dipped N Vip (yes, that is the horse's name) as a reference for this contemporary oil painting. The brush strokes are loose and don't have much of detail. The photograph I was using was taken indoors, but I put Casey and the horse outdoors. I am told that Dipped N Vip is a very special horse, and it is owned by Black Hawk Community College, located in Illinois. He is very handsome and had great colors. Casey is a student at West Texas A & M, and captain of the Equestrian Team. We will go see him at the Inter-Collegiate Horse Show and Regionals in Gainesville, Texas next month. (I can't wait to take some great pictures!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cowboy Up....way up!

"The Foundling"
16x20, oil on canvas panel

I didn't plan it this way, but the look on the calf's face seems to say "Huh? How'd I get up here?"

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cowboy Up

Ok, here I am on my West Texas ranch, surveying the land. Storm a' comin.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Time to Cowboy Up by Texas Artist Kay Wyne

Time to Cowboy Up
Oil on 48" x 24" Gallery Wrap Canvas
Currently hanging at Dutch Art Gallery
This painting has changed so much since I started it.....and it has been through alot, just like a cowboy. My reference for Time to Cowboy Up was my nephew Casey Settles...trying to put his chaps on for a horse show. I wanted to do more with the fringe, but was afraid that I might over-paint it. I left the chaps with some wide brush strokes...did not want to paint it all in. Thanks for viewing this blog and the art on it. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting. Have a great day!!! 214-532-0325

Restive Lake - Kirk Witmer

Oil on canvas panel - 6" x 8"
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Finally getting back into the swing of things now that the new year is here. The holidays really mess me up schedule-wise but I guess that's true for a lot of folks. For me it seems like it's about a six week or so interruption to getting anything done.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rodeo Time by Kay Wyne

Rodeo Time
30" x 30" Oil on Gallery Wrap
I hope that the painting speaks for it's a sense of motion, color,
energy and excitement. Have an artful day!!!! Kay

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cowboy Up by Kay Wyne

Cowboy Up
Contemporary Oil Painting
24" x 24" on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting was inspired from a photograph that I took of my nephew, Casey...taken about a year ago. He was getting ready to ride in a competition, and my camera caught him putting his chaps on. He need alot of help because they were very tight, and had to have two people working on those chaps. The rodeo arena was in the background, but I wanted it to be abstract and only a suggestion of the fence and the ground. I used oil sticks and oil paints with my wide brushes. I had alot of fun with this painting, and I might start a cowboy series. I love this month's subject matter!!! Thanks for viewing. Kay

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Texas Cowboys" by Ann Rogers

8 x 10
oil on gessoed hardboard

Our January theme is "cowboy up" and these guys are sending Happy New Year greetings from Texas!