Michelle Burnett's challenge "Following the Masters" called for flowers. OK, flowers it is. And not just any ole stinkin' posies....but genuine Texas Wildflowers. And not just any Texas Wildflowers, but wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country.
And...if you're interested... the top left red one is Indian Paintbrush. The top right blue is the Texas bluebonnet. The center is Firweel or Indian Blanket. The left yellow is Greenthread., the center pink is Drummond's Phlox and the bottom right is Winecup. And they are all truly gorgeous.
Three more additions to my hummingbird ACEO series are shown below...
I've also begun a series of ACEOs featuring the birds of Texas, and the first little tweeters of that series are shown below. Texas really has some incredibly beautiful little feathered friends, so this will be a long series. In the works are series of Texas wildflowers, Texas butterflies, Texas Wildlife and Texas Beer Cans.
While on the ACEO subject, I'm doing these on Foamboard. Aside from being quite inexpensive and lightweight, Hobby Lobby cuts em to size for practically nothing. I've researched foamboard and it is extremely durable and paint receptive (I paint the edges and back and sign the back with info, and spray the whole thing with 3 coats of Kamar varnish.). I like foamboard for 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 also. Whatt do ya think? Does it lessen the value of the painting by being so lightweight or, because it only costs about a third of a cent per square inch is it the best thing since sliced peanut butter? Also I'm charging $15 or $20, depending on how good-looking the lady is buying it ($25 for guys). Is this price in line? Since living for the past 3 years in a country where cigarettes are $1,25 a pack and coffee 2.50 a pound, I'm still in cultural price shock here in the U. S.
TEXAS PAINT OUT
I was organizing a paint out for August at Wenmohs ranch in Cypress Mill, Texas. Over the past week or so, I have been informed that August is usually hotter than July (which I knew already, but I'm a slow learner) so, unless we wanted our artwork "kiln-dried" it might be better to schedule the paint-out when it gets cooler. And not so danged dry. The Wenmohs Bunkhouse Gallery is sooooooo nice and picturesque, but right now the whole Texas Hill Country is like Death Valley.
THERE ARE SOME GREAT PAINTINGS ON WTTW DOG CHALLENGE.. AND I AIN'T JUST WOOFIN!!!!!! Click HERE to see em.
Thought for the blog: They say money talks. All it ever tells me is "Goodbye"
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