"Mountain Skies" 8 inch X 8 inch oil on canvas panel
I painted this from a photo of our trip to Wyoming. I need to practice trees some more.
My husband and I drove to Fredericksburg on Sunday, which is about an hour from San Antonio, a nice Sunday drive. When I was growing up, folks would take Sunday drives, but I don't think anyone does that much anymore. The daily commute for my family members gives most of them all the driving they want to do every week. But since I've retired, I don't have to commute any more, so I enjoy driving places with my husband.
Fredericksburg is an old German settlement, with lots of old buildings that have been restored and turned into cute shops and galleries. I especially wanted to visit the Good Art Company gallery, because Ruth Andre had blogged that she had some paintings accepted there. I've seen her work online, but was glad to have the chance to see some of them in person. She paints beautiful horses!
Also in the gallery were paintings by Nancy Medina. I was delighted to see her beautiful florals in person. I've never met either artist, but follow both online, so I had this feeling of connection to the art and artists.
We also visited a gallery called Insight Gallery. It was a thrill to see works by Scot Burdick. He has written about and has a youtube video on "The Banishment of Beauty", the clash between representational art and abstract art. I remember watching his video several years ago, so I was excited to see some of his paintings.
Works by Quang Ho and Scot Christensen are being featured by Insight Gallery for the month of October. Quang's works are vivid and exciting. However, the highlight of my day was an enormous landscape by Scot Christensen. (Click on the link and then click on Gallery to see a slide show of some of his paintings.) He paints in wonderful muted colors with beautiful strong brushstrokes. I could have looked at that painting all day.
I have only become aware of Christensen within the past month, and I wonder how could I not have known? I feel sort of the same way as when I learn a new word, and then I find out everyone else has been using that word all along. Girl, he's famous! I plead ignorance.
The painting was offered at $52,000. My husband asked me how he could charge so much for his paintings. My answer was that his talent is that rare.