Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunset Brilliance by Jill Randall

Sunset Brilliance by Jill  Randall
6”x8” oil on canvas board 

This is a composite of several visual photos in my mind.  I love our Texas sunsets, our cedars, and our small streams that flow into the Brazos or Paluxy Rivers.  It is a created landscape, but that is what art is, creating.  It gives me deep satisfaction.
After reading several artists’ blogs about daily painting, my New Year’s Resolution is:  do an art related activity at least 15 minutes a day.  I have the time and there is no excuse for not doing so.  I asked my friend Sheri Jones, who paints 30 minutes every morning before going to work, to remind me of my commitment ­- and she will.   I will get the “What’s on your easel?” email and have to come up with the right response!  I am looking forward to a year of increased “brush mileage”.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fall Morning on the Brazos River, by Jill Randall

Fall Morning on the Brazos River
Jill Randall
8"x10" oil on Raymar canvas board $125 
My painting buddies, Sheri Jones and Joyce Thomas, and I spent the morning painting on the Brazos River in Pecan Plantation near Granbury, Texas. Most of the fall leaves were gone, but the fall grasses were outstanding. It was a still morning with no wind which is unusual in Texas. The water was dark and served as a mirror to reflect the scenery. With temperatures in the upper 60’s, it was one of those timeless days that was unusually mild and so perfect for the first week of December.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Garden Cat by Jill Randall

Garden Cat by Jill Randall
6"x6" oil
BC (Bad Cat) was my dear friend's wonderful cat that loved to sit in the irises.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Plein Air Cat

Plein Air Cat by Jill Randall
                                                                   6”x6” oil on canvas
After a delightful conversation with Judy Mackey, ( ) concerning her charming paintings of feet and her whimsical angel paintings. I decided I needed some whimsy in my paintings.
I had this little 6”x6” abstract fall painting that needed something more. I decided to add my wonderful Siamese cat that was such a wonderful companion that we still miss. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall on the Brazo by Jill Randall

Fall on the Brazo

Jill Randall

9”x12” oil on Canvas Panel

I started this painting when I went out on a lovely day to paint Plein Air with Sheri Jones and Joyce Thomas on the Brazo in Pecan Plantation. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get the painterly look I envisioned. Guess I took too long of a vacation from painting this summer! Finally I got out my palette knife. It seems like I have spent way too much paint time on this painting, but I am somewhat satisfied with it now. Several times I almost wiped the canvas clean except I really did like the grasses in the foreground. It was the background that was not working. I finally went back through some older photos of the Brazo River as references. I wanted to capture the fall colors which are just now beginning to show.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lizz by Jill Randall

Lizz by Jill Randall
10”x20” Pastel on Paper
Once a month a group of seven artist meet on a Saturday to draw from a model.  Each artist pays $20 for the day which goes towards hiring the model. It is a wonderful opportunity to draw from a live model.
Jill Randall

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fall on the Anchor River, Alaska by Jill Randall

Fall on the Anchor River, Alaska by Jill Randall
5"x7"  Pastel
This small pastel is of the Anchor River which is a famous salmon river. I took this photo last fall when the cottonwood and birch trees turn yellow gold. The fireweed and grasses add reds and oranges. The evergreen spruce trees add the greens and smoky blues. Fall is always a lovely season in Alaska.
We are back in Texas after a two week drive down through western Canada and down through the central west part of the U.S. My husband and I enjoyed camping in the National and State parks in Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Now that I am back in Texas, I look forward to painting the Fall colors here.
Jill Randall

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Snug Harbor Retort Canners

Snug Harbor Cannery Retorts by Jill Randall
Oil on Raymar Panel 8”x 10”
Snug Harbor, Chisik Island Alaska
Snug Harbor Cannery stopped canning salmon about 40 years ago. These retorts are huge canners that have always fascinated me. I wanted to abstract the color and some shapes in order to capture my emotional response to these huge canners. They are giants compared to my canner which only holds 14 pint jars of salmon.
Jill Randall

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fishing Net, Cork &Lead Line by Jill Randall

8”x10” Oil on Raymar Panel
Snug Harbor, Chisik Island Alaska

In the upper level of the main cannery building at Snug Harbor is the net loft where fishing nets are hung, mended, and stored. This net was piled in a corner. I loved the way the net moved across the floor though anchored by the cork line and lead line. I felt the unique atmosphere of the dim and vast ancient net loft as I painted.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Snug Harbor Cannery Buildings by Jill Randall

Snug Harbor Cannery buildings by Jill Randall

Snug Harbor Cannery buildings by Jill Randall

Oil on Raymar Panel 8”x 10”
My husband (a commercial salmon setnet fisherman) and I spend five months in Alaska each year. We spend June, July, and August on a commercial setnet beachsite in a remote area where there is no phone service. We use a satellite phone which cost about a dollar a minute which limits our calls. We are on the property of the Porter family who bought Snug Harbor Cannery which has not functioned as a cannery since 1972. This year I had time to do some paintings there. This plein air painting was painted of the generator shed and the broiler building. We are back in Anchor Pt., Alaska and back on the “Grid” so now I can post.

Jill Randall

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bluebonnets at Fossil Rim

6"x8" Pastel on paper NS

This is an exceptional year for our Texas Bluebonnets. These abundant rivers of blue flowers always amaze me. As a Texas landscape artist, I love to paint what is happening in the scene around me. Right now it is fields of Bluebonnets framed by lacey trees of new spring green. To ignore the bluebonnets would be like asking Claude Monet to ignore the poppies when he painted The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil.

Early Bluebonnets

5"x7" Pastel $25 w/out Frame
The Bluebonnets are so abundant by Fossil Rim near Glen Rose. It was a lovely warm March morning with the mist coming and going. With no wind, it was a perfect plein air day.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Conte Crayon on paper

Several of us hired a model for a day of drawing and painting. It was a fun day with a lovely model and good art friends.

Spring Bluebonnets

6"x8" Pastel on Paper
My husband and I will be driving to Alaska the middle of April. I wanted to be able to do art work on the trip and decided on pastels. In this outstanding year for bluebonnets, I love capturing them in pastels.
I bought a 6"x8" Guerrilla paint box and added my pastels. I will be doing 6"x8" or 5"x7" paintings. I will put a towel over my lap and hold my Guerrilla box and work on pastels as we drive.
"Spring Bluebonnets" by Jill Randall

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Trees in Fields of Grass by Jill Randall

Fields of Grass
5”x7” Oil $50
This little painting is from an area near Granbury on Neri Road which has rolling hills with grasses and scattered areas of rocks and trees. It is an area with many inspiring possibilities to paint.
Jill Randall, Granbury Texas

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rocky Pools

Rocky Pools by Jill Randall
10"x8" Oil on Panel
This abstract is based on a reference photo from Rough Creek an area near Glen Rose Texas.
My painting friends and I have painted in this wonderfully diverse area for a number of years. It’s worth revisiting.
Jill Randall

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Reader Interrupted

Oil on Panel $200
I found this yellow chair with the figure in black so intriguing to paint.
Jill Randall

Friday, February 3, 2012

Earth Stains

Earth Stains
Oil on Canvas Panel $300
This abstract landscape is based on the colors and shapes I observed in Yellowstone National Park.
This unique area certainly stimulates the creative imagination.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Yellowstone Pools


Raymar Canvas Panel
This was painted from a reference photo and the deep impressions felt when visiting Yellowstone National Park. I am already working on a second, more abstract painting of one of the mineral pools. I still have feelings of wonder at the unbelievable sights and colors experienced at this wonderful national park.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

After the Fog, Bluff Dale Texas


Oil on Raymar Panel

What a wonderful surprise! This Plein Air Landscape was one of the Honorable Mention in the Outdoor Painters Society Online Contest.