Friday, December 27, 2013

April Bluebonnets by Jill Randall

April Bluebonnets by Jill Randall
8”x10”  oil on Raymar panel
Saturday the 14th, I joined four other artist to do a painting demo at the Dutch Art Gallery where the Artist of Texas have their No Where But Texas show until January 11.  If you have a chance, this is a beautiful exhibit of talented artist in Texas.
I chose to paint from memory and a reference photo taken at Rough Creek resort out of Glen Rose.  It was a fun day of painting and visiting with other artist and patrons.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Brazos River Fall by Jill Randall


Brazos River Fall by Jill Randall
9”x12” oil on Raymar Canvas
I painted this Plein Air painting back in November.  Sheri Jones and I were able to take advantage of a lovely mild day to paint on the Brazos River which winds around Pecan Plantation, a gated community near Granbury.  It was sunny but with a slight wind that was a little cool.  We painted from two until four when the sun was too low behind the trees.  Painting outdoors can be uncomfortable at time, but it is always inspiring.  I know I must have said three or four times to Sheri who also agreed how much I loved being outside on a wonderful November afternoon painting. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fall Sumac by Jill Randall


 
Fall Sumac  by Jill Randall
8”x10”  oil on Raymar canvas panel
The sumac are always so beautiful in this spot which I visited three times this fall with my painting buddy, Sheri Jones.  However, the first two times I had painting “wipe outs”. The last visit Sheri and I painted here I had a “keeper”.  However, I had to finish it in my studio. I am happy with the results because it has the scruffy look of the place.  I used the pallet knife which is such an advantage for me when painting a plein air piece since I can get strong colors on fast before the light changes too drastically. 

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Paluxy River Edwards Road Texas, by Jill Randall

Paluxy River Edwards Rd. Texas, by Jill Randall
9"x12" oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
 
      Texas has beautiful fall weather for Plein Air painting.  On this perfect day in early November I went with my artist friend,
        Carol Lee, to a favorite spot on Edwards Road to paint the Paluxy River.  Carol produced a lovely pastel of the river.
       I challenged myself to complete in one setting a plein air painting.  I sketched in the composition and the darks, then using both the brush and pallet knife worked as fast as I could.  I did finish the painting, but still had to resist messing with it when I got it home.  I have found in the past that when I do try to adjust a plein air painting in the studio, it often loses its spontaneity and freshness.
    
                                                         Photograph of the Paluxy River.
 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Evening Light on the Brazo by Jill Randall


                                        
Evening Light on the Brazos by Jill Randall
8"x10" oil on canvas
In the Granbury area I have access to two wonderful rivers:  the Brazos River and the Paluxy River.  I love the variety of views these two rivers offer and feel blessed to live in an area that has such rich opportunities for landscape paintings. 
 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Boat Wench Shed by Jill Randall

Boat Wench Shed by Jill Randall
5"x7" Pastel
This little shed is at Snug Harbor on Chisik Island Alaska
 
 
 
 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fireweed by Jill Randall

Fireweed by Jill Randall
5"x7" Pastel
This lovely fireweed was on the edge of our beach camp in Alaska.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Winter Grasses by Jill Randall

Winter Grasses by Jill Randall
5”x7” Pastel
 The landscape in May is not what one would expect to see in Alaska, especially if winter is still hanging on by two weeks or more.  It has snowed twice in May.  There is beauty in the winter grasses, the faint blush of trees and bushes ready to leaf,  and the green of spruce trees.  The longer daylight hours on a sunny day also liven things up.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Snow in May by Jill Randall

Snow in May by Jill Randall
5"x7" pastel
My husband and I are in Alaska where we spend our summers.  It is a colder season this year with winter hanging on an extra two weeks.  We had a beautiful snowy morning May 18.  However, by afternoon it had melted away.  Finally this last week in May the temperatures are rising with 40 degrees at night and middle 50’s during the day.  The sun and the long daylight (18 hrs) help brighten the area.  We love hearing the Sandhill Cranes as they look for nesting places.  We hear and see a pair of Eagles circling about the spruce trees.  A mother moose and her three yearlings wander through the yard at different times.  Spring is coming to Alaska.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bluebonnets & Spring Greens by Jill Randall

Bluebonnets & Spring Greens by Jill Randall
6"x8"  oil on panel
I love spring in Texas with it's new greens and wildflowers.  This was painted at the back gate of Fossil Rim in April.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Monkey by Jill Randall

Monkey by Jill Randall
7"x5" oil on canvas  (sold)
This is my son's cat, Monkey, who was a rescue cat.  She use to growl and hiss at everyone, but she has mellowed in her mature age. Monkey is a beautiful cat who has plenty of attitude.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wildflowers on Chalk Mt. Road by Jill Randall

Wildflowers on Chalk Mt. Road by Jill Randall
6"x8" oil
Friday my painting friends, Sheri Jones and Joyce Thomas, and I went in search of wildflowers and bluebonnets.  We did find on Chalk Mt. Road near Glen Rose lovely blue verbenas and yellow flowers.  It was a perfect spring day and such a delight to be painting outside.  It is a day I will remember as my husband and I prepare to drive north through Canada to Alaska with our Casita trailer.  It will be about a two week trip since we like to take our time and enjoy the drive.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hill with Blues by Jill Randall

Hill with Blues by Jill Randall
5”x7”  Pastel (sold)
This scene is from last year’s beautiful display of bluebonnets in a field bordering Country Road 1004 near Glen Rose, Texas.  After several good rains the last week of March, I am hoping the bluebonnets will be as lovely this April.  Spring in Texas is such an explosion of new greens and beautiful wild flowers of all colors.  I look forward to plein air painting.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Redbuds on Country Rd. 1004 by Jill Randall

Redbuds on Country Rd. 1004 by Jill Randall
8”x10”  oil on Raymar canvas panel
This plein air painting was painted on Country Road 1004 near Glen Rose, Texas.  Sheri Jones and I were looking for a place with some interest and hopefully some color when we came across this area with lovely redbud trees, amber grasses and green cedars.  It was on a hill which gave us some distance hills, but it was very windy and at nine in the morning also chilly.  I was very uncomfortable and painted as fast as I could.  I was surprised that it worked so well.
 
 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Morning Blues by Jill Randall


Morning Blues by Jill Randall
8”x16” oil on canvas
Last year was such a great year for bluebonnets near Glen Rose, Texas.  I used my pastel sketches and a reference photo but also relied on my vivid memory of this particular area.  Sheri Jones and I set up our paints by the side of the road and looked out over fields of bluebonnets.  It was a lovely sunny, but calm day, a perfect spring day for Texas.  When we took a break to eat our packed lunch, I looked at Sheri and said, “It doesn’t get any better than this for an artist.”  I still remember it as one of the best plein air painting days ever.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Morning Bluebonnets (sold) by Jill Randall
11”x14” oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
Last year the bluebonnets received the spring rains at the right time and were glorious in our Granbury area.  When I go out painting on location, I go with a group or with my artist friend, Sheri Jones.  I did this painting from pastel sketches I did on location; as well as painting from memory and from a photo reference of a place on a country road near Glen Rose, Texas. It was a beautiful, calm spring sunrise.  The golden sun, the new greens, and the blanket of bluebonnets were so inspiring. It was such a joy to be outside in a remote area painting nature.
 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wild Turkeys on the Brazos by Jill Randall

Wild Turkeys on the Brazos by Jill Randall
11”x14” oil on canvas panel
This is an enlargement of an 8”x10” plein air study I painted back in the fall with Sheri Jones and Joyce Thomas (posted 12/08/12).  I wanted to do a larger more detailed painting to include the wild turkeys that were in the woods that lovely calm fall day when the river was still and emerald green.  (There are five turkeys under the trees.)
When we arrived, a flock of wild turkeys were on our side of the river bank, but they took flight for the other side as we slowly approached.  As we set up and painted, we could hear the turkeys moving around in the leave and “talking” to each other.
When painting on site, the weather conditions can be uncomfortable.  The overwhelming visual panorama can be confusing.  But when you have one of those perfect days with delightful things happening in the outdoors, there is nothing like plein air painting.  It keeps us going back out for more.
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Reference Photo from beach on Brazos river
WildTurkeys

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chalk Mountain Road by Jill Randall

Chalk Mountain Road by Jill Randall
8”x 16” oil on Raymar Canvas
The low water crossing on Chalk Mt. road is near Glen Rose, Texas.  I started this painting a year ago, but didn’t like the results but did want to paint the scene.  I sanded it lightly and painted over the original using my reference photos.  I worked on it all week and wiped it out three times.  Finally I complained to my friend Sheri Jones about my problems with color harmony.  She suggested that I mix up my gray first then add some of it to my other color mixtures.  I took her advice and the painting seem to paint itself.  I was so pleased I didn’t have to go through another wipe-out or chuck the painting.  Thanks Sheri.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Christmas Tree Cat by Jill Randall


Christmas Tree Cat by Jill Randall
5”x7” oil on canvas (sold)
C.T.  is a handsome coon cat belonging to my precious granddaughter.  A rescue kitten, he was her Christmas present several years ago.  When asked to name the kitten, she insisted on Christmas Tree.  My son was not sure what to do with such a non cat-like name. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.  Since she would not consider any other name, they settled on C.T. 
My granddaughter started half day Kindergarten this year.  When I was visiting this fall, my son pointed out how C.T. waits at the window at noon for her to get off the yellow school bus.  I asked C.T. what he was doing at the window.  He turned with a patient, but longing look in his eyes as if to say, “Waiting for the bus.” 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fall Sumac by Jill Randall

Sumac Fall Color by Jill Randall
9”x12” Oil on canvas board
I have painted this area with my friend, Sheri Jones, several times. But in the past, I couldn’t quite capture the colors or get the paint thick enough. I love the way Sheri ‘s use of the palette knife gives her such rich colors and decided to give it a try. Using a photo for reference, I got out my palette knife which was fun and very satisfying to use with the fall colors.



Creek at Anderson Ranch by Jill Randall

Creek at Anderson Ranch by Jill Randall
8”x10” oil on canvas board
Tuesday was one of those perfect Fall day for Plein Air painting. Joyce Thomas took Sheri Jones and me to the Glen Rose area to paint at the Anderson Creek Cabins ranch. Mark & Shirley Anderson have wonderful cabins to rent in such a beautiful Texas area. Check out their website: www.andersoncreekranch.com  I was using a small palette knife to paint this view of the creek.