Wednesday, July 1, 2009

PLEIN AIR IN NE TEXAS





A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend in Scroggins, TX at a friend's lakehouse at Cypress Springs Lake, more than likely this is probably our last plein air painting for the summer, at least here in Texas...it's hot! I painted 3 small landscapes, the last one was my first time to try painting with a palette knife. I think I'd like to try it again, it was fun. 

My husband does not paint, but managed to find plenty to do fishing, shooting pictures, fetching ice and beverages, and so on... We missed Jay for a very long time and just assumed he was out taking pictures or something. My friend, Paula found him happily snoozing away in the hammock. 

I normally paint with my pochade box and a tripod, but I had just received my "new" french easel a couple of days before and thought I'd try it out. I really wanted an older french easel and found this one on Ebay. The seller could not find any markings or anything on it, but had been told it was purchased in the early 60's. After I scrubbed it and put linseed oil over it, this beautiful patina appeared and then I found the name of the artist carved into the box. I have learned that she was an actress and is now a full time artist in NY (beautiful paintings). My husband would like for me to contact her to let her know where her french easel has ended up and to learn more about her and her outstanding paintings. 

I hope you are all having a great summer, thank you for looking and commenting! Take care.

11 comments:

Krista Hasson said...

Sounds like a fantastic time and you did some great paiantings to boot!

Diana Marshall said...

What a wonderful time you must have had and your poor ol' hubby all tuckered out from all the fetching and carrying!

Sheila said...

Great photos of an artist I admire and her hubby dreaming of her success. I love the story of your French easel's prior owner. I hope to hear more if you decide to pursue contacting her.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Oh you brave soul, painting in the heat! would love to have lunch sometime lady - let me know when...
xxxooo

Edward Burton said...

Great paintings, Angela - looks like a beautiful location.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Wonderful paintings Angela! I really like your story about the french easel, I want to know more!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Wonderful paintings Angela! I really like your story about the french easel, I want to know more!

PainterLee said...

What a cool story about the easel! Definitely contact her!!! And tell us the outcome. Can't wait to see more palette knife paintings too! How brave of you to try that. You should get a prize for painting in that heat.

Gwen Bell said...

Love both of these, especially the larger one. What an interesting history behind your easel!

Ann Rogers said...

Love your story about the easel, post your follow up if you contact the original owner. I'm so impressed with your out door paintings in this Texas heat...ya'll are a hardy group...from another Dallasite (in the air conditioning)!

Angela Elledge said...

Thanks much!

That was absolutely the last time to paint outside for the summer in this Texas heat. Sitting right on the edge of the lake is the secret to staying somewhat cool.

Ann, I'm all about the comforts of inside painting in the summer. Please e-mail me and I'll add you to our group for painting; I'd love to meet you!