Thursday, March 28, 2013

Garden Tour

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Garden Tour  5x7"
Oil on canvas board
This week has been a blur. One day I painted four paintings. Think it was Monday. Anyway, this 5x7 is a delicious little abstract I created this week from a photograph I took in Butchart Gardens on our trip to Vancouver Island, B.C. in 2011.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Victoria, B.C.

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Victoria, B.C. 14"x11"
Oil on canvas board / Framed in gold plein air frame

When my husband I toured Vancouver Island in the summer of 2011, we started our tour in Victoria. This scene is a view from one of the residential areas, looking out to the Salish Sea  toward the San Juan islands. I used both brushwork and a lot of palette knife application. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Winter Holiday

© Debbi Smith Rourke 2013
Winter Holiday 8"x10"
Oil on canvas panel
We went to Santa Fe for New Years in late December of 2011 to visit artist Nancy Hartley and her husband Brian. We had a delightful time! On one of our adventures, they took us to the Gallery Zipp, the home and gallery of artists Bunny Tobias and Charles Greeley. While driving up the snow-covered road to their home, we got a bit stuck for a while and had to walk the last few yards. I snapped some pics of the colorful late afternoon shadows on the snow-covered hills. Was magical! So last week I finally painted this impressionistic landscape / abstracted landscape from one of the photos. Love working with the palette knife. This piece is a sweet reminder of our lovely holiday tea on a cold winter day with artist friends.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wine Country ©

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Wine Country 24"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed (no frame needed)
$1050 + $70 sh/h in Contiguous US
(Contact me for local pick up and no shipping)

I am continuing on my path of painting abstracted landscapes, using both brushwork and multiple types of palette knife application. Experimenting is SO MUCH FUN. I just get into a zone and paint up a storm. I love the looseness of this and the vibrant colors. I painted this scene from the CA wine country a few years back in a small format, in a more traditional landscape style. But I am loving this new direction. What do you think??

Amy Hillenbrand, Bill Oakey and I installed 25 paintings today in two large display cases in the Scarborough Building main 6th Street lobby here in Austin. Was fun and looks so wonderful. Will let you know if we are able to plan a reception. Hope you'll have a chance to view my 16 paintings, including 8 new works. It's up through early to mid April. Hoping to catch some SXSW attendees.