Sunday, May 25, 2014

"LBJ's Rocking Chair" © #LBJRanch #LBJchair #LBJRanchPainting

©2007 Debbi Smith Rourke
LBJ's Rocking Chair 18"x18"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas / unframed
$500+ $50 sh/h in US






I was invited to go on a plein-air painting trip with some friends a few years ago at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, back when Lady Bird was still living. Was a lovely day and I decided to paint the porch of the house with the rockers because so many historic photos were taken there. The LBJ Ranch is also special to me because my mom worked for the LBJ company back in the 80's and was so fond of Lady Bird. This painting has been hanging at my parent's ranch house at their farm, something they were inspired to build after visiting the LBJ Ranch many times. So as my parents sell their ranch home, this painting has come back to me. What a circle of inspiration.

Monday, May 12, 2014

"California Dreaming" Article / Life as a Human #ArtArticle #LifeAsAHuman #CaliforniaPaintings

"Wine Country" 24"x 24" oil on canvas - SOLD

Check out my second article entitled "California Dreaming" published in the art section of "Life as a Human" online magazine. I love the California landscape and capturing the drama and excitement through color and shape-inspired paintings that truly evoke the emotions of being there. 

If you love remembering your travels and adventures, consider an art experience commissioned painting. And bring the joy home everyday.  :-) Hope you enjoy the article and the online magazine.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Aqua Spring" © #AbstractPainting "AustinAbstractArtist #TealAbstract

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Aqua Spring 10"x8"
Oil on canvas panel / unframed
$250 + $25 sh/h in US





While I painted this last weekend, I had the idea for a series of teal-dominant abstracts many months ago. Teals, grays and a splash of contrast color, anywhere from mustard yellow and poppy to purple. Having fun. Look for more to come. Palette knife strokes and brushwork abound. Zing!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Take a Load Off ©

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Take a Load Off  8"x10"
Oil on canvas panel / unframed
$250 unframed + $25 sh/h in US





I painted this almost two weeks ago and am finally posting. I love deck chairs and beautiful outdoor furniture. These colors, thick juicy paint and the cozy chair just make me smile. The colors are kind of peppermint-y, don't you think?