Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lake Shore © #SidexSide #bluebonnets #TexasWildflowers

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Lake Shore 8"x10"
Oil on canvas panel

This is the first new work for my next Side by Side exhibit with Bill Oakey this October at the Old Bakery and Emporium. Working on a batch of new works, all based on his photography. You'll have to come to the show to see his image. :-) Love these abstracted landscapes with lots of of thick, juicy paint. Love using the palette knife and mixing in a little brushwork. Fun!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ranch Road ©

©2014 Debbi Smith Rourke
Ranch Road 11"x14"
Oil on canvas / framed in natural wood and black frame
My parents sold their farm and ranch home near Lockhart, Texas last month. Will miss the lovely views, but painting them will help keep the memories alive. This painting uses some of the simplification techniques I learned in Sandy Ostrau's workshop. I enjoy using both brushwork and palette knife application. I think I want to paint this again and simplify it even further. Will also paint it more realistically, though still in an impressionistic style. I love experimenting in my art, trying new techniques to see what I respond to and what might emerge. It's all a delightful adventure!