Here is the dog sculpture I talked about last time. This is one of the three first sculptures I did. It is not bronze, as it looks, but fired clay painted to look like bronze. The dog is based on my Aussie, Keen, but is not a portrait in that the ears are not placed as hers are. It was never meant to be anything more than a practice piece, but I was not unhappy with how it turned out.
This week my art friends and I went to the Pleasanton area, which is south of San Antonio, and painted wildflowers. Now this was not an ordinary spring trip. We've had two years of horrific drought which killed off a lot of the local grasses. This was followed by a record breaking wet winter and all of that contributed to the best year ever for wild flowers. Spectacular is not enough to describe the acres and acres of blue, salmon, pink, white, magenta, yellow. The flowers are everywhere--roadsides, fields, yards, pastures, woodlots, etc. We even found one of our best views in a sand pit area. I did three pieces which will need a bit of tweaking in the studio, but those will soon be on the blog. It was great to be outside painting again.