Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail - 6" x 6" - Oil on Linen Panel - SOLD
Day 23 of the Strada Easel 31 day painting challenge. This morning I went out before work to Austin's Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail. It was a glorious morning, and I really wanted to stay out there far longer than I had time.
Afternoon at Bull Creek - 6" x 6" - Oil on Canvas Panel - Available here
Day 22 - Strada Easel 31 day painting challenge. This afternoon I went back out to Bull Creek and finished the painting that was abandoned so swiftly yesterday when the storm clouds rolled in. The light on the scene was a little steadier today since I didn't have to deal so much with the sun playing hide and seek. It was windy, though, so I had to weigh down my tripod to keep my lightweight painting rig from blowing over.
Rain Clouds Moving In - 6" x 6" - Oil on Canvas Panel - Available here
Day 20 - Strada Easel 31 day painting challenge. This afternoon, I went out to Bull creek, and was struggling to finish my painting of the creek before the sun was completely covered by the clouds rolling in. I happened to turn around, and was amazed at this beautiful scene that had been developing in back of me. The first painting was immediately abandoned...I grabbed another panel (fortunately, it had already been toned in a light red/orange tint), mixed up some juicy piles of grey blue and brown paint and got to work. The white rocky ground in the foreground was very light against the brush. Sometimes you just luck out. The only way you can catch the ones that really speak to you is to get out there and try and try again.
Tacos & Beet Fries - 6" x 6" - Oil on Linen Panel - Available here
Day 20 - it just doesn't get any better than this! - A beautiful sunny winter day, 74 degrees in the sun, the Whole Foods truck at our office complex for lunch, from which I got an order of tacos and beet fries, and painting from my front row seat (in my car)... The perfect day! (I didn't eat while actually painting though, in case anyone is worried)
Roses - 6" x 6" - Oil on Linen Panel - SOLD
Day 19 of 31 paintings in 31 days-a challenge hosted by Strada Easel. More roses...this time pink ones in a green vase, for a little complementary color.
Local Honey & Lemon - 6" x 6". - Oil on Linen Panel - Available here
Day 18 of 31 days of painting... I've been fighting off a cold, and making ginger root tea with honey & lemon. The ingredients on my countertop looked good enough to paint!
Floral Bouquet - 6" x 6" - Oil on Linen Panel - Available here
Day 17 of painting 31 paintings in 31 days. This evening, it is raining right outside my window, and I have enjoyed the peace of painting while listening to the rain in the background.
Two Turtle Doves - 6" x 6" - Oil on LInen Panel - Available here
Day 16 of the 31 day painting challenge, hosted by Strada Easel. My former House of Hatten co-employees will recognize this sweet ornament, designed and originally carved by Denise Calla for her Twelve Days of Christmas series . I took down my Christmas tree yesterday, and decided this little ornament could stay out all year!
T is for Tulips - Size 12" x 6" - Medium: Oil on Linen Panel - Available here
Day 15 of the Strada Easel Challenge. These tulips just begged me to buy them at Costco yesterday. There were other colors but these were the only ones that had started to bloom. The label said they would last for week, so we will see!
Orchid's First Bloom - Size 6" x 6" - Medium: Oil on Linen Panel - Available here
Day 14 of the Strada Easel 31 day painting challenge. This orchid has started blooming again just in time for the painting challenge. It has bloomed several times over the last few years, and joins my African Violet in bringing a bit of color to my kitchen windowsill.
Patricia Butler loves to paint. Living and working in Austin, Texas, she is drawn to the beauty around her and the challenge of capturing the essence of the scene before her. She counts herself very blessed to be living in Austin, which is a vibrant, growing city, and, with its multitude of lovely parks and nearby lakes and hill country, it presents endless inspiration. She is a founding member of Plein Air Austin, and enjoys painting with the group any chance she gets.