Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hunter Jumper

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

I saw this beautiful dappled gray horse being led by its owner after they competed in a jumping competition at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center on a bright, sunlit Sunday afternoon. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Paris Opera House

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
14.0" x 18.0"

The Paris Opera House is also known as the Garnier.  One can imagine long ago the cream of Paris society descending this staircase in their beautiful gowns. 

Best Friends

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

It was a bright and sunny afternoon and these two horses, a bay and a chestnut, had found some shade beneath this oak tree.  They both live on an idyllic ranch just outside of Round Top, Texas, surrounded by the company of other animals and acres of green, lush pasture.  Such a place is paradise to horses.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Leaving Home

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

This is Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, one of the Painted Churches of Fayette County, and located near Dubina, Texas.  The word "Dub" in Czech means "Oak" and refers to the oak trees that were in the area when the first Moravian settlers arrived.  As picturesque as these churches are on the exterior they are even more beautiful on the inside.  Decorative paintings and stenciling grace the walls and the ceiling, evoking for the hardy people who made a new home on the Texas frontier, echoes of the grand buildings they left in their homeland.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Invitation to the Rodeo

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

This image might also be called "Coats of Many Colors" for the assortment of Bays and Chestnut horses, with one Palomino and one Appaloosa on the fringe.  This picture records the same event as in "Rodeo Riders" and is of a group of Junior riders who rode from Houston to Schulenberg. Texas to deliver an invitation to attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  I liked the graphic quality of the image and the colors, the bright blue on the horse's legs and the same color contrasted with the black vests on the rider's clothing.

Equally Yoked

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20
I like mules, and I enjoy drawing them.  They have a kind patience that makes them ideal working companions.  I saw the team that inspired this Pastel and Colored Pencil drawing at a Fourth of July Parade in Vale, Oregon in 2009.  The old Oregon Trail runs directly through Vale and the town puts on quite a rodeo in July.                                        

Monday, May 30, 2016

Terry's Red Barn

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

This red barn is of no particular consequence as a landmark but it has great significance in the life of one of my friends.  When she learned I was going to drive through Oregon on my way back and forth to Yellowstone in September of 2008, she suggested I detour for 15 miles and go through the little town where she was raised.  This scene is just a crimson farm structure situated on the side of the road near Vale, Oregon but when she saw it she exclaimed "There's that red barn.  It's always been that color."

Landmarks are important.  They give us a sense of continuity and what might be completely overlooked by one person is to another a memory of home.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Back Porch Moore House

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

The Moore Residence is an old Victorian house owned by the Richmond Historical Society in Richmond, Texas.  I've always thought you can tell more about a building and the people who lived there by looking at the back of a house than the front.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Texas State Capitol Dome

Faber Castelle pencils on paper
16 x 20

This drawing took a long time to execute and the original, high quality image came from the HABS site (Historic American Building Survey).  All of the measured drawings for the Texas State Capitol are on file in the Library of Congress and are available for view online.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Old Meeting House

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20
I don't know for certain that this old building was once a Meeting House, but it looked to me as though it might once have been used for such a purpose.  The structure is located on the grounds of Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina, Texas (this one of the Painted Churches of Fayette County) and appeared to still be in use by the congregation.  There was also a lovely Czech cemetery nearby, still in use. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Giralda Seville


Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville in Andalusia, Spain.  The Cathedral, one of the largest in the world is a beautiful example of both the Gothic and the Baroque periods of Architecture. 

Two thirds of the tower reflect its Moorish ancestry as it began as the ancient minaret of the Almohad Mosque of Seville.  There are no stairs to the top of the structure; only 34 ramps that spiral upwards and were wide enough for the muezzin to ride to the top to issue the Islamic call to prayer.