Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brian Lee, Painting a day in Plein Air "McKinney Falls"

Since waterfalls don't last too long
in Austin,Texas, I decided to take
advantage of recent rains and try
to capture a scene at McKinney Falls:
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The last painting I had created of McKinney Falls is available
at the Wally Workman Gallery :

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brian Lee, Painting a day in Plein Air "Bull Creek"

After a few days of overcast skies I was able to
try and capture some sunlight this afternoon as
the revealed sunlight hit the falls, which were
brought to life again by the recent rains:

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Brian Lee: Painting a day in Plein Air, "Lakeview" 6x4"

Well, I decided to spend this overcast day atop Mt.Bonnell,
which is a favorite place of mine to venture to if I feel
like studying aerial perspective or just to get a grand view
of the lake!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Wall of Bells 12x9" Oil

I was greeted by bronze reflecting light
and bouncing temperatures throughout
all these port holes. I was inspired to
capture the play of color before me:

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Laguna Gloria Pavillion"12x9" Oil

The sunlight, first greeting the treetops,
danced along the columns:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Mandola Estate Winery" 12x9" Oil

Today I ventured forth on the 290 Wine Trail,
and made my first stop at the gorgeous grounds
of the Mandola Estate Winery. Right next door
to the Duchman Family Winery
is a beautiful Italian Villa, housing the
Trattoria Lisina, which is the restaurant I was
drawn towards and decided to paint today:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Hill Country Belfry" 12x9" Oil

Today I discovered this beautiful structure, perched
atop a tree-lined cliff. It houses a bell in the
highest part of the tower, and as I was finishing up
my painting, a child ran into the structure and tugged
forth to allow a resonating sound across the hills below.

I wonder if this Belfry serves a purpose for some people
that live nearby. Perhaps it marks a time to gather together,
or maybe it is simply there for a passerby to ring the bell,
marking a celebration of life. That's what it meant for me.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"View from Mt. Bonnell" 12x9" Oil

I've been learning more and more about the atmosphere
and how it aids in the colors I see, which I find to
be really fascinating. Here is a painting I created
atop one of the highest elevated points in Austin:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Sunset Study"

I want to study sunsets, so here is the start:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"BullCreek Mansion" 12x9" Oil

High above the waters of BullCreek, past
the vaulting woods, look up towards the sky
and you can see the skyline occasionally
...framed with a mansion. Today I was able
to paint one that I found most beautiful.