Beautiful quiet expansive fields are not unusual to find in Texas, but in the Spring these barren fields come alive with large patches of wildflowers. Truly a sight to see ~
Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime, is on oil pastel (8×10) done on a gesso prepared hardboard. This scene is one of the fields that we saw during our recent trip to Ennis. It seemed rather ordinary, but taking a second look there were some elements that made this scene real interesting. This little beauty showed itself to be a great subject for a painting.
Using acrylic a three-toned purple underpainting was layed down (very light for the sky, slightly darker for the mid-ground and then darker still for the foreground) – I wanted to cool down the yellow and greens. The sky was completely clouded, so blue was added to harmonize with the bluebonnets.
Did you know that Texas wildflowers love any kind of dirt to grow? You’d be surprised to see how easily they come up year-after-year in hard Texas black clay and rocky fields – talk about determination! Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.
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