May 29, 2017

As the Season Moves Along.....

... we've been having just enough rains to encourage the wildflowers to "volunteer" around the pond berm and the verbena and coneflowers are making things look like a garden in a Monet painting. The yucca that we transplanted last year has bloomed and moved into the stage of making seed pods. We're watching those so that we can gather the seeds to make more yuccas in the future because it's way easier than digging them up.
Unfortunately the rains are also encouraging the thistles and other weeds so there is always something to work on.

That would include getting things ready for our upcoming workshops.

One of the things that we will have to do every year is clean the koi pond. So we've been getting ready for that task in order to make it happen in early June. We've purchased a larger pump (than we've ever had) and a hose for emptying all the water from the pond, and a water trough for holding the koi while the pond is being cleaned.

Did a bit of a test with the new pump this past week and it should work out just fine. In fact, at 3,566 gallons per hour this thing is A BEAST! It'll probably empty most of the pond in about 3 to 4 hours.

Click here to see it in action!

 

 

We've also installed the new sign on the front gate.
So now when visitors and students for the art classes arrive, they'll know they have the right place.


Speaking of art students, we should mention that there are still some openings in this year's lineup of classes. If you're a budding art student and would like to check out what we're offering, and how to sign up for a class, you can get all the details on our website by clicking this link:
www.paintedviewsranch.com/workshops.html

April 23, 2017

Springtime Update

Well we started last week with the threat of a week of rain ... that never arrived. After living here almost three years now we've learned from experience that unless the likelihood of rain is predicted at greater than a 50% chance, the likelihood here at Painted Views Ranch is that we won't be getting any rain.
And then last Saturday was a day when the temperatures plummetted down into the 40's and never got much above 60 all day. I know that's not much of a hardship but it was a shock after all the nice weather we've been having recently.
But, when I was taking a break from the landscaping projects I've been working on, I was out and about taking some springtime photos here on the ranch this week. You'll find some of them below.

But first I just want to say that there are still some openings in our art workshops for this year, so if you're an artist looking for instruction, please review the workshops on our website, check out the style of each instructor's work, (there's a lot of variety so it should be easy to find someone that you'd like to learn from) and get yourself signed up for one of them.

Each of the workshops are on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Aug 25 to Aug 27Judy Wilder DaltonAbstracted Landscapes
September 29 to October 1Qiang HuangOil Painting - Plein Air
October 13 to 15David ForksBringing Plein Air into the Studio
October 27 to October 29Rich GallegoA Simple Approach to Powerful Plein Air Paintings

For details on the workshops, and how to sign up, click the link to visit our website at: http://www.paintedviewsranch.com/workshops.html.

Now, here are those photos ....
(Click the images for a larger view.)

We've had some gorgeous irises blooming in the pond bog. This photo is from the second batch of them.

The bog is actually part of our pond's natural bio-filtration system. Water from the pond is pumped into the bottom of the bog where it filters up through the gravel allowing the bog plants to take nutrients from the water before the clean water is then returned to the pond.

I thought this might make an interesting shot of our old plow, with the landscape to the west behind it, but as I was taking it I noticed that .....
... Rascal, our Ranch Foreman, had taken up his post for keeping a watchful eye on the cattle in the pasture below, to make sure that none were carried off by vultures.
He must be doing a good job. We haven't lost any yet.

March 28, 2017

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Rich Gallego

We now have a fourth class scheduled for 2017. In addition to Judy Wilder Dalton in August, Qiang Huang in September and David Forks in October, we now have plein air artist from California
Rich Gallego also teaching in October.

Here's another example of one of his new works.

For all the details, visit the Workshops page on our website.

To see more of his work, visit his website at: https://richgallego.com

March 20, 2017

First Plein Air Painting at PVR

For those who haven't heard, "en plein aire" (pronounced: "on plehn air") is a French term meaning "in the open air". Just a fancy way of saying "outdoors". And in recent years, painting outdoors seems to be growing exponentially in its popularity among US artists. Even though I'm not a plein air artist myself, I've often thought the sights here at Painted Views Ranch would lend themselves quite well to all the plein air excitement among artists. Which is why we have a schedule for teaching artists to sign up to teach workshops in painting here at the ranch.

This past Saturday, two members from a group known as Plein Air Austin were here painting as a sort of "test drive" for our Ranch being a venue for one of the group's future painting outings. The good news is that Lori and Juanita seemed to have a little trouble deciding which of the many vistas here to choose as their "Painting of the Day". After scouting around a bit they decided on a shady spot, protected from a gentle breeze looking in a southwesterly direction that had some of our persimmon trees and about a five mile horizon in the view. Then they set up their gear, got after it with an air of determination, turned out a couple of good ones and even made it look easy in the process.

And here's a look at the end results.

  Pretty interesting, huh?

  Give each of these a click for a closer look.

  Very talented ladies!

 

Before they left, we talked about when the group may want to come out and the month of May seemed to top the list of possibilities. So if you're a plein air artist, or even just want to give it a try, make sure to subscribe your email address over there at the top of the right hand column, or "like" our Facebook page so that you can know when that event will happen.

And if you're a teaching artist, or a potential art student. and you're interested in giving or taking workshops here at the ranch, check out our website at:

www.paintedviewsranch.com

And who knows? I might even get up the courage to try this plein air thing myself. Seems a shame to let all these beautiful vistas go to waste, especially when I'm lucky enough to live here!

March 12, 2017

Springtime at the Ranch


We had a few plein air painters scheduled to come do some painting here last Saturday but the weather didn't cooperate, so they're scheduled again for next Saturday. All things considered, it probably worked out for the better, because during this past week, with the rains we've had, many of the persimmon trees are starting to leaf out with a very lovely shade of yellowish green, making a nice contrast to the dark greens of the cedars. And with having had the spring time change, next Saturday should be better for lighting in the morning, if the painters are here early enough.

During, the week, some of our "neighbors" stopped by, with their kids, and we had a nice chat over the fence, right out side of my north-facing studio windows.

But then the herding instinct kicked in for Rascal, our Ranch Foreman, and his First-Assistant Sweetie, and they decided it was time for the cattle to go and informed them of that point, in no uncertain terms.

Click here for the Action Video!!!

February 22, 2017

Something Fishy

With the (unusually warm for February) temperatures we've been having, the fish in the koi pond have been stirring about quite a bit. As I watched them recently I got the impression of looking into a kaleidoscope made of fish! It will be interesting to see if visiting artists will try to "impressionistically" capture a scene like this.
Speaking of visiting artists, we're beginning to get students signing up for this year's round of workshops. While there are still some openings, if you're interested in taking a class here at Painted Views Ranch, visit our website at www.paintedviewsranch.com and click the "Workshops" link for more details.

January 23, 2017

Abstracted Landscapes with Judy Wilder Dalton

We now have a third class scheduled for 2017. In addition to David Forks in April and Qiang Huang in September, we have Judy Wilder Dalton teaching in August. Judy will be instructing on the use of color, line, texture and composition as well as emotional expression when creating a landscape.

For more details visit the Workshops page on our website.

January 08, 2017

Goodbye 2016, and Hello New Year!

It's been over a year since our last post, (in case you're a subscriber and wondered why you hadn't heard anything) but 2016 has been a busy year.

Projects here have moved along in fits and starts during the past year, but the big news is that the koi pond was finally finished! A year and a half in the making but it's looking great. We are adding more plantings around it as time and weather allow but we expect to have it in good shape by spring and then the backyard landscape project should be proceeding.

And now that we've moved into 2017, we have a new website. Make a visit to PaintedViewsRanch.com for more info and photos.


Now for the REALLY BIG NEWS!!!
We already have TWO artists committed to teach Workshops here in 2017!
Qiang Huang and David Forks will be teaching plein air painting during this year.
If you're interested in taking a class with us, the website will give you details on all the upcoming classes.

PaintedViewsRanch.com

November 08, 2015

OUR FIRST ART WORKSHOP ... with Becky Joy!

The key to plein air painting is being able to work out of doors. Unfortunately, after a year and a half of planning to hold workshops at Painted Views Ranch and months leading up to this one in particular, we were "blessed" with rainy weather on all three days as we hosted our first workshop. But even though there was only one chance for an outdoor session, (up on the hilltop, close to the classroom in case a hasty retreat might be needed) Becky Joy did an amazing job of filling the hours indoors with valuable information for all of our students. Becky's strategies for color mixing and plenty of practice with getting tonal values just right, made for a very beneficial and highly educational experience for all our attendees.



Becky told us it would not take much to get her back again, so with her and three other artists who have already expressed an interest in teaching here, 2016 should present great opportunities for artists to hone their skills. So ... if you're a painting artist looking for workshops to attend, subscribe your email address above so that you can keep yourself informed of our future classes!

July 26, 2015

Ann Hoffpauir to Teach WATERCOLORS

We are excited to announce that a third artist has scheduled a workshop here at Painted Views Ranch.

Ann Hoffpauir will be teaching a three day workshop on


Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
October 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2015.

This will be a workshop devoted to watercolors, working both indoors and outdoors.

Ann Hoffpauir is a full-time artist from Orange, Texas who paints in a realistic style. Her superb paintings, done in different mediums, reflect a wide range of subjects. She knows when she has hit the mark when there’s a balance between moods, look and feel.

Her painting style blends with a love of nature and its forms, with brilliant lights and strong darks and she wants to teach you the effect light has on form in unique situations whether it’s striking an object, fleeting or spilling over it.

Although she works in many mediums, in this workshop Ann will be teaching watercolors, because she finds the spontaneous qualities of watercolors lend themselves very well to a fresh painterly approach, allowing the painting as a whole to engage the viewer as it conveys a sense of mystery and beauty.

Ann believes the process of educating one’s self is never ending. She has taught at many local organizations and private schools and conducts several workshops a year along with regular weekly classes taught at her home studio in Orange.
Ms. Hoffpauir has won many awards over the years at local, state and out of state shows and has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Visual Language online magazine and Western Art Collector’s – Art of the Horse.

To see more of her art visit: http://artworkbyann.com

For more information or to register for her class, email
paintedviewsranch@gmail.com