August 27, 2018

Rita Kirkman's Pastel Workshop at PVR

We're finally getting caught up with our internet duties here at Painted Views Ranch and we have to be sure and tell you about the great workshop we had this month with Rita Kirkman, our first pastel artist here at PVR.

Rita started each day with a demo.

The first demo was one of her famous bunnies,
this one titled Marvin.

After the demos, the students picked their photos, and, following Rita’s instruction in the demo, created their own works with a lot of input and individual attention from Rita.

As you can see in the class photo, every student was able to create paintings in Rita’s signature style!
To see Rita’s demo paintings and many of the students' paintings, click here.

To see all the paintings inspired by Painted Views Ranch, click here.

And be sure to check out our remaining 2018 workshops here or on our Facebook page here.

May 24, 2018

Plein Air Day, Saturday, June 30






We've finally had the back yard landscaped
and we needed a chance to show it off, so...





Painted Views Ranch will be hosting a Plein Air Paint Out Day
on Saturday, June 30.

The group that was here last year, "Plein Air Round Rock" will be returning but invitees also include those who have contacted us to express an interest in a plein air day here at the ranch and former plein air students who live locally.

Gates open at 7:30AM until 3:30PM (if anyone is still painting that long).

For directions, Use the link below, THEN click on "Directions", enter your address and hit "Enter" and you'll know exactly where we are and how long a drive it is from your place to ours.


If you're NOT a member of Plein Air Round Rock, we'd appreciate having an email or a comment below from you ahead of time so we can have an idea of how many to expect. Thanks!


March 25, 2018

Adding another instructor for 2018

ROBIN THORNHILL has been added to our lineup of instructors for you to choose from for this year. She's coming from New Hampshire and will be teaching a plein air class in both oil paint AND pastel! So if you haven't tried one of those, this would be an opportunity to have a go at the one you're not familiar with and still have an alternative that will keep you in your comfort zone.
If you're interested, we'd advise you to sign up soon, because from the emails we've exchanged with her, it sounds like she may already be bringing some of her posse with her!

For all the details, visit our Workshops page at:

March 18, 2018

Apparently, someone needed a battery

This week on "Campfire Tales from Painted Views Ranch"...

Wednesday morning we drove down the driveway to let the landscapers in the front gate and found the door for the gate controller box laying on the ground and thought "It was kinda windy last night but how could ...". and then another glance revealed the 12 volt battery that powers the gate system was gone! Some knuckle head had gotten behind the gate and slinked off with the battery like ... well, like a thief in the night. So we went out and bought a new battery AND a big ol' honkin' PADLOCK!
Who woulda thought you'd need that out here in the country? Well. maybe some of you might have thought it and right now are probably thinking "You big dummies, of course you need to lock your gate box!", but we probably trust in and hope for the goodness of human nature just a bit too much for our own good. So now, that stops. What a shame.
Now we'll just hope we never find out who stole our battery, and we'll leave you to figure out what that means, but it has something to do with the old phrase "What you don't know won't hurt somebody else". And we'll also be shopping for a game camera because on Thursday we learned that in just this few square miles there have been seven gate batteries stolen along with some actuator arms (the device that opens and closes the gate).

But the landscaping project in the back yard is progressing, slow but sure. These pictures kind of show what we started with and hopefully another week should bring us to the time for the big reveal.

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Happy Trails!
You can check out our 2018 lineup of art workshops just by scrolling down to the next post below.