Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Panther Hollow

I've recently returned from a trip to see my sister Polly, who lives in Austin, Texas.

I couldn't have visited such a beautiful place without taking my brushes. I bought oil paints in Austin.

One of the inspiring places I found was Panther Hollow Trail near Polly and Jon's house. Although close to the home comforts of suburban River Place it was a truly wild piece of Texas Hill Country – as evidenced by the deadly Coral Snake which crossed our path one day. My cousin Emily managed to keep her cool and snapped a photograph of it as you can see above.

The reddish brown Texan dirt and crystal-clear creek were canopied by fresh new-season leaves, whose greenness was made vibrant by the late-spring sunshine. It was truly a beautiful place to spend time, and I wish I could be there now.

I've donated one of the paintings I produced there to The Autism Trust, and it will be auctioned at their Give Autism A Chance charity dinner this Saturday, May 18th.

Further details are here.


Brian Sloan said...

It looks like you had a great trip even finding time to spend with paint on site. Leaves are just popping here now, very exciting. Any plans for the New York sketches? All the best.

Anonymous said...

Love it Harriet! Reminds me of a stained glass window. Have you brought any of the paintings back or are they all in Texas? Would love to see them.


Rudge Renewables said...

Nice American Journal entry. Looking forward to seeing some more. Same Q's as Brian and Chris.. Any plans for the NYC sketches and other works ? Do you need to get them shipped back?

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks all for your comments and on previous blog posts. I have been slow in responding I know.
The paintings are drying iin Austin Texas. Of course it is so hot out there, almost unbearable now, that the paintings are already Properly dry.
Rather than bring the paintings back, which would not be a problem, I have decided to keep them in Texas and have a show in Austin next year. I think it is exciting for me, and Austin, to have the Texan landscapes paintings shown properly out there. Also, it is the excuse I need to go back and paint Texas, with regular visits. I am inspired by their landscape - I like the difference in colours - similar to England but there are subtle difference in the colours of the trees and soil and this grabs my attention. I want to capture this by painting there again, fom life, outside.
Today (Saturday) is when the above painting 'Pantha Hollow' is auctioned.

Johnny said...

Interested to learn what it goes for at the auction.
John (your step-FinL)

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