Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rolex

Rolex (detail) | 9x 12" oil on Belgian linen Flanegan | commission

A while back, Rolex lost his front left leg to cancer.  How fitting that he would give me a pose with such confidence and resolve.
Here he is at a dashing 15 years {105 for you and me} thanks to his loving humans.
: )
This is a detail as all subtleties were lost in the larger shot. I hope to post a shot of Rolex with a tighter res.

Friday, January 23, 2015

congregation

congregation | 8x 13" oil on panel Flanegan | sold
Last year I donated this painting to a fundraising silent auction and my friend won the bid. I love this view of the rolling hills in Dripping Springs, especially during the last hours of the day, and plan to paint it again soon.

I had forgotten to get a shot of the painting until last night, thank you Kristi!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dante

Dante | 16x 20" oil on linen-faced panel Flanegan | commission
Dante is a charming Springer Spaniel who loves to hunt...and model too it seems.
: )
We had two photo sessions - never before has a dog given me one sequential pose after another. It was a sight to behold. Spaniels are eager to please and Dante did not disappoint. He was so handsome in the afternoon light. Thank you Elizabeth.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chase

Chase | 8x 8" oil on cradled wood panel Flanegan | commission
We have the pleasure of Chase's company while his humans {my friend Angie and her son, Jack} are on vacation. This painting referenced a photo I took of Chase while he was on the front porch during one of his visits. I couldn't resist the pairing of his handsomely mottled coat with the dappled morning light. It was glorious. The light was dancing around him as if he was beaming from within. How lucky am I?
: )
Thank you Silvia.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quenched

quenched, study | oil on wood panel Flanegan

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

howdy!

Howdy - detail of a work in progress | oil on wood panel Flanegan
Howdy - work in progress | 16" x 8" oil on wood panel Flanegan
The Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater is one of my favorite places in Austin and I've wanted to paint their sign for years. It turned out to be a rainy day - which is wonderful in Texas - but not so great if you're painting outside. The piece became a partial wiper and I drained the charge in my truck's battery while trying to keep my windows from fogging up...yes, I know what you're thinking.

But the good news far outweighed the bad news! My friend, who is an awesome mechanic and owner of Todd's Automotive, was nearby and kindly charged my battery. And though I need to revisit my cowboy's boots {they look a bit like ruby slippers at this point} I actually prefer the more abstracted background.

So it's a work-in-progress, but then again - aren't we all?

: )

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Red Bud Rendezvous

Rendezvous | 8" x 16" oil on cradled wood panel in floating frame Flanegan | $475

9 Dec: Given the photo above, I felt the need to include a detail shot with a better, more accurate representation of the color. Documenting this painting was a circus - glare issues and cool/bad light sources - a 43-shot opportunity for learning - yikes.
Rendezvous | detail 
Observing the crew's practice on Lady Bird Lake while painting, many memories came flooding back to me. I didn't row in college, but took a class when I moved to Austin. My co-worker became my rowing partner for many years. We, along with our other crew mates, did quite well in competing at Masters National and FISA Masters World regattas.

Rowing to Red Bud Island was my favorite workout. Surrounded by natural beauty, practice was more like a meditation in a single scull - the majestic cliffs on the south shore, the glimpses of wildlife and the sound of the water lapping the side of the boat with each stroke.

The dynamic between coach and athlete is a very special yet curious one. This detail reminded me of the times we'd take a water break and get feedback on rowing technique from our coach in the launch. The critique wasn't always pretty, but it was what we needed to hear. I cherish those times - many, many thanks to Maureen, Dave and Charles for their wit, wisdom and patience.

'Red Bud Rendezvous' will be included in the Plein Air Austin Exhibit at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from 11 Dec - 23 Mar. The West Airside Gallery is by Book People across from Gate 11 and 12. So no gallery opening this time but if you're traveling through ABIA soon and have time between flights, enjoy!

Thank you Johnnie and Matt for making this show happen!