If you follow my Facebook page at Beth Rommel Studio you are well aware that I have welcomed spring with several new paintings.
I am thoroughly enjoying using latex paint, acrylics, pastels and charcoal for my new creations. These are large canvases that can add “oomph” to any room.
Good dog Joe and his person get their morning walk before a busy day. The brush strokes remind me of Bargello needlework. The strokes runs in a zig zag pattern as do Bargello stitches. Wild flowers including my dear Texas bluebonnets grow on the path where Joe gets his daily constitutional.
Joe takes himself for a walk in the wooded park area. This technique of light over dark paint has created the luminous quality of pastels. I have enhanced that even more by using pastels and charcoal throughout.
I began developing this technique with still life paintings.
I now have a page on the Xanadu Gallery website in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new March catalog is now on-line and in print. My work can be see on page 14. Some of you have expressed your joy in the Big Cat painting. I chose to share it in this issue.
Most of you know I have a long history with the great state of Texas.
My children were born in San Antonio.
I lived in Texas longer than any other state.
My father and his side of the family were from Texas. Cowboys and colorful types pepper the family.
A friend in Atlanta asked me to create a painting for her husband. They were originally from Texas and were moving to Washington state. She wanted a little Lone Star color to take along.
I included a building she loved from her Dallas days, added some Texas souvenirs; an armadillo, a Dr. Pepper, and a longhorn or two. Of course the sunset is burnt orange because, as legend has it, God is a Longhorn (as in University of Texas alumnus).
I have also added an oil rig and oil well, Big Tex from the state fair, bluebonnets, the Mobile Pegasus and lyrics from Deep in the Heart of Texas.
New Orleans is my hometown and will always be in my heart, but Texas is who I am. Say what you want, there is no more optimistic and hospitable place on the planet. If you have a dream you are encouraged to “go for it”. If you need help there are large hearts waiting to help you.
The states we have lived in each have their own strengths. Texas, however, has all of them. Texas, My Texas.