I saw this young man just standing with a book. I had to draw him before he left and I did. Like Pam and I, he did not have a pet (dog) with him. When he walked past me, I revealed my sketch. He was pleased.
The preliminary work and structure of this painting were generated in the botanical gardens here in Austin. I worked with a Pentel brush pen on a copper panel. I liked the light and the flower bush in the background. I later added color from memory.
This is a scene inspired by the many little creeks that run through West Lake Hills, Texas. It's fun to watch the waters run through after the rains. To prepare, I did on sight sketches, watercolor paintings, I took and relied on a few photos. Pam has called it finished, so the brushes are holstered.
Pam and I went over to Redbud Isle the other day to explore. This sketch was done while I was watching a snake in the water to my left. A man was chasing his dog while the dog was trying to catch the snake. Pam, being the wiser one, walked away. You can tell that I was a bit harried in my strokes.