Friday, April 4, 2008

SOUTHWEST ART #5

"Seeing with your eyes doesn't guarantee seeing with your heart. Seeing with your heart opens your eyes." - Anonymous


HARRIS RANCH RESTAURANT: Every time my husband and I took a trip up to San Francisco, we always stopped by HRR for lunch. It's located on Fwy#5 going up north. This ranch got a restaurant and hotel. The restaurant was famous for it's excellent steak and other delicious beef menu. It had a cattle ranch nearby.

The Harris Ranch Restaurant had a Southwest architecture and decorations. I loved looking at the many cactus's oil paintings on display in the lobby, hallways and private rooms. The particular painting above was one of my favorites. The artwork was painted by a woman artist but I couldn't remember her name. I took a photo of this painting and did my own version.


  TITLE: "TRIO OF CHARMING CACTUS"
  SIZE:  20" x 24"
  MEDIUM: Oil On Canvas
  PERSONAL ART COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST

My oil painting was inspired by the painting shown above. This was my new version of the original painting. Copying some body's painting was frown by others but I did't see anything wrong with it. In old times, many artists copied art works by the masters. It was often encouraged. I thought that if one could copy well, that's a great talent. To be a good artist one needed to practice, study and copy over and over again. It's not a crime learning from others artists who came before us. Studying their style and technique was very helpful.

This trio of cactus was a beautiful painting that I was happy and proud to display in our living room. Painting the same subject over and over again, never bored me. Whenever I look... ..meaning.... really looking..... with admiration and appreciation with my whole heart..... the paintings and the world becomes a more fascinating, inspiring and COLORFUL place to live in. Try it!

18 comments:

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

YOU ARE GREAT IF YOU SEND A MAILING ADDRESS I WILL SEND YOU A SMALLSURPRICE
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look at my madness

Ebb Tide said...

Lloyd -thanks in advance. I will
e-mail you my mailing address separately.

Senor Enrique said...

Love the colors of the Southwest.

And whenever I think of this place I'm reminded of Georgia O'Keefe :)

Ebb Tide said...

Hi Sr. E- That's nice of you to drop by. Yes, the Southwest always reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe too.
She's a great artist.

Angel said...

A nice post on spring palette.Indeed it's very lovely at this time of the year. Your painting is as lovely as spring too.

Ebb Tide said...

Angel- That's a lovely comment too.
Thanks for your support.

Anonymous said...

Your paintings are all beautiful. You're becoming a good cactus painter.

Ebb Tide said...

Thanks AA...that's a good comment.
I will continue my studies and paint more cactus after I finish my other huge paintings.

Ligaya said...

You painted the cactus beautifully.

Ebb Tide said...

Ligaya-Thanks! I think I need to practice and paint more.

SandyCarlson said...

These cactus paintings are wonderful--the originals and yours. I wonder if copying is like editing--you climb inside the work of the creator and follow their path. It's a kind of communicating and connecting with another soul. Very beautiful.

Ebb Tide said...

Sandy-thanks for your compliment. Yes, I think copying is like editing. You bond with the original creator.

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

Thanks for stopping by. I live by a dam on the DesPlains River Some one on a rubber raft went over the dam The river is cold and so he is now. We have flooding ion this area usually you can walk across the river.

Ebb Tide said...

lloyd- Thanks for dropping by too. Sorry to hear about the flooding and and the guy who went over the dam. It's been sunny here and busy painting.

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

I have painted another painting. this one ps pf flowers and amost another,but tired out. m7 background i painted a red-orange by miwstake so i change the subject. it leae to a stricking image.

Ebb Tide said...

Lloyd-Keep on painting! We all make mistakes with our paintings. You just have to find out which colors harmonized well.It takes lots of practice and experiment.

Aspiring Artist said...

Your painting is always lovely. Don't say it's just a practice. You got an artistic talent.

Ebb Tide said...

AA....Thanks!!!! What an encouragement to keep on painting.