6×8 Original Oil: Spring in the Hill Country

Life is one big adventure and I’m always trying to absorb new things. Its fun trying out new oil painting techniques and I’m trying to learn how to do basic video editing too! lol!

I just recently added Gamblin’s NEO MEGILP medium to my oil palette. I’ve only used it a couple times (outdoors mostly), and so far, I LOVE it! Its easy to use/ transport for plein air painting here in the Hill Country.

Yesterday here in my studio, I decided to start a new small oil (6×8 on linen board) and grabbed the Neo Megilp instead of my old faithful mixed medium.

I’ve also been wanting to update my website with video clips, but I have to admit, I’ve never spent much time looking into video editing and merging clips, so I thought I would combine several new ideas into 1 evening! haha. What a day. So, I grabbed my cell and took a couple super short videos. This is a total experiment – whole new ground for me! Here we go…


I’m going to let the surface dry a bit and tweak the cloud highlights and a couple other things. But here’s a cell pic:

A couple years ago, my son and I were ‘hitting the backroads’ looking for bluebonnets & photo ops. It was one of those awesome evenings with dramatic storm clouds and fantastic golden light! I’m pretty sure he grabbed this shot with his window rolled down & camera hanging out the car. He has a good eye! Great memories.

This is just another reason why I love art so much. It offers us a reason to get out and look for the pretty things that surround us. Life is a journey.


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The Old Tree Behind Dodds Nursery on Main St in Fredericksburg Tx

I remember when growing up our family would visit the Dodd’s Nursery on Main St in Fredericksburg TX.

As a kid I wasn’t very interested in gardening, but I always enjoyed seeing that old oak tree in their back yard! It was magnificent back then, with its many twisted limbs, and its still a beauty!

The old tree where Dodd’s Nursery once stood.

But times are changing, and so is Fredericksburg. Dodd’s Nursery has been torn down, which is sad, but now we can actually see that beautiful old tree from Main Street! Its a joy to view.

I’d like to go back & photograph it in different lighting situations, and perhaps create a color study of it too! But for now, my favorite is the simplicity of this black & white.

B&W is a timeless classic, kinda like that old tree. Color can create distractions, and with b&w, the viewer’s eye can easily find those fine details of the long reaching tree limbs and even the details in the bark of the tree trunk. Better when viewed large.

This old tree is such a natural beauty on our Main Street here in the Hill Country!

Thanks for looking.

-K

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Spring Break Art Show and Sale, March 16 2019, downtown Fredericksburg TX

We are busy getting ready for the 2nd Annual Die Künstler (the artists) Spring Break Art Show and Sale.  It will be held this weekend March 16th, under the large open pavilion at Fredericksburg’s downtown Marketplatz.

I am thrilled that I will be able to participate along with over 20 local artists!  Each artist will be bringing their own unique style, and displaying their original fine art in various mediums, sizes, and price ranges.

If you will be visiting Fredericksburg this weekend during Spring Break, this is a great opportunity to purchase art directly from the artist!  If you are a seasoned connoisseur, or new at collecting original art, you will be able to find a one-of-a-kind treasure at this unique art venue!

Its one day only…
Saturday March 16, 2019.
9am – 5pm
@ Marketplatz Pavillon on the Main Square
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Here are a few photos from 2018 1st Annual Spring Break Art Show with my friends and fellow artists  Edith O’Neill & Louise Murphy

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Photos courtesy of Die Kunstler.

Thanks for looking!
Kathy

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Alaina & John – A Luckenbach Tx Secret Elopement! Hill Country Images

Congratulations to Alaina & John on their Luckenbach Texas secret elopement! Yes, it was a secret day! Shhhh!

I’m so happy that I had the chance to meet them and be part of their awesome day!

We started inside their cozy rustic cabin at Settlers Crossing.  Its a B&B on Hwy 1376 near Luckenbach.

When I noticed the natural light flowing in through the small window –  it spoke – no, it screamed at me!   I wanted to create a black & white moment, with darker shadows so the light would filter through nicely.   I asked Alaina to walk down the stairs and pause…. The natural light was so sweet.

She is awesome.

A beautiful bride + a gorgeous dress + beautiful light = artwork!

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No flash, ambient light only, hand-held.  Very minor Photoshop, grain added for that classic film look….  printed on the thick fine art smooth matte paper.

As a fine art print, it is timeless & simply beautiful!    A personal favorite.

Next, I wanted a variation.  I added two flashes, and Alaina did the rest with that beautiful look over her shoulder.  She is stunning!

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Then we went outside…


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At Luckenbach, Tx…
Their wedding ceremony was held under those old oak trees in the evening light.

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Thank you Alaina and John for sharing your perfect day with me!

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Texas, featuring our image

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin Texas, is featuring ‘Giant Oak on Wildflower Hill’ on their front page website!  I believe there’s over 1300 entries in this year’s Photo Contest, and they picked it to be their cover image!

This new photo is quickly becoming a favorite … I’ve only printed a few signed Wall Prints of this image to date, but the colors are gorgeous!

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2013 PPA Print Competition Winners

Its Official!

Three images have recently earned Print Merits at the 2013 Professional Photographer Assoc (PPA) International Print Competition and will be displayed at the huge PPA Imaging USA Conference, January 12-14 2014 in Phoenix Arizona.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top images from nearly 5,000 total entries at the Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.
Judged against a standard of excellence, the PPA uses 12 Elements as the “gold standard” to define a merit earning image.    Merits earned are applied to earning the prestigious Master Photographer Degree.

All of these prints are available for purchase at www.kathyweigand.com   Click on ‘The Weigand Collection’ & ‘Photographic Prints’

Here are this year’s winners …

Colorado Golden Mine

Title:  Colorado Golden Mine
This shot was taken near Ouray Colorado.  It looks like a warm day, but it was freezing cold – in the teens!

Italian Wine

Title:  Italian Wine

I admit I was nervous with this entry.  Since it is such a simple Still Life image reflecting the style of the Old Masters, would it have enough impact for the judges as soon as they first viewed it?   First impressions are so important, and now-a-days, it seems like the vast majority of print competition images are fantasy style images, heavily photoshopped, with deeply saturated colors, and tons of textured layers.  Photoshop brings out the imagination in us artists!

When I first envisioned this series of Still Life’s, I knew that the Old Masters only used natural light, and that is what I wanted to use… no flash, no big studio lights, just the simple sunlight.   I had to get up before dawn and have everything set up, ready for the first rays of light to shine in at that low angle.  If I would have waited until later in the day, the light would be different.  Very little Photoshop was applied.   I love how that one grape in front is less than perfect… but arn’t we all? lol!

Also, this particular image has a special meaning to me… the Italian vase belonged to my Grandmother and I miss her dearly.

I was so excited to learn that it too had scored a Merit!

And…
Title: Storm Over the Homestead

Storm Over the Homestead

The first time I photographed this amazing scene it was a clear blue sky at sunset… not very interesting for me as a photographer.   So a year or so later, I stopped again at this old Homestead just outside Fredericksburg Texas and this time the clouds were rolling in fast!  Great lighting and drama in the sky!

My kids were in the car, bored, which is normal when I’m out with my camera.  But I was as happy as could be getting this shot with my tripod from the side of the road!

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