24" x 36" original pastel

en plein air

©Lindy Cook Severns

archival sanded paper

custom, conservation framed

non-reflective museum glass


I did this large pastel painting by returning day after day to the same spot to set up my easel on this heritage Davis Mountain ranch in Far West Texas.

This painting was driven by the energy of the sky. As these clouds built into a symphony of booming thunder and brief but frightening hail, I rapidly roughed in their movement and color. That first painting session lasted only forty five minutes before the storm drove me to frantically pack up and seek the safety of my trusty truck. I returned the next morning at the same time and found the sky happily held much the same colors as before, minus the hailstones.

The Davis Mountains of Far West Texas are home to large, working ranches, many of them still operated by descendants of the first settlers in this remote corner of Texas. Open range isn't the norm anymore, but you can still drive stretches of two lane roads where cattle mosey across the road in search of greener pastures. In a wet year, wildflowers like these dot the grassland and tumble down the mountains. And always, there is the big Texas sky.

I wanted to show the vastness and ruggedness of this summer range. Blue Mountain, a Jeff Davis county landmark is in the background looking toward Ft.Davis; Bloys Campground lies behind the red rocked hill; we live behind all these mountains. Wildflowers were beginning to dot the tall grass, a medley of tender green shoots and dried growth. As I painted, I watched new flowers bloom. By the time I'd finally finished this plein air painting, the green grass had grown so tall, none of the dried brown stems were visible. I loved painting this one. Even the hail episode...​



Featured painting Following Frank Reaugh, a Celebration of Plein Air Painting in Texas

Dallas Heritage Village Museum

*outer dimensions framed: 30" x 42" x 3"

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Fort Davis, Texas


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OPEN RANGE 24" x 36" plein air pastel © Lindy Cook Severns elegantly framed in hand-carved distressed pecan wood under non-reflective museum glass



Big Bend Artist

Old Spanish Trail Studio

Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns, a seventh generation Texan,  paints real places in the wild American west, high desert ranch lands of Far West Texas and Big Bend country.  Lindy's paintings hang in most every state in the USA, and in England, Australia, Germany and Canada. The pastel landscape painter | oil painter is among 35 artists selected for inclusion in the definitive book TEXAS TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE, Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010.  Featured in the national 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, the southwest landscape painter lives on a working ranch in the Davis Mountains near Ft Davis and Marfa with husband Jim, a stubbornly affectionate rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who passionately loves art.  Her studio sits across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, where Lindy is the Artist-In-Residence. Lindy is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Arts & Sciences of Texas Tech University.

Lindy Cook Severns  Art   |     Old Spanish Trail Studio     |    PO Box  2167    |    401 Crow's Nest Road    |    Fort Davis, TX    |     79734 
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