24" x 18" pastel
on archival Pastelbord
©Lindy Cook Severns
custom, conservation framed
under non-reflective museum glass
This is the view from the front porch of my Davis Mountains studio in Far West Texas.
One summer Sunday afternoon. I'd hiked to the studio, wanting to paint but with a painting started on my easel, without having a different subject in mind. As I was unlocking the front door, I noticed that these clouds were twice the size they'd been five minutes earlier. They were bursting out of their skin.
I dashed into the studio, grabbed my plein air easel and the largest Pastelbord I had, then quickly set up on the studio's porch. While I couldn't finish something this large and this complex in an afternoon, I did map out the shape and energy of the clouds, plus the shadows cast by the oak and pinon on the mountainside.
It's the most comfortable plein air painting I've ever done. All I had to do was drag my easel in and out the front door whenever I wanted to paint!
This plein air painting was featured at Dallas Heritage Village Museum's invitational exhibit "Following Frank Reaugh, a Celebration of Plein Air Painting", where I was honored as featured artist and speaker.
*framed outer dimensions: 30" x 24" x 2"
OLD SPANISH TRAIL STUDIO
Fort Davis, Texas
on display at
landscape architecture and design
SUMMERTIME 24" x 18" plein air pastel landscape painting © Lindy Cook Severns framed in hand carved wood under non-reflective museum glass