Saturday, January 19, 2008

Panhandle Evening


Panhandle Evening Oil 6 x 6
Sold
This is a study for a larger piece for the Panhandle Plains Museum Invitational. This is my third year in this show. The Museum is located in Canyon, Texas (near Amarillo). In addition to the museum, one of Canyon's claims to fame art-wise is that it was the place that Georgia O'Keeffe taught for several years and where she first started doing the work which would lead to her status as an icon of modernism. The other is Palo Duro Canyon a 120 mile canyon with a spectacular landscape and history of human habitation for the last 12,000 years.

The Museum is an amazing place. It is filled with exhibits and collections relating to all facets of the area- history, archeology, geology, art and culture . You could happily spend days wandering around from exhibit to exhibit. The Invitational is an annual exhibition and sale which features artists from all over the southwest. As I have mentioned here before, I have a special place in my heart for the Panhandle. I love its stripped down, spare beauty and its people are warm, hard working, delightful folks. So, its a treat and a privilege to be included in this show.

9 comments:

Sheila Vaughan said...

Deboarah, I think this is an exceptionally beautiful piece of work. That sky is just amazing. You know people say "You feel as if you were there", well I feel like that when I look at this painting.

Kim said...

stunning hues Deborah...
your paintings are so atmospheric !!
you have a remarkable style :)
the museum sounds like a wonderful backdrop for your work and fancy Georgia O'Keefe teaching there!!
I am quite a fan of her work too !!

Deborah Paris said...

Hi Sheila. Thank you so much- I thought perhaps this one was too spare but now I am just hoping I can hang on to the same quality in the larger piece. Have been enjoying your work since your return. Thanks for stopping by!

Deborah Paris said...

Hi Kim. The museum really is a cool place. Its got those big diorama exhibits that you can practically walk into! three huge floors of everything from dinosaurs to oil wells to...well, you get the idea. -and several large galleries which house their fine art collection as well. I appreciate your comments on my work- thanks for visiting!

Kim said...

wow the Museum does sound amazing Deborah !
btw ...I'm saving my money to buy one of your paintings....
I am not a landscape painter...but if I was I would love to create paintings like these :)
have a great day :)

Deborah Paris said...

Thanks very much Kim! If you see something in particular you like, let me know and I'll be happy to reserve it for you.

Daily Art in the Pines said...

Love the moodiness of this painting. As a kid I was lucky enough to spend the summers on my Uncle's ranch in the area...you have captured the lonely beauty. The high point of the visit was to go to Palo Duro Canyon and see the show they performed outdoors on the edge of the canyon.

Deborah Paris said...

Thank you very much Janette- "lonely beauty"- I think that's a great way to describe it and I am pleased you see that in my painting, especially since you know the area. I painted in Palo Duro Canyon for a few days about a year ago- its a very special place- I have not seen the show there but have heard it is terrific. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Kim said...

thanks Deborah...
I will certainly let you know ...
I have a few favourites so far including this one...but I really love your original Heading South...
congratulations on your Empty Easel feature :)