Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Gallery Sunlight

No. 136 is the last Cheekwood painting for the year and it’s a little different because it’s an interior. As we were leaving I saw this scene, pointed it out to Chris and was going to walk right by when he insisted that I take a shot. So just like the Bus Stop one from last year it was him making me stop that allowed this one to live.

I was nervous to try this due to it’s complexity and doing on an 11′ x 14′ was both a help and a hindrance. I wrestled with it for several days before finally getting happy. All in all it’s one of my favorites from this year.

This is really the stopping point for what I’ve been doing this year. I’ll start posting a whole new set on Wednesday.

Take a Seat

I was starting to run out of gas with this one. I don’t know what it is but it never felt like it gelled. At all. The blue on the chair is all wrong, the grass is a mess, that grey blob behind the chair is supposed to be a tree. Who knows. You win some, you lose some.

Cheekwood Path

So I think I’m finally back after a little break there. I don’t know what happens in August but it kills my creativity. Last year I hit a bad wall at this time and the same thing happened again this year. Who knows. Thankfully I found a way out of the funk and should be posting (fingers crossed) through the end of the year.

This one is another from that same Cheekwood trip in Nashville. This is a different view and I have a few others to try from that day.

Cheekwood Walk II

With 129 I wanted to build off the study from 127 and do a larger version of that same image. The proportions were a little different so it’s not as tall but it’s mostly the same.

It’s interesting what translates when going from a smaller study to a larger version. Instead of viewing the canvas as small you can look at it as the brushes being big. Everything is a little more crude and overstated. With a larger canvas you have more room to work and can give it a little more finesse.

One thing I like about this one is the rock steps to the left. In 127 those got totally lost but here it actually feel like they have some volume.

Cheekwood Walk

After my trip to Nashville I felt like painting again and got right back into it. In Nashville we stayed with Cousin Kay who in addition to being a wonderful host also works at Cheekwood.

For those of you not in the know, the Cheekwood is a wonderful museum right outside of the city. They have a great sculpture garden and that Saturday we took a stroll around the property.

The painting above is of the path around the grounds. I was able to get lots of great images and will do a few more. It’s a really beautiful place.