Monday, October 7, 2013

New Website - moving the blog

I've moved my blog to my new website - Pauly Tamez Art. This is a new format. I've enjoyed blogging since 2004, when I started "Beer, Barbecue, and Bible Study." I have a short-term goal to paint full time by 2018 (I'll be 60 then). My new website will be more focused on showcasing my art, what I am doing, and short tutorials to help others that are learning to paint.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, or are following me here, please go to my new website and register there to subscribe. I also have a monthly newsletter, and you can subscribe on the website.Also, please take time to "Like" my Facebook page, Pauly Tamez Art.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This Way, My Love

My friend Johny says, "Art is personal," and it is. I remember for many years refusing to even think about selling my art, because I felt I would be selling a part of me. I was always willing to give it away, but selling it just didn't feel right. Of course, I have changed my mind, and realize that people are willing to give something in return for something they like, some personal part of me that speaks to them somehow.
I enjoy painting, and I enjoy the joy it brings others, even if they don't buy. Art speaks to people, conjures up strong emotions, and goes to the soul. I've written before about my profound connection with the art of Bill Zaner when I first moved here. And I have talked about the spiritual connections I have made with the artists I have met through the gallery.
Linda and I have seen and admired lots of art, but it was just recently that we were moved enough to acquire apiece of art that truly moved us. I may get a little transparent here... we have been married over 30 years now, and as any married couple can attest, it's not all rainbows and unicorns. There have been some really hard years when we didn't know if we would make it. I sometimes make a joke that we he been married for  7 wonderful years - plus 13 bad ones, 3 years of hell, and the rest we just got by, but a total of 30.
So....we saw this sculpture, and the title is "This Way, My Love." When Johny told me the artist explained it to be one person being stuck or trapped, and their partner , the one on the outside, could say, "This way, my love," to show the way out, I literally broke down in tears, and realized how much that connected to my relationship with Linda. Each one of us has been one or the other in that sculpture. And at times throughout the years, the bird in the cage has been us as a couple, and there have been other couples who stood with us through some horrible times. Others have been there to encourage us, and help us find a way out. Many times, we have been the bird on the outside to help other couples see a way out.
And many, many times, our faith in God has been the bird on the outside to show us the way out. Either way, whether we have been led, or used to lead another, the Spirit leads us into relationships to encourage others and be encouraged by others. We are made for relationships, to help, to bring strength and comfort, to care enough to say, "This way, my love." We are shown a way out of our trappings in order to help others when they are trapped. It's the reason for good relationships.
This piece of art brought us both to tears, and brought up deep feelings of awe and gratefulness. It is through art that one expresses themselves, and through art another connects with that expression. Linda and I hope to meet the artist, Bien Irazarry, when we visit Santa Fe next month. I hope we can express to him how this sculpture not only spoke to us, but went straight to our soul.
And through each painting I do, somehow I hope I can speak to and connect with someone else's soul. If only to encourage, and maybe say, "This way, my love."

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New work

I've painted a lot down on the Cibolo Creek at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX. Rarely do I ever see anyone out there while I sit by the creek for several hours. My favorite spot is about a 6 or 7 minute hike from the parking lot to an out-of-the-way and somewhat hidden location right next to a bend in the creek. There is a fallen log that crosses (and appears to end) a creekside trail. The floor is criss-crossed with cypress roots and one must walk carefully to avoid tripping. It has been my favorite place since I started going there. The log is in just the right position for me to use as both a seat and a table for my brushes. It offers a perfect view upstream, with a smooth water surface reflecting the 50-60' cypress trees. The creek is only 25-30 yards wide, and where I sit there is a narrow spot between the roots where the water flows gently over the rocks and between the roots. It's quiet, and one can hear the birds, cicadas, frogs, and the occasional heron that graces the water. It is truly an inspirational place to paint, and sometimes I just sit there for an hour or so before I even set up.

I love getting out there right around or right after sunrise. As time passes, and the sun peeks through the trees, and the light constantly changes, creating some dramatic highlights on the edges of the cypress trees, and some strong shadows and light on and through the water. For a plein-air painter, it abounds with subject matter. Being right next to the water, and under the shade of the trees offers a cool place that is 10-15 degrees cooler than up on the trail. I can usually stay out there until noon, and not break a sweat - even when it's 90 degrees or more outside.

Here is my latest completed painting. Imagine being there as you view it.
Cypress Trees along the Cibolo, Oil on panel, 14" x 18" - SOLD

Friday, August 2, 2013

What Color is Water?

I spent time this morning at my favorite summer morning refuge, along the creek at the Cibolo Nature Center. I packed all my gear, intending on working more on the oil painting I started last week, but when I got out there, I decided to do a watercolor study of the scene, focusing on the reflections in the water. 
The study is intended to give me some insight for when I compete my oil painting.  I am always challenged by water, not only getting the right colors, but also with the right reflections. I love the stillness of the water out here. And I was hoping to convey the quietness of the water.
So what color is water? It is the color of whatever it reflects. It's the color of quiet, and the color of peace.  I love going out there.
Watercolor study for Cypress along the Cibolo
The way to the creek

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A short story of art and change

One thing we can always be assured of is that things will not remain the same. Change is constant, and life is very fluid. I say "fluid" because like water, life can be directed, redirected, or flow freely. Water, on its own, finds the path of least resistance. It will flow wherever it is allowed. A river or stream follows the same path until it is changed either by some major event or a purposeful redirection. If it is allowed to stop, it will eventually stagnate and everything in it and around it will die and decay.

In 2010, my life began to take another direction. It was not my choice that circumstances forced Linda and I to face some major uncertainty, and eventually make choices that brought us to Boerne, Texas. A series of events led me to leave familiar ground - in my business, our social circles, and our family. At the time, I thought it was purely for economics, and it made sense for me to change careers and find employment that required this move south. 3 years later, some of the reasons for moving are becoming more apparent, and clearly, it has been a good move. I might even say it has been the best move we have ever made.

After commuting weekly for 8 months - 3 hours one way, we moved here in May of 2011. Two weeks after moving here, on the 2nd Saturday of June, I walked into an art gallery on Main Street that changed my life. I remember there was a wall directly in front of the door that had several oil paintings of the Texas hill country. I walked over to one particular painting, and as I was looking at it, I was overcome with emotion. The painting (by Bill Zaner) drew me in immediately, and somehow was able to convey something very deep, and reassured me that Linda and I had made the best decision. There was peace in the painting - something that took me back to a time long before Linda and I met - a scene of the hills that said, "Welcome home." I allowed the emotion to consume me, and I stood there, weeping, feeling peace, like a hand was on my shoulder comforting my soul.

It was months later, after frequenting that gallery, and hanging out (I made it known I wasn't leaving) with several artists who have become my friends and support, that I decided I wanted to paint again. I had no clue where to start, but I mentioned to my nephew that I needed to buy some paints, and he told me he had a whole box of them someone had abandoned. I paid him a few bucks, acquired some canvas panels, pulled out my collection of brushes someone had given me years back, and started painting.

My life has changed as I have uncovered a passion that began years ago, as a teenager that loved to dabble with watercolor. I was lucky enough to meet my friend, Johny Rosa, a man of similar passion for life that shows in everything he does. And I was lucky to meet those artists whom I now call my friends - I've drank a lot of beer with these guys...and traveled places with them to paint. They have all encouraged me to pursue excellence, and I have gotten better.

So here I am in Boerne, an artist struggling to get better, building what will be my next career to take me through "retirement." And life is good. I am lucky to have a good company in which to work, that pays me well. I have a boss that encourages me to get out of my comfort zone. All I am learning at work, I am applying to my art. I'm being challenged, I'm striving to get better, and I am learning how to be me.

There are many of you reading these words that have been an encouragement to me, and I thank you for your friendship. For those of you that have commented, called me, or sent me a note along the way, know that means so much to me. Thank you.

Much love,

Sunday, June 30, 2013

New work

Summer days start early. The sun rises at 6:30 or so, and it's twilight by 6:00. Once the sun is up though, it can heat up in a hurry. I like that cool part of the morning - it's quiet, people are still stirring, but the birds are lively, and there is still plenty of wildlife up and around. The hills around here have an abundance of deer, rabbits, roadrunners, raccoons, etc...  it's a perfect time to be up and around. And a perfect time to paint.
With yesterday's temps being over 100°F, it was critical for me to begin early. I was determined to finish a painting before I left, and I was able to do that, as well as a couple of pencil sketches, and start another oil painting. I am practicing painting fast, challenging myself to stay loose and work with my pallet knife, and limited color pallet. So far, I am digging what's coming out.
I am missing one thing though - I want some painting partners. I learn so much seeing what others are doing, how they compose a subject, how they mix colors, how they do different things. If anyone out there reading this would like to join me, please send me a note or give me a call and let me know. I would really appreciate it!
My friend Lora has 4 longhorn cattle, and a nice herd of deer that feed in her pasture. Her husband had put out about 1000 lbs. of carrots in the pasture, and the cows and the deer were happily grazing when I got there. I did this quick painting of Faith, one of the cows. I also took a lot of pictures, and a couple of sketches. Here is the finished painting.
"Faith" Oil on canvas panel, 8" x 8"
I kept it as loose as I could and it took me about 2 hours to finish. I still think I want to work faster. But this is working now...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pintura Fresca

I love that I live in the Texas Hill Country, and even more so, that I am in Boerne, and one only has to drive a short distance to have a decent place to paint. My favorite place by far is the Cibolo Nature Center. It's always quiet and peaceful, and gives me a great place to go paint. Mornings are especially nice, because even in the summer, one can find a cool, shady place.

I went out to one of my favorite spots, where two branches of the Cibolo Creek converge. There is a steady stream of water over the rocks, and the banks are lined with some very old, very tall cypress trees. Few people make it out there, but occasionally, a wandering couple will come by and spend a moment watching or talking to me. I can spend a few hours out there, and create some pretty nice art.

I just completed this in the studio this morning - the paint is still fresh and wet. I'll have it framed as soon as it's ready.
"Twin Sentinels on the Cibolo" Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 10"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Newsletter Mailing list

I've finished another step toward positioning myself to make this a full time occupation down the road... My website is getting closer to reality. I'm meeting with the web designer again today to finalize the new website. Stand by for an announcement to follow in the next couple of weeks when I launch the new website.

In the meantime, some of you have expressed that you would be interested in being on my email list. I now have a link over in the right column to sign up for future mailings. I plan on a periodic (maybe once a month) newsletter that will include what I am working on, what I have sold, what's new, and provide some insight, links to other artists, and events. I may even throw in an occassional short instructional video. At any rate, I promise I wil not bombard anyone with daily emails, or blow up your email box with junk.  just want to have another way to stay in touch other than Facebook.

Please take a moment to sign up for my email list. Again, the link is at the top of the right column... all you have to do is share your email with me.

More to follow soon. Inthe meantime, Nigel will be standing by.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What's going on

After resisting doing this again, I reopened a profile on Facebook, and will be posting things from this blog on my page, "Pauly Tamez Art." I thought it was just part of something I need to do in order to promote my art. I do this somewhat reluctantly because I have a lot of concerns about Facebook in general. But if it's a piece of my art marketing, where everyone else is, I guess I couldn't find another place just as hot to do that.

I'll have a website soon, until then, I'll be testing Facebook for a while.

Would you please take time to "Like" my page "Pauly Tamez Art?"

Here is a new painting from last weekend. It is a smaller version of another painting I previously posted.
Also, the other 2 are completed works of the "Wette Painte" below.
"Spring Verbena" Oil on canvas, 4" x 5"

"Spring Verbena near Sisterdale, TX" Oil on Canvas board, 8" x 10" 

"Oak in the morning" Oil on canvas panel, 8" x 8"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

If you are on my email list

Please let me know. I am going to be changing up my outreach soon. I am going to get my own website, and want to include anyone who reads this. So please send me an email so I can notify you as soon as that happens.