Imagine your walls with these swimmy fishes decorating them. Luxe. Gorgeous. Fun.
The painting demonstrates traditional oil painting technique. The ‘grisaille and glaze’ method has been used since oil painting was first made. Fish 1 is the sketch, Fish 2 is the grisaille, and Fish 3 has the glaze applied. All in all, a pretty result with ancient historic roots.
Tie into history! Great American Art is here for the catching.
I remember long spring days and warm summer nights riding my bicycle around Austin. It was always a joy to reach the river and feel the cool air on the banks. Maybe dip my toes in for a bit.
Got to wonder what this pelican is thinking. Sunshine for nothing and fish for free?
The Texas Coast is beautiful and rich in its wildlife. Imagine warm breezes blowing across your skin. The gentle waves roll over your toes. Keep that feeling. Return to it again and again.
It’s been too long since a beach visit happened. Time to take some time. Prints of beach scenes painted by Arnica Grace will be available at the Port Aransas Art Center beginning in August! Pick this print up there for a reasonable cost. Visit, have fun, go swimming!
A larger work, suitable as a centerpiece in a big area, this painting by Arnica Grace is filled with golden light.
Using a golden toned canvas, Arnica has evoked a sense of peace and a connection to the past. The Dutch master Rembrandt used this type of background to help make paintings glow. When drawing from history, it is always best to stand on the shoulders of giants. Many of Rembrandt’s pupils also used this golden ocher yellow as a foundation for a glowing work of art.
This large work ships rolled up in a shipping tube, to be unrolled and framed at the purchaser’s convenience.
Arnica Grace and the Round Rock Plein Air Painters got a first look at the beautiful blooms. Full of color and light, this 11″ x 14″ oil painting was made on site.
Plein Air painting is a time-honored traditional way for artists to capture a spectacular moment in time. From Monet and Cezanne all the way down to the present, painters like Arnica have always enjoyed the challenge of capturing the light and colors of the seasons.
If you like the beach, try the view from Beachgate Condosuites and Hotel. Room 533 has a very nice one! Here is a plein air painting done on that very balcony by Arnica Grace. Unframed, it’s yours for just $80. Ships mounted on a board ready to be framed and hung in your favorite space.
The plein air method was popularized by the French Impressionists. “Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” –
It’s impossible to stay inside with the weather so fine. Here is a small image of Arnica C. Grace’s backyard in early spring. The birds are back. They have pecked away at the block of food in the bird feeder. It hangs on a hook behind the patio flowerpots. The bushes are green and lush. The patio flowerpots are ready to bloom. Happy springtime! This 6″ x 8″ oil painting is only $40.
Aerial perspective is a fun painting technique. It uses greys and blues to represent space and distant objects. Here Arnica has made a strong use of aerial perspective in this painting ‘Spring Fever.’
Austin has a ton of places to ramble around in, but you will find Arnica always coming back to Zilker Park for the Botanical Gardens. Even midwinter, there are birds, bees, and flowers, oh my!
When asked why she liked the Zilker Botanical Gardens so much, Arnica replied, “the first time Ithe cedar log bridge in the Japanese garden there, I must have been all of about fourteen years old. It was magical, it was marvelous, it was my first love. Rambling in the park found me face to face with the koi in the ponds, their glittery bodies sleekly swimming in the depths. I painted them with the first set of oil paints I had ever owned. It was fulfilling, fun, it was my first time to really see what paint could do for me.
Going back to the park lately, I went to the bridge. I climbed it again, slipping a bit, just as I had the first time. I visited the koi. They are truly monstrous these days, as large as my legs, boiling and roiling under the surface of the water, looking for the food the groundskeeper surely throws into the pond for them.
It was glorious, I am glad to have lived a life in the arts. I made a painting of the koi again, couldn’t help it really.”
So, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might run into Arnica rambling through the gardens again this springtime. A recent joiner to the Plein Air Austin organization, she says she hopes to enjoy their monthly meetups.
You can check out Plein Air Austin at this link: