I'm thrilled to announce that I've been named as one of the judges for the 2016 Texas Women In Games Conference Art Showcase competition! The conference takes place at the State Capitol on Saturday, February 20th from 12-6pm, and includes great panels, networking opportunities, and achievement awards.
I spent an early morning last weekend painting this vintage gas station out in the quiet little town of Driftwood, TX. While observing the structure and all its quaint details, it felt as though I were transported to another era. I thought it was pretty neat how well preserved the station was. To see more plein air paintings, click here.
"Vintage Texaco Station-Driftwood, TX"
Oil on panel, 9" x 12" Plein Air
Copyright © 2015 Michelle Dickens.
I recently had the honor of giving a presentation at the AAUGA monthly meeting, where I demonstrated the painting process of this environment concept piece. Along the way I covered topics of lighting, value, atmospheric perspective, form, and artistic inspirations of mine. Thanks to all who were able to attend, and to the AAUGA for inviting me back as a speaker and being so accommodating as always!
Last week at Game Worlds Camp, I was invited to give a lecture on production art and return as a guest judge for the student's game projects. I was absolutely amazed by the work the kids created together in teams at the end of the week. Thanks to Game Worlds founder Alicia Andrew for having me!
It was a beautiful morning at Mayfield Park while painting this piece.
"The Dove House"
9" x 12" Oil on panel, plein air
© 2015 Michelle Dickens
It's been an extraordinarily rainy month in Texas, and as a result it's been challenging to find breaks in the stormy weather to go plein air painting. The precipitation held off just enough to capture this scene; I felt that the somberness of the grey afternoon was echoed perfectly by these two lonely old trees.
"A Drizzly Afternoon" Plein Air. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10." Copyright 2015 Michelle Dickens.
"Morning Reflections," a new plein air piece painted at McKinney Falls State Park in TX. Depicting the rich variety of greens in the morning landscape was a fun challenge. Oil on panel, 8"x10."
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