Sunday, April 17, 2011


"Coastal Sunrise" 24" x 20" oil/linen

This piece came from the Coastal Paintout held
each fall in Port Aransas. If you're willing to get up
while its still dark, drive through the local Whataburger
to pick up a couple of taquitos (a flour tortilla with egg
and cheese inside..yummy) and coffee then drive to
your predetermined painting location you might just
be lucky enough to get a sunrise like this one.

Like a good trooper I diligently got up every morning
for five mornings while it was still dark, drove through
the same Whataburger for five straight mornings and
in the process downed ten toquitos and 10 cups of coffee.
Four of those mornings I came up empty with no sunrise
to speak of. But on the fifth morning...low and behold...
there it was in all its glory and suddenly everything
just felt right with the world.

This painting will be available at Riverbend Fine Art
on April 30th when the three-man show featuring me,
Qiang Huang and Bob Rohm opens.


Pam Holnback said...

Beautiful! What more can I say!

Jane Hurd said...

Incredible! Love it.

Rusty Jones said...

Thanks Pam and Jane.

Steve Atkinson said...

Killer painting Rusty! Guess all those taquitos paid off.

Brad Miedema said...

Beautiful! Those clouds are amazing! Very powerful.

William R. Moore said...

Great painting...all of the elements are in such good balance. The foreground water and boat complement the sky so well.

Cameron said...
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Cameron said...

absolutely gorgeous! Port A at it's best

Douglas Clark said...

Great job Rusty. You really captured the feel of the place. You are right about all the work that goes into a sunrise painting. Sunsets are so much easier because a lot of times you can tell in advance if its going to be worth the effort. Haha

julie davis said...

nice, Rusty! diligence pays off!

Rusty Jones said...

Thanks everybody. The comments are very much appreciated.

Randy Saffle said...

This ones extra cool Rusty! So much is going on. Love the water colors. I think this will sell the first night!