Nel Dorn Byrd’s 14th Annual Open Studio Tour Nov. 4 & 5

I will be featuring plein air paintings at my 14th annual OPEN STUDIO TOUR, November 4 & 5.  Working quickly on location, I strive to capture the essence and feel of a subject.  I search for sites with sunshine and cast shadows and limit my painting time to an hour or less for each painting.  The scenes are from small Texas towns as well as sites in Denton and Collin Counties.  I have some paintings relating to the peanut industry that was big business in Aubrey previous to 1980; there is the old peanut drying facility next to the railroad tracks downtown – it is a painter’s paradise!  You can visit my website,, and click on Plein Air and see many of the paintings I will be showing.
                           Rusting, Aubrey, TX      11 x 15

                             Peanut Drying Facility, Aubrey, TX      15 x 22
The challenge of competing in juried exhibitions continues to intrigue me.  I hate it when my work is rejected, but always enjoy the thrill of acceptance,  even though I have to pack and ship which is a “real pain”.  I was excited to have a painting  accepted into Watercolor USA again this year!   “Meter Mates”, image size 22 x 30, hung at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, MO June 2 – August 27.    My painting, “The Popper Building”, was accepted in the 32nd Annual Texas & Neighbors Exhibition in Irving;  this painting was done from a plein air piece that I did at the SWS Paint Out in Greenville.   “October Elegance” was included in the VAST Membership Juried Exhibition in June at UNT on the Square, Denton,  and received an award.  And “Waiting Renovation” has been accepted in the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition in Whichita, Kansas.

Meter Mates  – 22 x 30
VAST and the Denton Poet’s Assembly join together each year to present Merging Visions, an exhibition of artwork & poetry.  My painting, “Barbed Wire”, was my interpretation of a poem titled, “Fences”, by the poet, Patrick Marshall.  This was my first time to participate  and I very much enjoyed the venture.  The exhibition hung  at the UNT Art Building in the Lightwell Gallery in the early summer months.

My friend and fellow watercolor artist, Gaylord O’Con, included my work in several permanent collections  in Texas and Oklahoma using  my watercolor paintings presented as large, oversized glicee’s.   In April, I did a watercolor demo for the Farmers Branch Carrollton Art Association and an afternoon workshop.

  Hibiscus     8 x 11
Yesteryear Gift Shop,  Jefferson, Texas   10 X 14
I appreciate your continued interest and support.  The pursuit of watercolor has been a lifelong endeavor; there is constant inspiration from nature, a wonderful  camaraderie with other artists, and the sheer joy of painting!
Waiting in Nocona    15 x 22
My OPEN STUDIO TOUR & SALE will be November 4 & 5 and you are invited; along with my plein air works, I will again have note cards.  Hours are 10 to 5 both Saturday & Sunday and I will have a drawing for an original painting given as a door prize. (image below)  Last year’s winner was Lillian Stracener.
If you’ve not yet come since I’ve moved to the country, I hope you will  stop by.  This is my 4th tour since relocating and I am about five miles NE of Denton, just off of FM 428. I have a beautiful view out my studio windows.  Address is 3800 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX & my cell # is 972-839-2993.  I  will look forward to seeing you November 4 or 5.

The door prize – 10 x 14 image of the River House Grill in Glen Rose, TX            

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