Jeffrey Brailas's blog

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
On our last trip to Big Bend I recorded the following encounter:Yesterday my wife and I went on our first hike of this trip. It was an overcast day but there were no discernable cloud shapes. Going down to the big rocks in the canyon near the bottom we saw a water stream where we had never encountered water before. We could see how the entire area drains down from the mountains and coalesces into one final pour-off. After reaching this beautiful spot we turned back for the somewhat arduous trek of climbing back up. I wasn't in the best shape since still recovering from some minor foot...
Saturday, 1 September, 2018
Update: New ExhibitionThe Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art     I am currently showing two large scale paintings in the Victoria Show: Decode 361 in the beautiful South Texas town of Victoria. All roads in town seem to intersect in this prime location in the middle of a historic district lined with magnificent turn of the century mansions set along winding streets and a large river. My paintings depict legends that reflect the South Texas culture influenced by Mexico and Central America. The backgrounds in the narratives are based on the type of rich vegetation of...
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Painting again outside in the remoteness of Big Bend, I can't help considering the relationship between nature and art. Over the years, they have become intertwined and mutually reinforcing. When painting plein air in the wild, you are directly experiencing the forms of nature, the light, your perception of colors, the wind, the insects and other creatures, the sensation of space, and it is all changing around you. The act of painting becomes a kind of narrative. Back at home, in my studio, when I am working on a mythological narrative painting, I carry in my memory, the sensations and...