Friday, November 17, 2017

"Autumn Days" sold


"Autumn Days"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
plein air
SOLD

So excited that two of my plein air paintings from Hunter Farm have sold.  I painted this on a beautiful autumn day last month.  The children were out on a field trip running around and taking photos in front  of the wagon I painted.  Maybe you can still feel that energy in the painting. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Figaro"


"Figaro"
oil on linen panel
5" x 7"
This was a birthday present for a friend of mine that just adopted a two year old gorgeous black and white cat.    The photo is a little blurry but I think the painting turned out and showed his personality.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

"Not Moving"

"Not Moving"
9" x 12"
oil on canvas
SOLD
A childhood friend of mine just bought this painting.  Thank you, Louise.  I will mail it in a few days when it is dry.

Friday, November 3, 2017

"Tides In" Sold


"Tides In"
9" x 12"
oil on galley wrapped canvas
SOLD
This painting of the beach and sand dunes just sold yesterday.  This is from a photo taken last year at Litchfield by the Sea.  I love the South Carolina beaches and especially around Charleston and Pawleys Island.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

"Not Moving"


"Not Moving"
oil on canvas panel
9" x 12"

My plein group visits this farm often.  Not only do they have old Barnes, silos, cows, and other animals, they have a wonderful truck that is nestled down in to the grass and weeds there.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

For Sale At Christ Church


I have eleven paintings for sale at Christ Church.  Many different sizes and prices.  From November 1 to November 29, 2017
1412 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207
Purchase at the Good Will Shop
30% goes to the Church's outreach program






"Tides In"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
Another scene from Folly Beach Marsh.  I was waiting for two days to see the tide come in the marsh.  It was worth the wait.  The water just glistened through the golden marshy grass.  See this and more at Christ Church.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Wedding Sunset"


"Wedding Sunset"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas
I went with the Aunt of the bride to a beautiful wedding on Folly Beach.  The sunset was beautiful on the ocean side and the marsh side.  There was a very romantic photo taken of the bride and groom here.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Water View


I took about twenty photos of this scene from the house I was staying in at Folly Beach.  The shadows and colors changed all day long.  The tide also came in and out of marsh.  It was such a beautiful weekend and so lucky to be a guest there.

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Red Bridge"


I was visiting the Magnolia Plantation last month in South Carolina.  I was a tourist enjoying the plantation  and was taking photos that I might want to paint later on.  In this spot there was a plein air painter doing what I do almost every Tuesday.  Too bad the plantation is four hours from where I live.  I will have to settle for photographs.

Monday, October 23, 2017

"On the Rocks"


"On the Rocks"
8" x 8"
Oil on canvas
This will be for sale at Christ Church in the afternoon of November 1 until November 29.
1412 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207
Can be purchased at the Good Will Shop and 30% donated to needy women and children through Christ Church.

The lighthouse is located in Nova Scotia in a small fishing village called Peggy's Cove.  I stopped there during a New England and Canada cruise.  They have the best lobster in the world. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Magnolia Bridge"


On a recent visit to South Carolina, a friend and I visited beautiful Magnolia Plantation.  It was a perfect day for photographs.  I love this white bridge there.  I love the swamps and the peacocks that refused to show us their colorful plumage.
"Magnolia Bridge"
12" x 12"
Oil a wrapped canvas
$200

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Sassy Pear"


"Sassy Pear"
8" x 6"
Oil on canvas panel
$175
For sale at "Three French Hens"
4219 Providence Rd # 1
Charlotte, NC

Have you ever been to the produce department at the grocery store and have a piece of fruit call out to you?  This sassy pear did.  It was sitting right on top with a long slender stem and a beautiful touch on gold on it.  The thing about pears are that they are such a good subject. They come in lots of sizes, shapes, and colors.  Combine that with any color background and you have a fun painting.  You could say that I love pears. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Gamblin Oil Ground


What do you do with all of your plein air panels once you have painted on them and want to reuse them?  I have tried sanding and toning them and sanding  and using oil kilz from the paint store.  The other day I bought Gambin oil ground and watched the video on how to apply it.  I got all the tools ready, credit card, oil ground, gamsol or turb, palette knife and paint roller.  Then I watched the video.  I added a little gamsol to the oil ground and mixed it up on my  palette.  After applying then I  spread it with a credit card.  Then I lightly rolled it with a roller.  I did eighteen of these.  I guess I had a lot of plein air mistakes.  I have let them dry for three days and I should be all set to paint another eighteen masterpieces.
I was also listening to Leslie Saeta blog talk radio today.  Her co host suggested a book called "Backpacker Painting Outdoors with Oil and Pastel" by Michael Chesley Johnson.  Maybe after I read his book I won't need to paint over so many panels.  Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn Days


"Autumn Days"
Hunter Farms, Weddington
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
For Sale at "Three French Hens"  $225
4219 Providence Rd
Charlotte
A beautiful day to paint at Hunter Farms with many choices.  They have old barnes,  a petting zoo, farm equipment, hay rides, and lots of pumpkins.  While I was painting this scene a bus load of young children arrived and were running around looking at everything and picking out their pumpkins to take home.  I brighten up this painting a bit when I got home.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Wilbur's Cousin" SOLD


The story of "Wilbur's Cousin".  
There is an egret named Wilbur that hangs around "Independent Seafood" in Georgetown.  They feed him shrimp and other yummy things.  I saw a beautiful egret in the marshes of Hunting State Park.  I wanted to honor Wilbur so I named this one "Wilbur's Cousin".  This painting sold a couple of weeks ago.  I know the new owners will love this painting as much as I do.

"Plane Trees" ~ Honorable Mention


This painting was from a photo that I took at Lake Constance in Germany.  The title was quite a topic of discussion.  Did I mean that the trees were plain and I spelled it incorrectly or was it a type of tree or what did the title mean? Here is the definition of  Plane Trees.  
"These large trees are native in North America, eastern Europe, and Asia and are characterized by scaling bark; large, deciduous, usually palmately lobed leaves; and globose heads of flower and seed. The plane trees bear flowers of both sexes on the same tree but in different clusters." 
So there you have it.  I've seen these trees all over Europe and I think they are beautiful.
See this painting at the Guild of Charlotte Artists Fall Show at Novant Hospital in Matthews.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sold in Gerogetown

"Winter Beach"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas


"Beach Path"
6" x 8"
oil on canvas

I love these two paintings that just sold.  The beach scene is from a photo that I took one windy January day on a South Carolina beach.  The painting looked windswept to me and washed clean.  The other painting was from a photo that I took on a beach in Cape Cod.  The water is a deeper blue their than the South Carolina beaches.

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Standing Alone"

"Standing Alone"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
I took a photo in Germany while driving along farmland with windmills in the background and I saw this row of trees.  This scene just stuck me.  I loved how the one tree stood alone among all the other trees.  Sometimes as a transplant from California this is how I feel.  I wanted to make this lone tree shine a little brighter next to the other trees.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Beach Blue" Sold


"Beach Blues"
18" x 24"
oil paint palette knife
Sold
I also painted this in a 36" x 48" that is for sale.  I made a collage from my different sunsets at the South Carolina beaches and made this abstract.  I love this painting and I'm so happy that someone else does also.

Friday, August 25, 2017

"Matthews Alive"

See these paintings for sale at the McDowell Art Center.
123 W McDowell St, Matthews, NC 28105
September 1 thru September 30
2017


"Seaside"
8" x 10"
plus frame
$225


"Vacation in Europe"
8" x 10"
plus frame
$225
The top painting was painted from a photo that I took at Huntington State Beach Park in South Carolina.  I was standing in a spot where I could see the ocean, sand dunes, and the marsh on a very hot day in August.
The one below was painted from a photo that I took in Germany.  It is the Moselle River with the vineyards growing on the sides of the hills.  This was a great driving trip but it is also great for bicycles riding along the river.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Touch of Gold


A Touch of Gold
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
Palette knife painting
Adding one more to my low country paintings with a palette knife.  The easiest way for me to paint loosely is with a palette knife.  The colors seem crisper and more vivid with my palette knife.  I look forward to doing more thickly textured palette knife paintings.

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