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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Beach Scenes

I've been busy with my palette knife.  I went back to my former style of painting marshes.  I think I get more depth and color with a palette knife.  I'm taking these to the South Caroline beach to hang in two galleries.
"Tides In"
8" x 10" 
oil on gallery wrapped canvas

 "Low Country Sunset"                                                                                             "Blue marsh"
   10" x 8"                                                                                                                        10" x 8"
  Palette knife                                                                                                               Palette Knife
  Oil on canvas                                                                                                             Oil on canvas




         "Cerulean Sky"                                                                                          "Evening Sky"
              8" x 8"                                                                                                         8" x 8"
         Palette Knife                                                                                                  Palette Knife


Low Country Sunset framed

Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Storm Shadows"

"Storm Shadows"
8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Sold
Two beach paintings sold this week.  I'm so happy and I just painted four more beach and marsh paintings to take to the galleries in South Carolina.  I'm traveling to the beach in a week and take more photos  to paint at home.  The ocean and the marshes are  constantly changing so I never run of our things to paint there.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Caladiums


"Caladiums"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas panel
SOLD
After a beautiful morning of painting in the Duke Mansion gardens, I sold this painting right off the easel.  One of the Duke Mansion guests bought this painting after watching the plein air painters turn a blank canvas into a piece of art.
Thank you!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

River through the Vineyards


Just a little over two weeks ago my husband and I were driving through the wine region of Germany.  This painting is of the Moselle River with the vineyards planted on the sides of steep hills.  This and the Rhine are perfect to take a river cruise or a bicycle ride beside the rivers.  We discovered many beautiful  villages and castles.  It waters was deep blue and clean.  
"River Though the Vineyards"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Renfrow Farm Flowers

"Field of Flowers"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas
$100

I went to Renfrow Farms in Matthews to paint sunflowers with my painting friends yesterday.  We were a few days too late because they were plowing them under.  Across the street where they sell vegetables and flowers was a beautiful field of flowers.  There are so many things to paint there, we will be back next week.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Calm Afternoon"



"Calm Afternoon"
8" x 6"
Sold

This little painting sold at Pawley's Island today to a visiting couple from Denver,  They wanted a souvenir from their beach vacation.  What better way to capture memories from a vacation than an original oil painting.

Monday, July 17, 2017


''The TWA Flight Center or Trans World Flight Center, opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. ''

On my flight to Germany three weeks ago I was excited to go in and out of Kennedy to see the TWA terminal.  TWA was bought by American Airlines in 2001 and the terminal was closed and saved as a National landmark.  The terminal will have a hotel built beside it and the TWA terminal will be preserved.  I was lucky enough to be based in New York when I worked for TWA.  This beautiful terminal was in many movies and commercials.  I flew at a time when celebrities flew commercial airlines.  I'm glad this icon is being saved for the future generations to explore and be reminded of the glamour days of flying.







Friday, July 14, 2017

Documenta 14, 2017

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Germany.  We started off with Documenta 14 in Kassel.  Every five years Kassel brings modern art to Germany.  We only saw a small part of it.  It was emotional art.  The image above is scaffolding in the shape of the Parthenon in Greece.  It is covered in books that had been banned at one time somewhere in the world.  That included "Harry Potter", the "Bible", "1984", Donald Duck, and many others.  It was amazing to see all the banned books towering like that.   Other art forms were:  A wall with names on it of the Mexicans that died trying to cross into the U.S. boarder and another was faceless people with their luggage traveling to another country to work (below).  It was called "Hop Scotch".  The piece was showing how these people was working but not really part of the country and are faceless to others.  It reminds me of a painting that I did from on of my Father's photograph of riding the ferry to work during the depression.  There is a loneliness and a sadness in each.

These images caused lively discussion in our little tour group of this exhibit.  It is different than what I paint.  I try to interpret the beauty that I see around the world.  My exception is the painting above. These artists paint the pain and suffering that they see.  
A good question to ask ourselves is why do we paint the genre we do.  What do we want other people to say about our work?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

See these paintings at "Three French Hens"

These paintings are for sale at "Three French Hens"
4219 Providence Rd #1
Charlotte, NC 28211
This is a beautiful boutique with gifts, home accessories, and paintings.

"Autumn Glow"
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
$675

                                            "Walking the Camino"                                              "Summer Morning"
                                                  10" x 8" ~ $225                                                       8" x 6" ~ $150



"Outside the Grid"
20" x 20"
$450

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Red Roof Barn



I painted this today under grey skies at Hunter Farms.  As I finished, it started to rain lightly.  There was no problem packing up and visiting with other artists before leaving.  This is my last plein air for two weeks.  I will be off to Germany to visit friends and sightseeing.  I'll be sketching and taking lots of photos.
Red Roof Barn
8" x 8" 
Oil on canvas panel

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer Morning


"Summer Morning"
7" x 5"
oil on canvas

< Since I moved two months ago, I have been walking by this lake on my way to Starbucks or for a walk on the green-way several times a week.  It was nice to be painting in someone's backyard with paths leading down to this lake.  Beauty was everywhere.  There were stonewalls, arbors, brick walkways, wrought iron benches, and beautiful hydrangeas.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

For Sale at Christ Church

The Guild of Charlotte Artists Summer Show is at Christ Church on Providence Road.
These paintings are for sale there at the Good News Gift Shop.  The tree paintings are 24" x 5" at $350 each.  The perfect size for that space you need to fill in your home.
Until July 10, 2017


c_pighin@msn.com

Monday, April 24, 2017

Art in the Garden


A busy weekend for artists.  Country Day School Art Sale ended on Saturday.  The Art in the Garden was Saturday and Sunday.  Twelve artists were picked for six gardens in the Charlotte area.  The People Choice winner just stepped out so the photo shows eleven of us.  We thought we took enough photos of Judy with her awards. (Loved your painting, Judy Meyler.) We painted in glorious gardens in the sun with blowing pollen on Saturday and Sunday undercover from the rain.  This wasn't extreme painting but it did have some challenges.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Big Art Sale at Charlotte Country Day School


See paintings from Spain, the Biltmore, McAlpine Creek, South Carolina beaches, and North Carolina Mountains.
 April 20 to 22
Thursday and Friday 8 until 4
Saturday 10 until 4
1440 Carmel Road

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