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

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"

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"

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

"Outside the Grid"
20" x 20"

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

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Studios from 2002 to 2017

I have moved and packed and unpacked 94 paintings, photos, drawings, and one watercolor from 17" x 20" to 36" x 48".  Also at least 100 small paintings.  Today, I unpacked the last box.
As many of us did, I started painting in my kitchen.  I started in 1997 in the kitchen.  Then the next house I had a real studio.  In my next house in 2002, I painted a mural in a bedroom and made that my studio.  Later on I move downstairs in my basement where there was more room.  Today I have moved all my things into my new studio in a new house.  Below are the photos facing north and then facing south of my new studio.  There is lots of work to do  before making it into a working studio.  I look forward to the challenge.

Old Studio
New Studio Below

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Picking out wall color for you studio.

What is the best background colour for your studio walls & why does it matter?

I mentioned in another blog post that I am moving and will have a new studio.  I started doing some research on what would be a good color.  The first post I read was the most informative.  Analysis what kind of paintings you will be be doing in your studio.  This information come from Will Kemp.  For dark paintings such as classical still life, paint the walls dark,  For portraits he suggested sage green and for paintings from photos and abstracts, a white like White Dove from Benjamin Moore.  In Monet's studio he used yellow ochre.  The size of the studio and light also make a difference.  I have north light, a large studio, and I paint from photos and paint abstracts.  The wall are now dark blue.  I will continue my search for the right color.  Dove white below.

"Quiet of the Day"

Quiet of the Day
12" x 12"

This painting sold at a charity event for Myers Park High last month.  I was too busy to post before.  It has been a crazy month and half getting ready to move.  I will be so excited to move at the end of month and put my time back into painting instead of packing. 
Still thinking about what color to paint my new studio.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Island Art Gallery

A wonderful weekend break in Pawleys Island.  The weather was cool but the sunsets were red hot.  Carol's art at Island Art Gallery.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Old Barn

Old Barn
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

Another beautiful day in Matthews to paint this barn.  We learned about this barn from the historical society as they were stopping by to check what repairs the barn needs.  The barn was built in 1880 and owned by the Phillips.  It is the only barn in town in Mecklenburg County.  It is just off a busy street in downtown Matthews.  So happy that this historical site is protected from the wreckers ball.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Barn with a Green Roof

Barn with a Green Roof
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

A beautiful spring day to paint outside.  February can beautiful and warm or we could have a snow storm.  Painters take advantage and head outside to capture the colors of spring.  The barn is just off a main intersection in Matthews.  I'm afraid this scene won't be here long because the Charlotte area is growing so quickly that it seems that every wooded area is being replaced with houses.  I think our plein air group will be back this week to paint this beautiful barn again.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Blog Look

I wanted to share with you my studio.  I am moving in a month and the studio is one of my safe places. That means it will be the last packed. We are working from the top down including the attics.  We have moved most of my art here.  No this isn't everything,  I have frames behind the camera and loads of art supplies also behind the camera.  The buyer is coming again so my studio is full but staged.  As I spent a short time painting today, I listened to Leslie Saeta's latest AHA blog talk radio broadcast.  The subject was "Steps to starting a new blog".  It was very interesting and I want to listen to it again.  
How does this relate to moving?  As I'm stripping down art off the walls and packing precious objects d'art, I realize how clean and fresh everything looks.  So is a clean and fresh blog.  I learned to today that a white background on a blog is a fresher look than my dark grey background.  So after the show I went straight to my blog to change the background.
I look forward to sharing with you my fresher blog and my new studio.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Small Business Revolution
Georgetown, SC

I love Georgetown, SC.  Watch the video below to see why.  I have several paintings at D. Newk's next to Independent Seafood on Cannon St.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle
10" x 8"
oil on canvas

Our plein air group is painting still life this month.  We said because of the cold but yesterday was beautiful outside.
For Sale on DailyPaintworks.