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.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still Life

Posting two new still life.  It is always fun to paint fruit.  There are a colorful warm up exercise.

"Red Apple"
4" x 4"

4" x 4"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

These Paintings are for sale at 

Novant Health Cancer Center, Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 

"Blue Door" 24" x 18"

                                  "Open Arms  24" x 24"                                  "Broken Fence"  8" x 10"

                                                        11" x 14" Hay Bales

Friday, January 6, 2017

See these Paintings at 3 French Hens

Rose Garden 10" x 8"and Looking at You 8" x 10"

 Garden Peppers   8" x 10"            

Autumn Glow 24" x 24"

Saturday, December 31, 2016


24" x 30"
oil on gallery wrapped canvasI
On a weekend trip to the mountains, my family and I hiked Roan Mountain.  The views were fabulous.  It was so cold that the fog froze on everything.  That is not snow on the trees.  The Blue-ridge Mountains are in the background.  It was a joy to paint this scene.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Waiting for Spring

"Waiting for Spring"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

December is always a busy month filled with shopping and getting together with friends.  I saved a little time this month to paint this little bunny.  It is a present for a mother-to-be.  The baby girl is expected in April.  This is a token of my appreciation to the mother-to-be.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inspiring Books

Think about getting these inspiring books for Christmas.
"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert was recommended by artist Karen Weihs on her blog.
The other book is "To Bless the Space Between Us" by John O'Donohue.  This book was recommended by artist Jean Cauthen.  I have taken workshops from both these artists and look forward to reading one or both of these books.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Beach Sunset


"Beach Sunset" Sold at Christ Church.
 Stop by All Saints Hall to see two more paintings for sale during the month of December and January.

Coastal Beauty
18" x 24"

Lazy Afternoon
10" x 10"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Robin Blue"


More paintings for sale at Christ Church until December 5th.
Stop by All Saints Hall.

Shop Hours
Sunday, 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday

Sunday, October 30, 2016

For Sale at Christ Church!

October 31 to December 5
Christ Episcopal Church
All Saints Hall~Good News Shop
1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC

Twelve paintings are lined up in my studio awaiting packing and transport to Christ Church tomorrow morning.
Visit the "Good News Shop" to purchase.  Thirty-five percent of all sales goes to the Christ Church outreach program.

The canvas sizes range from 8" x 8" to 30" x 30".