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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Quick Draw: "Sweet Katie"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

The final painting of the week was the "Quick Draw" where each artist paints a subject of their choice and has two hours to paint it in. . . I asked this lovely young woman if she would be willing to model for me.  What fun!  She said yes and here it is. . . we were under cover of the Village Green structure.  Good thing: it was raining!  She was a trooper and I am very pleased with the result.  All I really cared about was capturing her beautiful cheek bones!  Thank you, Katie!!  You rock!

"High Hampton's #8"

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel  (available at Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC:  www.mountainmistgallery.com)

Our final morning to paint before the judging!  High Hampton Inn and Country Club beckoned to be painted and here I found, up on this bluff looking down at the lake and onto the 8th green, my vision.  I enjoyed this painting process so much!  What a beautiful world in which we live - especially in the Blue Ridge Mountain area!

"After the Storm" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

After painting "Young Vision" I was not ready to leave. . . however, the bright, hot sun soon turned to a chilly rain shower and I ran for cover.  Up on the covered porch I looked out and this is what I saw. . . the misty air in the valley created the most beautiful purple and turquoise mountains!  My decision was made for me!

"Young Vision" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

Tuesday afternoon found me way up a tall mountain near Glenville at Sunny Hill Farms.  There was so much beauty there to paint that it was almost overwhelming!  There were gorgeous gardens: formal and not; sheep, a sweet little burrow, barns, pigs, dogs, the house itself was a work of art. . but I chose a tree-lined fence line looking down toward the valley.  The light sparkled and the mountain view was mystical.  It caught my eye!

"Peckin' at the Watershed" SOLD

10"x10" Oil on Canvas   sold

Tuesday morning a few of us were scheduled to meet up at Mike Mishler's Farm located on the other side and up the mountain from Cashiers Lake.  What a beautiful place!  He had about 150 chickens and roosters all of which kept me amused!  As I was finishing up this painting the shy chickens must have gotten used to me and crept into my "venue."  So I rushed behind my canvas again and placed them one by one into the scene and this is the result.  As it turned out it was the judges favorite of all my paintings.

Looking for a spot to paint

Pictured here my friend and painting buddy in Charleston, Elizabeth Middour, and myself posing for a shot at Dovecote Cottage.  Elizabeth has already started her little gem and at this point I had yet to find my "painting."

"Cashiers Lake" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel   sold
My Monday afternoon took me to Dovecote Cottage in town and just behind it is another real treasure: Cashiers Lake.  Here, I am showing the filet of the gold frame in the second shot.

"Fairfield Dock"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

The second painting the morning we were at Merrie-Woode.  Fairfield Lake is the Lake around which Merrie-Woode operates.  Swimming and boating of all sorts are the focus of this beautiful lake.  In the off-season, Merrie-Woode opens its gates and allows the community to enjoy Fairfield's walking/hiking trails all around.

"Merrie-Woode Falls"

 14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel  (available at Mountain Mist Gallery in the heart of Cashiers, NC  www.mountainminstgallery.com)

The Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out was a huge success and even more, was a ton of fun!!  On Monday Morning, a small group of us Plein Air Painters were invited into Camp Merrie-Woode to capture on canvas the beauty of that magical place. This was my first painting.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Just a couple of my latest. . .

 "Mark's Birthday Present"  9"x12" Oil on Linen Canvas

"Magnolia Bloom" 5"x7" Oil on Linen Panel

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out 2014!

During July 13th through the 19th I am privileged to be a participating artist with the Village Green Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out Event for the third time in a row!

Come out and participate in the Artist Seek where you'll track down each artist and observe as they paint the breath-taking views.  You "tag" them when you scan their tag and place them on the map for others to see.

Fun, music, food, adventure and great art and artists there to meet and greet.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Breach Inlet Rocks"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

I want to continue working on this Plein Air piece from this Wednesday's outing, but wanted to post it before it got too late.  This day proved to be another fabulous day in paradise. . . saw another dolphin just feet away catching breakfast and best of all, I was able to paint with one of my dearest College friends from Art School!

"Italian Dessert"

10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

I played host to some world-traveling out-of-town guests this week and they surprised us with a gift of Prosecco from Doc, Italy.  So I had to pair it with an Italian Creme puff pastry!

"Fruit Tart Still Life"

9"x12" Oil on Canvas

The theme for the Charleston Artist Collective is "Still Life" and I thought a colorful dessert might be a nice departure from my normal floral still lifes. . . in addition, it makes for a nice treat after the work is done!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Betty's Paradise"

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

The first of two paintings today. . . my attempts at putting color and value information down quickly fight with my natural tendency to be-labor the point or put too much information on the canvas.   This was an exercise in self-restraint and discipline to do what I set out to do in the first place. . . . what do you think?

"Pink & Purple Hydrangeas"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

The second of two today. . . Betty's home was once again the Wednesday Painter's beloved Muse.  The sunshine makes her garden glow!  And we simply cannot resist her beautiful subjects!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Wave Runners"

20"x24" Oil on Linen Canvas

This will be headed to the Hagan Fine Art Gallery on State Street in Downtown Charleston, SC.  Check it out:  www.haganfineart.com

"Still Life with Green Apple & Strawberries"

14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

July's Charleston Artist Collective's theme is "Still Life"

check it out  www.charlestonartistcollective.org

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Offering a fresh drink of cool water to a local Manatee


"Window Box"

8"x10" Oil on Linen panel

Someone commented that the flowers look as though they are trying to peek inside the window. . . they do, don't they??!!
Today was another lovely day to be outside painting with good friends!  The sun was hot, but the breeze was a blessing.  And, we were paid a lovely visit by a manatee!  I'll see about posting that video next.

"Dockside Oyster Beds"

 8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

The tide was going out so fast that within minutes of starting this painting, the water's edge disappeared into mud!  A great exercise in getting the information down quickly, for sure!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

"2nd Beach Family Holiday" This time with baby

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Panel

I could rename this, "No boys allowed" since there are no boys in this picture.  I added a little baby girl in her mamma's arms wearing a turquoise beach hat.  Hope you like it!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Solo Sandpiper"

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

Trying to catch up with my posts since my computer crashed.  This was done a couple of weeks ago for the Charleston Artist Collective and its June theme: "Salt & Sun"

"Beach Combers" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel   sold

Another one for "Salt & Sun" which is June's Charleston Artist Collective's Theme

"Sullivan's Point"

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

A couple of weeks ago we set up near Fort Moultrie and painted at the beach. . . this is a view looking back toward downtown Charleston. . . a very familiar and favorite spot we like to paint.

Today's Paintings: "The Washout at Isle O Palms" & "Three Palms"

"The Washout at Isle O Palms"  6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

"Three Palms" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

Today was a glorious day to set up outside and paint!!  The Wednesday painters met at the North end of Sullivan's Island on the beach where the wash out separates the Isle O Palms from Sullivan's Island.  It was so peaceful and clear.  What a day!  Another day at the "office!"

"Blue Bucket"

6"x8" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel

"Tidal Creek Silhouettes"

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel

"Looking from Station 18"

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel

Newly edited. . .

"96 Degrees in the Shade" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Panel   sold

A day at the beach with the family and some of what I observed. . .

"Une Autre Belle Journee" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on GessoBord Ampersand Panel

 Here it is edited. . . on my way to a new computer!!   sold

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"From Sullivan's Station 18"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

Today's painting!  It was another glorious day in paradise.  My 5-year old son accompanied me as I painted; he played in the surf and communed with all the dogs that walked by. . . we had a blast!

I literally bungee-corded my easel to the station 18 post to keep my set-up from blowing away!!  HA!

"Une Autre Belle Journee"

11"x14" Oil on Archival Gessobord brand panel

My computer crashed which explains the large jump in posts. . . so I am doing all of this via my phone.  I hope that the editing (ie: cropping) I am doing through my phone shows up on this post.  Advanced apologies if it isn't and looks sloppy.  Hang tight as I get another computer :)

"Sealed With A Kiss" Final Image

16"x20" Oil on Archival Gessobord brand panel

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Sealed With A Kiss"

16"x20" Oil on Gessobord brand panel   sold

I was commissioned to capture this wedding event on Canvas earlier this month.  This is depicting the moment when the Groom was told he could kiss the Bride!  It was a beautiful wedding.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Picnic Oak"

5"x7" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel

Near the front of Magnolia Plantation across the drive from the main house is this pleasant little picnic area sheltered by this enormous Oak Tree.

"Magnolia's Prayer Garden Bloom"

7"x5" Oil on Birch Board Panel

The flowers were popping wide open at the time I was at Magnolia Plantation and the colors were brilliant!

"Magnolia's Garden Path"

7"x5" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel

As you walk the lovely paths within Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC, you will come upon this scene.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Portrait Sketch: Kellen Fundraising Donation

14"x11" Oil on Gessobord   donation

Painted live in the open air (en plein air).

Kellen sat for me for this quick sketch under a gazebo in the beautiful Springtime sunshine!

"Waiting His Turn" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Gessobord   sold

This handsome fella must wait out an injury and heal before he could be used as one of the Brickhouse Therapeutic Riding Stables on Johns Island, SC.

"Pretty Show Boy"

11"x14" Oil on Gessobord  

This is one of the horses boarded at the Brickhouse Therapeutic Riding Stables on Johns Island and is one of the prettiest show horses too!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Spring Marsh" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

At this time of year the fresh new Oak tree leaves and wispy strands of Spanish Moss dip down into the Lowcountry's salty creeks, marshes and outlets.

"Gardens of the Old Village"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

One of the most charming neighborhoods I've ever seen is located right here in Charleston South Carolina and is aptly named the "Old Village."  Here, the sometimes centuries-old homes and their well manicured properties have hosted film productions, catalog model shoots and has been the muse of many books and poems.

"Ocean Family Holiday" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

One way to experience a "Rebirth" of sorts is to refresh with loved ones on the ocean shores of South Carolina!

"Another Day"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

One of the Themed paintings "Rebirth" for May's Charleston Artist Collective's online gallery.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


36"x36" Oil on Linen

A stylized painting of a pomegranate which has been hanging in my own kitchen.

"New Discoveries" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen   sold on One Kings Lane online sale www.onekingslane.com

When my son was just a toddler I snapped this image of him on one of our first trips to the beach. He was fascinated with the sand and all the prize finds of the surf.

"Magnolia's Camelia" SOLD

5"x7" Oil on Linen   sold

The gardens within Magnolia Plantation show off some of the most beautiful species of flowers!