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Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Faithful Path (Autumn Path)" sold

6"x4" Original Plein Aire Oil on Canvas Board $35.

A sweet little study. Must go back and paint there again! What a blast!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"Autumn Marsh" sold

5"x7" Original Plein Aire Oil on Canvas Board $75.00 SOLD

There are so many beautiful colors that can be seen in a marsh scene. I tried real hard to capture most of them!

"Along the Coastline" sold

8"x10" Plein Aire Oil on Linen Board. SOLD

I loved the patterns between the positive and negative notes; the shapes that the light and shadow create. I think that this painting indicates an influence of the right kind by a fellow artist. "I'm starting to get it!"

"Afternoon Autumn Marsh" SOLD

5"x7" Plein Aire Oil on Canvas mounted Masonite board. $75.00 SOLD

I couldn't get past the cool blues in the background of the horizon and distant shoreline. It was captivating!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Talor's Portrait - Third Application

I worked a bit more on Talor's dress here. I haven't yet touched the obvious "portrait elements" like the face and hands and hair since I first laid them in during the second application. I want to be sure that the foundation of the entire canvas is set before I embark on the details.
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"Autumn Still-Life (with Wooden Basket and Glass Jug)"

Unbeknownst to my painting friend, Susie, it is she who named this work. I thought it fit. Thank you, Susie!

Also, in the time that it took to paint this one, the image emerged from a series of transitions (not unlike Autumn: leaves in transition, transistional weather, time changes, etc. . ). Not to say that an "arrival" of sorts has been achieved, but I like this stop so far, thanks in a great measure to the insightful eyes of those with whom I paint: Anne and Leslie (and Susie who unfortunately couldn't paint with us today - whose presence was missed). "Precious Jewels" ALL of you!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

"Second Application to Talor's Portrait"

It's a little shiney from the flash. Perhaps tomorrow afternoon I'll retake this picture in the sun (after working on it a bit more) so you can get the full affect.
There's still a lot to do, but I am pleased overall with the progress.
As my 4-year old would say: "look, piggies!!" I formalized Talor's left foot a little bit. I don't want to make her feet too "obvious" after all, your attention should be on a young lady's eyes.

Friday, November 02, 2007

First Application "Portrait of Talor"

Portrait of Talor - First Application

36"x24" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

This is the first application or "underpainting" of the actual portrait from which I did the earlier study (note the smaller study in the background).
I'm pleased with how this turned out so far. . . I'll keep you posted on its development!

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Late Afternoon Reflections"

11"x14" Plein Aire Oil on Stretched Linen $300.00 SOLD

Adjacent to my backyard is this pond which backs up to wetlands. This relatively small plot of Real Estate can be the source of so much beauty! I worked diligently in capturing the quickly setting sun and how the colors were influenced by it.

"A Break From The Storm - Folly Beach"

8"x10" Plein Aire Oil on Stretched Linen

I was compelled to capture on canvas the dycotomy of the ominous, dark, looming clouds next to that single, bright, crystal clear blue sky: a ray of hope, if you will. A wonder that will never cease to be a challenge and yet a sublime pleasure to try to depict. Is this not life itself?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"The Pathway Home"

10"x8" Plein Aire Oil on Stretched Linen SOLD

Feeling a little sunburned from an earlier painting I was working on at the Beach, I felt that it was time to call it a day and head out. As I was leaving the beach I made it to some shade and noticed this nice "tunnel-like" pathway. I just had to make time for one more, so I set up again and here is the result.

"Rocky Shore"

SOLD 8"x10" Plein Aire Oil on Linen Board

God gets all the Glory for this day!! What Peace! What Sanctity! What a sense of Calm I had painting. One of my painting friends, Susie, made the comment, "It just doesn't get any better than this." And she was right. Aside from the fact that we were in a gorgeous and rather remote location, the sun and clouds were bright and beautiful. The air temperature was comfortable and if we got a little too hot, we simply slipped off our flip flops and dipped our toes in the surf. The folks who live here own a little piece of Heaven on earth! I think I may have gotten a little too much sun, though. It's tough to leave paradise.

"Beach Front Path"

SOLD 10"x8" Oil on Linen Board

Looking around for something to paint, my eye caught sight of this beautiful little pathway from the homes beyond the trees down to the beach where I was standing. It was so nice this day: the hot sunshine beating down on me, yet I was being cooled by the lapping surf of the cool ocean. What a treasure to be a part of such a scene!

"Look At What The Tide Brought In"

Not available for sale
8"x10" Plein Aire Oil on Linen Board

It was such a bright morning this morning when this was painted. It certainly was a glorious day for painting! Oh! I almost forgot, the bundle in the foreground was an interesting item. It looked as though someone had tied four palm tree trunks together with what is now a very rusted cable. I wonder what its original purpose was.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Gesture of a Tree"

"Gesture of a Tree" Plein Aire 8"x10" Oil on Stretched Linen SOLD

Today, my painting friend made a comment about how she looks at trees like people - each tree has a personality and a "gesture" like people do. She is right. After that comment, I will never view a tree the same way again. What used to intimidate me to boredom now intrigues and inspires me. Just behind this tree and the background dunes lies the sea; and this close proximity to the ocean breezes causes foliage to "grow" with the wind. I was enthralled with painting this epiphany of freedom! Even the distant palms in this piece have a gesture and a personality to them.

Friday, September 28, 2007

"Deacon Blue"

11"x14" Oil on Stretched Canvas. $400. SOLD
The model took on this pose and settled into a comfortable position. As the small group of us artists painted, Steely Dan played quietly in the background: "Deacon Blue". It seemed to fit. click on image to enlarge

"Seated Nude"

10"x8" Oil on Linen Board SOLD
This is a little study of a beautiful young woman I'll call "Jennifer"
Figurative and portraiture paintings are some of my very favorites to create. I can't express just how blessed I am to be able to "do" the very thing that God created me to do. I feel so alive at this time in my life because of the privilege to paint and create works of art. And I get to paint with some of Charleston's FINEST artists!! Wow, can somebody pinch me???

"The Pink Door"

10"x8" Oil on Linen Board SOLD
The Pink Door was an inspiration of our painting friend, Anne, who passes by here regularly. Although a typical Downtown Charleston one room house, there was something about the character of this Robin's Egg Blue building with the open Pink door. It wasn't difficult for Anne to turn us all on to this potential painting.

And "Who left the door open, anyway??" As we painted, we saw at least two of its residence come by to check the mail and then drive away. No body bothered to ever close that Pink Door.

I feel that this particular painting of mine is unfinished. I did have the where-with-all to bring my digital camera and snap a few shots for additional work in the studio. I think that I got a pretty good start though. I'll keep you posted on how this one develops. Until I complete it, however, it isn't for sale just yet. (Let me know via comments if you are interested in this and can't wait for further development.) Click on image to enlarge

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Lone Palm Tree"


The painting group found this abandoned property on which this lone palm tree stands and overlooks the waterway. Click on Image to Enlarge

Friday, September 21, 2007

Portrait of Talor

"Portrait of Talor" 12"x9" Oil on Linen
I am so thrilled with this commission to paint Talor's portrait. We did this little study in Washington Park this morning and I was very impressed with the self-discipline of this young lady.
Prior to and after the study in oil, we took many photographs all from which I will work to produce the 40"x30" painting (approximately). I will continually post updates of the painting's progress.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"Three Trees"

"Three Trees" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Board
I loved the patterns that were created by the "holes" in between these massive oak trees and how they related to one another.

"Backyard Breezes"

SOLD "Backyard Breezes" 8"x10" Oil on Canvas
This painting marks the first "chilly" day of the Autumn season despite the 75+ degree temperatures. The breezes kept us all cool and dry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"Afternoon in the Shade"

"Afternoon in the Shade" 9"x12" Oil on Canvas SOLD

Those blue chairs and the red bike seemed so inviting that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put down the experience on canvas.
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"The Dunes' Gatekeeper"

"The Dunes' Gatekeeper" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Board SOLD
It was too beautiful to go in just yet, so I had to squeeze just one more painting in before the day is done.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Old Boat House

"The Old Boat House" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Board

What a fun and interesting subject. This old house has a character all its own. I especially love the uneven boardwalk out to its dock.

Approaching Storm Over Charleston

"Approaching Storm Over Charleston" 8"x10" Oil on Canvas sold

It was a gorgeous and clear morning to paint. Suddenly I heard a distant rumbling of thunder and couldn't resist the dramatic cloud formations blowing in over the Peninsula; I had to act fast! The sky was so azure blue and the edges of these dark, ominous clouds were quickly encroaching on the tranquil blue. It was "cut and dry."

Monday, September 10, 2007

"Marshland Driftwood"

"Marshland Driftwood" 8"x10" Oil on कान्वस्बोअर्द sold

The natural "framing" that occured witht he shadows of the foliage juxtaposed behind the whitish surface of this large, downed tree just had to be painted.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"Marshside Cottage"

"Marshside Cottage" 10"x8" oil on CanvasBoard

One of the first beautiful sunny days to get out and paint in what seemed like forever! The abundant rain we've been receiving along with the transition of school starting just kept me indoors. Ah, SUNSHINE!

Thanks to Anne for her on point critique.