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Friday, July 27, 2012

"Pearly Gates" (Entrance to Camp Merrie-Woode)

14"x11" Oil on GessoBord brand panel

The finale of the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out was Saturday's
"Quick Draw."
One of the iconic images of Camp Merrie-Woode
is the entry gateway to the Camp dubbed the "Pearly Gates."
This painting is available for sale at the Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC. 
You may call me or contact David Berger for more info.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Brett Weaver 1st Place, John Guernsey, Shannon Runquist, Richard Oversmith, Charles Dickenson:  Congrats to you all!!

Trey Finney Winner of the Quick Draw. . . I only wish I had a better image of the painting. . . it was stunning!

"Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out"

"The Pearly Gates" Waiting on its image

One of my most favorite paintings from the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out is the one I painted during Saturday's "Quick Draw"  It's called "The Pearly Gates" and it is the entrance to Camp Merrie-Woode.  I am hoping to receive its image soon.  And as soon as I receive it, I'll share it with you on a new post.  Enjoy some of these images from the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out event.

"Old Bald" - Fairfield Lake at Camp Merrie-Woode SOLD

9"x12" Oil on GessoBord brand panel   sold 

The mountain granite in the mornings glowed a cool blueish-pink contrasting beautifully with all the green trees.  Had to try to capture this majestic icon of Camp Merrie-Woode!

"Virtuous Memorial"

12"x9" Oil on GessoBord brand panel   

Camp Merrie-Woode's Chapel is located here (which is to the left just out of site of this vantage point).  The small stone gazebo at the lake's edge is the Orr Memorial dedicated to the man and his wife who founded this wonderful girls camp.  Inside inscripted into the stones at the tops of each pillar are the "Merrie-Woode Virtues" taught each young girl while camping at Merrie-Woode.  Some of the virtues that I can recall are "cleanliness," "courtesy," "generosity," among others.. . I am certain a Merrie-Woode girl can help me out with the others!  :)

"Priscilla's Chic Boutique"

9"x12" Oil on GessoBord brand panel

I forgot to post this earlier, it's a plein air piece I did while in town at Cashiers NC.  I painted this on the last day of the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out.  This cute little building houses an Interior Design room, a cute clothing boutique and Garden & Home Decor store.  The red facade is eye-catching and I've desired to paint this for years.  I had to paint quickly as the cars began to park in front of me - ha!

"Philadelphia Alley" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

I may work on this more after I've gotten my eyes off of it for a day.  It's HOT down here in the LowCountry today!  Heat indices up to 110 degrees!  But despite the heat, it's still good to get out to paint.  This little alley offers wonderful cool shade from the heat and it is so beautiful too.  While painting this I was able to meet a couple who lives next door to this house and a very nice young family originally from England who now reside in NYC.  Good to meet y'all!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Lil' Valley Shack" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel  sold
The Cashiers Plein Air Painters were privy to some of the most beautiful private property on which to paint.  The owner of this magnificent land allowed us to walk through her front door onto her back porch where we set up our easels.  The home owner's graciousness was the epitome of hospitality that we experienced all over Cashiers.  She owns a Highlands Cow named "Carolina" who happened into the scene but quickly walked to a more shady spot; too quick for me to capture.  However, I enjoyed her hillside pasture.  This one is also one of my very favorites of the week.

"Lifestyle Personified" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

We went back to Camp Merriewoode to paint one more time and along the road leading into the camp was this precious little scene.  The Adirondack chairs looking out onto the lake personifies the laid-back lifestyle of Cashiers NC.

"Sun Lovers" (aka: "Kristin's Sun Lovers)

5"x5" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas  NFS

Prior to painting "Snowballs in Summer" I found these lovely pink Cone Flowers against the dark green background and thought they'd work on the small canvas format I had.  When I brought it home from Cashiers NC, my daughter (who loves anything PINK) and I thought it would be an appropriate addition to her bedroom decor.

"Wolf Lake - Chinquapin"

12"x16" Oil on Linen Panel

This started out as a 16x20 but proved to be too much for me to handle Plein Air.  So I trimmed it down and the composition improved!!!  This was done en plein air and it is the largest plein air painting I think I've ever done in one outing (alla prima).
I'm told the lake is so named because when viewed from above its shape resembles a wolf.

"Snowballs in Summer" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

The Hydrangeas in Mountainous Cashiers were so beautiful!  They are still in full bloom where it's a bit cooler than South Carolina's heat.

"Lonesome Falls" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord brand panel  sold

The gracious folks at Lonesome Valley residential community opened their arms and their hearts and allowed the Cashiers Plein Air Painters to capture the beauty of their neighborhood.  I've painted these falls before and I just can't get enough!  This was one of my personal favorites.

"Merrie-Woode Morning" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen panel   sold

The Cashiers Plein Air Paint out brought us to a lovely place.  The all-girls summer campground, Camp Merrie-Woode, proved an enchanting place for me to paint. . . I fell madly in love with the environment, the atmosphere, the campers and counselors to the point that I'd like for my own daughter to attend.   This non-denominational Christian camp is a tough place to get into, so cross your fingers and pray for the best!

"Queen Street's Color" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord brand panel sold

This was a hot day!  I tried not to melt as I painted this. . . we plan to meet back out here this week, however, I may plan to arrive as the sun rises to beat the 110 degree heat!
I do, however, enjoy being out-of-doors painting; there's nothing like it!

"Cool in the Shade"

12"x9" Oil on linen panel

The last of the Hydrangea blooms in the morning sun. . . . the color of the blooming Crepe Myrtle Tree together compile a colorful pallette

"By the Garden Shed" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

I'm back!!  My computer crashed and after a week or so at the "Computer Hospital" it's all better!  So I've got quite a few images to upload,  this one was from about three weeks ago.  After I painted "Southern Charm" the owners of that house invited us into their back yard which was a gardener's haven.  This charming garden shed with the chairs caught my eye.