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Thursday, July 31, 2014

"North, South, East & West"

24"x30" Oil on Canvas

More for the Shore Bird Series. . . this one is headed to the Hagan Fine Art Gallery on State Street in Historic Charleston, SC.

"Out To Sea". SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel.  Sold

Painted en Plein Air on location at Shem Creek near the Geechee Dock in Mount Pleasant, SC

Available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"From The Sea". SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel.  Sold

Painted en Plein Air on location at Shem Creek near the Geechee Dock in Mount Pleasant, SC

available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Breech Inlet Rocks" revised

 11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel

Painted En Plein Air on location at station 31 on Sullivan's Island near the place that separates Isle O Palms and Sullivan's Island.

Available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

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" sold

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

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.

Available at www.mountainmistgallery.com

"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. Sold-commission

"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.