Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanks, I Needed That

I've just come off of some much needed R & R.

My sister's birthday was just the reason I needed to get down home and visit my family. We shared a nice day at the park.

Happy Birthday Tina

(Bobby, photographer)

Tina and AJ

AJ tooks some pictures for me to paint. I love this one.

Be looking for it in my new design work.

"Back Beach with Bobby"

5x7 Oil, Plein air study

Of course, I got some painting in.

Bobby's Plein Air Study

Watercolor, 7x10

And so did Bobby.

Bobby working on his painting.

Of course, "the baby", Rebekah, is a budding artist too!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

There's a Farmer in my Dell

"For Farmer Bill"
Oil on Canvas, 11x14
We have a very special friend who loves to garden. I enjoyed his peppers!
This one's for you, Farmer Bill.


For my subscribers who are local: Don't forget about Vista Lights this coming Thursday, November 15, 5-9 in the Vista. My work will be in two locations this year. I will be at Nonnah's on Gervais Street in my usual spot, and I will also have work in the Vista Studios / 80808 Gallery Fall Exhbition. Please stop by and see me.

Marsh Greens

"On the Causway"
Oil on Panel, 11x14
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This is one of the first paintings I have done from the loads of beautiful views at Huntington Island State Park / Atalaya Castle. I can't wait to get to the others. It is a beautiful place.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Show's Over

But it sure was fun while it lasted.
This is my host. She was kind and generous to do this for me.

The food was delicious.

She had a lot of room for me to display my work.

There was art and food everywhere.
It was a complete success. Together we moved 13 pieces of art.
Sounds like a lucky number to me.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

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Fly Away Home

"Fly Away Home"
Oil on Canvas, 24x36
click to englarge

Here's a painting I did a while back but have not posted. I am doing inventories, handouts, and packing for all the upcoming Fall Shows. That keeps me from painting for a few days. This image is from a place I paint often: Station 26 in the Back on Sullivan's Island. One of my favorite places in the world. Will let you know how the shows go. I have a private reception this weekend, then Vista Lights November 15. I will be showing in two places during that gallery crawl: Nonnah's and Vista Studios.

Monday, October 29, 2007

What's in your Pear Tree?

"In a Pear Tree"
Oil on Board, 11x14

This a new painting - still wet actually. Signed it today. I wonder if I am finished? An artist signs the painting when they want it to be finished - not necessarily when it is. I'll give it a couple of days to see.


Oil on Board, 5x7

This is a shell I picked up on the beach in Africa. I was there visiting my father in 1980.
Here's a little more info on the shell: Alikreukel, also known as the giant periwinkle, common name for a large marine snail that inhabits shallow waters around the coast of southern Africa. The alikreukel is a large, rounded snail with a predominantly black shell. Old shells left in the sun lose their black outer layer to expose the beautiful mother-of-pearl underneath.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Painting Lake Murray

"Rolling In"
Oil on Canvas
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"Clear as a Bell"
Oil on Canvas
click to enlarge

Hi All. I am getting ready for a really nice show on November 3. One of my patrons is hosting a show for me at her lake home - and she's a gourmet. Should be fun!! Here are a couple that I have recently completed in preparation for that show.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Saluda Sunday

"Falling for the Saluda"
Oil on Canvas, 12x16
click to enlarge

Here I am at Saluda Shoals Park this past Sunday.
The weather is perfect for painting "en plein air."
I hope to do more of it in my spare time! Ha!
It feels so good to paint outside.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

White on White

"White on White" demo
Oil on Canvas, 8x8
Collection of Laura Schoonover
My students challenged me to teach them about painting white objects. I enjoyed doing this little painting for them. To see more about what we do at Corley Mill Art Studio, check out the website. The link is to the right.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fair Weather Paintings

"A Slice of the Saluda"
Oil on Canvas, 25x8, Gallery Wrap

Oil on Canvas, 21x8.5, Gallery Wrap

What a gift from the Saluda Shoals Foundation. Artists were invited last Sunday to come to Saluda Shoals Park to create art for the public. There were many artists participating and many folks came out to watch. It was a great day for painting. I had so much fun that I went back on Monday and painted "Riverbank." Look for me out there again on Sunday too. I will be somewhere on Rawls Creek. Catch me if you can!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Oh, I have been painting too.

Two Pear
Oil on Board

Back from Atalaya Art Festival

Atalaya Art Festival

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park
built by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington
founders of Brookgreen Gardens

They put artists in each of the rooms
and throughout the courtyard.
Here's our booth.

It was a great trip. Each morning I walked through the marsh.

and the beach. Got LOTS of good subject matter to paint.
We look forward to going back again next year.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Plum and a Half

"Plum and a Half"
5x7 oil on board
Starting to work on the next show now. Can't wait to see what I paint this time! I have a plan...but I never really know.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Beach Buddies - the last two - for now

"Beach Lessons"
Oil on Gessoed Board, 6x8

"Look Daddy", 6x8
Oil on gessoed board
Okay, I'm tired now. Have been painting non stop for a month. All paintings for the Atalaya Show are completed, and most are already framed. Will take a short break, then begin painting for my November show. Good thing I love to paint!!
The second painting posted here is "untitled." Can you help? I cannot put my finger on it. Something about her yearning to be in the sea - and the father keeping her safe from it. Who kept you safe at the sea when you were small? For me it was "Papa." We had so much fun in the waves. They would be bearing down on us, and just has they got there he would lift me "high in the sky" to avoid the crash. Exhilerating. I love how this simple little picture can take me there.
Thanks for all the suggestions! Lots of good ones. Then...which one to choose. "Look Daddy" seemed to fit.

Monday, September 17, 2007

More of the Beach Buddies

"You Gotta Be Kidding Me"
click image for a better view of the painting
Oil on Gessoed Panel, 6x8

"Sandcastle Days"
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Oil on Gessoed Panel, 6x8
Here are some more of my beach people paintings. I love to think of the dialog between these people when I am painting them. "You Gotta Be Kidding Me," evokes all kinds of ideas for dialog. What do you think they are saying to one another??
The painting is slowing down a bit now, getting ready for the show now. Framing, packing, checking the list, etc. I'm very proud of this work, so I am excited to go to the show!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fall Exhibition

"Fall Exhibition," Oil on Canvas, 16x20
I love this painting! It turned out just as I had hoped. (That doesn't always happen!) The colors and atmosphere are a nice diversion from the Summer heat. Come on Fall!

Beach Buddies

"Beach Buddies," oil on gessoed panel, 6x8
I have a whole series of beach people going. More on the way.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Here is Some More New Work

"Billy Dreher Beacons," 24x36, Oil on Canvas
Click for a better look

"Up Near Brevard," 18x36, Oil on Canvas
Click to enlarge

Working, working.....getting ready for the Atalaya show. More to come.

Here's the latest.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Here's the New Work

Click on the painting to get a better look
"Two Old Birds" 30x40, oil on Canvas

"Surf Study," 12x6, Oil on Canvas
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Click image to get a better look.
"Winter Surf," 12x36, Oil on Canvas
Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the new folks signed up to the email subscription. My list is growing. It's all very exciting. Here are 3 of my latest paintings. I have more, but will post them tomorrow, so that I don't overwhelm anyone's email. Please let me know if that happens, so that I can correct it. The top one - "Two Old Birds" was an image I have been saving a long time and finally decided to tackle it. I used a heavy impasto feeling to it that doesn't come across in cyberspace : ( . It was fun, though. I changed it at least ten times before I was satisfied. The water being on the top was a unique aspect. I took the photo from a balcony. I sure wish I knew who the woman was, but she reminds me of my Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary goes to the beach everyday to eat her lunch. She has lived on Sullivan's Island her whole life. I thought about naming the painting "Winter Walk," but a friend came over and noticed the similarity between the bird's legs and the woman's cane and the name "Two Old Birds" just seemed right.
The bottom two surf studies were done as demonstrations in my classes at Corley Mill Art Studio. Fast and furious painting to get it done for them in 2 hours. I liked the way they turned out, so I thought I would post them here for you to see. Winter Surf really looks much better when you enlarge it. If you would like to know more about Corley Mill Art Studio, just follow the link on the right.
Well, that's all for now, thanks for visiting. I will post about 3 or 4 more tomorrow. Stay tuned. Please feel free to leave comments and let me know which are your favorites.