Friday, May 22, 2009

Lot's of work

I did get several new watercolors done while teaching my watercolor class which I have added to my fine art website as well as a watercolor portrait of a man and his dog which was a surprise birthday gift. I managed to complete two more oils as I was "on a roll". Quiet Lowcountry Lane was inspired by a recent trip to South Carolina. I went there with a friend at the beginning of the month to attend a reception in Hilton Head where one of my paintings had been accepted in their juried show. The show was awesome, by the way, with a beautiful gallery and an amazing selection of artworks from around the country. We stayed in Hardeeville and the next morning took a leisurely tour of a wildlife preserve on Hilton Head and then on to Beaufort and Sheldon Church Ruins. My friend is an artist also so we looked for painterly subjects with cameras in hand. Look for more paintings from this trip as I was really inspired.

As for the next painting. I started this one a while back after my fall excursion to Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Shenandoah Valley. I struggled with it for a couple days and was just about ready to fling it into the burn pile. Instead I left it in my studio and faced it to the wall. Yesterday, I turned it around, put it on my easel and started painting. The paint just rolled off my brushes and the results are Virginia Mountain Mist.

Today, I work on a little oil portrait of a whippet for a client.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Painting, Watercolor class

January Moonrise was completed this past week. It is a scene from right here at my home, looking down my driveway in the early evening with the moon showing above some beautiful clouds. This photo fails to show the detail in the pine tree. I worked from a photo I took as well as sketching this tree from life to get it "just right". The painting is 18 x 24" oil on linen canvas.
Yesterday, I finished up teaching a 6 week watercolor class at The Art Studio in historic downtown Sanford. I had a great group that worked really hard to improve their skills. I just had to take a photo to share. Plans are to have another class, perhaps in the fall. There is also the possibility of me giving a workshop or two this summer. Hey, if you are interested, drop me a line.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Painting winner....

Cheslie, from Chuluota, FL was the first to contact me and picked the greyhound painting. Congrats Cheslie and thanks for checking in on my art blog.
The little landscape is for sale. These little paintings look so great in heavy frames and yet are small enough to be displayed almost anywhere. They can even go on a table easel. A nice affordable way to add to your art collection.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Time for a giveaway!!

I have a bunch of new stuff to post, but need to get the pictures ready so in the meantime, I thought it was time for a giveaway.

Something different though, you get your choice of two little oil paintings, both are 6 x 8". The black greyhound is called "Soulful Eyes", the landscape is "Pretty View". Whichever one is not claimed is for sale for $45.00. So drop me an email at and be the first one to do so... you then get your choice of paintings. When it is claimed, I will post and the other painting will be for sale. Don't forget though, you do need to pay shipping which will be about $3. for either of these.