Tuesday, March 31, 2009
come see me at City Art Gallery in Greenville thursday night from 5:30- 9 where i'll be doing a demo. my friend Jacqueline Perry will be doing one too. come check us out!
almost forgot.... doing a demo at Jerry in Raleigh Saturday from 1-4 also. where can i get one of those slacker job applications LOL
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The Lane (Key West)- 8x8- SOLD
This one has a funny story.
i accidently left my tripod for my painting box about 6 blocks away and didnt want to walk back so i slapped the box up on a trash can sitting on the sidewalk and duct taped it to the trash can so it wouldnt slide around. the wind was blowing that day around 30 mph but the adaptation worked like a charm. you gotta be inventive to be a plein air painter. always, always carry a roll of duct tape. its saved me more than once, out there in the wilds.
Near Schooner Wharf- 8x10
Bay Street Boats-8x10
Rainy King Street- 10x8
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Here's one painted from a scene on Marathon Key a few days ago.
that place is a boat painters paradise. theyre everywhere. in the water, on stanchions, in back yards, and parked up and down Hiway 1. i'll have to go spend more time there next time i go to the keys.
i put a slash of pink on the boat and what a nice complement to the turqouise water. even tho' its really not there it looks like it belongs. its just that spark needed.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here are a few that were done a few days ago in the keys. i was in Charleston painting and it started raining on me. the weather man said it wasnt going to stop for days so i headed home. lots of shipping to do and have to get some things together for the Morris-Whiteside Gallery catalogue coming out soon.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This one's from the keys. it was a hazy, cloudy day. i loved these yellow umbrellas and the catamaran.
Stopped by Morris Whiteside Gallery in Hilton Head and talked to Jack Morris and Ben Whiteside and they've invited me to show in their summer catalogue coming out soon. i'm really stoked! Morris-Whiteside Gallery is a very prestigious gallery and i'm honored to be asked.
Friday, March 20, 2009
One from the neighborhoods in Key West.
The Keys are really affecting me. i'm missing days posting, dont know or care what time it is, and hear steel drum music in my head while i'm painting.
My friend Bob and i are tearing up Key West painting near the wharf and in the neighborhoods painting conch houses. The above painting is by Bob done right off the back deck i talked about in the last post or two.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today's been kinda stormy here in the florida Keys, with a few minutes of sunshine in-between. hot and sticky of course. it is swimming distance from Cuba after all.
Did Sugarloaf Key Leisure this morning in my friend Bob's backyard. i cant resist a palm swaying to tropical breezes. he was upstairs putting the finishing touches on a sunrise painting. i showed a huge cloud bank over the keys silohuetted agains a beautiful magenta/coral sky. he nailed it, when he was finished i had to have it. its gonna look great on my wall at the house!
Later that day a storm popped up off the Atlantic and i had to paint it. it was magnificent, threatening to rain me out or blow me away. the easel was rocking a little from the gusts. the water took on a muted turquoise glow below the blue gray swirls. just too cool. this was done fast for obvious reasons. and as always i seem to like my hurried paintings because i dont load them down with unnecessary detail or (a new term ive come up with) "brush antics" LOL
Hope youre enjoying this taste of the tropics as much as i am being here doing them. Probably not! *)
Beach Boy like!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Getting my bags packed for the painting trip to the keys. Last night i wanted to brush up on my palm tree skills. those buggers are hard to get right and i dont get alot of practice on em up here in NC. we do have them but theyre not coconut palms like in florida. you have to keep them loosey goosey or they dont look right. theyre almost always swaying in the wind so the leaves have to look windswept.
this one is from a reference shot i took last year. starting to realize that i need to take more photos of stuff i want to paint instead of thinking i have to paint them all the time. sometimes youre pushed for time or the crowds are too big, or theres no place to set up. all kinds of things can make painting difficult if not impossible sometimes. i can always paint it next winter from a photo right?
the trip starts tomorrow and i'll post paintings daily from the road. i'll even ship them from the road when theyre dry enough to mail.
Precarious Cottage- 6x6-SOLD
Did this one from a reference photo and the little plein air study i did like it when i was out on the Outer Banks a few weeks ago. i really like how this one came out. direct brushwork, good color harmony and artistic license on the rickety old roof make this one of my favorites from out there.
Off 5th St. - 8x10
Going to a gallery soon. email me with title in the subject line if you want to purchase this one.
Here's my new ad in the April issue of American Art Collector. on shelves around 3/20/09
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Todays workshop in Morehead City went smooth as glass. i was teaching the cape cod underpainting technique where all the "sun shapes" get warm colors straight out of the tube and all the "shadow shapes" get cool pure color right out of the tube. then through a series of changes you transform it into the realistic color but keeping a fantastic feeling of light like monet and william merrit chase used to get.
todays painting of the tug comes from a reference photo i took from a tugboat trip i was invited on. i was painting down on the docks one day and one of the tug captains asked me if i wanted to ride along with him on some jobs. i was like "yeah"! so i took a few photos from the tug and this is one of the shots. the other tug on the job was running along parallel with us going to the job, turning a huge cargo ship around and pulling it up to the river mouth, out to the ocean. it was soooo cool. seeing this painting brings back all those great memories.
thats one of the cool things about being a plein air painter. you run into all kinds of cool people and situations. its "living on the edge" at its best!
Friday, March 13, 2009
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Really wanted to do a warm cozy interior today. its chilly and damp outside and i hung around the studio all day today.
i did all but the finer details with the painting upside down! i flipped the reference photo upside down and the canvas too. this way is fun to paint because all you see is shapes and not couches, pillows, etc. then when youre finished you flip it right side up again and see what that triangle was, what that dull orange shape was.
a pillow! who knew.
the painting stays loose this way and is great training for seeing like a painter has to to see. we want to see abstract shapes of a certain value, color and saturation. if it looks like what its supposed to-- thats the cherry on top!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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This is a painting from my Studio Cleanout Sale from the last couple of months. This Wanchese painting needs a good home and at this price, it's a steal. this size retails in my galleries for nearly $500 framed.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
These small ones are fun because there's no room on the canvas to get worried about detail. just concentrating on the color notes (the DNA of the shape) its the color, value, and saturation factor. if you put them in there right and the shapes are drawn right it'll look like something (hopefully at least)
This ones a quickie done from my cab. i love this one strip of Topsail Island. the cottages have character and sit squarely on the dune, tempting the Atlantic to topple them. it wont be long now before beach umbrellas, suntan oil and tourists start taking over the deserted beach. i can get close to these cottages, and paint without being harrassed, until then.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Dont forget that this weekend is the Cape Cod Underpainting workshop i'm holding in Morehead City/ Atlantic Beach area. Starts at 9 and we'll all meet in the Carolina Artist Studio Gallery parking lot at 9 a.m. If its nice we'll paint outside and if its nasty out we'll be in their classroom. drop me an email if you'd like to attend. details are over on the right sidebar.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Done from the cab of my truck on a cold day in columbia, n.c. a small town on the way to nags head.