Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
the combination of economic issues, personell problems, and other issues in combo delivered City Mission the knockout punch.
please bear with me until i shut the stores and the shelter and get all the legal mess behind me and i'll be back in a few more days posting paintings and blathering on like usual.
and if youre a prayer please put me on your list ....
Monday, May 25, 2009
Two-Fer Sale- these two DVD's for $24.99 plus $8 shippping. catch is the boat painting DVD wont play on a dvd burner but will play on any other dvd burner. so you get two dvds for the price of one just because one wont play on a burner. for most folks like me we dont even know what a dvd burner is LOL
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
One from the ferry leaving Hatteras headed back to Ocracoke Island from a week ago. thats my "bessie".... the white truck with the camper shell in the front. she pops up in lots of my paintings!
Liked the sun on half the figures and line of cars and had to paint it!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here's one that was a real challenge. the day started out sunny and cloudless in the charming coastal town of Beaufort NC. Halfway thru the sun went behind some clouds and then it was gone. when this happens you have to decide what lighting effect you'll finish it out with. i decided to go with the overcast effect. i like the way it came out and looks just like it did from my spot on a pier, in front of the Beaufort Inn.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The above painting is another workup for a larger painting to come.
Here's the larger piece done from the small warm-up from yesterday. you can even match colors or change them holding the little piece there in your hand.
kept this one really loose by knifing in the large shapes and holding the back of large brushes. i made sure i stayed away from small brushes, mixed lots of medium in with BIG piles of paint. the medium makes things glide around alot better. this has always been my problem painting big, the paint changes ease of application. adding the medium in varying degrees gets rid of that problem.
Does it look loose, and have the "juice" and spontaneous look i was hoping for? Leave me a comment below. thanks
Friday, May 15, 2009
A little ditty after my plein air setup tumbled into the high grass surrounding this tidal pool. i love the way the houses look so natural buried in the outer banks landscape. so organic looking. i dont know anything about architecture but i'm sure they design the houses to blend into their environment.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Alright its time for a TESTIMONY! Can i hear an Amen! Amen! (insert sounds of shouting and rejoicing here!)
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the lady that lives in this cottage just moved to ocracoke from alaska. thats quite a transition isnt it! she said she visited once and fell in love with the place, packed up her things and moved. just wait till her first hurricane. she'll wish she was in the frozen tundra again!
At the suggestion of my friend Shawn, who runs Woods Gallery on Bald Head Island (and one heck of a painter!) , i tried some new paint from Gamblin called the Radiant series. i added radiant blue and radiant violet to my palette to try it out. i really really like the blue and will probably keep it. now i have three and sometimes four blues on there. the violet is ok but i feel like i can make it with my cobalt violet and white, so i'll probably use up this tube and wont get another one. but the blue is sweet! just the right middle temperature between (warm)cereulean blue and (cool) ultramarine blue. has a nice glow to it too! if you paint give it a try, i think you'll like it.
Hey....Its a tough job but somebodies gotta do it. might as well be me! LOL
And yes Doug H. i had Buffalo Shrimp at Howards Pub. they need to get some Red Bull in there and then i'll give the place the 5 stars it rightly deserves!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Did this Mother's Day afternoon. the sun was beautiful as it began to set, so i drove around and went down a dead end road and saw this beauty.
i left this morning for Ocracoke Island and Hatteras Island. i'll be painting here all week and traveling to raleigh to hold my Jerrys Artarama workshop on Saturday.
Poor Bessie (my pickup truck) with close to 340ooo miles is starting to make terrible noises but she's got to get me home, before she can get worked on. nothing worse than breaking down out of town. especially with a busy painting and teaching schedule. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that she can hold out 7 more days before going in the garage. might have to be looking for another dependable ride real soon. hope Bessie didnt hear that... LOL
i'm sad to say that i will no longer be at Topsail Gallery in Surf City, Gaskins Gallery in Avon, or New Elements in Wilmington after many years of friendship and painting sales. i wish all these galleries the best. they were very good to me and i appreciate all they did to help me sell paintings.
i'm very pleased that i'll now be represented in Wilmington by Fountainside Gallery and i invite all my friends and collectors to visit the gallery to see some new work i just dropped off. i'm also represented by a new gallery on Hatteras Island (the Outer Banks) called Road's End Gallery. and lastly i'll have new work in the new Morris Whiteside Summer Catalogue in a few weeks.
Gallery relationships are much like any other relationship. Sorrow over ones that must change for different reasons and excitement over the new relationships for their new opportunities and possibilities. the one thing constant in life is change. its not good or bad, it just is.
i'll have links to my new galleries on my right sidebar, once they get my stuff up on their websites.
'09's gonna rock!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
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Today i'm going to do a demo explaining how i begin a painting, all the way to completion.
My first steps are to draw the large masses like the winding road, the field to the right, the sky, and the dark trees. i then put cool paint (blues, purples, blood red) on all the shadow masses. then i put warm paint (yellow, orange, pink) on all the masses getting that mornings warm sun. at this stage it looks kinda weird because you might have orange trees, and pink sky.
Here i've put somewhat realistic colors over the underpainting. this method works so well for me whether i'm indoors or out. i love the variety of temperatures and values it gives each shape and the pure color underneath each shape affects it in a very subtle way. you have to see this one in person! there's so much rich color that the computer monitor cant pick up. it quite simply glows. wow... thats what monet and sorolla were after too. its a painters "nirvana".
how do you like my little painting gizmo? it clips to my easel which is a piece of pegboard on a studio easel. the piece of wood on top holds the smaller pieces nice and tight with that bulldog clip. i can take it down off the easel as its shown and move it around to photograph if i want. all without touching the painting.... even on the sides. sweet!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This is another painting using the cape cod school technique of underpainting. was fun describing the light in this painting of a blue vase and a green piece of glass. i really like the way the light glows out from the warm/light shapes. thats why i like the hensche/hawthorne technique so much. i love doing glass because its fun to describe the form in subtle temperature/value changes.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Here's a 10x8 from last year priced like an '09 small daily painting. this deal will be over soon so get em while you can. this is my studio painting palette. its glass where i mix the paint and the jar is medium i sometimes mix with the paint on larger paintings. thus the pun... painting medium= clairvoyant. ok... its a stretch.
Painted a few today from studies i did on ocracoke, but theyre so much like the studies that i wont be posting them. i've sold quite a few from the ones i did there, and another gallery wants a few of them to sell so i was repainting some. not nearly as exciting as being out in the field doing them for the first time, but hey a guys gotta eat! and buy kiteboarding gear! LOL
i'm gonna have to go back to ocracoke soon and do some more for Down Creek Gallery and the one on Hatteras Island. waiting for some better weather before making that long trip so i can maximize painting time.
Here's another one i finished up today.... Meredith College, an all girls school in Raleigh NC. i painted it plein air about a month ago to about 95% completion. i like to do the cars in the studio if at all possible. thats what i had to do today to get this ready to go to Art Source in Raleigh for graduation time sales.
Meredith College- 9x12
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Monday, May 4, 2009
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
More from the floors of my studio where these larger and older paintings have been living. but theyve asked for new homes where they'll be appreciated and not shifted about from pile to pile. these 8x10's are priced like my much smaller newer paintings so they're a deal and a half!
Wanted to paint this one because of the warm reflected light up under the eaves. i kinda like the slightly abstracted nature of it and its really warm in color. i like warm!
Friday, May 1, 2009
i'm really happy how this one came out, especially like the blue sky peeking thru on the top of the painting.
I'll be doing a free demo tomorrow in Raleigh at Jerry's Artarama from 1-4. if you'd like to see how i start a painting come on by. i'd love to meet you. its on old wake forest road at the shopping center at the 440 beltline/old wake forest exit. hope to see you there if you live near the capital city.