Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
today's the last day of the workshop and i've got to give a shout out to the workshop sponsor Tracy Bell (tracybell.blogspot.com) who did a great job of keeping up with all the business type stuff that needs doing like ordering lunches for everyone, registering everybody, keeping up with painting sales, on and on.
the other shout out is to Sis Hall who opened this beautiful beach cottage to us for the week to paint in. you couldnt ask for a sweeter hostess. and thanks to all that came and took the workshop. everybody left with the tools needed to paint better paintings.
another workshop is planned for april. if youre interested in taking this three day class email me to see if there's any room.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Rick Nilson, from out here in Kill Devil Hills, joined us to paint today. google his name and blogspot to get over to his blog. He did a sketch of a beach cottage from memory of something we painted today.
Tracy Bell (who put the workshop together) also has a nice blog. google her name and blogspot to get over to hers as well!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
to purchase- be the first to email me or click the "buy now" button below to pay instantly with a credit card PayPal
Peggi Ann's Still Life- 6x8
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
it was soooo cold doing this one in the late winter sun with the wind coming off the ocean. hands got where they didnt want to work too good. but i think i got the feel of the place.
buy this little jewel for the Outer Banks fan in your family!
i'm teaching a weeklong workshop here and i'll post paintings and happenings throughout.
Friday, February 20, 2009
In other news, just finished teaching a three day workshop in raleigh and headed straight to my weeklong workshop on the Outer Banks, so no time to upload new daily's.
i did paint today from the front seat of my truck and was pleased with how it came out but it needs a little work before i can post. got dark on me and didnt get it finished. i've always thought of painting from the warmth of the truck but was afraid i'd be so cramped. that was not the case. i was very comfortable and will be doing it all the time on those freezing cold days from now on. i probably added 75 painting days to my calendar!
here's a blast from the past. it's a graveyard in Key West. there was something magical about the white and purple gravestones in the tropical foliage. it was breathtaking. the painting has 'some' of that charm but how can paint even come close to something that beautiful? we must try tho! LOL
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
to purchase- be the first to email or click the "buy now" button below
i'll be teaching for the next three days at Studio 123 in raleigh. if you'd like to attend, email me and sign up for the class. you can take one day, two, or all three. we'll be covering values, color, and composition in painting. lots of exercises and painting guaranteed.
this one's from early fall done plein air in the small town of Kinston, NC. there are so many old buildings like this sprinkled around the eastern half of the state.
i liked the way it looked in the fall afternoon sun. it sits right in the "Y" of some railroad tracks and i bet it was the scene of much work back in its day.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I'll be teaching a three day painting workshop next week at Studio 123 in raleigh Feb 17-19 so if you'd like to sign up please email me for the details. you can do one day, two, or all three days.
painted this fun scene of a few people enjoying the surf on one of those hot steamy summer days that the NC coast is famous for. these past few pretty and warm days have given me the itch to revisit these types of scenes in paint. wont be long now!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
have a new instructional DVD on plein air painting where i teach the how to's of painting an urban scene (Downtown Raleigh) in one session. Click here to see it.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The Little Joe- 8x10- Call City Art if you're interested in this one
This one's from the merrills seafood docks in sneads ferry. one of my favorite haunts for backlit boats. the cool thing is that the little harbor sits in the woodline a little bit, so you get trees behind the docked boats. way cool!
Friday, February 6, 2009
i'm getting plans together for my annual key west trip and cant wait to get down there and start painting. this year i want to work my way slowly back up painting small coastal scenes as i go. will paint in charleston and savannah too. i think if i like a place i'll stay there and paint, and when its rainy/cloudy drive towards home. this'll get me max painting time. my plan is to still post everyday and i'll be selling the "Florida Trip" series as i go to pay the hotel bills along the way. that'll be cool! so stay tuned....
i'm teaching a workshop at Studio 123 in raleigh Feb 17-19 so if you'd like to sign up please email me for the details. you can do one day, two, or all three.
also have a Color 101 class in atlantic beach/morehead city, nc, on saturday feb. 21st and a Painting 101 workshop in nags head, nc, february 23rd thru 27th. again you can take as few as one or two days or all of them.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
started with a black gessoed panel and laid paint on in one shot. no fades with subtle strokes of paint in close values.
no...on this ... see the color and value, load the brush and lay it down. careful now,.,,,dont "lick" it! (the term for painting a stroke and touching it again "just in case").
its a phenomenon all us painters are well aware of. its like we cant help ourself from touching the brush to the shape twice or three times. we know that the best paintings are put on in one stroke but its counter-intuitive for some reason. dont ask me why... but every painter reading this is going,,,, "right on mike, i feel ya!"
its kinda like when you know something is important, so you repeat yourself even when you know they heard you in the first place.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I love big cities! there's a real energy. the buses, cabs rushing by, people everywhere, the huge buildings that look like canyons. whats not to love. i liked this moody street scene. i wanted the yellow cab to look like its rushing by.
Monday, February 2, 2009
you know i have to paint my favorite things. thats what's so neat about daily painting. whatever is on your mind or in front of you gets captured in that one moment in time, on canvas for the whole internet world to see.
a visual, virtual diary.
Been busy (finally) working on some bigger gallery pieces this week. whenever the temperature gets above 40 degrees, i remember that i'm a gallery painter with twelve that will be wanting lots of new work when the spring gets here. i dont want to shrug and say "i've got a bunch of little ones, if you want"
they dont mind a few small ones but they want bigger work from me. i did an 18x24 over the weekend and it felt like a billboard!
today i did an 8x10 and a 9x12. i'll be ready when spring gets here. i aim to please!
i dont sell the bigger ones on this blog but i will post them in addition to my daily's just so you can see what i'm painting and putting in galleries. that way you'll know where they went and you can look for them there (if you live in NC).
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This one has a great story. as i was painting the study for this one, the guy who owned it came out and starting telling me about his great old truck.
he said in the late 60's he moved his whole family's belongings down to NC from up north in one trip. he said the stuff was strapped down in the back and it was five foot over the cab of the truck. he was scared he wouldnt get under some overpasses.
thats too funny!