Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SOLD-Cuban Cigar Store-6x8

did this the week before i left key west.
sure miss that place!
went painting with my bud jimmy womble in atlantic nc the other day. he was trying out his new beauport easel and gave it a thumbs up
it was so windy i had to hang my bag full of paints on the easel to keep the 24x30 i was working on from going airborne. it finally did later when it blew face down in the dirt. oh well the lumps and sticks stuck in the paint prove it was done outside LOL

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SOLD-Lighthouse in Hazy Light-8x10

one from my ocracoke trip last summer. cant wait to get back over there and paint again. OMGosh, that island has the worlds largest/meanest misquitos. better carry a carload of OFF bug spray !
Workshop News
i just put two three new workshops/classes on my schedule for 2013
Binders Art Supply in Charlotte NC-Oil and Acrylic Painting for the Serious Beginner, june 29 and 30
Fayetteville (NC) Arts Council,june 14-16, Loose and Colorful Plein Air Painting
and a six week class every Wed. at Nelson Fine Art  in Wilmington NC. this beginners painting class starts may 22 and goes thru june 26th. we'll cover all the basics of oil and acrylic painting like values,painting materials, brushwork, color mixing, simplifying, etc.
contact me to sign up for any of these

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SOLD-St. Phillips-0422B-8x6

$100 plus $10 s/h
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one of my favorite cities to paint, Charleston. such a pretty place and the light is wonderful. palms and dreamy light, whats not to like?

the monhegan island maine workshop in late august is now officially full, but if you'd like to be on the wait list you could still go if someone backs out. just send me an email

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SOLD- Clouds Over Christmas Tree Island (study)-6x8


Dive Shop-8x10
at Gallery on Greene Key West
$900 framed

Sunday, April 7, 2013

SOLD-Conch Color3-6x8


this was a demo for one of my recent plein air classes. i hired a model and took everybody out on the beach to paint "mudheads" ala cape school tradition. also had a lot of inspiration from peggy kroll roberts dvds. the feeling of light and simplicity of drawing were my main goals with the class of mostly novice plein air painters. keeping the values in the shadows close (and the values in the light area as well) helps to simplify the process as well.

Friday, April 5, 2013

SOLD-Postcard from Sloppy Joe's Key West-6x8

i like the dreamy morning light in this one!
Sloppies (as its called) is an indisputable must see for anyone visiting key west who likes a cold one. along with the green parrot and capt. tony's, sloppy joe's is one of the most visited bars in town. ive rode past to a painting spot and looked inside to see live music and drinking in excess as early as 10 am. thats late in this town. the crowd at schooner wharf starts drinking and playing at 7 am. its called the "breakfast club"
i guess it was some drinkers on vacation in paradise who came up with the saying 'its 5 o'clock somewhere'.
weekend mornings are great for a plein air painter because its like a ghost town downtown. theyre all in bed hung over and dont start moving around till noon or so. must say i'm glad i put that lifestyle down 23 years ago. gotta have a steady hand in this fine art business!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

SOLD-Conch Color 2-6x8-More Monhegan Mentoring Workshop News

a little ditty from the lanes of key west. some of my last ones unfortunately. heading to hilton head for a three day workshop next thursday, on the way north. i'll miss my island home but am looking forward to getting back to my family, NC island home,and friends.

Monhegan Workshop News
Looks like the dates of the monhegan workshop will be august 28-30. cost will be $225. there are just a few slots left and class size will be very small. it will be an intense plein air painting experience with many of the painters being working profession painters. we'll eat, drink, and live painting the whole time. i went to monhegan a few years ago and i fell in love with its light. everybody told me there was a painting everywhere you turned and they were right. quaint beaches, manana islet across the bay, small charming cottages and crashing waves on steep rocky cliffs all wait to be painted. the wyeths, hopper, george bellows and contemporary painters of today couldnt all be wrong right? email me if youre interested

Monday, April 1, 2013

$100-Conch Color-0401B-6x8

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back out doing some smaller pieces. wanted to put down very loud bright color on the first notes of color today. then i color correct with the second notes. i like the feeling of light it gives my work. really simplified the scene eliminating a lot of the detail. the vertical compostional elements are a great foil for the horizontal ones. love the SUV!