Saturday, June 25, 2016

Boat in the Yard


Boat in the Yard
9x11
oil on canvas panel

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In May I traveled to Apalachicola, Florida for Plein Air South, a most inspiring and motivating time
for me!  In between watching demos and painting, my friends and I wandered around
taking photos of subjects for studio paintings at home.

We found this yard, completely full of stuff, mostly junk and went crazy taking photos.  It's the 
kind of place you prefer not to live next to but love to paint.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Little Pond on Pearson Farm




6"x 6"

oil on gallery wrap canvas

sides are black-no need for frame

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​I have painted this pond, called The Little Pond as opposed to The Big Pond on the same property, many times usually realistically or impressionistic.  This time I decided to go Colorful and Abstract.  This is on a gallery wrap canvas and needs no frame.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Two 6x6 Gallery Wrap Paintings




Into the Forrest

6x6
oil on gallery wrap--no need to frame
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Afternoon Sun

6x6
oil on gallery wrap-no need to frame

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A few weeks ago I bought 5 gallery wrap size 6x6 canvases with the intention of doing a series.  Did I know what the series would be?  No.  But once I got started I decided on
landscapes tying all together by using some of the same
colors or variations of the same.

I have another series to do--just got the canvases in the mail today from Jerry's Artarama.
Not sure what I will work on tomorrow!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hunter Farm Pond



8x10
oil on canvas panel

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This was painted yesterday morning at Hunter Farm. Our little group meets at a different place each Tuesday for a painting session. There is nothing like painting plein air on a lovely warm, but not hot, day.

We have been to Hunter Farm numerous times because everywhere one looks there is a potential painting. I always walk around
for a few minutes to see what's new but mostly to observe the light on a subject.  Then I have to
be sure I can find a place in the shade to set up.  Many artists carry an
umbrella so they can set up anywhere, but I hate to have one
more thing to carry!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Painting at the Mint



Painting on the Grounds of the Mint Museum


8x12
oil on canvas panel

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I painted this one en plein air last Tuesday with my painting group, The Plein Air Buds.  The grounds of the Mint Museum are fairly extensive with trees, open areas of grass, roses, etc.  I walked around looking for a spot--as I usually do when I arrive.  Finally I knew I better get started so I decided on this one.  In plein air painting it is important to always set the easel up in shade, or otherwise you painting will be too dark.  Been there!  I brought it inside and it just died right before my eyes!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clyde Edgerton

    Some of you may have read some books by North Carolina writer, Clyde Edgerton.  I've read a few and thoroughly enjoyed them.  Maybe it's time for me to look up some of his latest books.  He was a guest speaker during Library Week where I taught at The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia, quite a few years ago.

Well, now he is also a painter--a plein air painter at that!  Our State magazine published an article he wrote about plein air painting.  It's interesting with a really good explanation about what plein air entails.

Here is a link if you would like to read the article.

https://www.ourstate.com/carolina-canvas/

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Plein Air Tuesday




Morning at the Mint Museum

8x12
oil on canvas
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Our plein air group meets each Tuesday at a different location to paint together.  I was so happy and excited when I found this group.

Today was the Mint Museum here in Charlotte.  Beautiful weather, clear skies, good light, interesting shadows--all good except for a few annoying gnats.  




Monday, April 18, 2016

I May Be Blue!


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I May Be Blue!

12x12

Oil on gallery wrap canvas--no frame necessary--sides are painted black

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This is another of my series of female figures with fish.  I am enjoying the odd pairing of the subjects as well as the whimsical approach.  It looks a little fuzzy here--I'll try to take a better picture.  Actually I think the photo is fine but I had to enlarge it to post.  I have Windows 8 which I
consider evil and my photos get lost somewhere on my computer--therefore I usually just email it
to myself and then copy it, but it does make it smaller. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Chaos in the Dining Room





I am getting ready for the annual Big Saturday Art Show at Charlotte Country Day School.  I love being a part of this show, but my studio is not big enough to get everything framed, wired, inventoried, etc.  That's where the dining room comes in handy!

I'll post photos of the paintings later once they are all framed and looking proper.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Painting en Plein Air


The Hay Barn, Hunter Farm
10x8
oil on canvas panel
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It's Seen Better Days
8x8
oil on canvas panel
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Today's weather was wonderfully warm, allowing the Plein Air Group to meet and paint. Our location was Hunter Farm, a place we've painted before but never tire. I did two paintings this morning without ever moving my easel--that's how much "stuff" there is to paint!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Totally Focused



Totally Focused
10x8
oil on canvas panel
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I felt this figure series needed a little pizzazz such as something that did not quite fit the environment, an outlier.  I settled on fish (somewhat tropical but no definite kind) swimming around 
without water. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Contemplation




Contemplation
10x8
oil on canvas panel, gamvar varnish
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This painting is the second in the series of figures whose faces seem to emerge from a group of abstract shapes.  I've always liked painting people and this series is a chance
for me to experiment with color, shapes, and volume.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Face in the Mirror






Face in the Mirror
10x8
oil on canvas panel
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​I am experimenting with combining flat shapes, abstract shapes, and three dimensional shapes in a figure painting series-more figures to come.  I an also using some arbitrary color, which means not necessarily the real color.  I think the most obvious is the green on the face.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Styling





Styling
oil on canvas board
10x8

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I wanted to create a fragmented figure painting with a somewhat 3 dimensional face.  I used gold leaf paint (to honor Klimt and because I like gold) but think I will use real gold leaf next time.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 30




Bird Nest, Day 30
8x8
oil on canvas panel
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I didn't plan it this way, but I couldn't help but notice how joyful this painting appears.
Could it be that I am glad to have finished the bird nests and can move on to another subject???

I did not do 30 paintings and some days I was so discouraged I just wiped off what
I had done and called it a day.

For those of you who did 30 paintings or almost 30 paintings, I admire your fortitude, self discipline, and hard work.  Yea for you!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 28


Bird Nest, Day 28
10x8
oil on canvas panel
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This painting is the Where's Waldo? of bird nest world.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 25




Bird Nest, Day 25
8x8
oil on canvas panel

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I had some self imposed parameters for this painting.  Paint a bird nest that looks 3 dimensional with the lightest of values.   I don't think this painting is hugely successful, but I plan to try
again with an off white background.  I want the nest to melt into its environment.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 24




Bird Nest, Day 24
8x8
oil on canvas panel

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Everyday I think that maybe I won't be able to come up with a new way to present the theme I chose. Sometimes I set up a still life and just begin painting and the ideas come.  I often think better with
a paint brush in my hand just as some writers think better as they write or type.  I imagine that musicians also compose while playing and coaches think of new plays while they are coaching. 

I do have another way of planning paintings and it's a method I used frequently when
teaching high school art.  I find that my thinking drifts toward painting quite often during the day and I quickly draw a thumbnail sketch so I won't forget my idea.  


As you can see, it's quite small and probably makes little sense to anyone but me.  They serve to jog my memory and sometimes give birth to a new idea.  I did not want my students to use the first idea they thought of (because they were usually not great ideas). I had them draw x number of thumbnails and then choose the one with the most potential.  Sometimes they grumbled a little but the work
they produced was stellar.


Quite often the thumbnail sketch does not transfer to a larger painting and I wipe it off and begin again.  Some paintings have gone through several wipes before I'm satisfied with it.  Sometimes I use the thumbnail idea but add or subtract shapes, colors, etc.  It's all a grand, glorious experiment
that keeps us painters up in the morning and trying again.  Churchill once said (paraphrasing here) that to be happy, choose something that demands perfection that will never be met.  I think that sums it up nicely!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 23



Bird Nest, Day 23
8x8
oil on canvas panel

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For years I have bemoaned the fact that I tend to use the same colors over and over.  It's not really a terrible thing to do as it is often one of an artist's signature characteristics, but I always wanted to make myself use other mixtures to give my work a different vibe.  So on this painting the first thing
I did was mix some colors that I liked on my palette.  I thought the sort of acid green would work well with the cooler colors as well as the black and white.  I did, indeed, resort to some of my
sameo-sameo colors but also put some new ones together for a different color scheme.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 20



Bird Nest, Day 20
oil on canvas panel
8x8

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I really like abstract paintings like this in a huge size, hanging over an antique .It's a wonderful combination that keeps a room from looking dated.  I suppose I should run out and buy a bigger canvas and an antique or two!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 19




Bird Nest, Day 19
oil on canvas panel
8x8
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Taking photos of black and white areas together does not always work well for me!
The single egg in the nest is
a plum color.

Monday, January 18, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 18



Bird Nest, Day 18
8x8
oil on canvas panel
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I experimented with arbitrary color on this painting, and it did get rather bright.  Hope you don't get retina burn looking at it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 13





Bird Nest, Day 13
12x12
oil on canvas panel

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In addition to collecting bird nests,  I also collect driftwood pieces, smooth pebbles,  rocks, wasp nests, acorns, seed pods, feathers, turtle shells, etc., etc.  Mostly I pick them up when taking walks. These "artifacts" are found in 2 pottery bowls in my house and today I looked for a few new objects to add to my paintings.  The smooth pebble was picked up on the beach in France--hope this wasn't illegal!--and the driftwood on a beach in Florida.



Monday, January 11, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 11





Bird Nest, Day 11
8x10
oil on canvas panel

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I liked the idea of eggs gently falling into a soft, cozy nest.  It's been quite cold here in Charlotte--I can hear you all in colder climates laughing!  Anyway I am in my nest, keeping warm, drinking hot tea, painting in the warm, kitchen, and reading covered in an afghan.  Life is good!
 
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