Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Size 8

 
 
oil on canvas panel
 
8x8
 
Daily Paintworks
 
 
These are my shoes. I wear them often and look quite stunning in them. hahahah--got you! A little levity for your morning.
 
 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dining Alfresco

 
 
 
5x7
oil on canvas panel
 
Today was a gloomy, cloudy, rainy, rather cool day for April here
in the South.  So first I dug out some older paintings that I
was dissatisfied with and "spiffed" them up.
 
I do love improvement!
 
 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Field of Color

 
 
6x6
oil on canvas panel
                             http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/connie-snipes/field-of-color/212606
 
 
 
 
     Was having a hankering to use some really bright color!  As usual, could not get it quite exact on photo gallery--painting is more subtle than this.  Had a ball painting this one!
 


Friday, March 28, 2014

4 New 8x8's

           My friend, Jen Spaker and I took a workshop a few weeks ago from Patti Mollica.  It was a great workshop, just what I needed at the time.  She emphasized large brushes for all painting, and using the edge and corners of the large brush for smaller areas.  It works!  Here are a few I did in class with a little more work at home.  All are 8x8 and will be on Daily Paintworks.  (see icon to click on in right hand column)



 Rosy Tulips
oil on canvas panel 8x8
 
 
 
 
An Apple a Day Plus Some Strawberries
oil on canvas panel
8x8
 
 
 
 
Necessary Items
oil on canvas panel
8x8
 
 
 
 
 
Ready for Tea
oil on canvas panel
8x8 



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Small Paintings, 6x6

         Stellar Atlanta artist Nancy Franke recommends painting a small to warm up before starting your painting day. Sounded like a great idea to me, so here are 3 of some of my smalls. All 6x6, all 60.00 each, and all on Daily Paintworks.

 
Yellow Tree Reflections
oil on canvas panel
 
 
 
Shady Afternoon
oil on canvas panel
 
 
 
I Went to a Garden Party
oil on canvas panel
(You may sing this title if you like!)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pouring Water, CanCan Restaurant, Richmond, VA


12x12
 oil on canvas panel
 
 
Contrary to how it looks on my blog, I have been painting.  Actually I've been painting in my kitchen--my studio is a glassed in, no heat porch, and it has been quite cold here in Charlotte.
 
I've done several medium sizes (9x12 and up) as well as quite a few 6x6.  I often use the 6x6 to warm up when I first begin painting for the day.  I think it makes me a little looser.
 
I have painted at least 3 paintings from photos at CanCan.  I have certainly gotten lots of mileage from only one visit there,  By the way, the food and service were awesome.  It was a great splurge night!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Warm Colors

                                                                                9x11
                                                                      oil on canvas panel
                                                                        Daily Paintworks

This painting is Day 18 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge led by Leslie Saeta.

I began this painting on Tuesday, my regular day to paint with the Plein Air Buds--we usually paint
outside, hence the name plein air.  But it was cold and we are wussies!  One of our members set up
three wonderful still lifes for us in the nice, warm Matthews studio.

I was not too pleased with my painting at the end of the session, so I worked on it at home.  Also, you might like to know that the "green" apple is actually green.  I just could not get the color for it adjusted.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Waiter, Lost in Thought


6x6
oil on canvas panel
Daily Paintworks
 
Day 14, 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge
 
 This is the waiter from the CanCan Restaurant--see yesterday's post for a larger painting of the restaurant.  I wanted to remove him from his surroundings to present a slightly more abstract concept.
 
 
 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

An Evening at CanCan Restaurant, Richmond, Va.

 
 
 
9x11
oil on canvas panel
 
 
 
 
This is day 14 or the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge, and I have missed a couple of days.  I do have paintings for those days, but not good photos.  I shall try to get that problem solved.
 
The CanCan is a wonderful French restaurant.  I was taken there by a painting friend from Richmond and have no idea exactly where we were.  Had a fabulous meal and glass of wine with stellar service.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sunlit Aspens, Jackson Hole


8x10
oil on canvas panel
 
100.00
 
 
 
 
 
This is Day 9 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge, and we are still in Jackson Hole.  That trip was so inspiring and gave me  many photos to use.    And of course, If a painter goes to Jackson Hole, it's imperative that one paint aspens--they are so beautiful!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole

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5x7
oil on stretched canvas
Daily Paintworks
80.00
 
This is Day 8 of the 30 Days, 30 Paintings Challenge, and I am having a blast doing this!
 
My resource for this painting is a photo taken when I was in Jackson Hold this Fall.
 
My studio is a glassed in sun porch without heat. The greenhouse effect and a space heater always makes it quite comfy in the winter, but not with the polar vortex cold wave, I moved my easel and paints into the kitchen and it's really cozy. Now I can paint and make vegetable soup at the same time.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Taking a Break on the Porch

 
5x7

oil on canvas board

80.00


This is my painting for Day 7 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  This cat, named Target because of his markings, has a sweet personality and loves to be petted.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Rolling, Richmond, Virginia

 



11x14
 
oil on canvas panel
 
185.00
 
 
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/connie-snipes/rolling-richmond-virginia/191392






As my Mother would say, I am a day late and a dollar short--actually I'm 5 days late in joining Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challengehttp://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/?m=0

Leslie is a painter (mostly with a palette knife), a workshop giver, an interviewer and giver of podcasts for artists, and a former marketing agent.  Every so often she throws out a challenge to make all us painters work harder and we love her for it!

Anyway this is my starting date.  I did consider doing a series of one subject, but decided just to paint.  It will probably be mostly landscapes.

I will also post them on Facebook each day.  If you are not friends with me, please look up my site at Connie Gatlin Snipes.  I would like to be your friend!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Morning

 
 
This began as a landscape of Jackson Hole from a photo I took last Fall.  Slowly it began to turn into a wintery scene--paintings often have a mine of their own!
 
 
6x8
oil on canvas panel
95.00
Daily Paintworks
 
 
 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Your Order, Sir


 
 
10x8
 
oil on canvas panel
 
Daily Paintworks
 
 
Painting people is hard work, but I love it.  If you get a barn a little too long, no one notices, but a too long nose, a too short mouth, etc and you're in deep trouble.  I am working on my figurative painting skills and try to get at least one figure painting done each week.
 
 
 
 
In honor of Veterans Day, this is my father, who served in WW11.  He was in the Pacific on the USS Wisconsin, and wherever we lived there was always a picture of the ship in our hall.  The Wisconsin was recomissioned and served in the Gulf War.  Although my Dad was no longer with us, my Mother and my sister, and our children went to the ceremony in Pascagoula, MS.  It was an electrifying experience walking inside the same ship where my Dad had walked.



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Waiting

 
 
8x10
 
oil on canvas panel
 
 
Difficult-difficult-and difficult!  I could not get a good photo of this painting.  It's not nearly as pink as it appears on my screen, has some nice green around the boat, and the sky also did not translate well.   I did work with the editing app, but just couldn't get it to look quite like the painting. You'll just have to take my word for it!  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Riot of Color



8x10
oil on canvas panel
Daily Paintworks
 
 
 
Painted  partly from imagination and partly from a still life, this painting is an exercise in pushing the color and scooping up lots of paint on my brush.  
 



Monday, October 28, 2013

A Tree for Baby (not available)

 
 
8x10
 
oil on canvas panel
 
 
This painting is for a new baby in our family.  The baby's room has a tree motif begun with a stained glass window, so I continued the tree theme with my painting.  The "mommy" did not want anything cutesy or childish so this could theoretically go with him/her to the first apartment.  It will be framed in a white plein air frame.
 
 
The painting was painted en plein air at Little Sugar Creek here in Charlotte.  I pushed the colors slightly to go with the colors in the baby's room.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Red!

 
8x10
oil on canvas panel
95.00
Daily Paintworks
 
 
 
Although I haven't been posting regularly, I have been painting regularly.  It's just that I have such a time with this Windows 8!  It took me about an hour (again) tonight to get photos downloaded, find them (that took forever), and edit.  I wrote it all down in sequence and hope that will solve the problems.
 
 
This barn was painted from a photo I found in a stack of photos I keep around when not painting plein air.  I now belong to plein air groups, which I love.  Painting with friends is the best!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Little Sugar Creek, Charlotte, NC

 
 
8x10
oil on canvas panel
 
Today's weather was gorgeous, so two painting friends and I trekked
 down to Little Sugar Creek for some plein air painting.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Louisana Bayou


8x10
oil on canvas panel
 
Quite a few years ago, at a small family reunion, one of our activities was taking a
swamp tour.  I'm not exactly sure where we were--my sister made the arrangements.  At that time I
was still using a camera with film.  I took a boatload of photos, but this is the only one
I can find.  I came across this one about a week ago and thought it would be
fun to paint.  You see, I had painted it once before and I wanted to see how much
my painting style had changed and I hoped, improved.
 
I have no idea where my first one is,  but I do think this one is better than the first.
 

 
 
 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Virginia Farm

 
 11x14
 
oil on canvas panel, damar varnish
 
Daily Paintworks
 
 
 
 
    I seem to have a love affair with hay bales.  I've certainly painted quite a few.  This is a studio piece painted from a photo from my Nimrod Hall days.  Nimrod Hall is sort of an artist's retreat in a rural part of Virginia.  Many people go year after year--a tradition with painting and relaxing for a  week or two.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

Passing Through

 
 
 
11x14
 
oil on canvas panel
 
 
 
 
 
You may possibly be wondering where I fell off the earth.  Actually, I had to buy a new computer, and I now have The Evil Windows 8.  It has been quite the learning curve--I just today figured out how to arrive at Blogger Dashboard.
 
 
This little path was found in one of Charlotte's many parks.  I just cannot remember which one.  I certainly do remember, however,  how hot, humid and mosquito ridden it was.  I still love to paint outside, and I know it's good for working on painting skills.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Clothespin by Claes Oldenburg, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia



8x8
oil on canvas panel
Daily Paintworks



This 10 foot sculpture by Pop Artist, Claes Oldenburg, is in the lobby of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond.  I couldn't find much info on it, although I recognized it immediately from college art history classes.  I'm reasonably sure it is not the original one--it's too small for that, only 10- feet.  Oldenburg is still alive although in his 80's, I believe.

I was in Richmond this spring for a painting workshop with Ann Blair Brown and visited the museum before leaving for home the last day.  By the way, it was an excellent workshop.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Picking up Shells in February, Edisto Island


5x7
oil on canvas panel


This is Sharon, a college drama professor.  Don't you love the colors of her outfit--she is properly dramatic, and so much fun.