Monday, September 14, 2015

Paint Out at Southport, North Carolina

     Southport is the most charming little coastal town--just full of wonderful places to paint everywhere I looked.  Four of my Plein Air Buds and I went this past weekend to get our toes
wet in the water of a real paint out.  I painted 3 paintings on Saturday between 8 and 2 (yes, I
was surprised I could do that many!) and sold two at the afternoon sale.  It was great fun, stressful
when windy, and we all agreed we learned a lot of things to do for our next paint out.

The table for the Charlotte Five, as we called ourselves, at the sale.

These two were sold.

Showing sold one in frame.  Pardon poor format, but the photo was taken while painting
was on the table.  The corner pads were left on to protect the frame.

This is the one I brought home.  It is for sale on Daily Paintworks, frame and all!

Dinner at the Fishy Fish Restaurant

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another landscape

The Little Pond, Pearson Farm
oil on canvas panel
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Another landscape--I'm on a roll! I have painted this little pond several times.  It is just in the perfect place as relation to light.  There're always a good reflection no matter what time of day and usually a nice glow on the tree.
I plan to paint landscapes for a week or two and then switch to a new series.  Hope you will come back, or better yet, follow me.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Painting Landscapes

Afternoon Pasture

Well, that's a pretty small photo.  I did click on large but I
suppose the camera ignored me.

About painting landscapes--I do love to paint landscapes, expecially
ones with water of some sort.  I also read one time that landscapes
are the most popular sellers.  I'm not sure I entirely aggree with
that.  I think the best selling paintings are the
best paintings regardless of the genre.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Painting in the country, plein air

Hay Bales in the Field
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This was painted roadside and en plein air.  It was a lovely day and I enjoyed every minute of it.
The air was fragrant and the temperature was neither cold nor hot.  I am a terrible wuss about
painting in uncomfortable weather.  I do admire those plein air painters who walk 5 miles up a mountain, with all their painting gear, to find that perfect place regardless of the elements.  Not me!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Small and Collectable

Serenity at the Lake
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I have been reading Carol Marine's book which tells, among other things,
her life as a painting a day artist.  She suggests that people like to
collect small painting and display them in a group which would
take the same space as a large painting.
The great thing about the collecting is that most painting are under 150.00
and can be collected over time rather than a big cash outlay
at one time.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Painting Figures is Hard

Skater Dude

I was recently reminded that I have not posted on my
blog since April.  (You know who you are, Kathy!)
It's not that I have not been painting.  I paint everyday, but for
some unknown reason I grew weary of the blog and
just ignored it.  Anyway, I am back again and
totally resolve to do better.
 Skater Dude shows up much too blue on my screen.  I only
hope that it looks more balanced on yours.
It was a fun painting-painted from a photograph of
some young men on their boards having a blast.   I have
several more I can work from and intend to do a
Painting figures is the hardest, in my opinion.  If you make a barn a little
too long or high, no one knows.  If you make an arm too long
or a head too big for a body, it sticks out like a sore
thumb.  (That expression courtesy of my mother.)
Just the smallest wrong proportion mistake
and it will be spotted immediately.
So...I try to work on a figure at least once a week
so that I'll get better, plus I love to paint people.
Hope you'll come back to look at my blog now that
I have reformed .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Size 8

oil on canvas panel
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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

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

oil on canvas panel
     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
Necessary Items
oil on canvas panel
Ready for Tea
oil on canvas panel

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 (sold)

 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

                                                                      oil on canvas panel
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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

oil on canvas panel
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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.

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

oil on canvas panel
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

oil on stretched canvas
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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 (sold)


oil on canvas board


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


oil on canvas panel

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 Challenge

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!
oil on canvas panel
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Your Order, Sir

oil on canvas panel
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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


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

oil on canvas panel
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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)

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


oil on canvas panel
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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!