Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Road to Lovell

8x10, oil on canvas panel
To purchase, please email gatlinsnipes@hotmail.com
I shall be leaving tomorrow for 3 plus weeks, so posting will be somewhat spotty.
I am taking my paints with me, but I will be keeping the grandchildren, 6 and 4, and we all know these two do not always mix well! Please check back. I have several started that I know I'll finish and post. Thank you for visiting my painting blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Farmhouse with Four Chimneys, North Carolina

8x10, oil on canvas panel
If you would like to buy this painting, please email. gatlinsnipes@hotmail.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Raku Pottery, Andy Smith, North Carolina

Today was a hectic day for me, and I did not finish my painting for the blog. So-0-0 I am taking you to the pottery exhibit I attended two Saturdays ago. The work is done by Andy Smith, nationally recognized potter, who lives in a rural area of Marshville, NC. I have a wonderful collection of his work and treasure each one.
Look carefully at this one in order to see the design. His surface design, it seems to me, reflect influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau.

His pot silhouettes are classic, beautiful shapes. You will notice a unifying black on each of them. This is the raku procedure in action. Pots are first bisque fired, then glazed, refired to a high temperature in about 45 minutes, removed red hot from the kiln with tongs, and plunged into a barrel of leaves, etc. Of course the leaves catch on fire and the smoke makes the black areas which are unglazed, and gets into the fine line crackle of the glazed portions. It is quite dramatic! The process originated in Japan, but American potters have modified the procedure somewhat.

Isn't that a gorgeous shape? If you look carefully, you can barely see the fine line crackle.
Have a great day tomorrow and check back for one of my paintings. My thanks to all of you.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Kitchen Garden, Italy (sold)

8x10, oil on canvas panel
If you would like to buy this painting, please email me. gatlinsnipes@hotmail.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Ida Lou

8x10, oil on canvas panel

The Ida Lou is a commisioned painting. Please email me if you have a subject you would like painted. gatlinsnipes@hotmail.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm so Lonely I Could Die

8x10, oil on canvas panel
The title came from an old Elvis song--quite appropriate since I found this building in Mississippi.
To buy, please email. gatlinsnipes@hotmail.com

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Courtyard Garden, Italy (sold)

8x10, oil on canvas panel

Several years ago I spent a summer in Italy sketching and painting. This painting is from a sketch and a photo I took at that time.
If you are interested in buying this painting, please email me.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Free Painting

Many thanks to all of you who asked that their name be included in the list for the drawing. I appreciate your interest in my work. Although I had very few comments, I had a great response by email. Please "stay tuned" as I shall be doing this again.

The drawing was done for me by a neighborhood child. The winner is Celeste from Mo. Congratulations, Celeste. Please send me your address, and I'll mail it to you next Thursday.
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