Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Sale

5x7, oil on canvas panel

Want to give original art for a holiday gift?

I've created a separate blog site for a sale of small paintings just for the
holidays. Go to to see the paintings and prices. I'll be posting there for the next several days.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Turkey and Dressing

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. My family is coming to my house, and I am so looking forward to having us all together. I'll be posting after Sunday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kezar Lake, Lovell,Maine (sold)

5x7, oil on canvas panel
Kezar Lake was described by National Geographic as "one of the three most beautiful lakes in the world." Nine miles long, one side faces the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I took a boat ride with friends who pointed out Stephen King's home, barely visible for the trees and high above the lake. It is said he can often be seen strolling around Lovell.
This is a small painting, but I think it manages to show quite a bit of space.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reflections of a Favorite Tree, Union County, NC

6x6, oil on canvas panel
This one did not photograph very well. We have had rain, cloudy days, and extremely dim light. I did what I could on photo shop, but am still not satisfied with it, and the light is still not adequate outside. Hey, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Solitary Calf

8x10, oil on canvas panel
Cows are such interesting animals. I see a herd in a pasture, jump out of the car, camera in hand, rush to the barbed wire fence, and get a quick snap. The cows are in a wonderful configuration: facing different directions, clumped and unclumped, and I quickly start snapping again. They notice me and start coming to the fence, staring at me and no longer grouped for a good painting.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Distant View, Italy

5x7, oil on canvas panel

I had this photo in my collection for several years, and I actually painted on site when I was there. I procrastinated on trying the photo, thinking it would be hard to make a good painting from it. However, I love it. Just another example of pushing yourself to do something you think you're not ready for, skill-wise. Even if it's a "wiper", something is learned. So-o-o....go do something hard today!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Stonescape, Maine

8x10, oil on canvas panel
Since I have painted so many paintings and thought of so many titles, I asked Pam, English teacher, vocabulary whiz, and literary aficionado, for some help. Without hesition, she pronounced it A Stonescape, a good name I never would have thought of in a million years. I think I'll ask for her help with every title while I'm here.
We were deluged with rain yesterday and still have a little this morning. Thank you, Ida. You will notice there are rain drops at the lower part of the painting. I didn't realize it 'till everything else was done on the post, so please ignore.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009


My friend of 30 years, Pam, is having surgery and I'll be helping her during the recovery period. I'll be painting and posting whenever I have a chance.

Meanwhile here's a photo of my delightful-where-it-all-happens-and-messy room I call my studio....where I spend most of my time. I do straighten it up from time to time, but the studio gremlins come regularily and pull things out of place. Regardless, it's a great place to work and I love it. At one time I painted in my bedroom, so I am happy to have a "room of my own."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Park Arbor

8x10, oil on canvas panel
To bid on Ebay:

I took a photo of this scene in a park in Greensboro, NC. I like it because of the formal aspects contrasted with the casualness of the planting. When I had the photo developed, I found I had used black and white film. Oh well, an excellent challenge in painting color. It's always good for an artist to push in a new direction.

As you can see, I changed the format from vertical to a horzontal. No reason, I just liked it better that way. That left some extra space on the right side of the painting. With nothing to stop the eye, the viewer's eye just slides off MY painting onto the next one in the gallery. We certainly can't let that happen, so I put in some darker, but smaller shrubs on the right. This small accent stops the eye and sends it right back around for another view of the painting.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mooresville Paint out

8x10, oil on canvas panel

This one placed 2nd at the Mooresville Paint Out in Sept.
For sale with or without the frame.

5x7, oil on canvas panel

Honorable Mention on this one, also for sale with or without the frame.
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