Friday, July 29, 2011


4x4, oil on canvas panel

This little 4x4 has been hanging around the studio for quite a while.  Since I just bought a pound of delicious cherries,  I thought it was time to get them together.  The photo is actually life size.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Renfro Hardware, Matthews, NC


8x10, oil on canvas panel

Renfro Hardware is a town treasure in Matthews.  It was established in 1900!  The perfect old-time hardware store--you can buy baby chicks, crickets, worms, seed in bulk, herbs, and anything else a good hardware store should carry.  Closed on Sunday and Monday.  I prefer it to the big box stores.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Depot, Matthews, NC

8x10. oil on canvas panel

Another painting from the picturesque town of Matthews.  Of course, the Depot is no longer used, but it does look great next to the train car.  I wish trains would make a come back...Perhaps they will if gas goes  up as predicted.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Watching (sold)

6x6, oil on canvas panel

I thought he looked so cute with his jeans rolled up and one slipping down.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yellow Turret, Matthews, NC

8x10, oil on canvas panel

Matthews is a small town close to Charlotte,  Since I live in south Charlotte, I almost live in Matthews and go there quite often for the post office and grocery store.  It's a charming town.  More paintings of Matthews to follow. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Still Life with Feathers, A Fishing Village

8x10, oil on canvas panel

5x7, oil on canvas panel

I had some extra time to paint yesterday!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Forgotten Store

6x8, oil on canvas panel

I thought the looseness in this painting worked quite well for the subject.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

By Itself, Sarosota, Florida

6x8, oil on canvas panel, damar varnish

I never wear orange, I have no orange in the house, but I LOVE it in a painting.  I think it makes it come alive and provides a glow like no other color.  This painting is essentially blue and orange, complementary colors.  Mixed together they produce a gray, side by side they produce a glow!

When I was teaching I always taught some color theory and used a poster that had a color wheel on it.  The students caught on quickly, but always referred to it as "Mr. Color Wheel."  High school students can be so much fun.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Lavender House, Key West

8x10, oil on canvas panel, damar varnish

This little colorful house nestled in greenery is so typical of Key West houses.  When I was there I ran across a historical walking tour to be taken at one's leisure.  I took the guide book and started off.  One quite nicc and typical, but modest house, was owned by some relatives of one of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands (Richard Burton, I believe) and she had visited frequently.  I didn't take a photo of the house--I can't imagine what I was thinking!!
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