Thursday, September 29, 2011


detail,  oil

I'm back from the wedding and festivities.  It was a joyous time and great fun.  An added bonus was
that I got to spend a few days after the wedding with
some high school friends.  I enjoyed each and every moment.

If you read this blog regularly, you may remember that I dropped a painting,
wet side down, while returning to the car after a painting trip.  Above is a detailed photo of some
of the grit, dirt, and pebbles that stuck to the painting  It's dry now, so tomorrow
I'll try to get it off and repair the painting.  Hope to post it tomorrow night.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Garden Shed (sold)

11x9, oil on canvas panel

Most landscape painters lament the fact that everything is so GREEN .  While this is hardly an epiphany,
it is difficult to paint so many greens and not have your painting all
look the same.  That's why I prefer to have a building in the landscape to introduce
another color.  So finding the garden shed was quite fortunate.

I will put this on the Daily Paintworks site tonight.  You can find it by clicking on the icon on the
right hand side.  There is some stellar painting on this site.

Yesterday I painted in Reedy Park--a lake scene.  When walking back my painting fell, on the painted side , or course, and all the grit, dirt, and tiny pebbles stuck to it.  When it dries I'll brush it off, repair any places that need it, and post.  I must say, it certainly does look like authentic
plein air work!

I'll be involved in a family wedding and the attending festivities for a few days.  Please check back on the 29th.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Quiet Street

5x7, oil on canvas panel

What's not to love about a yellow house?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Water's Edge and Fallen Logs (sold)

5x7, oil on canvas panel

I was looking down into a creek when I painted this.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reflections, Butler Park, Matthews, NC

8x10, oil on canvas panel

Now that the weather is so delightful, I will be painting plein air more.  It's perfectly ok to paint from photographs.  I do it all the time.  But there is nothing comparable to getting
outside where you have ALL the information right in front of you.

Then there's the problem of what to leave out.  It's an excellent exercise for
the serious, and not so serious, painter.

Butler Park is just a few miles from my house, and it has so many painting possibilities.
There is a horse farm as you leave the park, and I am hoping to
get permission to paint there.

Friday, September 9, 2011

September Farm

9x11, oil on canvas panel
I am loving this wonderful cooler weather with low humidity. It makes me want to paint outside again. This is one of my favorite farm scenes to paint. The white building suckers me in everytime.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011


    5x7, oil on canvas panel

I've been out of town for quite some time, but I'm back for Labor Day and
some serious painting!  I have certainly missed my paints.

Since most of us will be cooking out for Labor Day, I decided to paint some cloves of garlic.  And just to top it off here's a 5 star recipe from Allrecipes for barbecue ribs with garlic.
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