Saturday, October 29, 2011

Field and Stream (sold)

9x11, oil on canvas panel

I painted this in preparation for painting a larger one.  Trying to solve the
problems early!  I find I am using a painting knife more and more
and really like it.  It's easier than a brush to pop in some
pure color.

I put this on auction on Daily Paintworks today.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Noda Garden Shed, Charlotte, NC (sold)

8x10, oil on canvas panel

Noda stands for north of Davidson, an idea probably borrowed from Soho in NYC.  Noda is Charlotte's art district.  The houses are wonderful-old and full of character, but the light was not good for them, so I chose to paint a backyard shed.l

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sea Horse

11x14, oil on canvas panel

This is a study for a larger painting.  I pushed the color a little, flattened the yellow space, and used a painting knife for some areas to give some extra texture.  It's named Sea Horse because that's the name of the boat.  I just chose not to paint it, although I may change my mind.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Across the Street, Weddington, NC

'8x10, oil on canvas panel

I painted this en plein air, carefully positioning my canvas, palette, and easel in the shade, all the time trying for the best angle for a strong composition.
As I painted the sun moved and I was no longer in the shade, but didn't realize it.  Oh my, my painting was gorgeous--I created a masterpiece!!!  And then I took it inside.  It was
dead in the water, dull and lifeless.  Painting in the sun makes your colors look bright, so the artist tends to mix duller colors without knowing it.

So I brought it home and repainted many of the passages in brighter colors.  It does look so much better, but the spontaneity has been lost.  Most of the time reworking a painting works for me
and sometimes it does not.  Hey, there's always tomorrow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday Afternoon at Reedy Park (sold)

12x12, oil on canvas panel

I was thinking of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon at la Grand Jatte when I named this painting.  This was
painted last week, and I forgot to post it.  I think I have
let my life get too busy.

I painted this morning in a friend's garden.  It is a cloudy day so not the best
weather, but good practice.  The good thing is is will rain tomorrow, so I came home
and limed and reseeded the yard. (yawn)..time for a nap!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fallen Tree, Reedy Park, NC (sold)

10x10, oil on canvas panel

Reedy Park was a hubbub of activity while I was painting.  There were
people fishing, hiking, and even a group from
a horticulture class identifying native plants.
I thought this painting might work well with a couple of figures, and since there
were plenty to look at I added two.
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