Sunday, January 29, 2012

Painting Giveaway

If you are here from Rhoda's blog, welcome!  A giveaway is a new adventure for me, and I am looking forward to "meeting" all you new people.

If you are a regular reader, please know that you are appreciated and valued.  Some of you are here every day and some of you have become good friends, and I love that.

Here's the drill:  Peruse the 3 paintings below and choose one you would like to hang in your house, then go to Rhoda's blog and leave a comment.
Rhoda will select a random comment on Friday and send me the name to publish.

Note: Rhoda will have her post up on Monday.

The Garden Shed
Oil on canvas panel

Wing Haven Garden, Charlotte, NC
Oil on canvas panel

Noda Garden Shed
Oil on canvas panel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Landscape Abstraction

12x12, oil on canvas

I am beginning to lean slightly to abstraction in my painting, as well as pushing the color.  I doubt that I will ever become so abstract that the subject is not recognizable, but I do love "playing with the paint" so that texture, lines, color, and shapes become more interesting.  I have another painting on the easel, inspired by the same photograph, but quite different.  I'll post that one next week when it's finished.

I'm expecting company for a long weekend, so I won't be posting again until next week.  Please come back on Monday to enter the give away, sponsored by Rhoda of  Southern Hospitality and me.  If you win, you choose from three paintings.

Monday, January 23, 2012

To the Koi Pond

9x11, oil on canvas panel

I was in New Orleans on a home and garden tour when I spotted this little pathway of stones in water...not sure how they managed that!  To the right side there was a building of some sort and on the left just a wonderful jungle of plants.  It really needed to be painted.

Sometime this week I will be linking with Rhoda of Southern Hospitality blog for a painting giveaway.  Of course, you, the regular reader, are invited to participate....and I hope you will!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rock and Water

10x10, oil on canvas panel

This was painted on Tuesday with my Plein Air Painters group.  It was a cold, windy day, and most of us elected to paint on the host's porch which afforded some shield from the wind.  I saw nothing I was excited about painting, so borrowed a photo from one of the painters.  I believe this is from the California coast.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Pond at Squirrel Park, Matthews, NC

8x8, oil on canvas  panel

 I painted at Squirrel Park (isn't that a cute name?) last week.  The park has a small pond, a small creek with rocks and a trickle of water, a short hiking trail, but no squirrels were seen.  I suppose they were cozied up in their home in the tree munching on some delicious nuts.  It was a cool and overcast day--a good day for practicing painting with grays.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yellow House, Blue Trim

6x8, oil on canvas panel

This yellow house was spotted when I was in St. Andrews, Canada.  It was perched high on a rock, but I decided to leave it out.  I plan to paint it again with the rocks and a  different composition and format.

I am listing many of my old paintings at big reductions on eBay. If you would like to take a look, go to eBay and find me at conniesnipes2007.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1800's Barn

8x8, oil on canvas panel

As the title says, this barn was built in the early 1800's.  It was torn down the week after I painted it.  It resided on a working farm outside Charlotte, NC., and was loaded with pre-schoolers on a tour the day I was there.  There's plenty of scenes left to paint and I plan to go back in the Spring.

I am listing many of my old paintings at big reductions on eBay.  If you would like to take a look, go to eBay and find me at conniesnipes2007.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Window at the Mint

8x10, oil on canvas panel

The Mint Museum was first opened in 1936, and it was the first art museum in North Carolina!  It was originally a US Mint which is, or course, responsible for its name.  A new Mint Museum has been added to uptown Charlotte and it is wonderful, but I still love the old Mint.  The new Mint is arts and crafts.  There is a turned bowl by Matt Moultrop, a former student of mine.  The Moultrop turned wooden bowls began with Matt's grandfather, who was also a lawyer.  His son, also a lawyer, began making the bowls, and now his son, Matt, has carried on the family tradition.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Beautiful Afternoon Weather

9x11, oil on canvas panel

Happy New Year to you all!  It will interesting to see what 2012 will bring.

I spent last week in Charleston--a birthday gift from my family--we had a wonderful  time.

One morning we all went out gallery hopping.  My favorite was Wells, also loved Smith-Killian, and Horton Hayes.  Plan to see many Charleston paintings because I took about a billion photos.

This painting is on Daily Paintworks.  Click on the icon to the right and type in my name to see.
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