Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cowpasture River, Virginia (sold)

9x11, oil on canvas panel, Daily Paintworks, 125. 

This part of the river was close to Nimrod Hall, and I drove down there one morning to paint.  I was
told that Cowpasture (don't you love that name--conjures up quite an image!) is one of the cleanest and clearest river in Virginia.  You can see a few of the underwater rocks in the painting.

This post is linked to Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesday

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Coastal Marsh

8x8, oil on canvas panel, 85.00,

Kathy Collins named this painting for me!  We were actually at Squirrel Park in Matthews, NC with out Tuesday Plein Air group.  Squirrel Park has a little pond with trees in the back and hanging over the sides.  I set up and started painting, the sun moved, and I was no longer in the shade.  (Painting with the sun on your canvas makes for a "loser" painting every time.)  I moved to the shade and then had to make up the painting.  The colors and shapes changed some and Kathy thought it looked coastal, so we just relocated the location of the painting!  Moral of this little story:Paintings have a life of their own!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Three Trees, Nimrod Hall, Virginia (sold)

10x10, oil on canvas panel

I returned home Friday night from a week at Nimrod Hall.  I found Nimrod Hall because I wanted to take a workshop from Sara Linda Poly and this location was drivable for me.  Little did I know, it is practically an institution and most certainly a tradition for many people.  Some have been coming for 25 years or more, and most have come at least several times.  I was a "newbie',  but was fortunate to be adopted by Ginger, who had been many times.  The first night she drove me around to all the great painting spots, and we painted together most mornings.

I've never been to a place so loaded with good painting sites.  Everywhere I turned, I wanted to paint the scene.  I took over 400 photos for future paintings

I"ve been to quite a few workshops and I must say, that this group was the easiest, most fun, and pleasant group I've encountered. 

On the minus side, it was unbearably hot with wasps, bees, and most hateful of all to me--gnats that flew around my face.  I used copious amounts of Off and sunscreen.  Other than that, it was a blissful adventure.

The above painting was sold to someone at the workshop.

Friday, June 15, 2012

After the Storm (sold)

8x10, oil on canvas panel, Daily Paintworks
Have you ever noticed that right before or after a storm, the colors on the ground seem so much lighter and brighter?  I tried to capture that when painting After the Storm.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day, June 14

oil on canvas panel, 8x8
Well, I was almost a day late and a dollar short with this painting-a favorite saying of my mother's.  I love Flag Day and wanted to get this one on last night, but, like many things I plan, it didn't happen. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vacation House, Isle of Palms

6x8, oil on canvas panel, Daily Paintworks

My family rented a house for us last December as a birthday get-to-gether.  This was the house next door to ours.  We had a great time and beautiful weather.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

At the End of the Road

8x10, oil on canvas panel, on auction at Daily Paintworks

This is another little street from one of my favorite towns in the world, Bay St. Louis, MS, where my sister lives.  Bay St. Louis was hit really hit hard by Katrina, and some of the beautiful old houses by the ocean were destroyed.   Otherwise that small town has built itself back up, and it is charming.

I believe the building at the end of the road was at one time a service station.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Still Water (sold)

9x12, oil on canvas panel,

I saw this photo while cleaning the studio and wondered why I hadn't painted it.  I have no idea when I took it or the location.  I really should start labeling!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Creek at Belmont Abbey (sold)

11x14, oil on canvas panel, 125.00, Daily Paintworks

On a cool, clear morning last Tuesday, I painted this scene with the Plein Air Buds.  The campus was almost deserted, so we pretty much had the run of the place.  School was out, so no college students, but I did see a few monks in their "habits"--did not know what to call there garb.  Does anyone know?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The White Farm House

10x10, oil on canvas panel, 85.00, auction on Daily Paintworks

White farm houses were the norm for so many years.  They were ubiquitous in rural areas, but I have noticed that I don't see as many, and if I do they are often in a state of decline.  I always think of American Gothic as the perfect farm house--plain except for a little gingerbread.  I regret that so many are gone and resolve to paint all that I see.

June 5--This was chosen as one of the picks of the day at Daily Paintworks Facebook.
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