Thursday, June 30, 2011

Field in Early Summer .... SOLD

field in early summer
5"x7" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

I sat in the bleachers at my son's baseball game with the view of this field off to my right.  I love to watch baseball....especially my son....but this field kept distracting me.  I wanted to know where that road went  but most of all I wanted to set up my easel under one of the big oaks and paint.  I had to settle for taking a photograph and remembering.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Gentle Soul

a gentle soul
22"x28" Oil on Canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Isn't he cute?  Such a sweet face.  He's wondering if you can spare a scratch behind the ears or maybe you have a sliver of apple for him today.  

This little guy's name is Bubba and he makes an appearance at the local Christmas tree farm every year.  He  really is a sweetie but he has a bit of a reputation in our family.  Years ago, one of my children almost lost a finger that Bubba mistook for a carrot.  It really wasn't Bubba's fault but my son cannot be convinced.   He's forgiven...but not forgotten.  He now admires Bubba from afar.

I must have taken at least twenty pictures of Bubba through the years.  He is always happy to pose...he knows I pay in apples.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Pear of Friends .... SOLD

a pear of friends
6"x6" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

These two pears were sitting on my counter and it looked like they were having a great conversation or maybe they were just happy hanging out together.  Pears with personality...paint fumes must be getting to me :) 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feeding Time .... SOLD

feeding time
6"x6" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

I was trying to take pictures of this group of cows and they quickly decided that a fresh bale of hay was much more interesting than me and my camera.  So I thought that if that was the end they wanted photographed then I would be more than happy to oblige.  Means to an end (s) so to speak!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Little Palm .... SOLD

little palm
8"x6" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Took a picture of this little palm on a girl's trip this spring.  It was the last day of our trip, we were headed back to Charlotte and of course it was the most beautiful day yet...isn't that always the way!  This little palm was happily sunning itself next to an old dock on Sullivan's Island.   How could I not paint it?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Some things just don't need an explanation

No Explanation Needed
8"x8" Oil on Board
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Saw these wonderful white cows in a field last Sunday.  They were so curious and happy to have their picture taken.  But this one guy, well...let's just say he had an itch he just had to scratch, no matter if he was getting his picture taken or not!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Late Afternoon Marsh

Late Afternoon Marsh
5"x7" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Sigh.....I love the marsh.  What else can I say?  The sea of grass for miles, the sharp smell that is only found there, the absolute stillness at low tide or the steady breeze at high tide.....I get homesick at just the thought of it all.  When I head back to the coast for a visit, as soon as I head over the bridge I roll down the windows, take a deep breath and life is good.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ready Position - SOLD

Ready Position
8"x8" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
If you have ever played baseball or had a son or daughter who played baseball, you know what "ready position" is.  It is one of the first things my two boys learned in t-ball right along with don't swing your bat in the middle of your teammates.  One of my boys had a much harder time remembering it and found the dirt at his feet and the planes in the sky much more entertaining than the game.  I am sure his poor coach must have yelled it a hundred times a game.  It seemed as though he would never remember but one day it clicked and he was in "ready position" more often than not.  I can't recall if it took getting hit with a ball to help him remember, but knowing him that was probably what did it!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Someone Waiting at Home

8x8 Oil on Canvas

One of my favorite girls is graduating from high school tomorrow.  She is excited, just as she should be, to leave high school behind and move on to her next big adventure in life.  I think of  her as sweet dreams, happiness and sunshine and it has been a gift to watch her grow up.  As a little girl, she would show up at my door dressed in an outfit  made up of every princess costume she owned.  In fact I'm not sure I saw her in real clothes till she was in middle school.  She has grown into a real life beautiful princess of a young woman.  And I know she will find success and joy wherever life takes her.

 But there's always someone left at home when you set off for life's new places.  Parents, of course, have to absorb all of the bitter and the sweet that comes with this new stage in life.  But someone else.  A sweet puppy....grown into a sweet old dog.  He will miss his sunshine girl and she will miss him. So my gift to one of my favorite girls is a small painting to take with her on her new adventure...of someone waiting patiently at home.  Congrats Emma Lou...Love You!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pretty in Pink

12x12 Oil on Canvas

North Carolina artists, along with Project Art Aid, are joining The American Cancer Society in “Making strides against breast cancer.” The culmination of this work is the Project Art Aid Goes Pink Premiere Exhibition and Auction on Friday, June 17 in the Wachovia Atrium at 301 S. Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte.  Over 100 artists donated 12x12 "predominately pink" works of art to be sold in a silent auction.  Tickets are $15....come support a great cause!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Sailing

Summer Sailing
8x10 Oil on canvas

I found a photo I took a couple of years back on a trip to Boston.  It was a beautiful day and we were on our way back into the harbor after a sightseeing expedition to see whales.....which by the way, was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! I thought that this would be a wonderful summer painting.  It is done entirely with a palette knife and although the reflections may not be as marvelous as one of my favorite artists, Leslie Saeta, I am pretty happy with them.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Shack Out Back...

the shack out back
12x12 Oil on Canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
This being the name of my artist's blog...I thought I should take a moment to clarify exactly what the "Shack Out Back" is.  Years ago when my children were 6, 4 and 2, my studio was in the house.  The room it was in functioned not only as my studio but as the back entrance (which we all know is the only entrance that anyone ever uses!) .  All manner of things ended up all over my workspace... backpacks, keys, lunchboxes,barbie doll clothes, action get the idea.  It was a never-ending battle to find my paints underneath all of the "stuff" that everyone else in my family dropped off on their way in or out the door.  Sort of like working in Grand Central Station.  One day I reached my breaking point, and after throwing a hissy fit that would rival any that my children could ever throw, I grabbed my keys and left.  One hour later I was back home with the receipt in hand for a customized storage building. Construction began two days later and the rest is history.  I would love to say I came up with the name but I have to give credit to my friend Anne for that.  It is painted in the colors that remind me of the coast and surrounded by flower beds that bloom with wild abandon.  I planted my garden nearby and put in a small goldfish pond and so my little shack out back is just about perfect.