Monday, October 31, 2011

Out of the darkness and into the light....

out of the darkness
16" x 20" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Out of the darkness...and into the light. Which was just the problem with this painting! The dark areas just would not cooperate with my camera or vice versa. Not sure which. But I probably took 100 shots in every lighting possible, every way possible except maybe standing on my head. By the time I was done, I think I had used every colorful word I know at least once and in many new and different combinations. The photo still doesn't do the painting justice but until I get a new will have to do!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Better Days....

better days
11" x 14" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Earlier this summer while driving through the country, I came upon an abandoned farm.  The classic farmhouse with a big front porch and lots of great outbuildings.  A beautiful old if the owners had just picked up and left one day and never returned.  Nature was slowly taking over and the pasture and buildings were overrun with vines and all manner of plants.  The buildings were breaking down and caving in and the plants on the ground were reaching for the sky with wild abandon.  Somehow all that worked together to made it an even more lovely scene.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

pretty girls... SOLD

pretty girls
24" x 36" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Two pretty girls basking in the early morning bold, the other a bit cautious or maybe she's not shy at all just playing hard to get?  Some cows do, you know.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Come Sail Away...

come sail away
18" x 24" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Here's a little bit of summer to get you through the winter........

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Off-Season..... SOLD

waiting on next summer
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
Lifeguard Stand #18 has been abandoned for this year.  Pushed back into the edge of the dunes, it sits in the early morning light.....all work done for the season....waiting on next summer to arrive.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tall Grasses..

tall grasses
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Imagine lying on your stomach, chin resting on your clasped hands in the cool grass watching the day fade into night.  The crickets are starting up their tune and the birds have gone silent.  As you look up towards the sky through the blades of the grass this is what you'd see. Are you with me?
A palette knife study of the colorful tall grasses of autumn silhouetted against the evening sky.   

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Skies

Study:  october skies
6" x 6" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It has been one of those weeks!  On Monday afternoon, as I looked at the week ahead, I thought I had big blocks of painting time stretched out in front of me.  Only a couple of blips on my calendar to work around.  I had visions of stacks of paintings completed by Friday.  As always, things don't often work out as planned.

Tuesday, I painted this study  of the marsh from my trip this past weekend.  A huge storm was sitting off the coast and the sky was filled with layers and layers of clouds. Some were racing across the sky, some seemed to never move and every once in a while, just out of nowhere the sun would appear and illuminate everything.  I liked the study and so I started on a larger canvas.  It was raining and I had the day ahead of me so I worked until I had it about three quarters done and put it on a ledge to finish the next day.  No sooner had I put it aside to dry, my dog bounded in the door to my studio to check out my progress and finding it good, shook rain and mud off himself and left again.  Let me just say, it is amazing how many small, perfectly round droplets of mud found their way on to my wet painting.

So, Wednesday found me working on other projects and waiting for the paint to set up enough so that I could scrape off at least a hundred small specks of mud.  Just as I started to work on my mud removal, my son's baseball practice was switched to a baseball game, which set all kinds of schedule changes into motion.  So here it is Friday and the painting that I thought was going to be posted on Wednesday is posted today...completed and "mudless".  :)

 october skies
12" x 24" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Monday, October 10, 2011

in the pink... SOLD

in the pink
12" x 12" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
Fall is changing all the summer greens to olives, golds and chocolate browns.  This palette knife painting reflects the changing sky and land as autumn creates her magic.

Friday, October 7, 2011


a Tybee icon
8" x 8" Oil on Canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is a painting of the legendary Doc's Bar on Tybee Island.  It's a classic.  A legend.  A quaint hole-in-the-wall bar, complete with bumper pool and a band in the corner.  My grandfather went there, my dad and uncles, and now my cousins and I stop in when we are at the beach.  It is one of those things we just have to do.  It has such a great throwback vibe....sort of the "Cheers" of Tybee.  You never know who or what will wander in and the people watching is incomparable. 

Tybee's "Pirate-Fest" is this weekend and several of my cousins and I are headed down for the festivities......I'm sure you'll find us sitting on a barstool at Doc's  drinking a cold beer, doing a little people watching and telling some legends of our own.