Thursday, May 31, 2012

fresh local shrimp....SOLD

fresh local shrimp
11" x 14" oil on panel
©2012dottietleatherwood
SOLD


I saw this tractor a couple of weeks back when some friends and I were leaving the beach.   It was parked by the highway at the edge of a farmer's market (and evidently a seafood market as well).   Actually, I have to give credit to my friend who was driving who spotted it first. The bright red tractor with the sunflowers planted all around it caught her eye.  Great advertising don't you think?  And she was right it did make a great painting....thanks Jenny!

My blogging has been few and far between lately!  Not for lack of paintings to post but just for lack of time and energy.  All the other stuff in my life besides painting has been owning me lately!  I have another week of "crazy" and then I hope to get back to my daily routine.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Timeless...

timeless
22" x 30" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood


This is the second painting in my Bonaventure series.  I was struck by the sharp light on the monument and the brilliant blue of the sky.  Of course the spanish moss always has a strong supporting role! This painting is not for sale at the moment.  I am submitting it to a galleried show later this month.  Stay tuned though, I have several more in this series in various stages of completion in my studio.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

beauty at rest....

beauty at rest
12" x 16" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

This is one of my favorite places.  When I tell you where it is you may be a bit surprised.  I think it is one of the most beautiful serene spots in Savannah.  It is filled with an abundance of  huge oaks draped in spanish moss and in the spring the azaleas and dogwoods are breath-taking.  You can walk for hours and still not see it in it's entirety.  Many people come here and never leave.  O.K. that was a big hint....

It is Bonaventure Cemetery.  Made famous by the book "Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil", it has been the final resting place for many Savannah families, including mine,  for over a 150 years.  It is set on a bluff overlooking the water.  The grounds are a bit overgrown but that lushness somehow that just makes it all the more beautiful.  Gorgeous sculptures and monuments are at every turn.  When I was in Savannah this spring, the azaleas were at their peak and I walked around for over an hour taking pictures.  This painting is the first of a series of work centered around this theme.  If you would like to learn more about Bonaventure, here is a link:  http://www.bonaventurehistorical.org/

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

bright lights

bright light on the piedmont
12" x 16" oil on panel
©2012dottietleatherwood

This is a painting of a farm about a half an hour from my home. Earlier this spring as I drove past, I caught a glimpse of the line of farm buildings under the late afternoon sun.   Clouds were rolling in but the sun was lighting up the tin roofs of all of the farm buildings as if they were glowing.  It almost hurt your eyes to look at them.  I loved the combination of the dark shadows and the really bright light on the landscape and in the clouds.... I hope you do too!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

intrigued.....


intrigued
28" x 22" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

This is yet another of the paintings that I will be exhibiting at the 2012 Carolina Art Soirée tomorrow evening. To find out more about this event click the link above or the invitation below.

Monday, May 7, 2012

purple haze....

purple haze
24" x 36" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood

This is another of the paintings that I will be exhibiting at the 2012 Carolina Art Soirée this Thursday evening.  It is going to be a wonderful event so if you are near Charlotte, NC, this is the place to be this Thursday from 6-9. To find out more about this event please click on the link above. Hope to see you there!!




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

rooster in white..... SOLD

rooster in white
24" x 24" oil on canvas
©2012dottietleatherwood


The big guy above is headed to the 2012 Carolina Art Soirée  next week.  This fabulous event is an evening of local and regional art, food, drink and live music to benefit GBS/CIDP research, education and advocacy.  I am so thrilled to be exhibiting with some very talented and successful artists. Just getting to hang on the wall is BIG!  

Last week I participated in the Art for Autism event here in Charlotte and had such a wonderful time meeting collectors and talking about art. And I sold two paintings to boot!  

This week I begin my first week of co-hosting the Artists Helping Artists (AHA) Blogspot Radio Show with  my friend and mentor Leslie Saeta. The show is on "15 Common Mistakes Found on Art Websites".   I have listened to this radio show for so long and can honestly say that I would have been lost without it!  The information that it provides to artists is absolutely invaluable not to mention all the great interviews with successful artists. 

 It has been a wonderful 2012 so far for me as an artist and if there is one thing that I have learned in the past year, it would have to be that although it takes a lot of hard work if you want something enough you can make it happen.  There aren't any shortcuts but the rewards are so exciting and each new door opened leads to more and more opportunities.  Don't forget to listen to the show tomorrow and go out and make something happen today! ....here's the link:  http://artistshelpingartistsblog.blogspot.com/