Thursday, August 30, 2012

a view through the trees...

a view through the trees
6" x 6" oil on panel

Most of you will not know what or where this is....but indulge me today.  Important events kick off  this weekend....literally.  University of Georgia Football, of course.  :)

If you were standing on the edge of North Campus, a little to the left of Park Hall, this is the view of Sanford Stadium that you would see as you looked down the hill.  It is the view I took in as a student many years ago and it is the view my daughter sees everyday.  I was feeling a bit nostalgic and missing my girl this morning so I warmed up with this little painting.   This won't be her first game but it will be her first game as a student.  The energy and excitement of over 90,000 college football fans is something to behold and be a part of.  I am sure she will have a blast!  

Go Dawgs!! Sic'em! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning News....

       allegiance                                                                red, white & blue
       36" x 24" oil on canvas                                      24" x 18" oil on canvas
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I found out last week that the two paintings above were juried into the Pride & Patriotism: American Expressions Art Exhibition at the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery.  In honor of the Presidential election year and Charlotte being chosen as the host city for the Democratic National Convention, the artwork was to reflect the artist's interpretation of American Pride.  Without getting too deep here, when I think of American pride, I think of independence and hard work and our collective creative imagination...."made in America".
The painting of the tractor is an actual tractor (flag and all) that I saw sitting by the side of the road one day.  I thought it just summed up the theme perfectly.  And what's more American than an old pick-up truck?!!  

I am so excited to participate in this exhibition!!  The show will kick off with Opening Night on September 7th from 6 - 9:00 p.m.  and the exhibit will run through September 28th.  I hope if you are in the area, you will stop by!

In other news, last Friday, I had the honor of being Carrie Roets-Waller's Friday Feature Artist! For my friends that don't know her, she is one of the most phenomenal watercolor artists that I have ever known. Her art just leaves you standing there with your
 mouth wide open .... it's that great! So while you are reading my interview and learning way more than you ever wanted to know about me, please check out her will be AMAZED! 

Have a lovely Monday everyone!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

symphony in blue ...

symphony in blue
16" x 20" oil on panel

I painted a couple of smaller hydrangea paintings a couple of weeks ago (both of which sold YAY!!) and decided to work on a larger version.  This is the grand hydrangea finale!  I wanted soft edges and really had fun with my brushstrokes in this one.  As always, lots of color in this!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

wave study....SOLD

wave study
5" x 7" oil on panel

I am back on my wave kick.  I guess a week staring at the ocean will do that to an artist.  I have been working on some thumbnails and color studies, of which this is the first one.  This little study is based on one of my early morning walks.  You can just see the pink of the rising sun peeking over the horizon line and illuminating bits of the foam here and there.  I am in the process of painting a much larger version of this now.  Such fun!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ghost crab... SOLD

ghost crab
8" x 10" oil on panel

I spent last week at the beach taking a break from painting and all the other stuff that goes with everyday life.  Although I didn't paint, I found myself looking at everything through "paint goggles".  Still, it was nice to savor all the moments just looking and absorbing and thinking through how I would capture what I saw when I got back to my easel. 

I did take tons of pictures on my daily walks and encountered this little guy early one morning.  I used to love to go ghost crabbing on the beach at night as a kid and my children enjoy it still.  Watching the crabs fly across the sand as if they aren't even touching the ground still amazes me.  I enjoyed capturing all of his subtle colors and translucent shell, not to mention that funny little expression on his face.

Monday, August 13, 2012

sunshine on her shoulder...SOLD

sunshine on her shoulder
12" x 12" oil on panel

I have such fun painting cows.  They have such great blocky shapes and this big girl was no exception.  I love the saturated color and all the shadows created by the bright morning sun.

Monday, August 6, 2012

sunlight on a stem ....

sunlight on a stem
30" x 20" oil on canvas

Being inspired by my hydrangeas last week, I decided to paint some sunflowers.  They just seem like August to me for some reason.  They were such fun to paint but they definitely don't last as long as hydrangeas.  I blocked in the painting one day and came back the next and all their little heads had turned in different directions.  So I made adjustments to my drawing and painted away.  The next day when I came in to put the finishing touches on, you guessed it.... they had moved again!  Busy flowers!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

summer hydrangeas....SOLD

summer hydrangeas
8" x 8" oil on panel

Last week I posted a picture on facebook of some hydrangeas that I picked from my garden while walking to my studio.  That picture led to lots of conversation and eventually several paintings I already sold, one I am finishing up and this one which I am posting today on my blog.  I don't usually paint flowers.  I don't really know why but it just isn't a subject matter that ever occurs to me to paint.  However, it was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed it so much that I bought some sunflowers this morning.  Stay tuned..... :)