Thursday, February 28, 2013

unfinished business...

unfinished business
20" x 20" oil on linen
©2013dottietleatherwood
$650

How about a little change-up?  I have been painting streetscapes for a while now .... this is more of a "floral" scape :) .  I'm happy with the way this turned out.  Still focusing on that loose dreamy feel..... in all my "scapes" !

On another note, I leave this weekend for a week in San Francisco/Monterey.  I can't wait!  I am looking forward to rest and a little painting, shopping and sight seeing and lots of picture taking! I've scheduled my whale watching tour and get this .. a food tour of San Francisco!  Besides painting, I can't imagine anything more enticing than eating my way through a city ;)  I'll catch you up on all my adventures when I return.   ♫ I'm leaving on a jet plane...  ♩ ♫

Monday, February 25, 2013

split the difference...

split the difference
20" x 20" oil on linen
©2013dottietleatherwood
$650

This painting was one of those ones that just came together like a dream.  Interestingly enough, I wasn't even sure what was going to happen when I put brush to canvas.  My mother-in-law died a week ago and with family obligations I hadn't had any time to paint.  I just felt like I needed a few hours of normalcy although I wasn't sure I could even focus.  I  brought out this canvas that I had started the week before.  Up on the easel it went, and I'm not saying it painted itself but something close to it.  It is a lovely thing when it happens.  The peace of paint :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"solitary ride".....

solitary ride
20" x 20" oil on linen
©2013dottietleatherwood
$650
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Still working on a loose, dreamy feel in my landscapes with enough color and pattern to keep me happy.  I liked the image of the cyclist pedaling down the street.  Sometimes life is a solitary ride.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"in the distance"...

in the distance
20" x 20" oil on linen
©2013dottietleatherwood
$650

Another street, another steeple in the distance bathed once again in that wonderful late afternoon light.  Life is good.

Monday, February 11, 2013

"memories of a place"....

memories of a place
20" x 20" oil on linen
©2013dottietleatherwood
$650

Some places bring to mind a flood of memories.  I posted a photo of this painting on facebook when it was still just a sketch and asked if anyone recognized it.  Immediately, I got comments.  And stories. Funny how just an image can bring so many thoughts and feelings to mind for so many different people.  Several weeks ago I was walking around Charleston  late in the afternoon when everything is lit by that wonderful golden light.  I wanted to recapture those magical moments in paint..... and a series was born.  It's life in the streets, ya'll :)

Here is the original sketch...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

"Charlotte's first blush"

Charlotte's first blush
24" x 24" oil on canvas
©2013dottietleatherwood
$800

Another city skyline... a bit looser and more painterly this time.  I can't decide which I like better.  I guess I like them for different reasons.  The pink and bronze tones in this one really glow against the muted greens in the foreground.  I am having such fun painting large again!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"all about the light"


all about the light
24" x 24" oil on canvas
©2013dottietleatherwood
$800

I know, I know... another streetscape.  You would think they would be out of my system by now but after painting small ones for a month, I was itching do try them on a larger scale with more room to play around with paint and brushstrokes.  The title for this one comes from my friend and mentor, Andy Braitman, who said the subject of this painting was "all about the light" and he's right.... it is!  

It has been 4 days since I have posted!  Have you missed me? Don't answer that! I know, hearing from me everyday is a bit much.  It doesn't leave much room for other things.  I have been thinking a lot about that over the last week. Balance.  I have worked so hard over the last year that I have lost some of that in my life.   When I have obstacles in my path my natural inclination is to work harder to overcome them, not stop and figure out why they are there.  I am very competitive, especially with myself and have always thought that the harder I worked, the faster I could get where I wanted to be.  Kind of like forcing fate to do what I want.  I have realized (although much slower that anyone else would have!) that I need to quit trying to make things happen and let them happen instead.  Not the way I am wired but I am going to try.  Sorry for all of the rambling here but I wanted to get those thoughts out of my head and down on the screen so that I could move on and also to hold myself accountable!  I will still paint everyday but I am going to not push so hard.  At least not as hard as I have been pushing.  I don't want to miss anything along the way trying to get to the next big thing.  After all, life is "all about the light".

Have a wonderful day and thanks for listening!

Friday, February 1, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days

30 Paintings in 30 Days


Here they all are together!  And here is the link to my website if you want to view them individually or purchase one: http://dottietleatherwood.com   They are $100 each with free shipping through February and several are already sold so don't wait too long!! :)