Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"ticket to ride"

"ticket to ride"
11" x 14" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I am headed to a workshop in Charleston, SC next week and as you can see have it on my mind. I will be in a three day plein air workshop with some phenomenal teachers and I just can't wait!  I was working very loose and trying to capture the essentials of the pattern of the landscape in this street scene with as much paint and as few brushstrokes as possible.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"walking into the light" at Sozo Gallery

I am so very excited to now be represented locally in Charlotte by Sozo Gallery. It is such a cool space in uptown Charlotte. I will be showing my cityscapes and little vignettes of life there. I have been wanting to focus more on my cityscapes but haven't had a venue to do it in so this is absolutely perfect! I have been a rabid photographer in uptown Charlotte lately and am getting quite good at taking pictures while driving. Just kidding! Only at stop lights :). No really, I am mostly on foot while I am shooting but having my camera with me in the jeep when I see something is invaluable. I haven't had time to take my easel uptown yet to paint but that's on the calendar for later this month. Ideas and plans are just whirling around in my brain. :)

Opening night will be this Thursday from 5:30 - 9:00. Sozo Gallery is at 214 North Tryon Street in the Hearst Tower. I hope that if you are local to Charlotte or the surrounding area, you will join me tomorrow night! Or if you find yourself uptown sometime, please check out the gallery! Here is one of the "slice of life" moments that will be in the show. The title of this painting says it all, I truly feel that I am "walking into the light" with this opportunity!

walking into the light
16" x 8" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Through the Seasons: Charlotte's Greenways".... a pARTners group art exhibition

Today is the kickoff for a show that I am in with eight other Charlotte artists.  We have formed a group, pARTners, to do group art exhibitions in galleries around the southeast based around a local community cause or event.

This is our first exhibition, "Through the Seasons:  Charlotte's Greenways".  It is at RedSky Gallery in Charlotte and is the culmination of a years worth of research and work from all of us.  In addition, RedSky Gallery is donating 10% of the proceeds to the Carolina Thread Trail which works with Mecklenburg County to create and maintain the trails in Charlotte's extensive Greenways.

And let me tell you, there are miles and miles of greenways!  I had such a wonderful time checking out a lot of them while I was trying to pull a body of work together.  There was so much material to work from that it was hard to decide what to paint... but I am really happy with the body of work.

For those of you that are near Charlotte, I hope you will come out and see the exhibition.  The opening reception is tomorrow night, Oct. 11th from 6-8:30 but the art will be hanging at RedSky until November 9th.  For those of you that can't make it, I have included a link to our pARTners website here:  partnersart.net so you can see all of the works and learn more about us.  And here are my twelve paintings that are in the show....
 "Charlotte at first blush"

 "cloaked in spring"

 "dandelion wishes"

 "fields of clover"

 "the courtship"

 "wildflowers in blue"

 "above the treetops"

 "impression of an afternoon"

 "in the weeds"

 "twists and turns"

"a glance to the right"

"bridge at first light"