Monday, April 14, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 138"

I've been working hard on a project that I'm psyched about and it's right up my alley.

One of my galleries, Morris & Whiteside, will be hosting a Small Works Show Auction at another one of my galleries, Sylvan, in Charleston, South Carolina.  It's not until mid-July, but I'm hoping to have 8-10 paintings included in the auction.  That's what I'm working on these days.

The cool thing about this auction is there should be around 200 paintings - and big names like Dean Mitchell, Dan McCaw, Steven Scott Young to name a fraction of the artists.  Great deals to be had -
a perfect event to begin collecting original art.

Most of what I'm doing are sizes as small as 4 x 4" and as large as 8 x 8".  I told you it was right up my alley.

So closer to the event, around July 1st, I'll post those paintings so you might think about joining in on the auction.

Anyways.....

I took a break from that project today and added to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

I randomly picked a colored panel with a grassy-green and love the results.


4 x 4"
oil on panel


I purposely didn't labor over the edges and show all these cool slivers of the green ground, as you can see a little better below in the detail.


detail


Please click here to the auction page. 




Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Let's Dance"

9 x 12"
oil on panel


Hot off the easel and with cheerful, spring colors- my third painting to fit into the upcoming group show 'Apres Paris' at the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery, opening May 2nd.

I chose another famous French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and his masterpiece 'Dance at Bougival', which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Please click here for a larger view and purchase information.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Their Sunday Best"

8 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


I did finish this painting, after a marathon of 5 days.  I'm more inclined to start a piece and finish it before I turn in, but this one demanded more time.  It will be included in Anne Irwin's May Show titled 'Apres Paris'.

The two sisters, in their Sunday best, were marveling over Georges Seurat's 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' in the Art Institute of Chicago.

The gallery sold this quickly and I am thrilled.

Please click here for a larger view.




Monday, March 31, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 137"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold


It's unusual that I paint with only black and white - I guess I needed a simplified warm-up this morning after finishing two very colorful, detailed paintings.

It was harder than I thought.

Somehow the changes in values of color, in the slightest increments, comes easier, probably from lots of practice.  The multitudes of greys were tougher.  I need to do this more.


 detail


I decided to leave the red ground color - it looks cool with the black and greys.





Friday, March 28, 2014

Going Nuts with Progress

Imagine - you decide to paint your large bedroom, move the furniture, cover the furniture, go get the gallons of paint and brushes.  You wake up the next morning knowing full well it'll take several days of your life and you just go for it.

That's what it was like on Monday morning when I started this painting.  I should say when I started Seurat's painting 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'.  Yikes. 




The detail matters.  So I took my time, used every color in the rainbow and while painting, I imagined Seurat working on a canvas 10 feet by 7 feet and layering millions of dots.  How did he not go nuts?

And here I'm whining about 8 inches by 5ish inches.

My very-used pizza pan of colors....




Just a mention here about considering to sign up for my June workshop in Chicago - I need more to fill up the class so please think hard about it.  The location of the workshop is in the Bucktown area with the best city to spend the week in with thousands of photo possibilities - not to mention a week spent with other artists.  What's better than that?

Click here for more details - registration is with the Sedona Arts Center, contact info is on the page.

Thanks ya'll ~





Monday, March 24, 2014

"The Golden Hour"

10 x 7"
oil on panel


Happy Monday.  Just had to mention that if you haven't watched Neil deGrasse Tyson on the new show 'Cosmos', don't miss it - it should be required watching for everyone.   It's not about art, but it inspires the imagination and the visuals are outstanding.

On to the new painting - a golden retriever taking in the shade as her mom takes in a good book.  From the beach on Hilton Head Island.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

"Joe"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


A mugshot of sorts - a friendly camel I named Joe, who peacefully resides in the country outside of Natchez, Mississippi.  An absolutely amazing animal to see in person.

~ Happy Spring


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 136"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.




Friday, March 14, 2014

"Rainy Day People"

12 x 12"
oil on panel
sold


Finished.  Yay.   The day before yesterday I made great progress - I was down to the floor area about 7:30 pm and I had to stop to watch Jeopardy (I always watch Jeopardy) because Arthur Chu was still on a run and I wasn't going to miss it.  So I finished up yesterday.

This painting will arrive at the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery around the 25th of April for a special Paris-Themed Group Show.

Please click here for a larger view.

Now I'm on to a few small, quick paintings - stay tuned.

~ Happy Friday




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In Progress



I think when I started painting with my reading glasses, the whole progress slowed down because this portion of my painting in progress has taken several days.

Then again, it is 'Paris Street, Rainy Day' by Gustave Caillebotte - a magnificent, enormous, complex oil that is 83-1/2 inches tall by 108-3/4 inches wide in real life.  I've painted it several times as the feature in my painting and I see something new every time.

Just checking in and assuring you I'm hard at work.

This painting will hopefully be included in a group show coming up in Atlanta.  More info later.




Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Sit A Bit"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


From the Sculpture Gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago.





Sunday, March 2, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 135"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.




Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Troubadour"

8 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I aimed for a very loose painting today - taking a figure from a photo and transporting him into another setting.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Spring Break"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Sometimes I have to really wonder what's wrong with me when I have no desire to paint, I whine that I need inspiration - yadayada.   The news is dismal, violent protests, absurd decisions by juries, weather catastrophes.  It gets to me.  

What worked today was a removal from the distractions - Pandora instead of news.  Iced coffee, painting in a t-shirt and shorts for a change.  A nice afternoon.

From Washington Square Park in New York City, a couple of women spending the afternoon removed from distractions.  The original photo is from my friend, Karen Hollingsworth.




Saturday, February 15, 2014

"How Bourgeois"

9 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


I painted this new piece during our snowstorm this past week - what a treat it was.  I know some of you are moaning and can't imagine snow being a treat at this point, but it's so rare here in the south.

I love this painting because of my favorite combo of colors - golds, blacks, greys and browns.  And I love the shadows.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, William Merritt Chase's portrait of the artists 'James Abbott McNeill Whistler' (left) and John Singer Sargent's portrait of the artist 'William M. Chase' (right) are seemingly looking down at the couple before them.

Please click here for a larger view.




Monday, February 10, 2014

"Dog Show No. 8"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Carrying on with my ode to dogs,  inspired by the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starting tonight.  

My aim is to take my reference photos and invent an unexpected surrounding, playing with color as I like to do with my mugshot portraits in BUST-ED.  

These are two graceful Whippets - wonderful curves and lumps and form.

Some have asked where the previous 'Dog Show' paintings were - here's the first six and here's more creatures I've painted in the past.




Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Dog Show No. 7"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold


I went to a Dog Show in South Georgia a while back - nothing compared to the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show but surely an event that just makes me so happy.  I've painted a few in the past and this is a new addition to what could be a series.  

And don't miss the Westminster on TV - it starts Monday night.   Love the dogs.  Love painting the dogs.




Monday, February 3, 2014

"Warm Spot"

7 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


Another reminder of a simple pleasure in the warmth of the sun.



.... and to one of my favorite actors of all times - Philip Seymour Hoffman


Rest in Peace



Friday, January 31, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 134"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


I'm back to painting today, happily.   You may have heard it started snowing in Atlanta on Tuesday around noon.  Within an hour, the city and suburbs was in gridlock.

I liken it to every Halloween - when at 2 or 3, the whistle blows and kids load into buses and parents get on the roads and every street, highway, road is a traffic jam for hours.  That's life in Atlanta.  Add snow and ice to the situation and it's a disaster.

Us?   We were home by the time it started.  And we didn't leave until yesterday afternoon.  Zac and Joey had their first intro to snow and loved it, like most dogs.  I love snow days.

Frankly, it was too frigid in my studio to even entertain the thought of painting.  Now it's more than comfy out here.

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED  -  a young woman that I ended up with a more classic portrait, chosen for her hair.  I always need practice with painting hair.


Friday, January 24, 2014

"Foam Bath"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


A reminder of warmth, sun, sand and fun at the beach in the summertime.




Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Object of My Affection"

9 x 12"
oil on panel
sold


I've been working on this for several days.  I think this COLD weather has slowed me down.  I have many friends and fans who endure brutal winters in the north - I don't know how you do it.  I always say 'that's why I live in the South' but we've got temps we rarely see.  I think I'll work on a beach painting next just to channel in the sun and warmth.

As I was painting this new piece, I came up with several titles - a young couple admiring Mary Cassatt's painting 'A Child's Bath', which could mean they're contemplating having a baby, missing their baby or just enjoying the painting.  It's rather sweet whatever the story is.

Please click here for a larger view.

Stay warm, my friends ~


Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Iron Side"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


A woman resting on a carved, wrought-iron bench in the Sculpture Gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Get With The Program"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman reading the museum's program with a couple of Georgia O'Keeffes beside her.




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 133"

 5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


I'm back to painting.  Thank you for coming back to visit.

This guy was fun to paint - he has a rather biblical look.  The detail below shows how I approached the beard - a combination of wet paint underneath, then scrubbing on strokes with a dry brush, then scratching into the paint with a small palette knife.


detail

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.


Friday, January 3, 2014

"Celebrity Sighting"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold

I love this story - record crowds have been 'flocking to the Frick Collection' to see the Dutch painter, Carel Fabritius's oil titled 'Goldfinch' - which is the inspiration for the novel by Donna Tartt.  It is a wonderful thing when masses of people are interested in art and get to the museums.