Monday, November 24, 2014

"Soft Shoes"

8 x 10"
oil on panel


As I was sketching this out onto my panel, I noticed cool similarities between the viewer and the subjects in the painting - the soft shoes and the folded arms.  Bloggers often point these things out that I didn't pick up, which always tickles me.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman feeling a connection with Pierre-Auguste Renoir's 'Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando', with Renoir's 'Chrysanthemums' to the left.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

"Tute Boots"

6 x 6"
oil on panel


I took time out from painting this week to enroll in the Affordable Healthcare Program and I would highly suggest anyone check into the program - the website works, the call center was helpful and starting next year I'll be saving a LOT of money that will buy me more paint among other things.  For many full-time artists and all self-employed people, it's a godsend.

Anyway.... if you've been watching my work for a number of years, I have a preference for cutting off heads.  The reason is I find the figure more interesting - it becomes a form.  Body language takes over, identity is moot.  Composition becomes the fun of it, color takes center stage.  That's why I love it.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a young woman and her boots takes a rest on a bench.

Please click here to the auction page.   This auction ends at 9 pm ET on December 1st.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Divine Intervention"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


Brett entered the studio as I was finishing this new painting and said 'he looks like he's walking on water'.  Hence the title.

From Hilton Head Island, a dog chasing his ball in the ocean.





Friday, November 14, 2014

"Reflect Upon"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


The truth about my absences - I've been on three road trips, totalling over 4,000 miles since the end of September.  I like to get out in the world in the fall and hole up in the winter so I got it all out of my system.  I don't post 'Hey, I'm out of town for a week' for obvious reasons but I am home, back in the studio and I'm not going anywhere until I see spring flowers.

I live in the Deep South, but today it's bitchin' cold, even for Atlanta so naturally my thoughts turn to warm days at the beach, with this new painting - a scene from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

You know how I love reflections.




Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Hilton Head Auction

Happy November and Hello to All ~

My beloved Mac was returned to my studio today and I'm whole again.

First thing this week, I wanted to let you know about the details of the upcoming Hilton Head Auction taking place this Saturday, November 8th, starting at 2 pm.

I have three paintings in the auction. If you're interested in participating in the bidding you can do it three different ways.

- You can be present at the auction taking place at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, in Hilton Head.

- If you can't attend the auction, you can place an absentee bid with the gallery. 

- Not able to make it to Hilton Head for the auction?  Watch it through a live streaming webcam and bid online!  How cool is that? 

So..... here are my three paintings.


'Savior'
7 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


'The Boys of Summer'
10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


 'True Grit'
10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


I do hope all of this helps for those who are interested in my paintings and love the thrill of an auction. 
I'm excited and thank you all.



Friday, October 24, 2014

Brief Break

Well..... my studio's Mac is in the hospital which has forced me to catch up on fall cleaning and getting the house ready for guests.

Also wanted to mention Carol Marine's book 'Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist'.




Carol included a little bit about me, a few images of my paintings, along with more really great artists who contributed their thoughts and practices.  I'm very proud to be included, thank you Carol Marine.

You can order your copy from Amazon by clicking here.

As for me, I'll be back to painting as soon as humanly possible.

~ Happy Halloween~

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Stand-Off"

10 x 10"
oil on panel


I've spent the last three days working on this new painting - all the while trying to find something to binge-watch after finishing Lost.  I tried several and poo-pooed all of them before settling on The Walking Dead.  Good one to paint to, I must say.

This moment happens more than you think - a viewer stands in front of Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'Portrait of Balzac' and naturally takes the same pose.  Especially men.  It's like a stand-off.

From the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Dropped Buy"

8 x 10"
oil on panel


A new painting featuring one of my favorite paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago - Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'.  On a bench that faces this Hopper, I sit and watch people's reactions and I swear, I want to shout out loud when someone passes it by without so much as a glance.  "It's a MASTERPIECE!'  I want to scream.  

There are those who stop and stare, those smart ones.  Like this fellow, who dropped his bag to share my awe.

Please click here for a larger view and purchase information thru the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Immobile"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


And now, for your moment of Zen.

A woman choosing to be idle for the time being.

From Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.




Monday, October 6, 2014

"Flower Power"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


Geezaloo.

I'm back from the dead.  Mostly.

I brought back a nasty cold from my trip to Chicago, despite all that diligent hand-washing. It knocked me out for the week.  All I could muster was laying around watching post-season baseball.  My brain is working a little better today.

Back to the paints with this new piece - a young woman admiring Georgia O'Keeffe's  'Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy' in the Art Institute of Chicago.






Monday, September 29, 2014

Chicago



I've just returned from my favorite city - Chicago.

Perfect weather, thank you so much Mother Nature.

The sculpture is one of four in Millennium Park by the artist Jaume Plensa - on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his Crown Fountain, pictured below, which features 1000 portraits of local Chicago residents.




GREAT city.  You must go.

I'll start painting as soon as I get caught up.




Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Bella Donna"

6 x 9-1/2"
oil on panel


Today I delivered this new painting to Anne Irwin Fine Art for a group show opening tomorrow night.  This is a scene from Little Italy in New York City, a pretty woman I spotted relaxing outside one of the restaurants on Mulberry Street.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"True Grit"

10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


This new painting was one of three included in the Hilton Head Art Auction taking place on November 8th and hosted by the Morris & Whiteside Gallery.

I wanted to paint a museum scene and chose one of my personal favorite paintings, Andrew Wyeth's famous 'Christina's World', which hangs in New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Royalty"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I was in the mood for something calm to paint yesterday and the horizontal stripes of grey-blue caught my eye and I zoomed in on these cool birds.  It took time to find out just what kind of birds are in the foreground - they are the North American version of the Lesser Crested Tern, which is primarily African, called the Royal Tern.  How cool.

From Hilton Head Island during low tide, two Royal Terns mingle with other shore birds.




Friday, September 12, 2014

"Curvy"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold 

I finished just in the nick of time.  The cracking of thunder over my painting hut means time to turn off the computer and go home.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a curvy woman admiring a curvy woman in Joseph Stella's 'A Vision'.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Shape Up"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


From the second floor in the American Art Gallery, one of six 'Chicago Panels' by Ellsworth Kelly hangs above patrons standing in line for an exhibit in the Art Institute of Chicago.


Friday, September 5, 2014

"Hat Day"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


A patron enjoys some French Impressionism in the Art Institute of Chicago.  In full view is 'Young Girl With Hat' by Berthe Morisot.




Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Under The Dome"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


The sculpture 'Cloud Gate' in Millennium Park reflecting the Chicago skyline, visitors and the clouds above.


As I was going thru earlier photos of Chicago, back in 2004, on Halloween, Brett and I were at the new 'Cloud Gate' when about 50+ Star Wars fanatics descended on the scene.  People loved it, the guards, not so much.



Just thought you'd get a kick out of that.




Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Ticket Please"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I l-u-r-v-e this painting.

And I loved this whole afternoon holed up in my little hut, away from the traffic jams and long lines and crowds of sweating people all over this city.

That's my idea of a holiday.

A visitor waiting at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"A Casual Look"

9 x 12'
oil on panel
sold


Brand-new, hot of the easel, a woman looks closely at Grant Wood's iconic 'American Gothic' in the Art Institute of Chicago.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

"The Blues"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Often I am asked how I am so prolific with painting.  First there's motivation and mine, right now, is to raise enough money to take a trip to Chicago in September.

As for prolific - I have a simple method - I find something to binge-watch while I'm painting.  I once finished 32 paintings in 2 months while watching the entire series of The Sopranos.  I kid you not.  The trick is, I stay put in my seat and cut out any distractions except what's on the tube and on my easel.

Lately,  I've gone thru Top of the Lake, Durham County and now Lost.  I will take this opportunity to plug Roku, which streams in Netflix and tons of others.  

And that's my method of cranking out painting after painting.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman in blue views Claude Monet's 'Irises'.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Shorter Version"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I wanted to do a larger version of this scene, so I thought I'd get a better idea of colors and composition with a smaller study first - then I got a bit carried away.  That's what happens with painting a Sargent, it's mesmerizing.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman stands before John Singer Sargent's 'Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)', one of my personal favorite paintings in the museum.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

"A Look Of Disapproval"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


A museum visitor getting a seemingly disapproving look from 'Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle' by Vincent Van Gogh.  She does look a little disheveled.

 From the Art Institute of Chicago.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"How Thoughtful"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I'm so very pleased with this painting I did today.  It's just the right balance of tight and loose.  Yay.

From the side garden outside of the Art Institute of Chicago.




Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Mercato"

12 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I was in the middle of painting this piece earlier in the year and had to put it aside to jump on paintings for a group show and frankly, I forgot about it.  I discovered it a few weeks ago in my storage area and decided to finish it.

This was a scene from No. Market Street, in Charleston, South Carolina - just across the street from the Charleston City Market.  The restaurant is now closed, but I did see a new French restaurant took it's place.