I was up at the crack of dawn this morning - wanting to finish up this painting before the heat was on. These two were spotted at an air show at the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport - they claimed their prime viewing spot early. About 3 hours early, which tickled me.
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A quiet evening in Charleston, South Carolina - where the porch light is still on and the red door, according to Feng Shui, brings success and prosperity to those who reside here. Perhaps we should all paint our front doors red to get this recession over with.
Jeff Hayes is an artist I have followed for several years - he paints very elegant, sensitive still lives, so distinctively his own. I particularly love his smoky edges on some - very dreamy, very sweet touch.
'Teacup No. 2' by Jeff Hayes
Jeff is featuring a different artist every month on his blog State of the Art - including his personal thoughts as well as an interview with each painter - and I was his pick for the month of June. He and I share a mutual admiration for each other's work - and I'm very proud that he chose me for his current article - which you can read here. Thank you Jeff - I appreciate this very much.
This is the first summer I've been in a gallery that is located on the coast - and I'm excited to have this opportunity to paint more beach scenes - which I thoroughly love to do. They're casual, colorful, happy moments - perfect subject for using oils because of the vivid range of deep blues and aquas and warm skin tones.
This little guy was seemingly planning out his next move on the beaches of Hilton Head Island.
It is nice to just paint for the sake of experience - no pressure - without reason. This is my big brother - who, for years, has been mistaken for Dustin Hoffman. These days, I see a little Jack Bauer in him and a lot of my dad's dark, handsome looks.
For painters out who might be interested - artist Dan McCaw will be giving a lecture & presentation on July 17th, in Charleston, South Carolina. That evening is The Palette & Palate Art Stroll - held in several Charleston art galleries. If you are in need of inspiration, I think both of these events are well worth the trip. For more information, click here or contact Ben Whiteside at the Morris & Whiteside Galleries at 843-842-4433. Hope to see you there.
The Howard/Mandville Gallery is hosting Art To The Rescue - a Benefit for Pasado's Safe Haven, an animal rescue outside of Seattle. This organization saves and rehabs dogs, cats and farm animals, most who have been neglected or abused. Three of my paintings will be included in the show - a portion of the sales will be donated to those animals in need. Hats off to them.
I want to wish my friend Chris Stott a great show - opening at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento - his paintings are spectacular. I picked one of my personal favorites to show you his skill and precision - you can see all of the paintings included in the show here.
This painting went through two wipe-offs, then totally finished, then painted over. It happens. I fall into a too-tight state, get totally sucked in and I step back and hate it. It's good - but uninteresting in the end. So I picked up a wide brush, added fuller swipes of color and simplified the scene. Some painting days flow and some don't. You just have to keep at it.
Tons of fun with this new piece - I don't do many still-lifes but thoroughly enjoy them. A keen observation from my boyfriend, speaking up that this pile of vegetables would make a good painting. Great vivid, bold color - a perfect subject for using oils. The arrangement includes Georgia grown vegetables I picked up at a local produce stand - Vidalia onions, red tomatoes and Silver Queen corn. This new painting will be included in the Contemporary Realism show at 16 Patton opening June 13th.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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