Saturday, June 17, 2017

venture out

You can see that I am still venturing out a bit.  I owe an artist friend a couple of paintings and this is a study for one I might do larger. This is her husband's family farm.  (I think) She wants something loose and 36 x 48"  This one is painted on a 16 x 20".

Venture Out also reminds me of my Dad.  Our family camped a lot (one campground named "venture out") while we were growing up and I have so many great memories. I cherish those times spent with my first family.  My Dad passed away three years ago but he packed a lot of love into his eighty years on this planet.  Happy Father's day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

lake view

A long time friend commissioned me to paint her two children and dog enjoying the lake.  The picture she gave me to work from was great so my job was not too hard. I have learned that you do not have to be married to a photo.  Change it for the paintings sake.  There was an old dock in the foreground and I painted it in at first.  It was preventing your eye from moving into the picture so I asked her permission to delete it.  Much better.  Do you see the backwards S composition?  Or I guess it could be a Z.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

workin' on a mystery

Tom Petty's song, "runnin' down a dream" came up first on my "thumbs up" station on Pandora.  The lyric, "workin' on a mystery", was pretty perfect for this painting and post.  This painting started as a vertical one and was a figure from behind.  I was playing around with abstract design. I did not like how literal the piece was, so I scrapped and flipped it to be a horizontal piece. I am definitely working on a mystery because I do not really understand much about abstract or non representational work. Summer is a time when I can explore a bit.  So, there you go. This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Monday, June 12, 2017

cowabunga

Maybe the death of the very best Batman, Adam West, is on my mind.

 Sorry if you are tired of cows.  White cows in particular. I never tire of painting white shadows. (or cows) This one is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas and will be with me at the Lake Norman Art Festival, June 24 and 25 in Huntersville, NC.  I would love to see you if you are in the Charlotte area.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

it don't come easy

I am a huge Patty Griffin fan and this title was inspired by her song, "when it don't come easy".  She is coming to Birmingham in July and I have tickets.  Very excited!
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.
I have one more show and it is in two weeks in Huntersville, NC.  It is the Lake Norman Art Festival July 24 and 25th.  Come see me if you are in the Charlotte area.

Friday, June 9, 2017

well seasoned

Decided to paint one of my Boston ladies today.  I took a series of photographs five or six years ago at Dorchester Bay and this lady was one of my favorites.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

june

"june" is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

pure

I have painted this cow portrait a few times on various size canvases.  I am drawn to the majestic feel of this pose. This one is painted on a 48 x 48 x 2" canvas.  It will be with me at the Lake Norman Arts Festival in Huntersville, NC June 24 & 25. Huntersville is a bit north of Charlotte.  First time visiting the area.