A Successful Tour! Thank You!

Thanks to so many who came to see my art on Saturday. It was wonderful to talk art, and it amazed me how much people knew and cared about. 

I have been asked to show again at Mud Dauber Pottery in Earlysville, VA and am working on getting into another show at a downtown gallery.

Your support is priceless and irreplaceable. Thank you.

The following pieces have found new homes:


Twomey
Buck Mountain Vineyard No. 2

Oil by Twomey
Earlysville General Store No. 3

Twomey
Ceramic Horse Head

Twomey
Ceramic Giraffe

Twomey
East Fall Blue Ridge No. 3

Twomey
Pear Portrait

Twomey
Buck Mountain Vineyard No. 1

Twomey
Settin' On The Pier: Key West

"Earlysville General Store" on Arts Rivanna Tour

"Earlysville General Store No. 3" Oil on board, 8 X 10"
Driving by this classic old service station daily, I'm reminded of the era it was built and all the people who've passed through that door. It's still in service today and at lunchtime is jammed with contractors looking for deli sandwiches and a fill up. 

This work along with many others will be available Saturday, Sept. 13 on the Arts Rivanna Tour, Earlysville, VA. Would love to meet you there.

"East Fall Blue Ridge Gliding" on Tour

C. Twomey oil
East Fall Blue Ridge Gliding
Can't get enough of the Blue Ridge mountains, especially in the fall. The Earlysville, VA area is in the foothills, not far from Skyline Drive. 

This 8 X 10" oil painting will be available for sale on the Arts Rivanna Tour this Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Additional information available here:

"Strawberry Eggplant Locked" Original Oil

Original Oil by Catherine Twomey
Stawberry Eggplant Locked by C. Twomey
Having just returned from a workshop in Sedona, Arizona, I immediately started a painting that would highlight what I'd learned. The terrific instructor was Abbey Ryan. She was prepared, patient and thorough throughout the workshop, which lasted one week. We even were located very close to a 20,000 acre unconfined wildfire, but we continued undaunted.

What was most informative about the workshop was learning that the skills I'd developed over the last thirty years as a medical illustrator translate over to oil painting. What a joy to be able to control the paint, using layering and coloring to control the emotion and focus of the painting. Abbey helped me a great deal with how to use and hold the brush as well as how to logically work my way through a painting to achieve what I intended.

There is much to be said for devoting myself completely to art for a set amount of intensive time. I was surrounded by fellow artists all looking for inspiration and progress, and the support we willed to each other was amazing.

Tomorrow, June 10, this original oil will be offered for sale at auction

The painting is sold unframed. The image below shows how the painting may look if framed:


Original oil by Catherine Twomey

Thank you, and thank you Abbey!

Daily Paintworks: Auction Pick of the Day!

Original Artwork by Catherine Twomey
Jefferson Cup With Tomato And Sedona Rocks
I am thrilled to announce that my painting at auction, above, has been selected as a featured auction "Pick of the Day"! A big thanks to this popular website for original art. Means a lot to me.

This original oil painting, 7 X 5", is currently offered at auction. The painting is unframed, but if you frame it it will look like the image below.

Back from Sedona; with a Jefferson Cup & Tomato

Original Artwork by Catherine Twomey
Jefferson Cup With Tomato And Sedona Rocks
Just painted this in Sedona, Arizona while a 20,000 acre wildfire burned nine miles down the road. These are genuine red rock bricks, and they literally glowed in the natural light. I'm in a still life mood lately - it's been just too hot out - and this beautiful reflecting cup is a reproduction of one Thomas Jefferson commissioned for his home in Virginia, Monticello. The Loch Ness monsterish tomato stem reflected in the cup really grabbed me.

This original oil painting, 7 X 5", will be offered at auction starting tomorrow. The painting is unframed, but if you frame it it will look like the image below.

The good news is the fire burned no structures and is almost contained. The bad news is the future for similar fires and heat in Sedona is very real, and quite frightening. The cause? Too many people (with their body heat), oh, yes - and global warming. Felt very real while I was there.

"Deer Skull With Aura", Sold

by Catherine Twomey
Deer Skull With Aura

The dogs and I were hiking through the woods - which can be pretty wild here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moxie the red dog joyfully brought me this magical find. I cleaned it in bleach and set it up to paint. Lo and behold, it more than spoke to me thru the oils. I spent a long, long time on it - medical illustrator that I was - exploring the sutures, eye sockets, foramen, orifices and so on; so it began to take on a new, mystical life. Hence, the slight aura emanating from the top. It's a straight-on expression of curiosity and structure that seeped into my soul.

The Latin name for white tailed deer is odocoileus virginianus. Quite a mouthful. I prefer Deer Skull With Aura. 

The second I showed this to a friend, he bought it. I painted the majority of this at the end of the winter, feeling blue and out of sorts. It's one of the pieces that's either a love or a hate. It's going into the hands of someone who will love it.


"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Auction Ending Soon!

"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Twomey Painting Auction

The Dailypaintworks Auction for the following painting ends soon! Take a moment to bid on this original oil painting:

East Fall Blue Ridge 2

I perched along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park looking to the west, towards theShenandoah Valley. Had my paints, easel and an outrageously gorgeous day to capture the fall colors. I loved the layers of mountains dissipating in the distance. And the colors! The blues next to the oranges - irresistible. This took longer than expected, I think because I didn't want the day to end.

Original oil, 6 X 4" on archival linen board, unframed.

This is how the painting would look, framed:

 Daily Paintworks Auction

Award Winning Artist Auction Ending Today

Original Oil by Twomey
The Sun Found The Hillside

The Sun Found The Hillside auction ending today, Wednesday March 12 on Daily Paintworks. This is a 10 X 8" original oil on linen. 

The way the sun hit this hillside as it raced to the horizon is what drew my eye. Down below, a old shanty town was lost in the shadows. The rusted roofs were such a contrast against the strong hillside design - I had to paint it. There were a couple of hours to get it down, but the sun was quick to depart and I had to fight not to overwork it. It was a goal reached.

The painting is unframed. This is how it would look framed:


Thank you for your consideration.

Auction: Original Oil Painting Award Winning Artist

Original Oil by Twomey
The Sun Found The Hillside

Auction, beginning today, Thursday, March 6 on Daily Paintworks. This is a 10 X 8" original oil on linen. 

The way the sun hit this hillside as it raced to the horizon is what drew my eye. Down below, a old shanty town was lost in the shadows. The rusted roofs were such a contrast against the strong hillside design - I had to paint it. There were a couple of hours to get it down, but the sun was quick to depart and I had to fight not to overwork it. It was a goal reached.

The painting is unframed. This is how it would look framed:


Thank you for looking.

The Sun Found The Hillside Auction

Original Oil by Twomey
The Sun Found The Hillside

A new auction, beginning Thursday, March 6 on Daily Paintworks. This is a 10 X 8" original oil on linen. 

The way the sun hit this hillside as it raced to the horizon is what drew my eye. Down below, a old shanty town was lost in the shadows. The rusted roofs were such a contrast against the strong hillside design - I had to paint it. There were a couple of hours to get it down, but the sun was quick to depart and I had to fight not to overwork it. It was a goal reached.

The painting is unframed. This is how it would look framed:


Beaver Skull 1

Oil painting by Twomey
Beaver Skull 1

Found this beautiful skull in an antique shop in Cleveland, Ohio. I loved that I could just hold it in my hand and turn it every which way.

It was such a pleasure to stare at it for hours, and I enjoy the menacing, almost alive look to it as I continue to paint. I don't feel it's finished yet, but I wanted it out there - released, ready to chew down a tree.

Don't know if I'm going to sell this yet. I'm definitely going to continue this series; it brought so much pleasure and intensity. There's a deer and horse skull waiting.



Auction Ends Soon for "Sedona Day's End"!!!


Sedona Day's End (oil on linen, 8 X 10")

The auction for Sedona Day's End is ending later today! Please visit this link to place your bid.

As the sun climbed down thru the sky, I was on a bluff painting en plein air (live) as quickly as I could. This was my first trip in 30 years to Sedona, Arizona, but oh, was I glad to see such a sight. 

The rocks really are that color, the mist hangs over the valley and I only had about an hour or so to get my impressions down. I was surrounded by fellow artists, equally inspired, and we were so focused on nature's brief gift of a spectacular sunset. 

I'm heading back to Sedona in May, and can't wait to relive the other-worldly red rock offerings. 

This original oil on archival linen board is 8" X 10", and is unframed.

How this painting will look framed:



Thank you for your interest.

"Sedona Day's End" Auction Ending Today!

Sedona Day's End (oil on linen, 8 X 10")

The auction for Sedona Day's End is ending later today! Please visit this link to place your bid.

As the sun climbed down thru the sky, I was on a bluff painting en plein air (live) as quickly as I could. This was my first trip in 30 years to Sedona, Arizona, but oh, was I glad to see such a sight. 

The rocks really are that color, the mist hangs over the valley and I only had about an hour or so to get my impressions down. I was surrounded by fellow artists, equally inspired, and we were so focused on nature's brief gift of a spectacular sunset. 

I'm heading back to Sedona in May, and can't wait to relive the other-worldly red rock offerings. 

This original oil on archival linen board is 8" X 10", and is unframed.

How this painting will look framed:


Thank you for your interest.

Advance Mills Hay Bales 1: Auction!!!

Oil by Twomey
Advance Mills Hay Bales

Auction listed at: 
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/200537

Advance Mills was an old mill town about two miles from my home. The road, Advance Mills, is one of my favorites - twisty, turny, on a ridge - the views along it are so spectacular you really have to focus to stay on it. 

We looked at buying some of this land, so I spent a lot of time walking it and loved catching it at sunset. You can see why. I had to work fast, as that shadow in the background rapidly crept over the sun spots. The woods behind were already dripped in shadow, with sky holes poking thru. What a glorious day.

This original oil on archival linen board is 6" X 8" and is unframed.

The painting would look like this if framed:



Rural Landscape With Plantation Barn 1 Auction

Bleak House Plantation Barn 1

The first in a barn series at the Bleak House Plantation in Earlysville, VA, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At this nitial painting stage, I'm there to understand the correct structure, lighting and "mood" of the building. This barn has it all. It's imposing, to be sure, and as the sun was slowly heading down, the barn's history ebbed forth. 

I'm often at heightened state of, well - anxiety - at this stage. There is only so much time to get things painted correctly, and especially settle on the shadow's shapes. If you can imagine, what's calming are the barn sparrows and doves quietly having a conversation while an intruder (that would be me!) makes strange stroking motions on an easel and board.

This barn was built in the 1700's, when slaves worked the plantation's wheat, tobacco, corn and livestock.A dream-like glow seems to infuse the barn, much like the way I view the plantation.

This original oil on archival linen board is 7" X 5", and is unframed.

This painting would look like this if framed: