Auction Ending Soon! Original oil painting, C. Twomey, "Southern Homestead"

"Southern Homestead" by C. Twomey, custom framed 8 X 10" original oil

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Recalling mid-century (or earlier) southern hospitality and charm, this original oil painting by Catherine Twomey captures the delightful warmth of an original homestead on an early fall day in Virginia. The classic porch front architecture, the tin roof, the welcoming rocking chairs - these details transport the viewer to another time, a simpler place.

This oil on archival linen board is custom framed in a stunning, weathered gold "floater" frame, giving the illusion of floating in space and depth. The oil is 8 X 10"H. The frame is 11.5 X 13.5"H and 1.75" deep and ready to hang.

Why paint? "Taylor Jug & Pear" oil by Twomey

There's so much behind every painting that, until now, hasn't been said. There has to be an emotional connection to what I'm going to spend time painting. In this piece, it's the beauty of the old, worn jug; so obviously prized by it's makers and now by me. Then, there's the very physical act of creating: which objects? What are the relationships between the objects? What kind of light? How, how do I simplify yet suggest volume and form? The best of all? How wonderful it feels to start to shape something out of the air, to mix the colors until they're just right, and find meaning in the final result. I was there. I touched that surface. I loved those things.

I've been trying to get up to speed on what blogging is, and I've decided much of it is a guess. You have to waddle through all of the self-proclaimed experts and take a nugget here, a nugget there, to come to a semblance of a conclusion. It's maddening! But maybe that's the challenge. New phrase: In The Old Days (ITOD) it was all laid out and clear: galleries, publishers, agents, collectors. Not any more. I hope to blog my successes and failures as this evolves.

Thank you for reading and looking. 

"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:

"Buck Mountain Vineyard No. 2", oil, Twomey

C. Twomey original oil
Buck Mountain Vineyard No.1


This original oil painting, "Buck Mountain Vineyard No.2" will be available for sale on September 13th and 20th at the Arts Rivanna Tour, in and around Earlysville, VA. It is 6 X 6", and is framed in a beautiful handmade frame.

I was driving down Buck Mountain Rd., about 2 miles from where I live, and came around a curve to this unforgettable site. There wasn't much room for painting, but I got it done and can't help revisiting the moment every time I paint it. Vineyards are popping up all over here, and they bring endless painting possibilities.

The tour will be Saturday, September 13th & 20th, beginning at 10:00 am. If you're needing directions to the Arts Rivanna Tour, see the following. I'll be located at the studio in the middle, off of Advance Mills Road near Fray Road. Hope to meet you then!


Ebay Auction Original Oil Painting

Twomey oil painting original
Strawberry Eggplant Locked, 5 X 7" Original Oil
This original 5 X 7" oil painting is now at auction. 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.

The painting is offered unframed. Here is a sample of what it would look like framed:



"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.

Ending 5/2 at 8:00 pm! Wakefield Farm Shed With Dogwoods.

Ending Friday, May 2 at 8:00 pm is this auction:

by Catherine Twomey
Wakefield Farm Shed With Dogwoods: Built 1781

First local plein air of the season, I painted this last Monday at the gorgeous Wakefield Farm. The farm is in my back yard and houses 25 horses. It was built in 1781 and has many of the original structures, including this shed. 

I was taken by the beautiful aging grays of the shed's walls against the brilliant pinks, white and apricots of the flowering dogwoods. What a sight! As I painted at least five people came over for pleasant chats and comments. A day that will not soon be forgotten.

The original oil is 5X7" and is on archival linen board. The painting is unframed. This is how the painting would look framed:


by Catherine Twomey


Thank you for your interest.

"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.


Wakefield Farm Shed With Dogwoods: Built 1781

Starting at Auction tomorrow, Saturday April 26:

by Catherine Twomey
Wakefield Farm Shed With Dogwoods: Built 1781

First local plein air of the season, I painted this last Monday at the gorgeous Wakefield Farm. The farm is in my back yard and houses 25 horses. It was built in 1781 and has many of the original structures, including this shed. 

I was taken by the beautiful aging grays of the shed's walls against the brilliant pinks, white and apricots of the flowering dogwoods. What a sight! As I painted at least five people came over for pleasant chats and comments. A day that will not soon be forgotten.

The original oil is 5X7" and is on archival linen board. The painting is unframed. This is how the painting would look framed:

by Catherine Twomey


Thank you for your interest.

Award Winning Artist Auction: Twomey

Spring has sprung and the bug has bitten. 

This original oil painting is now at auction at:

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/217851


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Daffodils Coming and Going, Catherine Twomey
8 X 6" oil on archival linen board

These daffodils are from my garden, and after the harsh winter were some of the first bulbs to bloom. Welcome they were! The darker yellow one was fresh the first day, but kept changing position as it aged, so I solved that by softening the petals and giving them a whimsical flightiness. I cherish the vase; it's art deco elegance compliments everything it meets.

This oil is original, on 8 X 6" archival linen board. It is unframed. This is how the painting would look framed:


Thanks for your interest!

"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:

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"East Fall Blue Ridge 2" Twomey Painting Auction

The Dailypaintworks Auction for the following painting begins Saturday, March 22. Thank you for your interest.
East Fall Blue Ridge 2


I perched along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park looking to the west, towards the Shenandoah 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:

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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.

Award Winning Original Art Auction Ends TODAY!

"Advance Mills Hay Bales 1" Auction Ending Today.


Visit the auction on Ebay: Original oil landscape titled



Catherine Twomey
Advance Mills Hay Bales 1

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. The woods behind were already dripped in shadow, with sky holes poking thru. What a glorious day.

Original 6 X 8" oil on archival linen board, unframed.

This is how the painting would look framed:


Advance Mills Hay Bales 1

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence.