One of the first sunny days I landed in St. Augustine, I grabbed my easel and painted this noble guard. There are four lions guarding the bridge; they’re made of imported Carerra marble and are stunning in their majesty. This sketch took about two hours.
12 X 16” acrylic on canvas board. Available.
This plein air painting was a joy to do. I set up early and within an hour was surrounded by friendly people from Indiana, Quebec, Minnesota…..I loved the angles of the beach, waves and dunes here, so that is what I focused on. I’ll be able to shoot this with better lighting when I get home next week - this is a bit pink.
Cannot complain about a day spent wandering around this ancient town, then finding this extraordinary doorway. Oh the secrets it could tell! The striking blue, oranges, yellows and whitewashed wall were wonderfully complaint as I painted away. St. Augustine was founded in 1565, and apparently there are a lot of mysteries around town.
12 X 20”, acrylic on archival canvas.
One of the most intriguing things about St. Augustine is its history. Throughout the city there are ancient, original doors guarding homes, gardens, courtyards and businesses. I wonder - how long have these beautiful doors been guarding this courtyard? 300 years? More?
12X12” archival canvas, Work In Progress.
Making some progress on this piece. Studying waves is a science unto itself, but very interesting and challenging. And that turquoise!
12X12”, acrylic and mixed media on archival board.
Aviles St. in this old (1565!) town of St. Augustine is full of ancient doors and doorways of all shapes and sizes. This one in particular drew my attention - the colors, the shadows, the sunlight - all combined into a wonderful composition just begging to be painted.
This lion is in the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, Florida. I just loved the idea of them (there are two matching statues). They’re made of Carrera marble, and elegantly guard the Matanzas river near downtown. The city began in 1565! No, really. This is 12X12” on canvas. This is a work in progress, painted plein air.
A year of joyful art making, experimentation and an exciting new direction. Thank you to the supporters, collectors, encouragers and laugh-makers who inspired me along the way! Happy Holidays and a 2019 with less drama and more truth-telling.
Thank you to the collector of this piece, painted live along Skyline Drive in the Piedmont Area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Shenandoah National Park. Made me feel like an angel as the warm summer breezes overcame my easel and me. I loved the patterns; the repetition of shapes and most of all, the color of these mountains. See the sheep cloud to the upper right? My eye finally found him after I thought I was done, but he's welcome to stay.
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SO happy to report that my two pieces were saved from Hurricane Florence by the wonderful folks at https://www.cravenarts.org/
As the storm approaching, the curator and helpers took the show down and stored it in a bank vault. The town, New Berlin, was swamped with water but the works were safe, secure and dry! Cannot thank the people at cravenarts.org enough.
The gallery opening will be Friday, Oct. 5 and these pieces are available then! Thanks for your interest, hope you can participate.
Unfortunately the fate of these two pieces is unknown. My gallery opening was to be Friday, Sept. 14 in New Bern, North Carolina. This town was severely impacted by Hurricane Florence, as was, I’m pretty sure, the gallery, which was downtown. Here’s hoping for the best for the residents and my fellow artists! And if you see them floating by, please give me a ring…..
Pleased to announce this piece has been accepted into the national juried show, "Bank of the Arts." Almost 600 works were entered, only a few over 100 were accepted.
About the painting: That moment when you sense a nasty storm about to reach you, but you have no intention of moving. The electricity is in the air, there's no where to go, yet still you can't move. This is an acrylic painting, 12X12", original with pouring and hand painting.
Back to work after being at a meeting in Boston, I've started on the first layers of the distant mountains. So enjoyable to work on this with music playing and thoughts of the trails. I will probably soften the transitions between shapes a bit, but hard to judge that until all the layers are finished.
Thrilled to begin this challenging commission! I took a day trip up to the mountain to get a feel for the area and soak in the history. There were some hikes that had significant elevation gains, but oh, the views!
From the website about the mountain: "This summer, Grandfather Mountain was inducted into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, having received five consecutive Certificate of Excellence awards since 2014, including 2018. In total, since 2012, Grandfather Mountain has received seven consecutive Certificates of Excellence."
For additional information, visit https://grandfather.com/
The very competitive show is an annual event, with nationally-recognized artists and a wide variety of works. The works are framed and ready to hang.
My work has been accepted into the Randy Highbee 6X6" Squared competition. Please click:
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Excited to be a part of this show! Three paintings now on exhibit and available for purchase. This is "Balls of Glass" (get it?) and is framed in a beautiful gold floater frame, ready to hang.
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