Monday, 30 June 2014

fishing in the mist 12x12"

I have to add a couple of fishing poles (hence, the title) once the paint has set up a little more....this is a scene from the lagoon at Hunting Island.

Friday, 27 June 2014

hot day - 20x16"

I am getting close to finishing this one and plan on using it for my PR for my upcoming "Featured Artist" Show at the Beaufort Art Association......I needed a painting with a large enough emptyish area to superimpose copy over. 

I often forget if I have posted a painting that I have finished.....mostly because I feel guilty about posting too many "updates." So, here is one I finished a while's 16x12".

Monday, 23 June 2014

first week of summer

Well, it's the first week of summer and I am enjoying my studio immensely! I realized that I have been spending way too much time moving supplies around and setting things up during the past year (unable to avoid)......the unfinished studio was susceptible to temperature extremes and had somewhat inadequate light. It is great to be able to leave everything in place and not waste so much time adjusting things. Anyway, here are a few things I have been working on during the past week. This picture is a study for a possible larger painting I have in mind.....just color and composition ideas (it's 8x8").

I started this one at about 9am this morning (14x11") and was beginning to make progress but..........the tide went out, it stared to rain and the boat left! Three strikes for sure. I'm going to go back tomorrow if the weather conditions are right and see if the boat is docked at the same spot.

I am working on this 20x16" in the studio and hoping to finish it in the next day or so.......

Thursday, 19 June 2014

plein aire in the heat! - 12x10"

When I got in the car about noon, the temperature read 95 degrees! I can understand why lots of folks don't paint outdoors much in the summer around here......didn't really feel it till I got in the car and learned the actual temperature. The clouds were great, though, and you don't tend to get them unless it's hot.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

small stuff - 8x8"

I have decided that I am going to do a whole bunch of little paintings for a put them first anyway. I need the immediacy right now. So, I did a little one this afternoon and am about to begin another one. It's a real treat to know I can work wet into wet and finish all in one sitting.....not like there was any reason why I couldn't yesterday. I suppose I was a little stuck!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

studio renovation!!!!!

I am ecstatic!!!! My son was here last week and did a great job turning a 12x14' shed into an actual studio......the dingy back sides of the plywood siding framed with 2x4s are now finished walls. The ill fitting solid door is now a set of French doors and I have two windows. I have been using the building as a studio prior to this but it was pretty grungy and hard to work in if the weather was extreme. Eventually the exterior will be shingled and the floor will be done.......maybe something with the ceiling but I'm not sure yet. At any rate, I have not done much painting the past couple of weeks because I needed to organize, clean everything out and store it - then had to make decisions about what to move back in and move it. The seagulls (12" square) is the first thing I have worked on in the new space. Other paintings which need to be finished are on the's so nice I didn't want to leave yesterday.