Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Studio Clearance Sale

"View From the Cabin"
5" x 5" Acrylic on Canvas
Painted on location in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Studio Clearance Sale on Ebay
I will be having a clearance sale on Ebay starting tomorrow. These will be non-exhibition works 8 x 10 and smaller that I need to get rid of. Most of them are quick studies like the painting above or sketches that I decided didn't make the cut to be sold at the gallery or on my website. A lot of the pieces were studies for larger gallery pieces. Just search the word "Holdren" from the Ebay home page to see the auctions. They will all start at $3.00 with no reserve. I will start listing them tomorrow.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Summer Day

"Summer Day"
10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel
This is a small piece I did the other day in the studio from an acrylic sketch I did on location this past summer. This is the driveway on my inlaws property near their pond. The sketch I worked from was done this past summer on a clear day with the sunlight streaming through the trees. It was a great day.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Infinity Farm Plein Air Barn Sale

I participated in a plein air sale this past weekend at Infinity Farm in Efland, NC. The artists painted the surrounding scenery and the barn was converted into a gallery for the day. We had a great turnout and I sold a few paintings and just enjoyed the great music and food. Above are some pics of the barn as it was being set up, and a shot of my art on the wall, and the first shot is the plein air painting I did near the pond. As you can see it is still attached to my easel because I was too lazy too take it off. Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sky Over Tsavo

"Sky Over Tsavo"
8" x 10" Oil on Linen Panel
$125 Framed
"This is a small studio piece I did this week that was inspired by a trip to Africa I took back in 1998. This is a view of the Tsavo plains with the mountains in the background under a fantastic sky. This place is located in Kenya, Africa."

October Sunlight

"October Sunlight"
10" x 8" Oil on Panel
$125 Framed
"This is a spot in Chatham County that I painted on location. The sun was coming through these trees and creating this fantastic light. This was the last piece I did before fall really started to come and the grass began to lose its color."

Thursday, October 27, 2005

My travel setup for painting

"Cigar painting box with a small plein air painting in progress"
Some have asked what my outdoor painting setup looks like. Above is the setup I use when I travel. It is my lightweight setup which consists of a painting box made from a modified cigar box and it mounts to a tripod. This setup is great for lightweight travel and I can paint on sizes up to 8" x 10" with this box, which is usually the only size I have time for when I travel. When I am closer to home, I use a Full sized French Easel, which is basically a sketchbox that holds all my supplies that folds out into an easel. I can use really large canvases with that setup but the downside is that it is heavier and more cumbersome to set up. I will try to post a pic of that setup as well.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Upcoming Show - Infinity Farm Plein Air Sale and Show

Just wanted to update all my collectors and friends about an upcoming show I will be participating in. The Alamance County Arts Council is sponsoring a plein air sale and show at Infinity Farm. The show will take place in a converted barn and the artists will be painting on location at the farm during the sale. There will be wonderful food and refreshments as well as live music. All of the work for sale will be plein air paintings which the artists completed on location. The show will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 26th from 1pm-5pm. Email me for more details or directions. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Chatam County Farm

"Chatam County Farm"
10" x 8" Acrylic on Panel
$125.00 Framed
This is a farm that I pass quite often on the way to my inlaws' house. I loved the strong design created by the plowed lines in the field."

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Nassau Shore

"Nassau Shore"
8" x 10" Oil on Canvas
$125.00 Framed
"This was a quick studio painting inspired by a trip to Nassau, Bahamas that my wife and I took last year."

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Lavender Farm

"Lavender Farm"
16" x 20" Oil on Canvas
$250.00 Framed
"This is a recent studio piece from some sketches and photos I had from an outdoor painting event at a lavender farm."
This piece will be in the BAL Gallery fine art show in October."

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunlit Barn

"Sunlit Barn"
5" x 7" Acrylic on Panel
This was one I painted today as part of a world wide paint out supported by IPAP(International Plein Air Painters). This one was done after I wiped down an unsuccessful oil.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Karibuni Baptist Church

"Karibuni Baptist Church"
8" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas
"This is a small studio painting that I did from some photos and pencil sketches I had. The sketches and photos were from a 1998 trip to Africa. My inlaws used to be missionaries there and this was their church in Kenya. This piece in in their private collection and not available for sale."

Monday, September 05, 2005

Sunlit Lavender Field

"Sunlit Lavender Field"
8" x 10" Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
$85 Framed in Gold Metal Leaf Frame
Update: This piece is now SOLD
"This was another plein air piece done at the Sunshine Lavender Farm Paintout. It's available at the BAL Gallery in Burlington, NC or by emailing me."

Sunshine Lavender Farm

"Sunshine Lavender Farm"
10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel
$65 Framed - now SOLD
"This is a plein air piece done on location at the Sunshine Lavender Farm Paintout. It is available at the BAL Gallery in Burlington, NC or by emailing me at the address below." UPDATE- This piece is now SOLD

Friday, September 02, 2005

Florida Palm

"Florida Palm"
7" x 5" Acrylic on Gessoed Panel
"I painted this sketch today to try out a new type of panel that I ordered from artist David Johnson. This is a scene I did from memory, from last year when I was passing through Florida on my way to catch a cruise ship to the Bahamas. This was near Cocoa Beach."

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tropical Paradise

"Tropical Paradise"
12" x 24" Oil on Canvas
"This is a piece I did late last year in anticipation of a trip to the Bahamas. I created this scene from my imagination, which is a departure for me as I usually paint from life. This piece will go great in any decor and I hope let you escape from your everyday troubles."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sunlit Path

"Sunlit Path"
8" x 6" Acrylic on Canvas
$55 framed
*This piece is now SOLD*
"This was a plein air sketch from a paintout event awhile back. The contrast of the cool shadows with the warm sunlit areas really grabbed my attention."

Friday, August 26, 2005

"Snow Camp Hay Bales"

"Snow Camp Hay Bales"
8" x 10" Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
$85.00 Framed
"I did this plein air oil painting on location in the rural town of Snow Camp earlier this year."

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Mombasa Palms, Kenya

"Mombasa Palms, Kenya"
8" x 10" Acrylic on Raymar Canvas Panel
" I painted this small studio piece from a photo I had from a trip to Kenya, Africa. This is a beach in Mombasa, Kenya."

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Sunshine Lavender Farm Paintout

Here I am working on a plein air painting.
My easel with a new painting just started.

The lavender gate in the garden at Sunshine Lavender Farm.
These are all pictures from a "plein air " paintout back in June 2005 that myself and about 40 other artists participated in.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

" A Gypsy's Prayer"
10" x 8" Acrylic on Canvas
$125.00 Framed in Gold toned Wood
Available by emailing me at
This piece I did for a juried small paintings show back in May.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

"Nassau Colors"
11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
$100.00 unframed
"I recently painted this from a sketch and photo from a trip to the Bahamas I took last Year with my wife."

"Painted Clay Pots"
A 10"x8" oil study available on Ebay. Search "Holdren" from the Ebay home page.