Monday, April 20, 2009

Playing with tonalist painting

"Reflections at Dusk"
14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
Sorry for the glare on this photo. The paint was still wet. I will try to get a better shot of it later.
Well, this doesn't necessarily meet the criteria for a tonalist painting as far as the color, maybe, but I was interested in playing with this technique of using darker tones and trying something new. This is just a scene from my head of a small water inlet that empties into this creek running through this marsh or field. This was so much fun just to play with a different approach than I normally use. I need much practice with tonalist painting if I want to do some more of these. To see work by a real tonalist master, go to - her work is awesome! If you're interested in this, just email me at .

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Plein Air Painting and small studio study

"Pond Grasses"
10" x 10" Oil on canvas
$200 unframed
This one above is a plein air study I did a couple weeks ago down by the pond on my inlaws property. The grasses where I was standing were still rust and ochre colors, but the pond grasses had already started to turn green. If you want this before it goes to a gallery, email me at - If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, go to my website at and this piece will be in the "paintings" section with a "buy now" button by the end of today.
"Coastal Marsh"
6" x 8"
Acrylic on Panel
$100 unframed
This is a small study I did in the studio last night from some photos I took of the marshes near Oak Island and Bald Head Island. I did this to work out an idea for a possible larger piece. Email me if you want it, and if you wish to pay with Paypal, go to and this piece will be in the "paintings" section by the end of today.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Plein air in the country

I went plein air painting on my inlaws rural 50 acre property last weekend. Everyone was gone so I had the whole property to myself. I did a 10" x 10" oil of some grasses near the pond and I got a 16" x 20" acrylic started, but had to retreat due to intense wind blowing my canvas like a sail! I will post the oil tomorrow. It needs a few color tweaks to add a bit more contrast.

Down by the pond

Here's my setup with the first marks of a 16" x 20" acrylic painting. I usually use a smaller paintbox mounted to a tripod when I am in the field, but I wanted the option of doing some larger canvases, so I hauled out the old french easel for this day. Due to the wind, I didn't get to work on any larger canvases except for this one, which I didn't finish!
If you have some acreage or land, I might be interested in painting it, just send me an email to .
I will call to set up a time and will clean up my mess and leave the place cleaner than I found it!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Plein Air Painting- 6 x 8 - $100

"Cedarock Tree Study"
6 x 8 inches Acrylic on panel
$100 Unframed
Purchase by emailing me at and you can pay by check or by credit card through Paypal.
This is a plein air study I did awhile back at Cedarock Park Historical Farm. I changed the lighting a bit, because the scene was really backlit and hard to make believable in the short time of remaining sunlight I had. I will use this to create a larger studio painting and try to make the lighting more dramatic.

More paintings tonight!

Hello all. I am in a rush today, but will post some new paintings and a work in progress tonight. Did some plein air painting on a 50 acre rural property in Siler City this weekend and had a great time. I will post those hopefully tonight once I get a picture of the paintings.