Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cherries Still life and a landscape

"Summer Cherries"
8" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas
Available at Picasso's Gallery & Gift Shop(Alamance Arts Council)
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"Mountain Road"
4" x 6" Acrylic on Canvas on Panel
Available at Raleigh Street Gallery
These are some recent small ones. I have been playing with still life paintings recently because my schedule hasn't allowed me to do any outdoor landscape studies before it gets dark. Don't know why the scans here look grainy. I sized these down from a high-res scan, so it must be the canvas texture catching the light. I will try to filter them and replace them with a smoother picture later.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas, Upcoming Events

Just want to say a quick Merry Christmas to all my friends and a big "Thank You" to all who have supported my growth as a painter. It is because of you that I am able to move forward and to keep growing and learning. Merry Christmas!

Also a reminder - I have an upcoming exhibit a the Asheboro Library in Asheboro, NC during the months of March & April 2010. I will post the exact dates when I have them.

Also, I will be participating in an exhibit titled, "Double Exposure" in February 2010. This exhibit was the result of the Chatham Camera Club issuing a challenge to artists to use one of their photos as inspiration for a painting. The resulting paintings will be shown next to the photographers' work that was used as reference. It should be fun to see how the painters interpret the photographers' work in paint. I will post the dates for that show soon. It will be at a gallery in Siler City, NC.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sketching, back to basics

I used to have a daily sketching habit, and due to painting for some recent exhibits and the busy pace of balancing my painting, full time job, and family, I have not been sketching like I used to. I have started again this week and just try to work in charcoal or conte crayon for just a few minutes a day. When I do this, it makes my painting time much more productive because the daily sketching helps to improve your skills... in the drawing area, anyway.

This unfinished conte crayon sketch pictured above was done by a stream on my inlaws' rural property in Siler City. I had my paint box out ready to paint, and ended up just sketching instead. It was a nice change of pace. I sketched enough to use it as reference for a future painting, but quit when my fingers went numb from the cold!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Country club show - one day only!

These are some small pieces that I sent to Raleigh Street Gallery in Siler City, NC. The owner is taking these and some of the gallery's other inventory to a one day exhibit and sale at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, NC. This event is a ticketed luncheon and sale, so I hope I some of these pieces will move. The gallery suggested sending these smaller pieces because even the country club set have seen their share of financial downturn this year.

If these go unsold, they will be available at Raleigh Street Gallery. You can get their contact info on their website at .