Harvest Square Reserve, Harvest, AL
Oil on Linen 9" x 12" Framed $545
Flint River Bridge, New Market, AL SOLD
Wade Mountain Loop Trail, Madison County, AL
Three Caves #1, Huntsville, AL
Oil on Linen 8" x 10" Framed $395
I spent the past 3 days painting outside with friends to help raise funds for the Land Trust of Alabama. The land trust buys land to preserve as green space for the public. So far they have over 4000 acres in our county. My friends and I painted different parts of the land trust and the paintings will be sold in a silent auction next week. Fall is definitely here - brisk chill, but glorious sun and clear blue skies. It was fun painting with my friends as I spend so much time alone in my studio.
Remember when life was simple and a day at the beach blocked out all your problems. Nothing to do but soak up the sun, play in the surf and build sand castles. Painted from one of the photos I took while exploring the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Neat place.
My entry in the Dixie Girls Paint Challenge July theme "hot". It was a bit of a challenge to come up with an idea that no one else might think of. I have this wonderful little teapot that I had been planning to paint for a long time. It was fun to paint.
This is from a photo I took a couple of years ago while on a quick trip to New York City. Trying to take inobtrusive photos in a busy subway was quite a challenge, but I always knew that this was one scene I needed to capture in pastels. So many layers. Lots of drawing and redrawing to get the perspective right. I think my next painting will be hills and clouds - no lines!
My entry for the "sparkle" theme of the Dixie Girls Paint Challenge. This image was painted from 3 different photos I took while arranging the still life set up. When people ask me how long it took to paint the painting, do they think about how long I spent prepping before I ever got started?
Scene from a recent trip to the "Forgotten Coast" of Florida. This oyster boat in Eastpoint, FL was one of many that dotted the coastline. Fishermen from Eastpoint harvest 10% of the U. S. oysters each year. We certainly sampled our share while visiting there. I love all the local restaurants and the absence of high rises and chains.
Just finished another one. 2/3 palette knife, 1/3 brush. Still trying to get the hang of using a palette knife. Not as easy as I thought it would be, but I'll keep trying. This is a scene from Cashiers, NC.
Commission delivered. This was a real challenge for me. I'm so happy that I stuck with it and the results pleased the client and the family that received the portrait as a gift. I'm never happier than when I'm challenged with something new.
First painting of the new year. I'm planning to focus on learning to use the palette knife and stop diddling with details. Hopefully the weather will be warm enough this coming week to get back into my studio. Painting in the livingroom is not the same. I miss all my "stuff".