Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Springtime Overlook"

                                          white columned arbor
                                          quiet place to see the view
                                          colorful spring day

                                          36" x36"
                                          acrylic on canvas

Friday, September 9, 2016

"Airlie Gardens Arbor"

Here's my second completed painting for the "Arbor Room".  I chose an arbor that is located within the lovely "Airlie Gardens" in Wilmington, NC.  The beauty of place along with it's rich history (https://www.ourstate.com/airlie-gardens-wilmington/) make this one of the most intriguing gardens to visit in our state.  It is very "Old South" with plantings of azaleas, camelias, wisteria, live oaks, and seasonal annuals typical in this southeastern region of the US. 

                                         Completed painting:

                                          48" x 48"
                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          SOLD

                                          mid-stage of painting

                                          first stage of painting showing tonal underpainting
                  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Reynolda Gardens Arbor"

For almost two months now I  have been working on creating two commissioned paintings for a dining room that is called the "Arbor Room".  Soooo... I decided to do paintings of arbors that I know and enjoy visiting.  They are both in gardens here in North Carolina that are beautiful destinations for viewing creative landscape design, historically valued, great places to meditate, enjoy nature, celebrate weddings and other occasions,  and contemplate the beauties of nature.  The first one is here in Winston-Salem at Reynolda Gardens.  Installation/construction of the gardens started around 1911 commissioned by the late Katharine Smith Reynolds wife of Richard Joshua Reynolds the "father" of the great "Reynolds Tobacco Company" empire.
(http://reynoldagardens.org/)

Here's the first one:

                                          Completed painting:
                                          48"x48"
                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          SOLD


                                          mid-stage of painting


                                          first stage of painting showing tonal underpainting

                                        


 

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Hydrangea" Mandala

                                          lingering soft hues
                                          those of skies and distant seas
                                          refresh these hot days

                                          36" x 36"
                                          acrylic on canvas

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Wildwood Bright"

I won a second place cash award for this!  A competition /show sponsored by "Hanes Companies".

                                          "Wildwood Bright"
                                          60" x 60"
                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          SOLD

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"Crepe Myrtle Summer" Mandala

                                                       24" x 36"
                                                       acrylic on canvas

I created this using my sketches of crepe myrtles as reference. The center vortex of the mandala was designed using the forms and lines of the trunk structures.  I make patterns of different aspects of the plant and then manipulate them until I am please with their symmetrical repetitious placement. In this one I decided to include a "botanical" study of a blossom stem.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Koi Pond"

This is the first floorcloth that I have ever posted here on my blog.  I paint them mostly as commissioned pieces.  They are so "site" specific as most clients want them to be compatible with their decor.  I started doing these because the idea fascinated me somehow as an application of useful or applied art. So, after lots of experimenting and study I thought I had created some interesting creative objects of art for submission to our regional craft guild. "Long story short":   In the year 2000 I became a member of "Piedmont Craftsmen" after passing a stringent jury process of submitting examples of my floorcloths and tablecovers  .  This guild has given me great exposure in this Southeastern region of the US. From time to time I receive commissions because of my affiliation with this splendid group of craftsmen and the attention that it has given me.

                                         "Koi Pond for Greg"


                                          60" X 36"
                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          SOLD
                

Friday, March 11, 2016

"A Garden for Vera"

                                         paint my garden dream
                                         imagining the beauty
                                         enjoyed there with me
 

                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          7" X 5"
                                          SOLD

Monday, January 4, 2016

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Coming Out of the Closet"

 Awhile back my blog friend Gary L. Everest ( http://gleverestpaintings.blogspot.com/) asked me to post an image of myself beside the recently created mandala "Acer Palmatum" so that the scale of the painting could be more easily grasped.  He also indicated that I may be a bit shy.  I must admit I am shy about photos of myself while not being a shy person,  "in person"  at all.  Well, one day in the studio where I teach, a willing friend made a photo of me with said painting.    So....here 'tis: