Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Footbridge at Reynolda"

There are many structures made with river rocks on the Reynolda Estate.  This past fall I walked down to the waters edge and looked back to capture this view of a footbridge.

                                                     oil on canvas panel

Sunday, December 30, 2018

"Down East, North Carolina" (Summer 2018)

Traveling east in North Carolina, the terrain becomes more flat as you get closer to the Atlantic Coast.  Along the highway one can see many farms with various crops.  This painting is of a field of young soy beans.

                                          20" x 16"
                                          oil on canvas panel

Sunday, December 16, 2018

"Blue Ridge Parkway Sunset"

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas panel

                                                  color painting dusk
                                                  fog descends into valleys
                                                  time for evening rest

Sunday, December 9, 2018

"Fall at the Creek"

Here's a painting that I did back in October.  This creek is in Watauga County, NC.  Contrasting the sunlight coming through the trees casting shadows  with the light sparkles on the water was my challenge,

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas panel

Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Zinnia Verdure"

This past summer I grew some green zinnias in my garden.  They were really beautiful with their refreshing cool color in the heat of the season.  Having made several photographs of them, I designed this still life composition and painted something more contemporary than my usual.  Here again, using only the palette knife, I worked on a black under-painting and also used the technique of sgraffito to etch patterns and texture into the wet paint. 

                                                               24" x 48"
                                                               oil on panel

Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Glorious Fall" (Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina)

Hanging Rock State Park is about a 45 minute drive north of my home.  It is a beautiful nature preserve which is full of native trees, plants, and animals.  There's a lovely lake, waterfalls, trails with beautiful views and outcroppings of rocks.  This painting is of the summit.  Another palette knife painting except for the foreground tree limbs.

                                          20" x 16"

Sunday, November 4, 2018

"Morning Light on Quiet Pond"

Using the palette knife once again, I'm relatively pleased with the results.  Going out early in the mornings, I can catch some great light.

                                                  24" x 30"
                                                  oil on canvas

Sunday, October 28, 2018

"The New River September 2018"

Another beautiful summer day along the New River in Watauga County, North Carolina.  I enjoyed painting the patterns of growth on the hills across the river as well as the joe-pye weeds and goldenrod in the foreground.  The sky was painted with a brush, the rest with a palette knife.

                                          30" x 24"
                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, October 14, 2018

"Soft Warm Morning"

In this painting, contrasting warm and cool colors, I've tried to show a softer light. The palette was inspired by some mature hydrangea blossoms that had reached that beautiful stage where the colors were changing to rosy, rusty and green hues.  Painted entirely with a palette knife.

                                                  24"x 30"
                                                  oil on canvas

Sunday, October 7, 2018

"Summer Morning at Reynolda"

                                          oil on canvas (Painted entirely with palette knife.)

                                          early morning walk
                                          dew covered growth makes wet feet
                                          greeted by the sun