Sunday, September 23, 2018

"Mill Creek Reflections" (Bethabara)

 This past spring before the leaves had emerged on the trees, I did a painting of another area on this creek.  I was actually walking in the creek for this view that I painted. Summer time in this one with lots of verdant foliage everywhere.

                                          30" x 24"
                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Yadkin County Farm"

 The small pond looked like glass reflecting the soft blue of the sky this day.  The gently rolling hillsides of many pastures are typical of this county just north of where I live.  Palette knife again.

                                          21 1/4" x 7 7/8"
                                          oil on panel

Sunday, September 2, 2018

"Flowing Toward Todd,NC"

  Continuing to use the palette knife, I am pleased with this one.  The New River in Watauga County, NC.

                                          29 1/8" x 13"
                                          oil on panel

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"Watauga County, The Road Home"

The sunlight hitting the red roofs and the fields in the mid distance caught my eye.  As the clouds moved through the sky, different areas of the landscape would be lit while other areas remained in shadow. (Another palette knife painting.)

                                          30" x 24"
                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Blue Ridge Parkway, Late Summer"

                                          30" x 24"
                              oil on canvas

                              distant blue mountains
                              fading into cloudy sky
                              late summer pastures

Sunday, July 29, 2018

"Watauga County Field and Fence"

 Progressing with my skills using the palette knife.  I used a brush to do the house and outbuilding- I tried doing it with the knife, but it just looked like a mess.

                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, July 22, 2018

"Ceiner Garden Spring" (Kernersville, NC)

In this painting I was using a more controlled palette knife application.  I think I gained a bit more skill as I experimented with technique.

                                          24" x 18"
                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Flowers by the Fence" (Reynolda Gardens)

With my renewed intrigue by the affects of painting with the palette knife I've continued in the same vein.  I did a bold under painting with a large brush laying in the major areas of the composition in acrylics.  After letting that dry, I created the visible layer of the finished painting using oils applied with my palette knife.

                                          20" x 16"
                                          oil on canvas panel

Sunday, July 8, 2018

"Golden Day" (on the Blue Ridge Parkway)

Something new and different!
I was so unhappy with this painting that I was working on of golden rods that were growing in Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It seemed so blah.  Never being afraid to experiment, I decided to do something that I hadn't done in a very long time.  I started using my pallet knife and things begin to happen that pleased me.  I piled on the paint, I scratched into wet paint, and I enjoyed seeing what was being created.  The color is rich, the surface textures draw the viewer to look closer and the scratches lend an interesting hieroglyphic to the image  Now I am finished and happy with the results.

                                          34" x 24"
                                          oil on gessoed masonite panel

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Reynolda Path"

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas panel

                                                  shadows crossing path
                                                  dapple sunlight on my face
                                                  woodsy excursion