Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Sims Creek" (in five stages)

Scroll down to see the stages (in reverse order) of my process in creating this painting.  I actually remembered to take pictures! I don't always create a painting in this same manor.
Sims Creek flows through Julian Price Park located on the Blue Ridge Parkway here in North Carolina.

First the completed painting:
                                          30" X 30"
                                          oil on canvas

Just one painting session before the completed painting:

Continuing to develop the lights,darks and local color:

Beginning to lay in the lights/darks and local color:

Laying out the composition in charcoal:

Monday, April 24, 2017

"At Rest in Paradise"

                                          20" x 16 "
                                          oil on canvas
  This deserted old barn resides in our lovely Blue Ridge Mountains.  What a beautiful setting to "age in place".

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Iris for Carla"

                                                    12" x16"
                                                    oil on canvas
I painted this for a dear friend of mine.  She's a lovely lady who shares her love and kindnesses with me (and others) in so many ways.  You'd never know her favorite color is purple!  I have several varieties of Iris growing in my garden-none just like these.  I gave them the colors just to suit my wishes for this painting.  This is the first oil painting that I have done in quite some time.  Presently, I find myself immersed in using this medium for who knows how long.  More oil paintings in various subjects to follow in coming posts.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Euonymus in Winter"

                                          30" x30"
                                          acrylic on canvas

                                         winter's red surprise
                                         silhouettes against the sky
                                         can you hear the snow 


Monday, March 20, 2017

"Holly Days"

                                          30" x 30"
                                          acrylic on canvas

                                          season's red and green
                                          celebrations of good cheer
                                          peace and love abound


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Walking through the Woods"


 Here's a project that I worked on this past fall.  It took me three months to complete.  These three panels now hang in "Willingham Court" a dining area at Arbor Acres Retirement Community.  My concept for these was to present the image in a way that would evoke the way that oriental paintings are mounted on silk panels.  Of course my images are not at all oriental in style,  however I painted the borders to resemble patterns that might be woven in silk.  The over all decor of this court has an oriental flair in fabric patterns used along with beautiful interior landscape plantings and architectural features.

Each Panel:
                                                   Left: 48" X 72" acrylic on canvas

                                          Center: 72" X 72" acrylic on canvas

                                                   Right: 48" X 72" acrylic on canvas                          


Friday, December 9, 2016

"Gothic Garden Arch"

                                          roses on a wall
                                          sweet intoxicating scent
                                          up this garden path

                                          36" X 36"
                                          acrylic on canvas

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

                                          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.

Here's the first one:

                                          Completed painting:
                                          acrylic on canvas

                                          mid-stage of painting

                                          first stage of painting showing tonal underpainting