Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Art Across NC!

I've been busy spreading my artwork across North Carolina...

Four pieces are showing at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC:

I also now have four works at Little Art Gallery of Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC:

My painting, "Just Before Sunset," was accepted into a juried show with the Yadkin Arts Center in Yadkinville, NC. The show opens on July 13th with a reception at the Welborn Gallery and runs through September 17th.

"Just Before Sunset"
Yadkin Arts Center

The Apex Arts Council has a patriotic art show and silent auction at the Salem Street Promenade in Downtown Apex.  My painting, "Captain Bill's, Morehead City" will be on display now through July 9th.

"Captain Bill's, Morehead City"
Apex, NC

I've been busy with events and shows, but am excited to get back to work painting some new work and finishing up some commissions!

Stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Just off the Easel: View from Moses Cone

A new painting from the photos I took in Boone last weekend... 

View from Moses Cone
oil pastel on board
8" x 10"

This is a view from the Moses Cone Manor, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I have many more great images from our trip to paint from...stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day Commission

Father's Day
18" x 24"
oil pastel on Pastelbord

I was recently asked to create a painting of a Father on the beach with three young boys.  There weren't any photos to use for reference.  She couldn't find anyone to take on the painting, and this was such an important project. One of the boys passed away and this painting would be a special reminder of him.  I knew I had to help.

Here are some images to show the process:

reference image purchased from iStockphoto

sketch of idea for the figures

the small sketch sent to client for approval

laying down the underpainting in Nupastel

after painting the Nupastel with alcohol

first layers of oil pastel
(and reference sketch)

close to being finished

I am so thankful to be a part of this tribute to a Father and his sons.   Happy Father's Day.

Thank you for reading!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Just off the Easel: Welcome Committee

This painting is 14 of 30 works in 30 Days.

"Welcome Committee"
oil pastel on board
5" x 7"

We met this sweet girl during a trip to a dairy farm in Vermont a few years ago.  We'll be heading up again this summer and I can't wait to get some good reference images with my new camera.  I'll be checking out lots of old barns, farm animals, and covered bridges.  I can't wait!  Hoping to plein aire paint some, too.

I'm falling even more behind on my challenge, but I have two more that I am still working on to add to the list.  Stay tuned for a beach baby and barn scene that I'll be sharing soon!

Thanks for reading!

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