Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beach Shack

7" x 5"
Oil on board

This is the second time I have painted this. I like to paint a painting more than once to see if my style has changed, but on this one it's pretty close to the first one, which is good - I think my style is becoming consistent.

I also thought it would look good in the new gallery since it's a house on Bald Head Island.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Taking a Break

18" x 24"
Oil on board

I painted this image of the black dog a few years ago in a different format and I loved it so much that I decided to put him in a new setting. So, when I was thinking about what dogs to paint for The Woods Gallery (dogs are very popular on Bald Head Island) I decided to revisit this one.

I love how peaceful he looks.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blackberries in Blue

7" x 5"
Oil on board

I have been lost in glass beads!!

Also, I've been getting 28 paintings ready to go to The Woods Gallery, which I dropped them off today. So far, I've sold three in three days and it's not even tourist season yet.

Speaking of tourist season, I will be at the Farmers Market downtown Wilmington all summer. My first day is April 11th so, come by and see me!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Now, where did I put those?

30" x 30"
Oil on canvas

They are officially done!
Now it's time to decide what I'm going to paint next...

Well, I already sold two small paintings out of the Woods Gallery! I think that's a record in speed selling. Hopefully it will keep up.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Well, it's not a painting, but it is what I did today.

The marble painting, which is now titled - "Now, where did I put those?" wasn't dry enough to paint, so I decided to make some beads. Boy, it's a lot harder than it looks. Once, I figured out the flame thing and got over my anxiety, I was able to get the glass hot enough to do something with it. not bad for a first timer. Click on the photo to get a larger view.

I am finishing the marble painting today and will send that later.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marbles (update)

Well, the painting is coming along pretty good - I still need to do the highlight on the bottom marble when it dries more and a few other things. I figure one more session and I'll be done.
I'm really loving this painting.

This is the first painting in a series I'm starting called "Larger than Life" for the Caffe' Phoenix Show in October with Michelle Connolly & Amelia Hutchins.

The meeting with Bald Head Gallery went really well. Shawn picked out a lot of paintings, we signed the contract and off she went back to the island.

If you ever get a chance to go out there it's really spectacular.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


30" x 30"
Oil on Canvas

I'm working on a big marble painting. Here it is so far. I'm having a little trouble with the bottom one, but will fix it tomorrow. I want it to be like the others, but in a different color.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunrise Over Marsh (renamed)

36" x 18"
Oil on Canvas

I'm finally done!
I decided to rename this.. I like "sunrise" better...
meaning new day, new start, potential... etc.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Autumn Marsh

7" x 5"
Oil on board

I guess I'm having my own little Marsh Madness.

Didn't work on the sunset today, but will try to finish it tomorrow...
I have such a tough time finishing things!

The director from The Wood's Gallery on Baldhead Island is coming Wednesday to see the studio and paintings!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Marsh Sunset

36" x 18"
Oil on canvas

This painting is in progress.
I was recently very moved by Martin Johnson Heade's
"The St. Johns River" painting and wanted to try at a sunset. I'm really excited about this.

I'm also planning some paintings for The Woods Gallery on Bald Head Island.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Plum with Leaf

7" x 5"
Oil on masonite board
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It is finally warm & sunny today!! Summer is coming!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cut Plum

7" x 5"
Oil on board

I was really itchin' to do another painting today.

My Old Beads

5" x 7"
Oil on board
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I am really happy with this painting.
It's strange, some paintings just come to life on their own and you know when it's happening from the first paint stroke. Some struggle so hard.

Some have asked what oil on board is. I use masonite from home depot that has been sanded and gessoed (primed). It's really inexpensive and I love the smooth surface.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Windowsill Blackberries

7" x 5"
Oil on board
I'm still working on this and should have it done either tonight or tomorrow. I'm having problems with the shadow under the berries - they look like they are floating to me.
Maybe they are magic berries!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home Grown

9" x 8"
Oil on board
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Glad to be back!! Thought about painting the whole time!

There is an good discussion about making art and money - thought you would be interested in peoples opinions about art and artists:
Artists in Survival Mode as Market Crumble

Saturday, March 7, 2009


8" x 6"
Oil on board

Really enjoying painting the plums - can't wait to do some cut up - oh, the inside color contrasting with the outer purple - can life get any better??!!

Just letting you all know, I will be taking a break until next Sunday.
I’ll be in the Arlie Garden’s Green Day show Saturday. Hope whoever is close can come!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Two Plums

7" x 5"
Oil on Board
Feeling a little better - so I thought I do another.
I really enjoyed doing this painting.


Green Pepper

7" x 5"
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I have been battling a cold - they are calling it the "Carolina crud". I've been sleeping a lot - hopefully it will pass quickly.
I wasn’t completely thrilled with this, but I spent quite a bit of time on it in between sneezing and coughing, so I figured it deserved some recognition, since it went through so much.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Oil Carafe

8" x 10"

I was looking for a poem for olive oil and came across this, which I thought was funny and decided to use it instead...

There once was a gal named Olive Oil,
Who makes me blood rise to a boil,
She sets me heart poundin,
With her shrill voice soundin,
Nee'r was there a more sexy goil!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Beach Access

6" x 4"
Oil on board
I know, I know, this is such a typical beach painting, but I'm really missing hot, beach days.