I'm happy to say that I've recently completed and posted several new works!
Must be my naturalist leanings - I've been on a plants and animals kick lately in my painting subjects. The Painted Bunting is the latest in my Colorful Birds series. I love these little guys. I think they must be the most colorful birds in our area and it's always exciting to see them.
This view of the Saluda River is one of the loveliest spots in Saluda Shoals Park I think. It's so peaceful to sit on the bench near this spot and just take it all in on a beautiful day like this one. This one is my biggest work yet at 1...
I feel fortunate to have had another chance to practice painting plein air the past few days.
A group of artists gathered at Edisto Beach State Park where we spent a couple of days on location creating art. A number of wonderful drawings and paintings were the result. I was fortunate to find a great spot to paint. Turns out I will be the last to be able to paint from that spot as the park has since moved the barrier fence inland by 6 feet and changed it's angle because the land behind it has been washed away by this winter's storms.
It was a cold overcast day so the light was a bit more consiste...
Very happy to have received a Merit Award at the 2018 Crooked Creek Art League Juried Show tonight for my piece "Lilac Breasted Roller". And, that the piece has been sold to a very excited new owner. A good day!!
All the winning artwork will be on display at Crooked Creek Park until April 16. There are some truly wonderful pieces this year!
I'm a big believer in the value to be gained by learning from other artists. As I embarked on my art journey, I was fortunate to find one of the best art leagues around is based out of Crooked Creek Park - just around the corner from us. It's been a real pleasure for me to serve as President for the league for the past two years. What a wonderful group of kind and talented people. I have learned so much from them and made many good friends.
Crooked Creek Art League holds a Juried Show and Sale each year. This year will be our 23rd Annual Show. All the artwork came in this weekend and...
The french phrase "en plein air" translates to in the open air. It's also the phrase used to to describe painting outdoors from live scenes.
Plein air painting is all about leaving the four walls of your studio and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists with their desire to paint the effects of natural light on the way we see the world. Painting outside is challenging due to the transient light and constantly changing atmospheric environmental conditions. It's amazing, when you st...
Check it out! A collection of my art is now on display in a special exhibit at Palmetto Fine Arts in Chapin. This exhibit features many of my currently available works. It will be on display until March 1, 2018. Please consider stopping by to take a look if you are in the area.
I'm happy to say that this bright and cheery red male cardinal has been claimed already.
We always have a lot of cardinals around our house. One day I saw five of them flitting in and out together in the huge crepe myrtles behind our house. They have such beautiful richly hued distinctive bright plumage. They are often outside our house "chip chip chipping" to warn others about our cat :-).
This bright eyed little fellow is a cheery harbinger of the Christmas holidays!
Ahhh, the State Fair... Good times: deliciously unhealthy food, crowds, livestock, rides and... ART!
I'm happy to say that two of my recent works have been juried in for the 2017 SC State Fair Fine Art Competition. What the heck does "juried in" mean? For art competitions, a single judge is called a Juror. A group of judges that works together is called a Jury Panel. Art entered into juried competitions have their works reviewed and either "juried in" which means it is good enough to meet their standards and qualifies to compete. Art works which are not deemed appropriate or worthy are "j...