Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the meantime...

I don't have new artwork to post, so I thought I'd share a few photos from the rest of life with you folks.

After a summer of Insanity, I've gotten back into running. Purchased by first pair of barefoot Merrells on sale at DSW just in time for my favorite running season -- fall.

I've been trying to figure out my food intolerances, which has been time consuming and frustrating. It seems like the foods change every day.

Sweet potatoes are on the "safe" list (so far) so I am happy.

 I entered "Summer's Glow" to the Crossroads Art Center All-Media Show and was honored to receive a red ribbon.

I'm working on two different quilts with two wonderful women -- my mother-in-law and my grandmother. Unfortunately I only have a photo of one to share.

The biggest news is that we sold our condo and, yep, that is our contract pending on a house!

That's right. We are going to have our own four walls and our own yard. Right now it's a mess of weeds, but we're hoping get the flower beds, vegetable garden and koi pond going again.

One day it might appear in a painting or three, or many.

Mark thought we were looking for a house, but really I was on the hunt for the perfect studio space. I think we found both.

Theo doesn't quite know what to think of it all.

Honestly, neither do I. If all goes according to plan we will be moving into the house in two weeks. In the meantime, please excuse me if a little dust gathers here on the blog.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Watkins Willows, 8x10

Wakins Willows
8x10, oil

Another scene from the beautiful Watkins Nursery property in Amelia, VA.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Climbing Mount Rainier, 18x24

Climbing Mount Rainier, 18x24, oil sold

This commission appeared on my newsletter at the beginning of the month. This piece has to be one of my favorite commissions of all time. I had a low dpi reference photo, which can make things difficult but with the graphic nature of this piece plus those dazzling deep blues, this piece, while challenging, was quite fun and gratifying.

 Below are the step by step photos of the creation of this painting.

1. Before beginning the final piece I completed a loose 6x8" study painting and sent to the client for approval:

 2. All elements are penciled in, then the first layers of the background are applied.

 3. The first layers of the snow in the foreground are begun below:

A shot of how I set up to paint from the study:

 5. More layers added to the sky, background and snow, figures and gear are painted in as well.
Climbing Mount Rainier
18x24, oil on canvas

Closer look at the figures:

Mount Rainier is located in Washington State, elevation 14,411 ft. 

Interested in commissioning a custom painting?
E-mail me for more info or head over to the Purchasing FAQ page on my website.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Summer Pastures, 5x7

Summer Pastures
5x7, oil on board

One of the many beautiful vistas on the farms at Watkins Nurseries in Amelia.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gunny on the Beach

Gunny's Beach House

The Lookout

Gunny was a 8 month old Yorkie I met on the beach in Nags Head this summer, filled with wonder and adored by his owners. His owners asked me to paint a piece of Gunny on the beach. These were two of my study paintings from the brainstorming process. It was too cute not to share on the blog.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

What's up September?

I just sent out what was suppose to be my August Newsletter. Now it's the September Newsletter. :) No problem.

Take a look:

In this newsletter:

1. Favorite Paintings of the Quarter
2. Prints Available on
3. How to Commission a Painting
4. Tips on Choosing the Right Artwork for Your Home
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