Thursday, February 27, 2014

Art Work's "Let's Dance" Opening 2/28/14 & a feature on local TV

Jessie Boyland of Art Works in downtown Manchester put together what will I'm sure be a very fun and fabulous exhibit called "Let's Dance". It was a collaborative effort between dancers and visual artists. It's all free 7-10pm with a performance, food, etc.

Below is the painting (previously posted on the blog) I created for the show, based on shot by one of the photographers who attended the dance rehearsals at Dog Town Dance Studio.

11x14, oil

Check out this interview if you haven't already. Jessie kindly asked to show the painting during her interview on CBS 6.

Monday, February 17, 2014

"Lauryn and Matthew" pencil, 5x7

Lauryn and Matthew
pencil, 5x7

A good friend asked me to draw her and her husband as a Valeninte's Day gift. Loved the strong light, dynamic diagonals and personal connection of these two fabulous people. Such fun to draw!

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Arabesque" 11x14, oil

11x14, oil
This piece was created for Jessie Boyland's "Let's Dance" project in the Jane Sandelin Gallery at Artworks.
Check out the entire show of artwork by various artists inspired by the dancers at Dog Town Dance Theater on Friday February 28, 7-10 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Show ends March 23rd, 2014,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"The Three Bears", 6x6

"The Three Bears"
6x6, oil on panel

This little painting was created as a gift for a friend (and his wife) who helped set up and hosted my website for years and years. (Thanks, Tim!) It was so much fun to paint -- those colors, the kids expression/stances and of course those beautiful blues of the ocean. I painted from an Instagram photo (i think) taken by Gail Emerson.

Monday, February 3, 2014

15 Paintings in 15 Days (Round 2) - A Recap

Finished! 15 paintings in, well, 18 days, but finished nonetheless.

Eight houses, four and a half snow scenes, one little dog, a lake, a stream and an ocean, five people walking up a mountain, one crowd on a beach. If I was really good I would do some sort of twelve days of Christmas type comment on the paintings. Maybe next time. :)

I really enjoyed each one of these. Several might grow up into large works. Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

15 Paintings in 15 Days (Round 2) - Day Fifteen

Winter Light on Trabue's Tavern
On Old Buckingham Road, Midlothian, VA
6x8, oil

 The last painting of the 15 Paintings in 15 Days Challenge! It might have turned into 15 paintings in 18 days... but I'm not upset. The challenge served its purpose in giving me a jumpstart to the year, building some painting inventory and giving me some ideas for larger paintings in the near future.

Above is a painting of Trabue's Tavern, deemed a historic landmark in 1975. The Historic Marker's inscription reads as follows: 
This was the home of Lt. John Trabue, Revolutionary War soldier and patriot, and of his descendants well into the 20th century. Trabue witnessed the surrender of the British forces at Yorktown in 1781 and later became an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati in Virginia. The Trabues were among the principal coal-mine proprietors in the Midlothian area and here maintained a tavern that was patronized both by travelers and by workers from mines in the vicinity.

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