Monday, November 30, 2009

There is an Eminence

8" x 15.5" acrylic paint on gessoed masonite

"There is an Eminence,--of these our hills
The last that parleys with the setting sun;
We can behold it from our orchard-seat;
And, when at evening we pursue our walk"
—William Wordsworth


Sunday, November 29, 2009


5"x7", mixed media

This was a good loosening up exercise. I made up the technique as I went along, incorporating all sorts of media. First I painted the sky with opalescent inks and an opalescent glaze. The landscape is torn paper glued to the board, then painted over with oil pastel crayons. Finally a wash of black ink vignetting the edges. I like the dreamy quality.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pool in the White Garden

18" x 24" acrylic paint on stretched canvas.

A view of the lily pond in the Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.

This painting will be for sale at the Festival of Trees to benefit the ARC of Orange County, on December 5th. More information at their website:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Open House tomorrow night

Thursday November 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Resale Marketplace. It's a great place to shop for gifts, furniture, and clothing. There will be food and drinks, and door prizes contributed by the vendors. I'm offering this little pepper painting. Hope to see you all there!

All Fired Up
6" x 6", oil on masonite

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blue Morning - sold!

11 x 14" oil on canvas

Many thanks to the purchaser of this painting. 75% of the sales price went to benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission - a win/win for all of us!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Challenge - Airport Travelers

Airport Travelers challenge from Different Strokes From Different Folks
7" x 7" acrylic on masonite panel

I did this one in two stages. First, I painted the scene in 5 values only: black, white, light gray, medium gray, dark gray. However, I used green instead of gray—Hookers Green with some Burnt Sienna to tone it down. I was going for a graphic approach, in fact at first I was leaving a little white space between the areas. It looked quite a bit like a paint-by-numbers :)

I scanned that step, as I wasn't sure whether to leave it as-is or add color. Then I used watercolor pencils to put just a slight warm or cool cast on different areas, and a few denser areas of color, such as the red bag and the yellow hair.

It's such a dark photo, with high contrast. I found the five values were quite extreme: the two lightest were very far away from the three darkest, and the middle value was still very dark. I cheated a little bit on the floor—really it was the same value as the darkest shadows, but I wanted it to separate from the suits, so I mixed up a half-step value for it, somewhere between 4 and 5. I think adding the cool and warm colors helped bring out some definition from the dark areas, although I like the monotone of the all-green version.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grove of Trees - sold!

Grove of Trees
24"x30" oil on canvas

I am very excited to announce that this painting will be part of the 19th annual Works of Heart Art Auction Against AIDS. The proceeds from the sales go to the Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina.

You can see the painting by clicking the View the 2009 Artwork link and choosing "L". More information about the auction, how to bid on artwork, and other info about the organization can be found on the website.

Update November 11: Many many thanks to the buyer of this painting - you're supporting a very important cause!

p.s. look for an upcoming post about a benefit for the ARC of Orange.
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