Sunday, November 14, 2010

Morning Field

Acrylic on Pastelbord®
11" x 14"

I attended an excellent workshop on Acrylic Landscapes taught by Ken Muenzenmayer. I usually paint with oils, so it was a change of pace for me. His technique is fantastic, a combination of washes and dry-brushing that renders wonderful results.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It's been pretty crazy around here since the end of September. Almost no time to paint, but plenty of good news:

I've got four paintings in the new Arts Council of Wilson gallery store. It's a really nice gallery in downtown Wilson, go check it out.

In November I'm teaching two drawing classes for Department of Cultural Resources employees. We'll be learning right-brain techniques for improving accuracy as well as creativity. I'm really looking forward to that.

Also in November I'm attending two workshops at Art of the Carolinas: Acrylic Landscapes and Learn To Simplify.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Just a Touch

5" x 7" oil on gessoed hardboard


On the third day of Fall, there was just a touch of yellow on the leaves (and we broke heat records, as we've done all summer).

This was my first chance to try out my new French easel. It's fantastic - very lightweight and compact, but sturdy. You don't have to use a fancy easel (Tom Brown shows how to use a pizza box and a yardstick), but it's convenient to use one so well-designed.

As always there's a huge difference between painting from life and painting in the studio. It's difficult to frame the scene, there's just so much MORE than in a photo reference.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Arts Council of Wilson gallery

I'm very excited to say that I have four paintings on exhibit/for sale at the new Arts Council of Wilson. The opening date is October 1, with a Kick Off planned for October 15.

Clockwise from upper left: Sherandoh; Landing; Nags Head Wood; Path Through a Field. All are 6x6", oil on hardboard, framed.

Monday, August 30, 2010


8" x 10" oil on gessoed hardboard

A hayfield in North Carolina. It was tricky painting an overcast day, because I have a tendency to want my colors very bright and saturated. At least there were some cast shadows despite the clouds.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Loading Dock

8" x 10" oil paint on gessoed hardboard

A loading dock on the grounds of the art museum in Raleigh, NC. This is another painting done with palette knife.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Farm Road

5" x 7" oil on gessoed hardboard

Farm road in Granville County, NC.

I painted this with a palette knife. It really helped me block in colors and shapes instead of getting hung up on details - you can only get so detailed with a knife on 5x7.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Party at the River

8" x 10" oil paint on gessoed hardboard

On the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC.

For sale at the Arts Council of Wilson museum shop.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Granville County Farm

7" x 7" oil on gessoed hardboard

Farm buildings in North Carolina.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Crepe Myrtles

8" x 10" oil on gessoed hardboard

Crepe myrtle tree near the Japanese Garden in Raulston Arboretum.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


5" x 7" oil on gessoed hardboard

One more study of a painting by artist Tom Brown, then next week something of my own showing what I've learned.

Not for sale

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Morning in the Field

5" x 7" oil on gessoed hardboard

This is another study of a painting by artist Tom Brown, whose landscapes I greatly admire.

Not for sale.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bend in the Road

6" x 6" oil on gessoed hardboard

This is my study of a painting by artist Tom Brown, whose landscapes I greatly admire.

Not for sale

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

NC Museum of Art's new building

I was able to see a preview of the new NCMA last weekend. It's just breathtaking! We have such very good collections, it's wonderful to see them housed in this environment. I saw artwork that hasn't been on display for several years, including the museum's three Aaron Douglas illustrations, as well as many new pieces recently donated—a Picasso, for one. And the Rodin sculptures are fantastic. Many of them are placed outside in the gardens.

The grand opening is this April 24-25. Admission to the museum is always free, but I know there will be specific, ticketed events for the opening, so check their website before you go, to make sure you'll be able to see everything you want to.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Howard's Channel

Howard's Channel, NC.

8" x 10" ink on hardboard.

Please email me to purchase.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shady Creek

I decided to try something a little different to break out of my patterns - I painted most of this with a sponge. Not the big sea sponges people use for painting walls, but a small makeup sponge with very dense foam.

5" x 7" oil paint on hardboard,

Please email me to purchase.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rich Inlet

Rich Inlet, NC.

11" x 14" acrylic paint on canvas.

Please email me to purchase.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Johnson Creek

Johnson Creek at Cape Lookout.

Each panel 8" x 10" acrylic paint on masonite.

Please email me to purchase.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Orange Day

Each panel 12" x 16" acrylic paint on stretched canvas.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Schenck Forest

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.

This was the last painting of 2009. I found a great place to paint, Schenck Memorial Forest. I spent the whole day there - first painting, then a hike, then a picnic. It was pretty cold by the time we got to the picnic, but still a nice day. The sun was very low when I did the painting, even though it was about noon. The winter light is still clear when it's that low, and everything was sparkly.
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