Sunday, June 30, 2013

Artist Studio Online Tour and Giveaways – A Blog Carnival

   Go BEHIND THE STUDIO DOOR and see where real painters work!

Have you ever wondered about the mysterious artist's studio? Now you can get a glimpse of their working spaces in this online tour!

Visit the links below to see the participating artists' photos and descriptions of their studios. Some artists are offering giveaways or special prices for the Artist Studio Blog Carnival.

Marla LaubischCarol SchiffKaethe BealerJo MacKenzie
Michael ChamberlainCharleen MartinSally BinardJacklyn Karabaich
Sharon GravesSea DeanJohnna SchellingTaryn Day
Julie Ford OliverSarah SedwickKim RempelCindy Michaud
Joanne GrantCarmen BeecherCindy WilliamsCathy Engberg

"Around the Neighborhood" 8x10 oil.
Painting Giveaway:
See instructions at the bottom
of this post to enter to win!
Welcome to my studio! I'm very fortunate to have a large, airy space for my painting—an upstairs bedroom with running water nearby. I can't say it's very well-organized (it's not), but with this much space it doesn't really matter.

Although I paint almost exclusively in oils, I still have a few other paints and mediums cluttering the studio. In the other part of my life, I'm a graphic designer, and I've got a lot of equipment and tools from the pre-computer days: drawing board, triangles, French curves, rapidographs, etc. Also cans of housepaint, tools, shipping boxes, craft supplies, and art books. And of course my plein air kit—paintbox, tripod, umbrella, backpack...

I know a lot of artists said this Carnival was a good excuse to clean up their studios, but I decided to let everyone see mine in its natural state.

Here's a photo tour (you can click on the photos to see larger images):

The panoramic view.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mosaic of recent work

Top to bottom, left to right:

South Saunders Street; Sapareva Banya; Via Lio Maggiore; Whitaker Mill Cottages; Farmhouse #2; Caminho do São João; The Lincoln Theater; “OMG, Julia”; Pond Reflections; Airlie Fountain; Unity Church [sold]; Fairy Tale Peacock [NFS].

You can view or purchase these paintings at

Monday, June 24, 2013

Joel Lane House

8" x 10"
oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

This is the historic Joel Lane house in Raleigh. The house was built in the early 1770s, and has been restored to the original style. When Lane built it, it was in a very rural area - he's the one who worked to get the capital moved from Tryon to Raleigh. Sounds to me like he was just lazy and didn't want to have to travel so far!

It's a beautiful house and the gardens are gorgeous—with typical North Carolina crepe myrtles in bloom.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Scope exhibit at VAE

Here's my painting hanging at the Visual Art Exchange. I really like the one above it; I'm in a very good location. Very nice exhibit with lots of great artwork - the exhibit closes June 27.

Friday, June 21, 2013


5" x 7"
oil on canvas panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

Anyone from Raleigh will recognize Killo Pest Control!

I've always enjoyed that name every time I pass, and I was very disappointed when I learned that it's just the name of the owner. Nothing to do with KILLING.

I shouldn't have told you either...

The sketch. A little hard to see.

The sunlit areas. There aren't many. I decide to leave the sky until the end - just for practical reasons:
so there's a dry place for me to rest my hand.

The shadows.

Now that the sky is in, I can see some problems with the values and colors. The building in back is too brightly colored. The window area is too warm. The shadow side of Killo is too bright, with too much contrast.

The behind-building looks much better. Also added some detail in the garage - there's a fence of some kind. Now all I have to do is fix the shadow side of Killo and add a few more details.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The coolest thing ever!

My painting "South Saunders Street" is Jerry's Artarama's featured painting this week on their Facebook page!

Go to to see it. (And while you're there, please "like" my FB page,, and help me in my quest for world domination!)

I've only recently realized how many people know Jerry's. Because I live in Raleigh, I tend to think of it as my "local art supply store." But of course they sell mail-order everywhere, and have about 16 locations. That's where I buy almost everything, especially my favorite paint, Lukas 1862 (this is an unreimbursed testimonial :-)  )

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Caminho do São João

6" x 8"
oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

This is a street on the island of Terceira. I chose it for June's Virtual Paintout in the Azores. What an incredible place - it seems there's not a single spot without a fabulous view. The islands are volcanic, and some have wonderful inland lakes. In the Google streetviews - taken in April and August - there are gorgeous flowers everywhere, banks of azaleas and hydrangeas.

A detailed sketch with white pencil on black gessoed board.

Establishing the lightest values.

Filling in the sun-lit areas.

Almost done, but it seems very cold, so I add some warm washes to finish up (see final).

Monday, June 10, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

A recommendation

Check out Carla Golembe's new website and blog. You know she's one of my favorite artists, and it's wonderful reading about her experiences and processes. This is definitely one to bookmark.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lincoln Theater

5" x 7"
oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

The historic and notorious Lincoln Theater in Raleigh.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Artist Blog Carnivals

For each Carnival, a group of artists write about the same subject on their blogs. Visit any of the carnival posts and you'll find links to the others. It's a good way to get a lot of ideas all at once and see a lot of great art! Many of the participants offer special pricing or giveaways for the Carnival.

Painting Demo Video

Painting Tips and Tricks

A Day in the Life of an Artist

Artist Studio Tour

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