Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Old Schoolhouse - oil on clayboard

I have had this clayboard lying around for quite awhile and I brought it with me to Dolores' farm yesterday. I was attracted to the old building they use for a garage and Dolores informed me it was an old schoolhouse that her husband's father had moved here when they were planning to demolish it. Her husband, who looked to be about 70 years old, had actually attended school in this one room building when it was part of the "Pike Public Schools District" An interesting history but what I liked right away was the building's character.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

16" x 16" Oil on Canvas Lily Pond

A plein air from yesterday. It still has a few rough edges but overall I like the feeling.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oak Openings last week - a plein air 16" x 16"

It was a really hot day and I wanted to get in some practice for the paintout at Lakeside this weekend so I decided to paint in a shady area at Oak Openings, a metro park near my home. There was a nice breeze and I was congratulating myself on staying cool in the 95 degree heat when a big gust of wind came out of nowhere and blew my easel over. Of course the painting landed face down, it nearly always does when that happens. OK, it;s not the first time I've had to pick out gravel, grass, weeds, and dirt out of a wet painting but that doesn't make me any happier. I scraped off the dirt and excess paint and spent another 15 minutes repairing the piece and i think it is actually a better painting for it. Maybe I'm just telling myself what I want to hear..

Summer Porch 11" x 14"

I love this painting... one of the few I have designated as a "keeper". Painted in two sessions on the porch of the house we stayed at in Franklin, NC. It's a nice memento of the trip.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Pond on Brown Road

Our group of Plein Air Painters met at this house on Brown Rd. last week and it was a beautiful morning. The pond and surrounding trees were like a mini-paradise.

Some more paintings from North Carolina

People have been asking me to post the rest of the paintings I did on the trip. So here are a few more. One is a piece I did inside after painting all day in the hot sun. I needed some down time so I set up the still life in a small room off the kitchen. I placed the objects on a table in North light. I find painting still life to be so relaxing after a day of fighting the elements. The other painting is a view form on a mountain facing some more mountains. It was a spectacular view, which the people living there probably never fully appreciate because they live there.