Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wake Forest Area Artists' Studio Tour

October 2nd and 3rd will be the final weekend of the 2010 Wake Forest Area Artists Studio Tour. Pleas come by my home studio as I have about 25 paintings set up outside my house for sale. For directions and full details please visit my link at Wake Forest Area Artists.

These are a few of the pieces that I recently finished that will be part of the selection at the Studio Tour.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Opening at Horace WIlliams House in Chapel Hill

Today I attended the opening of a show of my recent works. The show is presented by the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and runs through October 24th. The Horace WIlliams house is a gorgeous historic home that is ideal for displaying artwork. 24 paintings are currently on display. Many of my friends as well as friends of the Preservation Society attended the opening - if you missed it be sure to check it out over the next month.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Small Paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park

Oh those smaller paintings are so much trickier.

These 5x7" works reflect scenery I saw during my summer travels in Northern Colorado. Both are acrylic on watercolor paper. Both look really nice when they are matted and framed. These are a few of the works available this weekend during the Wake Forest Area Artists' Studio Tour.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Yesterday my family and I attended SPARKCON in downtown Raleigh. SPARKCON is an outdoor festival focusing on a wide variety of creative activities like art, music and fashion. A great event and alot of fun for young and old.

I was very fortunate in that I was asked to judge the Middle School category for the street chalk painting portion of the event. These bright young ladies took the "green" theme and created an original and very accomplished work of art worthy of a prize in this show.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Yes, this weekend marks the official start of the NFL and the first full weekend of college football. The weekend kick off early on Saturday with Peter and Jimmy sporting the black and gold for the Capital City Steelers. An evening of Penn State vs. Alabama and a Sunday afternoon of the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on Atlanta make this a full weekend filled with obelisk shaped balls and a few cold beverages here and there. I’m not sure a paint brush is in my destiny this weekend.

Looking at Jack Lambert’s picture I can already see an NFL future for Peter.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Louie: 1998-2010

Yesterday we went to the vet and had our dog Louie put to sleep. I will really miss Lou, many afternoons he slept at the base of my easel and kept me company while I painted the day away. To quote Will Rogers " If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went."

I'll see you again soon pal.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunset Over a Wake County Tobacco Field

For the past couple of months I have really been using geometry and shapes to emphasize elements in my paintings. While I feel this experimentation has been successful, I probably have been too focused on that one aspect and subsequently have neglected other important areas. In looking at my past two paintings (Atlantic Beach and Rocky Mountain National Park) blues and greens dominate the entire surface. I don't think I squeezed one drop of red or mixed one stroke of orange or yellow in hours upon hours of painting. Hopefully my latest painting addresses this issue with a more vibrant palette of colors. The sunset over the field provides a nice contrast of the sky against the trees, while the reds, yellows and oranges give the paintings some punch with colors I do not often use.

Sunset Over a Wake County Tobacco Field - 16x20" Acrylic on Canvas