Monday, September 28, 2015

Park Art


Park Art
Oil on 6"x8" canvas panel

I started this scene at Park Road Park in Charlotte. Pulled it out and finished it at home. I just noticed my DNA is within the foreground tree. How does that happen? I always wear my hair back with a hairband. I wonder if Van Gogh's work would be worth more if it contains stray hairs... especially from his left ear.


Friday, September 25, 2015

3 Free-Style Paintings


Mental Gardening
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


Lovely Couple
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


House in the Wodds
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


I am getting ready for a Bob Burridge workshop in Raleigh, NC, in November. He does not work from photos or real life. He draws from his own imagination. Not an easy method. Most of my inspiration is drawn from real life. These paintings were started with black and white acrylic paint and simply mixed to make an abstract base. Mental Gardening and Lovely Couple were mainly light with a dark focal point. House in the Woods was the opposite. I limited my palette to four colors along with white and black: red-yellow, purple-blue, green and purple-red for the focal point. It's an enjoyable process.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Observation Tower #6


Observation Tower #6
Oil on 6"x6" stretched canvas

While strolling the beach at Topsail, NC, my eyes landed on the ghostly, dilapidated, old remains of this structure. There were also poles in the ocean in front of it. So I figured it must have been part of a pier. I was right... partly. Originally, it was an observation tower for Operation Bumblebee shortly after WW2. The navy conducted top-secret missile tests at Topsail, a mostly uninhabited area at the time. There were 8 towers built and all but one still stand. I was so enthralled by the history, that I sought out all the towers along with the Control Tower and Assembly Building (a museum). A few of the towers were unrecognizable because they were transformed and incorporated into homes. In the 50s, Tower #6, which started my little quest, was turned into a business place with a pier. I loved my stay at Topsail!

You can see the towers and read about them at this website: http://legeros.com/history/more/topsail/

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cloudy Morning in Southport, NC


Cloudy Morning in Southport, NC
Watercolor on 5"x7"300 lb Arches Cold Press Paper

This is probably the simplest piece I've done in ages. It was cloudy with sprinkles and I decided to paint in my car. I hate being around people when I paint outdoors. I usually look for secluded spaces, hoping no one will bother me. Once I painted under a bridge and a photographer found me and talked to me for an hour with photographs of Sunset Beach wild life! I gave up! But in my car, no one bothered me and for a few minutes I pretended I was on this boat near Pelican Island. Peace.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Topsail Fun


Topsail Fun
Acrylics on 5"x7" canvas panel

This is a scene I caught of my sister with her two young daughters. I spent a week with them at Topsail Island, NC. We made precious memories and this is for sure one of them.