Thursday, July 26, 2012

Slice of Life

This painting was originally all cool colors (blues/greens etc)... I felt something was missing.  So I decided to add some warm tones and when I got this far I really liked the effect it created - like she's coming to life...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bohemian Night was fun!

Last Friday night was Bohemian Night in New Bern, a collection of artists demonstrating their arts during the art walk.  I joined in.  At the last minute the threat of rain caused me to ask the organizers if I could bring my camper van Max so that I could put up the awning in case of rain.  They agreed and it worked out great (...and it also didn't end up raining!  yay!).  Here's a shot that Michael took from inside the van of me painting outside...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Another WIP! (work in progress)

The heat wave has kept me inside and painting!  I only go out in the early am and late afternoon... as a consequence its been a productive few weeks... here's another work in progress, I like where this seems to be heading.  She seems to have a happy secret...

Monday, July 9, 2012

4x5 foot Work in Progress...

I've been working on this large painting, and its starting to get interesting... I've posted a shot with me in it to show you the scale, and then a detail to show you the texture... (you can click on the image to see a larger version).

I also just read about this online color hue test.  Its fun to see how well you see color...try it!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Come have fun on Friday in New Bern!

I'll be participating in the Bohemian Night at New Bern's Art Walk next Friday, July 13.  Stop by and say "Hi" - it'll be a great time...Click on the poster below to see details.  There's also a fun YouTube video about an earlier one at

Eden's gaze...

I have a fun story about the sale of my 6' x 6' painting Eden's Gaze painting this week.  It all started earlier this spring when a gentleman called me and said he was looking for a painting by me for his wife as a surprise.  He and his father came by my studio and looked at some of my work.  He liked the Eden's Gaze painting, and tried to nonchalantly call home to ask how wide the space was over the fireplace.  His wife told him not to buy any art without her!  Then later I got an email from her about a different painting of mine which she admired.  At the time it was tied up in a show so I couldn't sell it.

Once I got the painting out of the show, I dropped the wife an email to let her know it was available.  Later, unbeknownst to her, her husband contacted me to purchase it for her as a surprise.  He made several payments on it and we arranged for them to come by (still as a surprise to her) on Tuesday of the 4th of July week.  The Monday before I got a call from the husband telling me that independently from him, his wife was going to call to set up a studio visit to look at some work - he asked me not to spill the beans!  Sure enough, a half hour later she called and we arranged to meet that afternoon...

Long story short, she ended up really liking Eden's Gaze, so they bought it.  I thought it was great fun.