Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This beautiful old pharmacy is located on the south end of King Street in Charleston, S. C. Originally, I intended to do an oil painting of this subject, but it seems to lend itself more to a lithograph because of the subtleness of the tones in the building. I couldn't achieve the bright colors needed in the incongruous neon lights with watercolor, so I punched them up with Prismacolor.
Monday, July 28, 2008
This is one of two pieces of poppy fields from which I have made giclee's. By printing these on canvas and adding texture with a polymer jell medium, they are nearly undistinguishable from the originals. These fields were in the foothills of North Carolina, near Morganton.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I was captivated by the detail in so many of the buildings in Charleston, S. C. Here, I cropped off the bottom of the image to get rid of the automobiles and other modern distractions and draw your eye to detail in the architecture.
This is taken from a black and white photograph I shot in 1993. I created this piece by making a digital lithograph and printing it on 300 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper.
I then hand color the image using watercolors.
Painting "The Steeple Chase" was taking much longer than expected and I felt like I just needed to finish something. I was able to finish this painting rather quickly because of it's simplicity. After this painting was done, I felt like diving back in to "The Steeple Chase".
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is one of a series of paintings and drawings of Charleston, S. C. Notice the hand built crackle finish frames that we create in-house. The mounding on these frames is more than six inches wide.
This was the view from my hotel room balcony north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I had seen these catamarans pulled up on the beach many times and always thought I'd someday paint them when the light was right. The contrast between the yellow sails and violet shadows on the sand make the image sparkle.
The original drawing is printed on canvas and hand textured by the artist. Available framed or unframed.
Monday, July 21, 2008
This painting is from a photo study I did on a camping trip from Penn State to Southern Pines.
After waking early from my campsite in the Virginia Mountains, I spied the morning fog rising over the valley.
This painting was inspired by an image on an old magazine cover. It reminds me of scenes from my childhood, when visiting relatives in eastern North Carolina.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I set up this still-life on the island in my kitchen. I love the backlighting and the subtle highlights and reflected colors.
I saw these dunes on a trip down the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They reminded me of the humps on a bactrian camel, thus the title. There is a wonderful sense of light and color in this painting.
I spotted these barns in Johnston County, NC, on my way to a family reunion. On the way back home, I did some photo studies of the barns. Unfortanately, there was a grass field in front of the tobacco barns. Later, I went in search of tobacco fields I could place in the foreground. I was lucky to find what I was looking for, close to home, in Moore County.