Oct 1, 2014

Double Vision: Kinston and beyond opening reception October 2

Tomorrow evening from 6-8pm there will be a meet-the-artist reception at the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, North Carolina for Double Vision: Kinston and beyond,  the third of artist Robert Rigsby’s and my Double Vision exhibitions. This show will include sixty-four pairs of paintings Robert and I have done, mostly while plein air painting side by side.

Sep 28, 2014

Once in a lifetime

Rm 36 at JH Adams Inn, approx. 7x10" watercolor
Last week I participated in Peidmont Plein Air 2014, an inaugural juried paint out in High Point, North Carolina that went on for four days. The first night, I stayed up and painted my room at JH Adams Inn. Having been generously treated to dinner at the five-star Hampton’s Restaurant, by fellow plein air painters Jim Carson and Sandi Botstein; then landing in this lavish room, Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” 80’s lyrics went through my head. “How did I get here?,” I had to ask myself.

Aug 27, 2014

Creative crashing

Elizabeth’s studio, 7x10" watercolor
One of the benefits of being an artist, and of being single, is all the hospitality that is extended from friends by way of overnight accommodations. I have had more than one friend say, “Think of this as your home away from home.” I could not afford to do all the travel I do if it weren’t for the kind generosity of friends who offer me a place to stay when I am in their neck of the woods. Here is the studio of artist Elizabeth Healey whose husband/partner Duffy and I met earlier this year. They share a house with their two wonderful kids, Thiesen and Liliana.

Jul 10, 2014

Nags Head

Something Fishy, 7x9" watercolor
I made a final trip over to Nags Head to paint this gift shop called Something Fishy. My watercolor style, often referred to as whimsical, lends itself well to all things funky. It makes sense in a town called Nags Head that one would find some whimsy. I haven’t heard this story in years, but my understanding is Nags Head got its name because in days of old, when pirates roamed the shores, they would tie a lantern to the head of a nag (old horse). They would then walk the horse up the tall sound dunes that can be found in the area. Ships at sea, thinking they were spotting a lighthouse, would come crashing into the shores, only to be robbed of their bounties. Now, I’m going to check Wikipedia to see if I got this right. Not too far off, btw.

Jul 9, 2014

Jolly good fun

Jolly Roger, 9x7" watercolor
On Sunday, I followed Lou over a couple of bridges to Nags Head; then north to Kill Devil Hills. Yes, the Wright Brothers flew there. A giant leap for womankind. Get this, readers, spell check catches mankind, but leaves womankind alone. Yay! Another giant leap for womankind!

In search of a place called the Jolly Roger, we passed a place called Something Fishy. Very funky; very paintable. Knew I would need to revisit it later with my watercolors. Once at the Jolly Roger, I knew why Lou had been wanting to share this place with me. With permission from the owner to set up and paint there, I dropped anchor and did today’s featured watercolor.

So much to paint; so little time.

Jul 8, 2014

Just plein fun

Wanchese Inn, 7x9" watercolor
Yesterday evening I came home with a half dozen (3 watercolors; 3 oils) plein air paintings I’d done over the weekend on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. My good friend and painting buddy Lou Everett had invited me to join her on a painting trip to this area that she knows so much better than I do. We stayed at the Wanchese Inn, a quaint little B&B, just half a mile or so from a marina that had a good selection of shrimp boats begging to be painted. Also at the marina, was a wonderful seafood restaurant called Fisherman’s Wharf, where we celebrated the close of our first wonderful plein air day.
view from Fisherman’s Wharf

Jul 3, 2014

Here today; gone tomorrow

Docked at Homer Smith Seafood, 9x7" watercolor
Last weekend I had been scheduled to paint in the historic Old Burying Grounds during Beaufort’s Old Homes and Garden Tour. When my friend and host Deborah told me that Homer Smith Seafood would soon be gone, I opted to paint it instead. Luckily, I had my watercolors with me as a storm coming in would not have given me enough time to do this scene in oils.