Jan 13, 2016

à peindre à l'intérieur

Garden Supply honey display, 9x7" watercolor
I wish there was a better French term for painting inside. Plein air is, of course, the term for painting outdoors, but painting indoors in French is peindre à l'intérieur, not a term that easily rolls off the tongue.
Regardless, it was a wonderful escape yesterday to paint with several of the members of Paint NC, a group of plein air painters living mostly in the area in North Carolina know as the Triangle. The paint out was at Garden Supply Company in Cary, NC. Finding we could choose to paint inside or out, was all I needed to hear to convince me to go. What a shopping mecca inside that store, so full of the quaint and unusual.

Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year

First Presbyterian, Charlotte, 9½x7" watercolor
I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf this year, so I put kale on my shopping list. I also have more plein air painting on my list. In spite of the mild December weather here in North Carolina, a full docket of painting commissions allowed me time to paint outside only once. Above is the small watercolor I did in Charlotte in mid-December after I had delivered some artwork to a customer who attends this church. First Presbyterian has its own parking lot, so, in spite of a Panthers game that day, parking was a non-issue in downtown Charlotte.

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.