Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Thunder Moon July Full Moon

8" x 8" x 1/2" (requiring NO FRAME) original oil on gallery wrap canvas - $70 including shipping - UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
July's weather has been rather strange here in North Georgia. Thunderstorms almost every evening have given the sky a purple cast both at sunset and sunrise. This painting is completely imagined. I don't know whether the small forms in the distance are trees or a town. You can decide.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Colors at the Crossing ---- SOLD

8" x 10" oil on stretched canvas - painted en plein air (with a few tweaks in the studio but within the definition of plein air) - $120 including shipping - SOLD, THANK YOU !

Painting structures in the studio with the help of a T-square, plotted vanishing points, etc usually doesn't pose a problem. However, I'm trying to stretch my painting abilities by painting these structures free hand and en plein air - winging it.

This painting features the historic buildings around the Tunnel Hill, GA, railroad crossing (hidden to the left). On the left in the forefront is the Tunnel Hill Historical Center. Then behind it (L to R) are the Tunnel Hill Church of Christ and the depot (made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War). The orange building was originally Griffin's Sundries - Toppie made the best hamburgers in the state and was always there with her Southern lady charm. The red building was the Tunnel Hill Baptist Mission, but in later years housed Playhouse 64 and featured well known country singers in concert. The two buildings to the right are small factories.

You might not have noticed, but I left out power lines which are such a distraction to the charm of this beautiful spot in NW Georgia. I love it here!
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Queen Annes Lacey Meadow - SOLD

10" x 8" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping - SOLD, thanks LS Manis !!
Wednesday morning was hazy and overcast; the sun just wasn't showing through the clouds. I chose to paint this clump of trees at the meadow's edge. There just wasn't anything special about the scene and I was becoming disappointed at the outcome. But just as I was completing the foreground, the sun peeked through and the Queen Anne's lace seemed to spring up shouting "Look at us!". I smiled and instantly knew the title of this little painting.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"Chair Affair" stool completed

The stool top is a 16" diameter, 1" thick heavy wood - possibly oak. It was sealed, then two coats of gesso were applied. Artist acrylic tube paints were used. After drying, the painting was sealed with several coats of spray acrylic sealer. Since I don't know if it will be used as a stool for sitting or a small table, I wanted to be sure it is durable.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

letting it cool

I'm almost finished painting the stool for the Why KNOw Abstinence Education program. It's resting upside down so that I can look for any problem areas. There are still the highlights on rocks, roof, etc to be added. There will probably be another 2 or 3 glazes added to the water. Maybe a tree in the foreground?? Haven't yet decided. I'll post the finished painting tomorrow. The stools, chairs and chests will be on display in Chattanooga area businesses until the auction. Any questions - contact me at beejw@charter.net

It's acrylic on sealed, gessoed wood.
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Friday, July 20, 2007

Early Before the Rain

10" x 8" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping -
I parked at the little covered bridge in Tunnel Hill. I was unloading my painting equipment just before 7 am, searching for a colorful dawn sky. The clouds were moving fast and I saw the pinks appearing as I had hoped. Getting the sky onto canvas was my first thought. I could do the meadow and trees afterward. As the sun peeked from behind the clouds, I was seeing orange, violet, reds - wonderful colors in the trees and underbrush.

The sun suddenly spotlighted the tree on the left with all its crooked limbs and beautiful bark. Just as I finished painting and packing away, the first rain drops fell. It was truly a beautiful morning in Tunnel Hill, GA.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Red Clay Council House

11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas - painted en plein air -
This is a study of the Cherokee council house located at Red Clay Park in Cleveland, TN. The day was overcast with very brief moments of sun. The colors appeared to be muted and all the greens seemed to run together. I painted what I saw, but from the start I could see that the lighting left a lot to be desired. I do intent to return later, possibly taking this study. I was intrigued by the large tree on the left which appears to be pointing towards the council house. There is an annual powwow held at the park on the first weekend in August - this year being on the 4th and 5th. Everyone is welcome.
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

"A Chair Affair"

Several artists met Saturday at Sandra's studio to paint chairs and stools for "A Chair Affair" sponsored by the Why KNOw Abstinence Education Foundation.
On September 8th at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN, "A Chair Affair" will feature a day of family fun, games and activities while promoting an open conversation with parents and teens about teen pregnancy. The event will include an auction which features one-of-a-kind painted chairs, children's chairs, benches, stools, chests and adirondacks in all shapes and sizes. All of the proceeds from this auction will benefit the Why KNow program provided to teens in Hamilton County, TN, and northwest GA.

This is a small photo of my stool - still in progress. I will hopefully post the finished product within a week or so.
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Back at the Pond

8" x 10" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping -
Sandra drove her red Jeep down the old dirt road to the back pastures of her farm. The cows watched curiously as we set up our easels. It was early and we were trying to miss the July heat. Being overcast, the day blessed us with cool breezes and shade from the old trees. The little pond was covered with scum which was a wonderful shade of blue/breen - almost impossible to match with paint pigments.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Flavors of the South

12" x 9" oil on stretched canvas - painted en plein air, alla prima - $108 including shipping -
While mixing the paints for this one, I was musing about the delicious colors of this early morning scene. The sunlight hitting the second story porch was a wonderful orange sherbet or
peach iced tea. The deep red shadow side was raspberry jam or perhaps plum butter. The darkest shadows were licorice and the new grass was limeade. Mint julep anyone??
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Thursday, July 05, 2007

framing experiment

18" x 24" oil on canvas covered hardboard - soon to be a sunset painted from a photo -
After "killing the white" on this canvas, I was searching for a frame thinking maybe I had one in stock I could use instead of buying another one. After popping the toned canvas into the frame, the 'painting' developed an instant personality. When painting in the studio, I will often try the unfinished piece in several frames - looking for that personality spark. And sometimes I'm surprised at how just a toned canvas can take on a certain look just by being viewed in a frame.
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