Tuesday, June 29, 2010

finishing touches...

I've been putting some finishing touches on several "almost done" paintings. This 12"x6" oil over acrylic was started en plein air last year at the Confederate Cemetery in Dalton GA. Here it's getting a 5% touch-up.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Last Summer's Hay

This is one from the 'vault'. I painted it (shown here in process) early last Summer after the first hay cutting. Allergies have kept me away from the hayfield this year, so I'm reminiscing and hoping to get out there again soon.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Hopin' and Dreamin'

8"x10" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima, on Saturday June 19th (completed at 10:40am)...$85 including shipping...This was my first time at the Dalton Saturday Market, so I didn't know what to expect. I found friendly folks selling produce, plants, and various hand-made (well made) items. The gazebo caught my eye as I set up my easel. Light always changes quickly, so it's a challenge to get shadows in their proper places. The gentleman wearing a hat and red shirt seemed oblivious to the mill of people and sounds of the childrens' zylophone. He was "hopin' and dreamin'".
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Liberty Tree in process

14"x11" mixed media painting progressing...The subject is a Liberty Tree planted in Dalton GA. It's one of 14 trees grown from seeds of an original Liberty Tree. I've worked on the ghostly image of the original Liberty Tree, using acrylic paints and sepia ink. There are still more small branches to be added. I've started over-laying the trunk and a few limbs of the Dalton Liberty Tree. My idea is to show our tree as it grows today echoed by an original Liberty Tree.
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Dalton’s Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar, was grown from the last of the original Liberty Trees, which American rebels met beneath while planning their revolt against Great Britain. Fourteen trees, one for each of the original 13 colonies and another for George Washington’s home Mount Vernon, were grown from seeds taken from the Maryland Liberty Tree before it died in 1991.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Afternoon Storm...Maybe

8"x10" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air on May 31st (completed at 2:00pm)...$85 including shipping...Instead of painting the seashore scenes I'd planned, I painted this hazy, lazy afternoon looking across a wildlife sanctuary in Nags Head, NC. Each afternoon it looked like rain clouds would roll in, but rain came only once briefly.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Nag's Head Sunset

5"x7" oil on RayMar panel...$40 including shipping...Sunsets were wonderful as seen from the top deck of our rented vacation house in Nags Head, North Carolina. In this painting, I had neglected to bring any yellow paints! But luckily my small panel had been pre-toned in yellow, red and blue patches.
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