72 Annual Exhibition.

"Hotel Bar" will be included in the Zanesville Museum of Art exhibition and the opening is Thursday,  June 16th.

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Crab Shack

My painting was accepted into the Ohio State Fair professional division from 1400 entries. This is my first entry into the exhibit.

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Delivery

Today I delivered my painting "Hotel Bar to the Zanesville Museum of Art. 

I'm honored to say the painting was juried into the  "72nd Ohio Annual Exhibition ".  The exhibitions opening is Thursday June 16, at 6:00 - 8:00pm      

I'm honored to say the painting was juried into the

"72nd Ohio Annual Exhibition ".

The exhibitions opening is Thursday June 16, at 6:00 - 8:00pm

 

 

11"x14" oil on canvas. 

"Hotel Bar" 

Nashville , Tennessee  

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Peonies

I'm on the fourth day on the new painting on the easel. 

This 36x60" floral piece is a change from my woodsy subjects I'm so passionate about.  

The color will be so fun especially with the weather not cooperating to make gardening season begin.

I'll post progress on this big baby! 

Peonies  

Peonies  

Painting getaway.

My good friend and fellow plein air artist Mary and I took a two night getaway to this very cozy cabin south of Chillicothe.  Scioto Trail (State Park) is an Indian word for Deer Trail.

   We enjoyed hiking in the surrounding foothills as well as our painting because Mary and I are backpackers as well as artists. 

   This was a rustic retreat with no indoor facilities. Great fun!

  Just getting dark. 

  Just getting dark. 

My easel sits on the porch with the scene to its left in the photo.

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The elusive fire tower

The elusive fire tower

"Spring Green" is in progress.

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Filtering Light

The morning sun was shining so bright, catching the tops of the grasses and water. Hazy streaming sun lit the woods as I walked. This is my largest painting and it took two and a half weeks to complete the 60 inch board. I'm happy with the results. 

"Filtering Light"   

"Filtering Light"   

Medium: oil on Dibond

Size: 36"x60" 

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Great Dog Adventure

My pet supply company is having a contest for which I needed a photo of myself and Izzy plus a 200 word essay telling why I wanted to win an adventure trip to anywhere in the USA with my dog. I wrote that I would take her on a painting backpacking trip to Michigan's UP.

   We took a photo of the two of us critiquing my painting of she and Danny and another landscape. 

Fun!  You hope I win. 

 

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Blank 60"

   Ok I'm all set to begin my first 60" painting. I've picked out my subject and the Dibond  support is primed and ready!  Am I??? Possibly in the morning when I'm energized.

I'm not afraid of a blank canvas. 

I'm not afraid of a blank canvas. 

Dibond.

Today I'm putting coats of gesso on  Dibond which is a light weight aluminum board. My last painting was completed on the material and I like the smooth surface. Moisture can't warp paintings done on this support. There is some sanding required because I had a large sheet cut and the edges are a bit rough. 

   I'll be starting an ambitious 60" work soon on one of the pieces that was cut. 

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Crab Shack View

I drove to the crab shack and just as the sunset left us for this cloudy day I snapped the shot that was my reference for this 15"x24" piece. 

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Angry Ocean

Crashing waves and a gray sky met us this morning for our walk. What's not to love?  Subtlety of the colors attracts my senses.

 

Red in this starfish. 

Red in this starfish. 

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Palms in the distance. 

Palms in the distance. 

Two Hours before sunset

I walked from a spot where I could park and to take some reference shots on a bridge over the tidal marsh.  I can picture a series of small works from these photos. I think I'll put away my large piece for the next week because I'm excited to start studies of the scenes I photographed.

The Causeway bridge overlooking a tidal marsh at the edge of America. 

The Causeway bridge overlooking a tidal marsh at the edge of America. 

The banana tree in the background was hit by frost one night but I'm assuming when spring comes to Folly it will shoot out its new greenery. 

The banana tree in the background was hit by frost one night but I'm assuming when spring comes to Folly it will shoot out its new greenery. 

Folly Lighthouse

The Morris Island lighthouse at one time was on the shore but the water rose to separate it from the land after the Army Corps decided to construct massive jetties to replace the natural channel into Charleston Harbor with a manmade one. The lighthouse was constructed between 1872 and 1876 after the Civil War.

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Later.....much

With good intentions I'll continue to blog while staying in our small house in Folly.   I'm making good progress on my large painting with an Ohio subject.  I'm collecting a good number of reference photos for use in future works. This is my studio in the living area. Lighting has been an issue with the weather having been not so conducive to painting outdoors. (more likely my issue) 

   It's been a busy week with several events relating to our friends daughters wedding including parties as well and then Restaurant Week in Charleston.  Am I whining. There shouldn't be any whining going on with only my studio time being shortened.

My easel is a long bench cover with trash bag! 

My easel is a long bench cover with trash bag! 

Inspired by tail color. 

The lighting problem being the sunlight coming from behind. 

The lighting problem being the sunlight coming from behind. 

A cool sunshiney day on Folly Beach

I drove to the beach at the end of the town and it being cool and Monday found Izzy and I were the only walkers.  A beach to ourselves to explore. I'm getting a feel for where I'd like to do a painting this week. We found a tree on the edge that had been decorated with shells hung by the natural hole each had. The sun made the shells glitter.  It was a joy to see. 

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Shell tree

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