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Monday, August 28, 2017

Carnival!

Carnival! 
Oil on black canvas, 10x10, $125

Here's another of the paintings for the 2018 Wachapreague calendar, which will be for sale through me, and at Seaside Antiques and Art here in Wachapreague.

The carnival is a great thing that happens for three weeks in the summer. Proceeds from it help to fund the volunteer fire department here in town. It's a small carnival, with a few rides, food booths, some games, and music every night. It's really fun! And for three weeks in the summer, there are strangers in town. And traffic, too!

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Farms and Foliage Painting Trip


In October, I'm heading for New England for the Farms and Foliage Painting Trip. I'm going to start in Maine, and work my way through Vermont and Massachusetts and down into New York and Pennsylvania, painting... well, farms and foliage. 

This is a sponsored painting trip, and you can be a sponsor! You buy a painting - or more than one - in advance. You get sponsor-only blog postings of my travels, including the paintings I'm making. When I get back, you'll choose your painting(s), in the order in which you signed up. 


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Dog of the Day


This is CJ (yes, really!), whose human is Beth, one of the great vet techs at Atlantic Animal Hospital, where we take our dogs. CJ is a great dog. How can he not be, with initials like that?

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A Final Thought

"Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, 
play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, 
build the products you want to use - do the work you want to see done." 
- Austin Kleon





Saturday, August 19, 2017

You Know You Will

You Know You Will
Oil on black canvas, 30x30

It's hard to tell, from this photograph, how bright and full of life and sunshine this painting is. This one is another of those big steps for me, a leap that brings all that I've been doing into a new light, a new place. There's a new feeling in this one, and it is something about freedom, and bliss and the simple cheerfulness of a sunny hillside on a summer afternoon.

I've worked and worked on this photograph, hoping to make it reflect the painting more truly, but this is the best I can do. In the piece, bright green dominates, and the orangey pinks of the spiky flowers hum and resonate over the green, above the blue and purple, all under a clear, sunny sky.

Unless it sells beforehand, I'll have this piece at my next show, which is CenterFest, in Durham, NC, Sept. 16-17. Click here for more info!  And if you'd like to see this piece before I leave for Durham, please drop me a line, and come visit me in Wachapreague.

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Here's a Pair that Beats a Full House

Hahahaha, it's my brother Rand (right) and his childhood-into-adulthood friend Jon, on a recent trip to Cape Cod. 

I can explain the T-shirts - the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts chose one of my paintings for their T-shirt design this year, and I gave a couple to Rand. 

I can't explain the shorts. 

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Dog of the Day

This is the dog of a friend I met on Facebook, and then later met in real life, near the Suwannee River, east of Jacksonville, Florida. It was such fun to meet her in real life! 

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A Final Thought

"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
- Carrie Fisher

Friday, August 18, 2017

Salt Marsh Morning

Salt Marsh Morning
Oil on black canvas, 10x10, $125
sold

This is the the first of the paintings destined for the 2018 Wachapreague calendar. I think it's fitting that it's our lovely salt marsh, on a clear, bright spring morning, before the world has woken up.

The marsh is what drew me first to Wachapreague. I arrived on an October afternoon, and the thick, golden light had illuminated the marsh, below a sky so clear, so tender blue, it made my heart ache.

Right now, the marsh is a brilliant, soft green, and the water shimmering turquoise. I will paint it soon, in its summer glory. Then will come the fall, when the grass turns deep gold, and the dark boggy earth seems to be at its richest. Winter and spring look much the same on the marsh, as everything sinks in and down in the thin gray light, and all that is living in the marsh rests and gathers energy for the growth and thrill that is the summer here on the Eastern Shore.

You'll be able to get calendars through me, and through Seaside Antiques, here in Wachapreague. I'll let you know when they're available (should be October).

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I'VE BEEN AWAY, at shows up and down the East Coast, and all the way out to Minneapolis and back. I had a great time, met lots of people, sold lots of paintings, and made some new friends. Here are some happy buyers from my trip!







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Dog of the Day

It's Doc, Lulu and Koko, piled up on top of you know who - me! This is after I got back from three-plus weeks on the road. It was the best dogpile I've ever been in! 

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A Final Thought

"Treat a work of art like a prince: Let it speak to you first." 
- Arthur Schopenhauer