What a day yesterday was! The Auburn Tigers became the SEC Champions! I painted this painting of Samford Hall on the Auburn University campus. It may be tiny at about 4"x4", but Auburn Pride is BIG this year!! War Eagle!!
Here we go! Tomorrow is December 1st and the race begins for me! I like to wait until after Thanksgiving before I get started with Christmas, but feel slightly panicked that I haven't done anything yet. Oh, well - I guess I work better under pressure! Here's hoping you have a great holiday! If you're looking for some gifts - I've painted several Santas and they're at the Museum Store at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Also, Stonehenge Gallery is having a small works show that opens on Thursday, Dec. 2nd!
When I count my blessings, I am amazed at how many there are! Big & small, simple & luxurious - sometimes those blessings don't even look like blessings at all! What a year I've had and I look forward to the day when I gather with my family and thank the One from Whom they come! Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May you all have a blessed holiday season!
I thought I'd post a sunset as we wind down the lovely month of October. I love this time of year and love to celebrate it by painting pictures that reflect it. In Alabama, it doesn't usually get really cool until November and we have some of the most beautiful sunsets in that month. Anybody know why that is?? Whatever the reason, I can't wait to capture some of that beauty in paint!
I painted this piece back in the summer, but it's just been delivered to Stonehenge Gallery. It was painted with a reddish undertone which I hope gives it a little glow. The photo produced a little glare on the left hand side unfortunately. Artist Clark Walker has a show opening at the gallery this Thursday - can't wait to get in there and see all the new art!
Just when you think no one is reading your blog, someone tells you that they are and it makes your day!! So - I decided to try and post more frequently! This one just took first place at the Montgomery Art Guild-Alabama National Fair Show. It wasn't a plein air painting, but I wanted to paint it as if I was outside by painting quickly with expressive brushwork. It's 11"x14". It was done from a photograph taken in rural Montgomery County.
My friend and fellow artist, Melissa Tubbs, and I are having a show during this month at Clay Scot Artworks in Birmingham. Melissa does incredible pen & ink drawings...you'll be amazed at the beautiful work she does! This 36"x36" painting, "Canopy", is one several large skyscapes I have completed for the show. Hope you can drop by!
This little tiny painting (about 4"x4") will be on display at the Homewood Small Works Show in Birmingham - the show opens on Friday, 9/24. I can't wait to see this show because I love small works of art. They just draw you in! This was a lot of fun to paint. Painted in oil on Masonite which I love to do because the paint just glides on the surface. I did it from a photo taken at St. Simon's Island, Georgia.
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Nelle Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird". Miss Lee is from Monroeville, Alabama and lives there today. I'm posting a painting of a camellia today which is Alabama's state flower...but she is our state flower as well.
I made a trip to the Curb Market today and it was packed even on a Tuesday morning! Montgomery loves its Curb Market! I came home loaded with tomatoes, peas and corn. This painting honors the ones who bring this to our tables. Thank you, farmers!!!
Days at Florida's panhandle make up so many memories of my life...the most beautiful beaches in the world are at my back door and I have always known how blessed I am to be so close. Words can't express the feelings I have when I think this could all be different for a very long time. This painting reminds me of the way my grandfather and father played with us endlessly in the water...the things so many families have shared on these white sands.
This one's being delivered to Gallery East in Eastchase today along with a few others. They're having an Open House tomorrow, Saturday, May 8, from 2-4. I love painting the cows of Pike Road, Alabama! The rusty colored ones are my favorites - the tones are so beautiful when the afternoon light hits them ranging from deep orange to purples and pinks.
This is one of three of my paintings accepted into the Energen Art Show this year! The show can be seen now through April 10th at the Energen Plaza in downtown Birmingham. If you're in the area, please stop by! This show is always filled with great work from Alabama artists and I am honored to have work accepted into the show!
This is one of a few tiny paintings I've done of skyscapes. I just delivered a few to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Gift Shop. They are a lot of fun to do...just 4" x 4" on a wood panel. With this one, I was trying to capture that glow of the sun through a dark cloud on a late afternoon.
Here's a cityscape done for the Montgomery County Commission. One of Montgomery's historic trolley cars traveling down Perry Street - passing First Baptist Church on the right and heading toward St. John's at the end of the street.
A few weeks ago, a new friend shared some camellias with me from his beautiful garden. I just love them - they're my favorite flower. Little valentines - pinks & reds - right in the middle of winter. There's something old fashioned about them that I just love - I guess they remind me of the gardens of so many grandmothers. I hope this one brightens a chilly day for you!