Thursday, July 27, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
I was honored to be commissioned as the onsite painter for last weekend's Star Barn Raising Festival.
The Star Barn is a significantly historic barn, built in 1860, that sat along rt.283 between Harrisburg and Lancaster. It has long been a favorite site for painters, photographers, and lovers of nostalgia. The barn was purchased by a private owner last year and has been moved, along with it's outbuildings, piece by piece, to it's new location in Elizabethtown where it will be preserved as a venue for weddings and events.
I was asked to create 2 paintings, both 24x36, depicting certain actions in the reconstruction. I kept thinking that the original barn raising may have had a few sketch artists, as not everyone had a camera back then.
The festival was well attended and I was able to talk to many people about my painting. I was surprised that so many people relate to this barn in a personal way.
At one point, an Amish teen boy (maybe 13) stood and watched me paint for about a half hour. He asked a lot of questions about what I was doing and seemed very interested that I was painting just from observation - what I was seeing. I thought that was a neat moment - art bringing together 2 very different people.
painting #1 showing some of the outbuildings and the raising of the bents
painting #2 captured the lowering of the cupola into the structure by crane
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Last week I painted in Cumberland, MD for the Mountain Maryland plein air event. It was my first time visiting this area. I loved the steep hilly town and the rural outlying areas. Much of this rural area is economically depressed which is sad to see, but makes for great painting subjects. I had the opportunity to paint in an abandoned silk mill in Lanaconing which closed in 1957 and was left intact.
"1937 McCormick Deering"
"Lonaconing Silk Mill"
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I had a great time last week as a participant in the Finger Lakes Plein Air event in Canandaigua, NY.
I really stretched myself by working a bit larger than I usually do in plein air, choosing unusual subject matter, and did some hiking into a gorge to find a secluded waterfall.
I was delighted to receive an Honorable Mention Award for my painting of the campfire which I did for fun one night with no intention of entering into the competition.
Honorable Mention Award
"Across The Lake"
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Here are some paintings from a recent trip to Texas. I went with 5 other artists and we stayed on a ranch an hour and a half West of Austin, near Llano. It was beautiful landscape, much different from what I see and paint around Pennsylvania.
Blue Bonnets and Prickly Pear
Blue Bonnet Road
Backlit Prickly Pear
Down At The Creek
Misty Morning Mesquite
Home On The Range
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
On Saturday I did a 3 hour demonstration painting at Smith Custom Framing, where I have a featured exhibit through the month of February. I chose to paint the piano in the gallery. It was fun to observe all the reflections in the shiny black surface and translate them to paint. That is the reflection of my drop cloth and legs in the front of the piano.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
2nd Place Award
I recently participated in Bethany Beach Plein Air, Delaware. It was a challenging few days with hurricane like conditions, so finding sheltered painting locations was a priority.
I was honored to receive Second Place for my painting "Dune Path", and an Honorable Mention for my 2 hour Quick Draw, "Sand and Sea", as well as sell 3 paintings from the event.
"Sand and Sea"
Quick Draw, Honorable Mention
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Last week I participated in Plein Air Chincoteague. It was my 6th year painting for the event and I am always amazed to find new and more beautiful scenes to paint.
Two of these paintings sold at the Saturday evening exhibition and the other two I consigned to Flying Fish Gallery on Main Street, Chincoteague.
"Evening, Looking West"
"Morning, Looking East"
"Edge of the Marsh"
Monday, June 27, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Here is another painting from Wayne Plein Air, painted on an overcast morning at Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row. This piece sold at the preview party but is still on exhibit - along with my other paintings from the week - at Wayne Art Center, through June 23.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Plein Air Magazine Award
Wayne Plein Air 2016
I was honored to be included among 32 talented artists selected to participate in Wayne Plein Air last week.
We had 5 days to create paintings within 20 miles of Wayne, PA. It was fun exploring the area, rich with historical buildings, farms, and urban areas...I even ventured into Philadelphia.
All week the weather was gray and a bit drizzly. I was frustrated with the flat light. On the last day the sun finally came out and I painted this piece.
I was thrilled that judge T. Allen Lawson chose this painting for the Plein Air Magazine Award.
This and ALL of the paintings from the week are on exhibit at the Wayne Art Center through June 25.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Old Boathouse
Porter's Crossing, Dusk
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
It was a bitter cold night last night, but I am happy I braved the weather to attend Carlisle Arts Center's opening of the "Yellow" show. I am honored that juror and Messiah College Art Department Chair Brenton Good chose my painting for First Place!
I painted this en plein air in a friend's garden on a much warmer day.
The "Yellow" show will be on display through March 12.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Two of my most recent pieces, painted in the week following snowstorm "Jonas" which dumped a record breaking 29" of snow on our area. Now, one week later, most of this snow has melted so I am happy that I was able to capture it.
These paintings are now available at Art & Soul Gallery, Lemoyne. Art & Soul is located above the West Shore Farmer's Market and is open on Friday and Saturday or by appointment.