Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Old House on a High Dune

I have been having fun creating a series of 5 x 7 mini watercolors of the old houses around the Outer Banks. This is one. I think it is in Nags Head. Watercolor on arches.

We Bow Down

My friend Karen Watras took a photo of the Corolla ponies on the beach and very kindly let me use it for a painting. This colt is probably just scratching an itch but he does look like he is bowing. So I added some streaming light, which always reminds me of spiritual topics and named it "We Bow Down" like the old Twila Paris song. Watercolor on arches.


Once in awhile I get in an Ohio mood and want trees, pasture roads and old tractors. This was a fun use of maskoid splatter to look like light on the leaves. And also a painting and and then blotting out to look like fog in the distance. Watercolor on arches.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At Peace

One of my first oils  and bought by a friend and collector of my work.

Shelter Me

This is one of my favorite places to sit in the wintertime to watch the waves in South Nags Head. The painting is not this yellow and quite a lot more purple. Watercolor on arches.

Soundside House

This was a subject I always wanted to paint and then Hurricane Irene took the cottage out almost completely and it became more urgent as a subject to paint, since restoration by the cottage owners was underway. When I came to the Outer Banks there were 3 cottages out in the water in Nags Head and when this one went out, only one remained. The Stinson's Ranch has happily been rebuilt. watercolor on arches.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pier Light

Early in the morning is the best time to fish and also the best time for taking photos of the piers. This watercolor is from a photo by Karen Watras who kindly lets me use her photos as inspiration for paintings. She captured the sunrise right over the pier so I tried to replicate that burst of light.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wild Dunes

When I first came to the Outer Banks I lived in Nags Head and would often roam among the dunes there. Now they are covered over with a golf course, the village of Nags Head, an outlet mall and a lot of other things. Yes, in 30 years, there have been a lot of changes. But I still have a great fondness for the open, wild dunes. This is a pastel on sanded paper and became a gift to a friend who took the photo I used.

Storm Over

This was an early pastel when I was just learning to use that medium on Canson paper. It was from a photograph of Pea Island dunes just after a winter storm had passed and the sky was a two-tone color.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wayside Wabbit

One of my favorite childhood characters was Bugs Bunny so I love to paint rabbits. This one is from a photo by Eve Turek. He was busy lounging by the roadway, as they often do in the spring, after a breakfast of sweet, new grass. A pastel on purple Canson paper.

Grassy Hills

In my reading I found that the old time Outer Bankers called the dunes, "the Grassy Hills" and so I named this piece, a pastel on sanded paper, that descriptive name. This piece was a donation to an effort to help a local business recover from Hurricane Irene. Unfortunately, even with all the help, this business was so damaged and demoralized that they could no longer continue. But proceeds were still a help for all the long months without income.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Beach Homes

This painting is an early pastel on sanded paper. It was a departure from my usual style. Sometimes you just gotta break out. It's part of the creative process. I like the bright happy colors. These bird houses were in the historic district in Nags Head.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


This shrimp boat is often docked in Wanchese and here pictured beside the dock building that was very often sketched and painted, tho never painted in real life or even tended to and finally fell down, much to the regret of many local artists since it was so quaint and picturesque. This was a small oil on a panel. The boat's name is "Redemption." Seems very fitting for a boat name.

Martin House

This was a very early pastel before I started using sanded paper. This little cottage is on a dune in the historic district in Nags Head. You can find it because there is a large martin house nearby and also a collection of signs pointing in all directions with locations. I did some modification of the sand fence (as always).

Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Rest

I love to take photos of winter sunsets and sometimes they are brilliant, but other times they are more subdued like this one. This was a sail boat on Bay Drive, KDH that was in a constant state of repair, which is kind of a typical scenario for winter boats. Oil on a panel.