Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Light Dune

I had this great idea to be one of those "Plein Air" painters and go out to Jockey's Ridge and paint the dunes. Unfortunately, the night I chose to do this was "light a kite" night and it was crawling with people. So I took a photo of the golden winter light, the last light before darkness, on this dune with its little trees and went home to paint this 8 x 10 oil on a panel. SOLD

Bodie Fog Light

This is one of those paintings that has an alternative title -- that is, "The Trees that Were," because it is of Bodie Island Lighthouse after a rainstorm when it was very wet, reflective and atmospheric with all that moisture in the air. I used two colors that are exactly opposite each other to give it a spring feel. And also, if you look really close you will notice that loblollies usually look kind of violet purple color. Everyone is mourning the loss of these loblolly trees that used to be in the grass in the center of the circular drive. They are all gone for a reason known only to the park service. All of us artist/photographer types are really missing them. "The Trees that Were" didn't seem like a good title so I named it "Bodie Fog Light." So I will probably get a lot of searches from people looking to put those on their trucks, ha, ha -- sorry, no fog light here, just paintings. 8 x 10 watercolor on arches, matted to 11 x 14. SOLD

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hattie Creef

Quite a legend on the Outer Banks, the Hattie Creef survives only in photo form. I wasn't sure what color the paint was but I painted her some typical boat colors for the period as well as some grime and rust along the body line. This is from a photo in the book, "Logs and Moonshine." The Hattie Creef served the teeming metropolis of Buffalo City (where the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge is now) during the early 1900's as a tugboat. She also carried passengers and freight, most notably the Wright Brothers and their cargo from Elizabeth City. Here is an article about it. This is a 5 x 7 watercolor, matted to 8 x 10.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Agona Dune

Soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 x 10 matted, 5 x 7 painting. The grass on this dune looked like Cora Mae's hairdo when she played Agona in the Lost Colony many years ago so I named this "Agona Dune."  SOLD

Just Hangin' Soundside

People who are fortunate enough to own a boat seem to always find these old buoys out in the sound, detached from their crab pots or attached to what the crabbers call "runaways," which are pots that got blown away from their original location in a storm. Some pots "runaway" for several miles, up into the marsh grass, never to be seen again by the crabber who owned them. I never find pots or buoys in my kayak, though both would be fun to have. This enviable collection of buoys was near a house in what used to be old Soundside Village, in Nags Head. I tried a different technique for moving the paint around on the wet paper this time and was pleased with the results. 5 x 7 watercolor on arches, matted to 8 x 10 SOLD

Tidal Pool

This is a very small pastel, 3 x 5 framed to 5 x 7 with a nice mat that I made myself and a beautiful cherry frame. It is from a photo my mother took about 25 years ago. We were at the beach in Nags Head as the sun was setting and these beautiful clouds moved in. She kept taking pictures until it was dark. For many years I had only one photo from the series and was always trying to figure out how to paint it so that it looked like a tidal pool. But I lacked the others in the series that clearly showed that. Now I have all the photos and found the one I could use. I love cloud studies in pastel. They are a lot of fun to do. SOLD

The Fish House

This is not a fish house in the usual sense, as in, a place to buy fish. It is a house that sits right along the bypass near Mulligan's Restaurant. An alternative title would be "Survivor House" because you can see it in aerial photos from the Ash Wednesday Storm aftermath, which would make it at least 50 years old. The owners have put little fish placards across the side of it so you will always know it, along with the happy aqua color. Another in my small house series. This is a small house, but large on character. 3 x 5 matted to 5 x 7 watercolor on arches. SOLD

Shocktop Bike

I always try to give my paintings interesting titles. This one is from a photo I took on a very hot day. So hot, a nice cold beer would have been a welcome assistant to finding some colorful beach umbrellas to photograph. And finally, a beach bike worthy of the name. I took the title from a beer truck I see all over town. I'd let you know more about the beer but I have to give my age to enter and I don't think the counter goes that far back. Soft pastel on sanded paper, 2 x 3, matted and framed to 5 x 7 SOLD

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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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.

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.