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

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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


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.

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.