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Good morning and hope your week has been good, We are about ready to start boxing up to move back to Florida next week. Will be glad when that is done and we can get settled again. 

"Charleston-Make Color SIng" was a mixed media I had started last winter and I wanted to finish it up this week. With the tragedy their last week this  painting is a interpretation of my feelings of Charleston.  It is a fractured  piece of work much like the city of Charleston but I am sure it will recover with the resilience of the people of Charleston. This is a mixed media on hardboard 18x24. 

I pretty much am shutting down my studio now until we move. No new pieces because they take up space. Lots of ideas so the paintings should flow once we get settled in Lakeland. Have a safe weekend and a safer Fourth. Have a blessed day. See Ya!

Good morning to all. Hope your week has gone well. We are in the start of our move packing, throwing out, Goodwill trips to get ready for move to Florida. I do have some studio classes left so I finished this painting up yesterday in my class "Ocean Break" was originally started as a beach in South Carolina but it lost its identity and became a coastal breaker further North. This painting utilized the modeling paste for the rocks and breaker. I was able to scrub the paste and get different layers of color from the build up of watercolors. The painting is 15x22 on 300# Fabriano Cold Pressed Paper. All for the week enjoy yours and have a blessed weekend. See ya!!

Good Afternoon to everyone. No studio class this week but I am still painting

and heading back to the beach. Quick update. We have found a house in Lakeland, Florida and plan on moving back at the end of July. The time has been great here but the call of the sun,  flip flops and tee shirts is to much in my blood and Sarah also. We have missed Florida. I will have a studio in the new house so that will work out well. Ok this weeks painting. "High TIde"  is a study of a beach somewhere  South of Key West. I am finding that my seascapes have really been my most successful paintings I tried a new panel this week with Golden Ground White and I was happy the way the paintings absorbed the water colors. The brand is DaVinci with a rough gesso surface. I did also use modleing paste and scrubbed the water colors after I varnished the painting. FInal touch was a clear gesso wash and a varnish spray. This painting is 18x24. I am looking forward to doing more seascapes and water paintings once we return to Florida

Enjoy your week  and I will be updating the blog with more paintings but I have to pack starting in July so paintings will be put packed up till we move. Have a blessed week. See ya!





Good afternoon. Just got home from my studio work and I did complete the painting I had started last week. This has been a interesting painting from start to finish. Here are the steps to complete. 


I am pretty happy with my staying with the pastel study as my basis for the painting. The sky was changed  but overall the study served its purpose and helped with the painting, I started on the hardboard with a good sanding to prepare it for the Gesso, Gesso gives the painting a surface that will  help to hold the water color paint. I put on 3 coats of gesso and sanded each one, After the gesso the next step was 2 coats of Golden Ground. The Golden ground is the best medium I have found to hold watercolors  to a non paper surface. After sanding the Golden Ground surface I was ready to put the rolled cheese cloth covered with a clear gesso to the surface, This help create the waves in the painting. Once this was dried I then was able to cover the surface with LIquitex Modeling Paste. After this dried I completed a frame and attached to the opposite side of the painting so it would be more sturdy, Painting was probably two to 3 coats of watercolors which were varnished and then sanded. I have found with sanding the surface absorbs the colors better. Last step was some ink pencil detail and one last coat of varnish to finish the painting, Overall this painitng took alot of steps but I am very satisfied with the final results. "Seagrove" is a 24x36 painintg on hardboard with Liquidtex Paste, Watercolors, Ink Pencil. Hope you enjoyed the infomation to complete,

 Sarah is heading South this weekend to look for our house in Florida. Will update you on her trip next week. Have a blessed week/ See ya!




It is Thursday and wanted to start my blog this week. It is a bit different from my normal but I wanted to share with you steps I take on most paintings. First step is the photo I take or that is provided to me. The photo was taken last Thanksgiving when we were at Seagrove Beach in North Florida. The photo was my basis for this painting I am doing.  On this painting I also am doing a  pastel drawing because of  the color and water effects I wanted to achieve. The water is different then the photo but again I wanted to create a calm and serene drawing more then the photo. I also wanted to use pastels to capture colors I am wanting to use in the  painting study. One part of the pastel I changed in the painting study was the sky, Next is the painting study. Again I am working with colors and shapes and utilizing colors I used in the pastel to work with the study. Steps like this are important when I paint. By working with drawings, pastel studies, and watercolor studies you are able to better understand the end product you want to create and where you want you're painting to be. 

I hope to have the painting done next week but if it isn't I will show the progress and steps I am taking to complete. 

Big shout out to our military families and veterans of the armed forces. Thanks for your effort and commitment. Have a blessed and safe Memorial weekend. HOOOAH!





Hope your week is going well. Cool here this Friday. High will be 78. Got to love the spring weather while it lasts.

Ok lets get down to this painting. Title is "Road to Happiness'. Thinking on this was maybe Northern California South Carolina combo. Just a easy relaxed feeling to my state of mind. This is a 24x36 hard board panel with modeling paste, watercolor paint and ink pencils. I enjoyed the fight the sky deemed to deal out but I think I finally was able to get it right, I have enjoyed the land-scapes of farms land and rolling hills but thinking it is time to go back to the beach and paint and maybe do a pastel or two. Let's see what happens next. Enjoy your weekend and make the most if. See ya. 

Good morning to all of you in Lakeland. I hope the Mayfaire (bake by the lake)

is on your agenda for this Mothers Day weekend. I am back in Raleigh and wishing I was able to see the Maufaire and all the great art but sadly not this year. Again I wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone who came by Mitchells Coffee House last weekend, The art is up all of May so if you see something you like or see something on my web site email me at or call 863-602-8207.


The piece you see this week was inspired by the long drive back from Lakeland to Raleigh. Driving through South Carolina and North Carolona I continued to see farm land getting ready for the spring. Fields turned over and getting ready to plant. That was the inspiration for "Spring-Farmland. Painting is 18x24 on hard board panel. Modeling paste, watercolors,graphite pencil, and watercolor pencils were used. This will complete my farm land series. Next up the beaches of Florida and North Carolina. 


Enjoy your Mothers day weekend. And again have a blessed week. See ya!



Will be in Lakeland at Mitchells Coffee House on Friday May 1, 2015 for First Friday, 5-8 PM,  with some of my paintings. I am hoping you can stop by and have a cup of joe and enjoy my art. Look forward to seeing you there.  Painting is ' Cup of Joe" watercolor on 300# cold pressed paper. Have a blessed weekend. See ya!