Great trip to Lakeland and a visit with family and friends. Always like the trips South. Anyway the first picture I included is a study of Lake Mirror. A study is a study and at 7 AM in the morning on a Saturday the colors are really at their best with the sun coming up, the lake is alive with color everything is just right for a great photo. Studies are exactly what they are. You are trying to get the picture correct or it may be incorrect for the final painting. So, you review your painting to see what is wrong and improve on the next one. I actually use a very large brush and a small piece of paper to work and make myself look at colors and shapes and not so much the detail. Next time this is done it will be close but not so much with detail. 

Green Pontiac or is it the Green Hornet not quite sure. This was a piece I started right before I came to Florida so I wrapped it up today. Yes I did find a car show at Burger King Friday night in Lakeland in a Monsoon and was able to get a few pics to use. This is all water color and the blue background is made, laying down your paint and then using saran wrap to squeeze the paint in different directions. After that a gesso was used and a hard 1 inch brush to scruband  to lift some of the color. This is on 300# paper and is 16x20.

Bought it folks have a safe Labor day weekend and see oyu next week. 


Wrightsville Beach #3 just kinda happened. It seems the beach scenes always get the most likes on Facebook. I love painting the beach scenes but I am running out of pictures so it is becoming more on memory and that can sometimes be dangerous. 

Anyway this was a giod windy day early with the waves being the best for painting. this is a watercolor with no gouache on 140# paper. 


Just like to add that the cars (my personal favorites) have all been corraled together on my website. I am hoping to do a show with all cars and beaches in the spring so take a look and see where I am so far. This blog was early this week because I will be in Florida soon with camera in hand taking  pictures to paint for my catalogue in the future. Enjoy your week.


Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen was the song of 1984 "Dancing in the Dark Album. This 1957 Caddy was the Cadillac of all Cadillacs. Huge tail fins, a grill that covered 7 feet. When it was behind you were aware it was there. My idea for the piece was to put it in your face. It was on your bumper and wanting you to get out of the way. Anyway fun to paint and get out of the way. 16x12 water color gouache 

paint 300# paper. Have a great weekend.


This Week I went back to some of my older pictures to do my pieces. Rainy Day Bus Stop was a photo that had been taken in Charleston on a non rainy day. I wanted to make it differnt thus the buildings became taller then normal and the weather was a rainy day. The people with umbrellas came from a day in Raleigh when the bus stop was crowded with umbrellas waiting for the bus. Suprised they could see the bus when it came. Water color and acrylic made this a great little piece. 


THe $950 Cash was one of the two old Pontiacs I have painted numerous tiimes but not the front of the car. I used alot of washes on this piece and just let the paint and water do the work. I am real happy the way it came out. Again the is water color on 300# paper. 

These two pictures were my return to the time of pastels and pen and ink. Portraits are fun, and both of these pieces brought back the memories of my days in colege doing portraits .The sailor shows the harshness of the days at sea. Pehaps a poor catch or problems at home the time he stepped off the boat he was thinking hard. Thus the "sailors  lament."

 "Giddy up" was the old cowboy still good enugh to saddle up and go, with lots of stories to share with his compadres. Old cowboys just ride on and all have tales to tell. Don't we all wish we could saddle up

Have a great weekend. 

This was a picture painting had a lot of memories.  I remember all the times growing up and over the years going to Anna Maria Island, the beach and the days were stormy or calm as a table. I chose a rough day since it would be buggy boarding or surfing. Yes we did surf on the West coast of Florida. The water breaking was always a bright green and the distant gray let you know the storm was coming. Have a great weekend,

Carriage House was a fun piece to do. It was a house that intrigued me and even thought this became abstract it was quick and simple. Other then that not a busy week painting no class and we have company so hope to pick up the pace next week. Have a great weekend. 

"Early Morning" was a lot of mornings finishing. Wow I didn't think it would take that long to do this since I had done the same marina with a different boat. Sometimes art just struggles along and requires more time. I am happy with the results. Different application to paint on this one. 

 Also I will be doing a show here in Raleigh at the Pullen Art Center in October. More info to follow. As always have a great week.