Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Last week we went up to the little harbor town of Darien, Georgia to paint on the docks. The sky was threatening but we pressed on. I no sooner got set up that it began to rain and I had to move under a bridge for shelter. My view was slightly altered, but I could see the color of all the major parts... thankfully I was doing a small one! :)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Painting Demonstration at Anderson Gallery
Mary Anderson (gallery owner) and me at Anderson Gallery
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Yesterday I painted on Cumberland Island, the southernmost barrier island in Georgia. Getting there requires a ferry ride, and hauling your own food and water for the day. It's a quiet, remote place and this beach expanse says it all. Well, not quite. While I was painting, dolphins were swimming in that bay - so close I could hear them breathing. It sounded like a person doing laps, only a louder. Very cool.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This old wooden dock sits on the main body of the Frederica River. It used to be home to big yellow pilot boats, but now sits empty. The rhythm of the vertical pilings and the spot of warm light on the building catches my eye every time I pass it. Stopping to paint was inevitable.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Meanwhile, back in Austin, one of my favorite art events of the year took place this weekend (yes, without me!!) The "five by seven art splurge" is an annual fundraiser for the Arthouse at the Jones Center, where artists all donate artwork that measures 5" x 7". There are literally HUNDREDS of small works in all different styles and genres, each for sale at $100. The event is crazy with buzzers and grabbing and great fun is had all around. I was sorry to miss it.
Austin Friends - because of the Arthouse renovations, the exhibit is this weekend only and at an alternate venue: Four Hands Home, 301 Brazos Street. They are open Sunday from 11am - 6pm and admission is free. Stop over and see some great art - you will not be sorry!!!
These are my three donated pieces...
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
When my husband was a little boy, his father took him fishing in this creek which was right down the street from the family beach house. Years later, Bill took our children fishing there too. Kids still throw in their lines at this spot and seeing them always brings a smile to my face... life continues on...
Our old beach house no longer exists, but the one I am staying in very similar and is right down the street. In January of 2009, I did a painting of it for my son. Click here to see it. I loved that old place and still miss it.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
St. Simons Island is a barrier island that is separated from the main land by rivers and salt marshes. These marshlands are a distinctive and evocative feature of the area - low horizontal stretches that ebb and flow with water from the tides. Large cloud banks have been rolling in each afternoon adding big drama in the sky. Love it!
Many thanks to the folks at dear ada blog for their kind mention of my small paintings!!! Check out the blog for colorful and joyous finds!!! Thanks y'all!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
A light mist over this small pond separated the components of the landscape into very distinct layers. The pine grove in the foreground emerged with its whimsical trunks and interesting shapes - it was very fun to paint!! (Meanwhile, a couple of alligators live in this pond, and one of them watched us the whole time we were there. We kept a healthy distance to say the least!)
Friday, May 7, 2010
I am so fortunate to have a great friend and painting partner down here... Alyson Tucker. She lives on the island and paints with me whenever I come. How great is that??? On Wednesday, she took me to Woodbine, Georgia to paint with her local plein air group at an old rice plantation site. (I am pretty sure this barn had nothing to do with the plantation era, but I couldn't pass it up.) We finished up a great morning with delicious fish sandwiches at Captain Stan's Restaurant... if you are ever in Woodbine, I highly recommend it!!! (Thanks Alyson!)