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"When I start drawing an ordinary thing , I realize how extraordinary it is , sheer miracle." Frederick Frank

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Amazing Grace

This Color Pallette had a life of its own


Friday, December 03, 2010

Was the Fifth Day of Christmas......

So glad I decided to let the list go and went to figurative painting

Whats for Dinner?

Visit the Charleston Artist Collective. org. and view December's theme , Circles. sold

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Lowcountry in Nov

The colors are more subtle in November. While standing by the edge of the marsh an Eagle flew to the top of the tree to the left.. I stood very still. sold

Saturday, November 27, 2010


It is interesting to have repeat models. Fritz is evolving as a model just as we are evolving at drawing. This drawing is reflective of his dramatic side . With timed drawings you often dont see the big picture until the time is up. When reviewing this drawing , I thought it interesting that the background and foreground both reflect the shape of the cross


Friday, November 26, 2010

Kiawah as Shapes.

We had a great week with Ian Roberts . His message was capture the shapes and color and allow the paintings to sing with a pure spirit. Thanks Ian once again for a memorable week of painting 6x8 oil

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Figure,Ladder and Gold.

Last week we painted from our drawings. The ladder became a major shape maker for the composition. Our model is such a pro. thanks


Friday, November 19, 2010

A Symphony of Feathers

Charcoal on Paper. Have to love our model bringing her angel wings. Available at gift to Heart Ball Auction.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Jazz at the Core

As if we are not challenged enough Fritz goes upside down. Jazz was playing. Available through The Charleston Artist Gallery . have a great weekend.

Friday, November 05, 2010

A Cove of Beauty.

My good friends gave me a photo of one of their favorite places . It is for a couple who are about to have their first baby. Just painting the blue and warm green waters and dancing clouds took my away for the day. Thank you ! sold

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Listening to Mozart.

While figure painting we often listen to Mozart. ( heard it inspires creativity) Thus the name of the painting. 5x7 oil framed avaiable at The Charleston Artist Gallery. link on my blog.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Laundry and Child

Inspired by a photo from Harbour Island that I took many years ago. 5x7 oil


Monday, November 01, 2010

Lady with Blue..

One of my favorite models. She is amazing at showing emotion. Our challenge is to try to capture her talent. 11x14 oil. available on the Charleston Artist Collective link on my blog.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Colors of Peaceful Sounds

One of the joys of life drawing on Thurs. at Redux is painting from the drawings in the afternoon. 11x14 avaiable on the Charleston Artist Collective Gallery.sold

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Symphony of Roots.

This is an 11x14 oil . Painted at Redux and given to Redux for their annual art auction on Nov. 13...sold

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shapes of Stella Maris

An 11x14 oil . Stella Maris is one of the Sullivan Plein Air favorite places to paint. Always beautiful.

200.00 gift.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.

The Charleston Artist Collective Premier show was a huge success. The night was beautiful and full of art lovers. I was thrilled to sell this painting it was inspired by a photo I took from a rural school in Africa , they were singing My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean. sold

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shrimping on Shem Creek

This is a small study ( 5x7) of the local Shrimp Boats that we see daily in our waters of Charleston SC



Sunday, October 17, 2010

Red and Guitar.

This is one of my paintings for the upcoming Charleston Artist Collective premier show this Thurs. Oct. 21. on sale at the show.sold

In Conversation.

This is a quick study from the Hat Ladies project. I am finding a gesture around 15 minutes is helpful before the actual painting. nfs.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gesture of Time

On Thurs. while at Redux we work on capturing the figure with gesture poses. Usually lasting 1 to 3 minutes. The idea is to feel emotion and movement. challenging Yes

6x8 oil

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Shack at the Boat Yard.

One of those days when this shack was more interesting to me than the beautiful water and marsh scene. Lots of action at this spot, police


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Kitchen at the Boat House.

Today the Sullivans Island Plein Air painters were invited to paint in The Boat House . It was simple, the colors were soothing and the character was timeless


Monday, September 20, 2010

Gathering of Friends.

this is a small 5x7 oil study of color and shapes


Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Beautiful Hat Ladies of Hollywood South Carolina.

Exciting day. This 8x10 painting was juried into the Mojo Art Show , opening tonight. I have been working on a body of work that hopefully captures the grace and traditions of these ladies wearing their hats and amazing dresses , shoes , purses, and jewels. The ladies are from Hollywood, South Carolina . We meet several times a month I paint and they tell me stories, sing, pray, and together it is magic. nfs. until March of 2012 just found out that the painting received honorable mention. Yeah.... .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

Red Tank.

For some reason ( perhaps the red) I kept thinking about painting this gas tank . We are going to the same area next week. Lots of activity on Shem Creek from boat building to shrimping


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Double Chairs All The Way

After teaching a week workshop of Drawing , I settled in and painted one of the drawing assignments. It was a wonderful week

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lavender with Grapes

This was the second painting of this beautiful lavender container that I bought from my friend's antique boutique. It has the perfect wabi sabi feel with the rust on the edges . Some how the colors were natural complements.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Covering Up

This is also from the figure workshop last weekend held at Redux Contemporary Studio . This painting is at the Island Gallery on Sullivans Island. 11x14 framed oil to be auctioned off at Redux !!!!

How was your day?

The children often come into my studio after school and I usually start the conversation with, " How was your day?


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Popcorn Plant in Blue Bucket.

working on the practice of negative shapes so I chose to go with simple shapes of this chair . the popcorn plant .... just because