Creating a painting, step by step. The frustrations and the rewards.

I have been asked recently about one of the pieces I painted for the CCL show. It’s the one that’s 14 inches wide and 60 inches long and is entitled ‘Light Shot with Birds’. The poem by Betty Adcock is entitled Topsail Island and the line is “For now, the island’s mine, talking a cold tongue blue, the light shot with birds.” Don’t you just love that poetry line? I would love to create a whole series of paintings just using that one line; to me it’s so extraordinary.

So I decided I would write about and show you how that painting came into being, once I had

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Red flowers anyone? An advantage of painting with oil.

Red flowers anyone? An advantage of painting with oil.

One of the best advantages for me in my art journey is using oil paint. This blog post is about a recent re-working of an oil painting. It was started maybe 7-8 years ago. I found it a while back, cleaning my studio closet. 

Here, to the left, is what the painting looked like when I found it. Well, let me say this: at the time I painted it, I was proud of it. Loved the colors of the flowers as well as the color of the vase. I'd been in a Jim Crompton workshop...

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Beautiful Shana Tucker, Jazz Singer, Song Writer and Cellist: The Creation of a Painting

Beautiful Shana Tucker, Jazz Singer, Song Writer and Cellist: The Creation of a Painting

It all started three years ago at a music event. My friends, Melody Watson and Kris Ferris were producing musical events in the area at the time. They would bring guest artists to various venues around the city for a fabulous evening of music. 

I was asked to run the green room for a show featuring an up-and-coming artist they were hosting. Of course I'd never done something like that before, and had always wondered what really goes on in a ‘green room’ like I see on CBS news.....

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