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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Painting challenge, there when I needed it, done. Now, an upcoming show!

It seems we have some catching up to do! The last time I blogged was last summer. Even after several of you asked me if you had been dropped from my blog list, I wasn’t motivated to write. So let me tell you a little story. 

In April 2017, Kathy Brusnighan asked me if I would like to be a part of a show Laura Gibson, art curator at the Center for Creative Leadership, was putting together for January 2019. Of course I said, “Yes”. Little did I know how important that opportunity was going to be for me in the future. 

In September 2017 I had a health crisis…

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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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