My painting “New Bern Morning” has been accepted into Visual Art Exchange‘s annual Scope: The NC Landscape show. The show runs June 7-27 with opening reception on June 7. I had written a blog post about this painting earlier. Exciting time for my watercolors…
Last year I had painted this en plein air. It was just fabulous! This is the studio version. My second painting for Visual Art Exchange’s annual Scope exhibition. Loved painting this in the studio as well. I look forward to Local Color Raleigh’s annual Paint Out this Saturday! I could not participate last couple of years. It is going to be busy day! After the paint out I have opening of my show at the Art of Style in Brier Creek. And then I head on to the All Saints Chapel to start a wedding painting, Because of the schedule of the Church and ceremony, I will finish the painting offsite.
Easter mist over Raleigh. 11×21. Watercolor on paper.
I love painting cityscapes. The aerial view of Raleigh is one of my favorites to paint. I saw this view on Easter. It had been raining and was misty. I painted this in my studio. This is one of the two paintings I plan to enter into Visual Art Exchange’s annual Scope exhibition. The painting is mostly abstract. There is no way I will paint thousands of homes, building, trees, streets, cars and everything else that is part of this view! I let water do most of the work. Wasn’t easy but I had to keep working until I could achieve the effect I was after.
Finally the spring has arrived in Raleigh! That means more plein air painting! I love cold weather too. But, I get busy during winter time and rarely get to go out and paint. Most of my work in winter is done in studio and at night. April is also the start of wedding painting season for me. So, I take every opportunity to paint from life. North Carolina State Fairgrounds is a busy place. I have done paintings of NC State Fair. But, not en plein air. I like the energy and excitement of this place! While I like the front of the main building, it mostly has cars parked in the front and not much happening. So, I painted this Antique market on Sunday. It really was busy! The weather was beautiful. I did not have my easel so I just sat on a bench and painted this in couple of hours. I may return with my easel so I can paint different views on bigger scale.
My work is currently on display at the Art of Style in Brier Creek, Raleigh. There will be an open house there this Saturday 3-5 PM. I also hope to do a painting or two that day for Local Color Raleigh’s annual plein air paint out. And after the open house, I am scheduled to be at the All Saints Chapel downtown for doing a wedding painting! Because of the schedule of the church and the ceremony, I won’t be able to complete the painting on location. My plan is to start painting at the Chapel and then finish it offsite. My very first live wedding painting was at this chapel! So, I am excited to see how much I have grown as an artist and as a live wedding painter since…
Last weekend I was in Charlotte and enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day festivities there! I spent most of the day and evening in Charlotte downtown. I love Charlotte’s downtown! I have done live event painting at one of the hotels there. In fact, I will be back in Charlotte tomorrow for live event painting assignment for a magazine. I hope to spend sometime this year in Charlotte downtown and paint en plein air. The parade was fun. I did this watercolor back in my studio.
On a recent trip to Chapel Hill, I saw this beautiful evening view of the UNC Bell Tower. I always carry my watercolors with me and really wanted to sit down to paint! However, finding parking was a challenge! And outdoor light does not last while you are driving around to find parking. I got my opportunity again few days later. I was at Top of The Hill Restaurant Bridal Show (actually it was a show for Grooms!) to promote my live wedding painting. I did a live event sketch while I was at this event (the event was organized by Joye Speight ot Virtue Events). And then headed out to paint the tower. It was a Sunday, but, parking was still hard to find! It is a busy area! Full of activities. I walked around to find this view. It was a beautiful evening. Little chilly. I finished most of the painting on location. It got dark, so, I headed home. I added details back in my studio.
If you collect original watercolors, plein air work, Chapel Hill art or UNC art, this will be a great piece for your collection. The original painting is available, and I am also offering prints of different sizes. In fact, you can order prints of any of my paintings. Please contact me for details.
Last year, I had painted Jennifer & Ben’s wedding ceremony at University UMC on Franklin Street. I also have a plein air painting of Franklin Street available. 2013 wedding season will start with a live painting in Asheville area.
Last week, I was invited by Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) to paint at their annual meeting. The meeting with art theme was held at the Raleigh Convention Center. I painted 16×20 watercolor of the NC State Capitol. I decided on this view since it seems to be painted less than the other views. I had seen this view on a rainy day. I am working on a large watercolor of the State Capitol. I love painting cityscapes and Raleigh downtown offers me this opportunity. I painted this watercolor rather quickly. It took me little over an hour, while chatting with event guests. I was glad to see many of my friends and fellow artists who stopped by. I thank Jim Colman of Jim Colman Photography for providing the image of me painting. Both prints and original painting available.
I love painting cityscapes! There is a certain challenge- you have to rearrange different elements to make a good picture while still keeping the character of the place. This is a studio painting. I saw this view of Raleigh Downtown recently in the evening. It was cloudy and windy. I could almost feel the snow! There is another painting I plan to do of the same evening: that will be a view of the State Capitol.
I will be doing a painting for Downtown Raleigh Alliance next week on Feb 13, for their Annual Meeting and Awards. I get many inquiries for painting of Raleigh area: I sell both originals and prints. I also accept commissions.
I am also excited about live wedding painting commission in Flat Rock, NC! That will be on my birthday weekend…
One of my largest drybrush paintings. I saw this driftwood on the Hilton Head beach earlier this year. Ideal subject for drybrush painting. I started this painting before Christmas and then got real sick so had to wait almost a week before I could finish it. I used limited palette of just 4-5 colors on a heavy weight paper. Many of my new paintings in 2013 will be on full sheet watercolor paper. I will also be doing figurative work. My first show will be at the Cotton Company in Wake Forest. I am also excited about new inquiries for wedding paintings- for live as well as studio commissions. I am hoping to get more of those commissions in 2013. I will be writing more on that unique service later…
I live close to Wake Forest where I have had couple of art shows. The Cotton Company will be hosting another one in January, 2013. Earlier, I had posted recent paintings of Joyner Park in Wake Forest. I also love Seminary. Here are two paintings from area around the Seminary. I have always wanted to paint old house by the railroad. I liked how it looked at dusk. Although it shares the same title, it was not inspired by Edward Hopper’s oil painting! I was happy to have finished entire painting without masking the railroad tracks! Or using gouache. I often use gouache for accents, but, I can’t seem to accept the idea of using masking! I change things around as I paint. And using masking will not work with that. For me.
I used only three colors to paint “Bend in the road”. I wanted to keep focus on the road and trees on each side. As with every watercolor, I learned a thing or two from these paintings. I am amazed at this wonderful medium!
If you live in Raleigh area, I will be having an open house tomorrow, December 19, at the Crabtree Chiropractic Building from 6- 8 PM. I will be showcasing and selling my recent and old works. Both originals and prints will be available…