Annapolis Paintings done recently in my studio. From a trip I had taken couple of years ago. I was there with Mica and Ian. We had a great time walking around the waterfront. We also took a Cruise which helped me see and capture panoramic view of the city and its harbor. These new paintings have both- boats and cars!
“Annapolis Evening” is watercolor. I may have used bit of opaque white. I wanted to capture colors and energy of the evening so kept the painting loose. I also liked another composition of this same view- I may paint that in the future. Busy traffic on the left side is in contrast to the docked boat on the right side.
“Maryland Avenue, Annapolis” is watercolor. With State House in the background. The shadows define the early afternoon on the street.
“Annapolis Harbor” is oil on linen panel. I used pre-primed linen and applied couple of additional coats of traditional lead ground. Painted in alla prima manner without use of solvents and mediums.
NC State Fair is our family favorite! Have visited it many many times, and have taken Ian every year since he was a baby. I have also painted en plein air at the fair. But, it has been awhile since I had entered my paintings into NC State Fair’s Professional Juried competition. So, I decided to enter this year. I entered two oil paintings- both were juried in and are currently on display during the fair at the Kerr Scott building.
“Carolina Beach Day” was inspired by one of our family trips to the Carolina Beach. I loved the clouds, colorful umbrellas and crowds enjoying the beach day. I used stretched linen. Although I buy pre-primed linen, I apply additional coats of ground. That is something I have learned from studying master artist Richard Schmid. Richard recommends using Lead Ground. I use it every now and then, but, it is a hassle to use it since I have small home studio space. So, I also use Gamblin’s Titanium Ground. I have also used Lead Ground from Natural Pigments and Williamsburg. Both are good. But, toxicity, especially when working at home is always a concern. So, I may also try Williamsburg’s Titanium Ground. I know- not the same thing as Lead, but, will work for me. Preparing my support this way is important for me as I do not use solvents. I had bought solvents and mediums hoping those will magically improve my paintings! Well, that did not work. All I got was headaches from using those. So, I am happy keeping things solvent free. I have to occassionally use little bit of Gamsol or Turpentine when I apply ground. But, I do that in the garage, so, I suffer less. Schmid uses Mineral Spirits, Turpentine and Painting medium, and uses Mineral Spirits to clean brushes while painting. This doesn’t work foe me, as even Gamsol bothers me. So, I use nothing but Linseed Oil to apply a very thin couch prior to painting, and also to clean brushes. Or I just wipe the brushes with paper towels as I go. I may write another blog once I have tried all the different grounds. If you have any questions, please contact me.
“Free Range” painting is of Brothers Farm in La Grange NC. I had painted there during Kinston’s Annual Paint Out. That painting- “Lenoir County” is currently with Kinston CCA. I loved the farm and plan to create more paintings. In “Free Range”, I was able to capture the light and the mood of a North Carolina farm. As I write this, Kinston was recently flooded during Hurricane Matthew. I am hoping that life will soon return back to normal there. And I look forward to painting there next year.
If you visit the fair, please check out my paintings in the professional section…
Recent Wilmington Paintings. I love Wilmington! I use every opportunity to visit there! I also like to make a stop there when I go to Southport or one of the beaches.
These paintings were executed en plein air as well as in the studio. Continuing my tradition of painting on the water street, “Henrietta III”, “Water Street”, and “USCGC Diligence” were painting on the Water Street. Henrietta III has been one of my favorite subjects to paint in Wilmington. Sadly, Henrietta III is no longer in Wilmington. I used Rublev paints for this plein air watercolor. Water Street is always a busy place. River traffic on one side and street traffic on the other side. USCGC Diligence was a new subject for me (I have painted USS Battleship North Carolina before). What I remember about painting “3rd Street” is that it was hot and humid! “New Hanover County Courthouse” is painting of the same street from the other direction and I painted it in the studio. “Cape Fear Memorial Bridge” is also a studio painting. I had painted this as a background of many paintings- this painting is of the bridge itself. I painted it in many layers. I had passed by Kenan Memorial Fountain many times, this time I decided to setup my easel and paint it! I loved the evening light. This was earlier this year at the Easter. “Wrightsville Beach Evening” is a studio painting. I painted it in many layers. Summer is here and I look forward to visiting Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach! Of course, there will be more plein air paintings and more studio work as well…
My Elizabeth City paintings from last year. Painted plein air for the Splash paint out. “Safe Harbor” won third place. “White House” and “Mariner’s Wharf” currently available with Arts of the Albemarle. Other two paintings were sold and are available as prints.
This was my first time visiting and painting beautiful Elizabeth City. I painted for one and half days. First day was stormy! What can you do? Just paint when the rain stops or paint in the car (I am quite used to painting in the car). I enjoyed my stay in this little town and plan to be back later this year for the plein air printout again.
I have been painting beautiful town of Southport for few years now. The town invites artists to plein air paintouts and wet-paint sales every spring and fall. I have enjoyed painting this quaint town and am thankful to many art patrons who have purchased my original paintings. This year, I did two watercolors and one oil. I did oil painting on Friday and watercolors on Saturday. The oil painting sold on the same day and watercolor sold at the Wet-paint sale. This year, I decided to change locations and compositions of my paintings. I have always painted water and boats- so, Bay Street painting was a definite change! It is possible that I may be doing a live wedding painting at the Gazebo next year!
Lately, I have been making custom surface for my oil paintings. I usually paint on oil-primed linen. And now I apply titanium or lead ground to make a smoother and less absorbent surface. This makes a marked difference for all prima and plein air work. I haven’t settled on the ideal surface for my watercolors yet. I usually do plein air work on rough surface. Southport watercolors above were done on cold-pressed surface. I very rarely use hot-pressed surface for pen air work. I stick with Arches most of the time and sometimes Saunder’s Waterford. When I paint figures and nudes during my life drawing/ painting sessions, I use many different varieties. More on that later…
I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
I had painted this watercolor en plein air! Yes- it was fun and exciting! One of the several plein air paintings I have done at the Myrtle Beach. A Myrtle Beach hotel recently purchased the rights to make prints of this painting. The painting will be reproduced as large prints for 200+ guest rooms. Since I professionally photograph all of my artwork, I was able to supply high resolution image of this painting very quickly. The original is available for purchase as well.
Please contact me, if you are interested in purchasing print rights to any of my paintings.
Earlier this year, I was in Southport NC for the international paint out. Southport is one of my favorite places to paint. The town hosts plein air paint outs twice a year. This gives artists opportunity to paint this beautiful place. The paint out was followed by a wet paint sale.
I had arrived in Southport on Friday evening. The weather was beautiful so I was able to finish two paintings before it got too dark to paint. Next day I started early to capture the morning light. When I paint on location, I like to capture different times of the day. The light changes constantly, so, I like to work quickly. I finished three paintings on Saturday. This has been a busy year for painting en plein air. After the Southport event, I also went to Wrightsville beach and Galas VA for different plein air events.
And back home, I have been busy painting on location at the Durant Nature Park as well as Raleigh downtown. Meanwhile, the studio work continues as well. I am also working on several holiday commissions. More on those later this monght.
Wrightsville Beach Paintings from the recent plein air paint out. The paint out was hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. This was a two day long plein air event, followed by a Wet paint sale. This was the first paint out for the Musuem and it turned out to be a real success. Around 30 artists participated and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Congratulations and many thanks to Madeline Flagler and the team. You can read more about this event in the Lumina News.
Wrightsville Beach is one of our family favorites for vacations and short trips. My son Ian loves playing in the surf there. I have done his studio paintings on the beach, but, this was my first time painting en plein air there.
I made six paintings during the paint out. Originally, I had planned to do couple of oil paintings, but, ended up doing only watercolors. Which was great- I was able to move around and capture different places as well as different light. I love boats so had to get those in! I painted from the South Channel Park, Wynn Plaza, and Johnnie Mercer’s Pier. All I did was paint! From first thing in the morning till the light faded and I no longer could see! I enjoyed meeting many new artists and art-lovers who had stopped by.
Two of my pantings are on the display at the Museum along with works of other fine artists. These pantings will be on sale there till December. Please contact me to purchase originals or prints.
From the warm weather of the Wrightsville Beach I had headed to fall weather in Galax VA following weekend. Those paintings coming next…