Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Painting in Savannah's Historic District (and some photos)

Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful towns in the US.  The eight squares are flanked by historic homes, restaurants, art galleries, espresso shops, and other quaint venues.  Each square is abloom with azaleas right now and live oaks drip with Spanish moss. Though a parks department maintains each square, residents add their own beautification projects as well.

Yesterday, I painted in Chippewa Square, home to a statue of General James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia.  From wiki:

"James Edward Oglethorpe (22 December 1696 – 30 June 1785) was a British general, Member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony ofGeorgia. As a social reformer, he hoped to resettle Britain's worthy poor in the New World, initially focusing on those in debtors' prisons."

It was not easy deciding where in the Square to set up my French easel.  I began thinking I should just close my eyes, spin around, and point; wherever I stopped would be the magic place.

I finally settled for painting the Gallery Espresso shop.  The red umbrellas drew me.  It was not easy editing the scene before me, to keep it clean and uncomplicated.

The sun kept ducking behind clouds and every time it reappeared there were new colors in the awning of the Espresso shop.  Of course that's my thing...color and light.  No doubt, I was challenged yesterday.

Tourists stopped by to chat with me about my painting and noted I was painting with my fingers.  I spied some taking photos of me as well as filming me.  But I was too focused on my painting to care.

After painting for a few hours, I walked around and snapped some photos.  Some homes have breathtaking courtyards.  One can peek through the iron gates to discover exquisite statuary, ornate pools, and lavish tropical landscaping.


Gallery Espresso at Chippewa Square
11 x 14, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas


Painting in the Square

Courtyard with a beautiful statue

One of many scenes in Chippewa Square

Statue of General James Oglethorpe


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NEW PAINTING: Jamestown Cobalt and Citrus Study

I set up a still life outdoors and painted for an hour.  It was a lot of fun...until the mosquitoes descended upon me.  Still, I am quite pleased with this little gem.

The pitcher is from Jamestown glass and has a heart-shaped lip. It's quite pretty and I'll be sure to include the pitcher in other still life paintings.  I DO have Jamestown glass in other shapes.  Cobalt blue is hard to resist.

I have this painting starting at a very reasonable bid, $25 plus 10 shipping.

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"Jamestown Cobalt and Citrus"
6 x 6, acrylic on canvas

Saturday, March 19, 2016

NEW PAINTING: Wildflowers Along Raccoon Island Trail

My office is the beautiful Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.  Worrisome sand gnats, stinging mosquitoes, biting no see-um bugs, sneaky monstrous alligators, and at least four kinds of waiting vipers surround me when I dare step into the Wild.

The sound of bullfrogs singing a deep G note, birds trilling, egrets and blue heron splashing, ducks diving, golden eagles gliding overhead, and the soft inner voice riding upon the wind induce a tranquil state in which to focus on a day of painting en plein air.

Spanish moss gracefully rocks back and forth on the old oak trees, a loyal friend in every season. Some day I will bring a lawn chair and succumb to its pearly sashay;  I will dream of beauty unseen.

Spring is blooming at the Refuge  The grasses and new buds are that acid green that I love.  I noted at least 8 different types of wildflowers.

The Raccoon Island Trail was a perfect spot to paint.  The yellow and purple wildflowers are glorious. And two alligators watched me as I painted.  I left my car door unlocked in case I needed to bolt.

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"Wildflowers Along Raccoon Island Trail"
9 x 12, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas

Friday, March 18, 2016

THE "IT"

The "IT"

I am not from the land of France as an abstract impressionist painter is not from the land of Abstract.

My title (French Impressionist Painter versus American Impressionist) refers to my carrying on the tradition of French Impressionism from the 1800's and early 1900's.

Many contemporary impressionists are doing the California en plein air thing...big bold brushstrokes and very little detail. After awhile, many of the artists start to look alike.

I believe the reason why many contemporary/modern impressionist pieces look the same is because the artists are too young to have found their "It." They've likely taken workshops and classes and do not have a natural vision.

Without a natural gift or vision, these artists manage to do amazing work however. And down the road, their natural gift may appear.

The "It" is the technique that separates one artist from another. Admittedly, it make take 20 or more years to find one's "It."

"Hollyhock Cascade"
6 x 6
Acrylic on panel
Private Collection

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NEW PAINTING: Refuge Budding Out

I painted en plein air at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge yesterday.  I recommend you visit.  If you love nature and wildlife, you are in for a pleasant experience.

I set up my easel with a painting umbrella atop. A painting umbrella is used to keep the light off of one's painting; too much light will cause you to paint dark.  You end up with something close to a night scene!

It was so windy, at times, that my easel almost became airborne.  So, I had to hold on to the easel with one hand and paint with the other.  This was a task since I don't squeeze out acrylics ahead of time but open each individual tube as  I need it.

I managed to focus well despite the distractions. I had water on both sides.  I kept looking over my shoulder for alligators though.  There weren't any mosquitoes or sand gnats; for that I am thankful.

I will be going back often.  This may be my favorite place.

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"Refuge Budding Out"
9 x 12
Acrylic fingerpainting on gallery wrap canvas

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NEW PAINTING: Tybee Island Girl

On March 14, 2016, I painted with the Savannah Art Association Plein Air Group at Tybee Island, Georgia. It was a beautiful day, upper 70's to low 80's and sunny. We had a wonderful time dining at the North Island Bar and Grill. It was fun to watch the tourists, and one fat black and white cat who waited for her food bowl to be filled, probably with fish or crab.

I hope you enjoy my fresh-off-the-easel painting of this little girl in her red swimsuit. I'm sure she was collecting seashells.

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"Tybee Island Girl"
12 x 12
Acrylic fingerpainting on Canvas

Monday, March 7, 2016

NEW PAINTING: February Azaleas at Jerusalem Lutheran


"February Azaleas at Jerusalem Lutheran"
12 x 16
Acrylic fingerpainting on canvas
$400
Located in Rincon, Georgia, the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church was built in 1767-1769.  It is the oldest Lutheran church in American and has an active congregation.  Many of the parishioners are descendants of the German families who settled the area (Gnann, Kieffer, Kessler, Arnsdorff, etc.).

I love driving to the church and taking photos.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I was surprised by blooming azaleas!

EXHIBITION: The Cyber Art Show

I invite you to view my two-day Cyber Art Show Exhibition, curated by Mr. Keith Linwood Stover:

To view my two-day exhibition (24 paintings total, 12 today and 12 tomorrow), please go here (there are two links below):