Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Cup of Something

Hello friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas holiday! I had a few days to relax, but now it is back to a lot of work. The first thing is my show opening next Friday night at Coffee and Crema here in Greenville. Come by to check out some older pieces, some new pieces, listen to some great music, and have a delicious cup of coffee! When I was working on this piece, I was going to make this woman's outfit all black, because I feel like she has some sort of mysterious job, like a spy. With her overcoat and popped collar, and hat at a jaunty angle over one eye, she just stepped out of a film noir movie. Although, if you really are a spy, I guess your clothes shouldn't testify to the fact. I am happy that I decided to let the background color show through. Now she, literally, blends in with her surroundings!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Joy for Christmas

This is another commission I can finally share without ruining the suprise. Tracy commissioned this piece for her mother, who is the little blond girl on the right. I was so happy to do this piece because it is such a beautiful picture. Tracy, I hope your mom loved it! I hope you all have a wonderful and joyful Christmas!
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Just a Touch More

Another peek at one of the pieces for my January show at Coffee and Crema! Now I'm back to finishing my Christmas presents!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Cup of Joe

I keep mentioning the show I have coming up in January, but I haven't given many details about it. I will be exhibiting at Coffee and Crema off of Laurens Rd. here in Greenville. If you haven't been to Coffee and Crema, go check it out right now! It has a great atmosphere, not to mention really great coffee and tea. Plus, they have a huge wall for me to display on! For this show, I have decided to combine pieces from my Modern Conveniences series, with a bunch of new pieces based on coffee and beauty shop ads from the 40's and 50's. I spent most of today completing this piece. I love how skin tones look on red canvas. I layered thin coats of paint and let some of the red show through to give her a rosy complexion. I also love her slightly smirking expression.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Saluting an Era

I feel like I am always saying this, but despite my lack of posting, I have been working very hard! I have a few commissions to finish before Christmas, a bunch of paintings to finish for a show in January, and a few other side projects, like the one above. A friend and I are working on advertising for a big USO style event being held next year. (click over to my vintage blog for a little more information about the project!) We are going for a vintage pin-up look, and I just love how this piece has turned out! Expect me to do quite a few more of these!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Greenville Business Magazine

I am in the December issue of Greenville Business Magazine! I love how this artical turned out! And the picture is great with all my art in the background. Many thanks to my friend Nichole Livengood and Nill Silver Photography! If you want to read the full text, click on this link and go to page 62.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

More Commissions

I am really happy with how this piece turned out, and am so glad I can finally share it with you. I did this commission from an old family photo, and then had reproductions on canvas made for other members of the client's family. I hope they were as happy with it as I am!
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Winter Art Market this weekend!


The artists of Art Crossing invite you to join us for Winter Art Market,

at our studios downtown Greenville on the Reedy River,

featuring the art and artists of Art Crossing and invited guest artists.

Friday December 4th from 6 pm until 9 pm

Saturday December 5th from 10 am until 5 pm

Our studios & sidewalks will be filled with art from over 40 talented local artists!

Painting, Jewelry, Drawing,

Photography, Pottery, Weaving,

Sculpture, Mosaics, and more!

Enjoy unique handmade artwork and meet the artists during this art sale and celebration.

For more information please visit the WAM

or email:
or call: 864.918.2619

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Baby Sam

I have been working on several commissions over the past few months that I haven't been able to share for fear of ruining the surprise. But, a few of them have now been shared with loved ones, so I can now share them with you. I did this piece of baby Sam for some friends of my sister. I like painting babies, but I usually find them a bit harder than painting grown ups, because babies don't have quite as many distinguishing features to their faces. It is amazing how much easier a little bit of age makes capturing a likeness! Happily, though, this painting of baby Sam was quite easy and a lot of fun!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cake Anyone?

"On a Platter"
24x 24in.
Oil on Canvas

Yes, I love birthdays, and today is my 30th so I couldn't help posting a painting of cake! This and many other pieces from my Modern Conveniences series are currently available at my studio. And, in honor of my 30th, all original oil paintings are 30% off during this weekend's Winter Art Market!