Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buchanan General Store

Buchanan General Store, oil study on panel, 8x10, $400, architecture
Quick study of an old abandoned storefront in Tennessee

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cumberland Angles

While back on Cumberland we visited the church where JFK, Jr. got married. It has become a tourist attraction with daily tours. It's freshly painted and locked! Even though it was not my first visit, all of there charm had been removed. Luckily, the shack next door had enough charm for both of them.

Cumberland Angles, 12x16, oil on linen, architectural, $775

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fernandina Shrimper

I have been stalking this shrimper in Fernandina Beach for the past several months and finally caught it at sunset.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Hidden, 11x14, oil on linen, $625, palette knife, landscape, architecture, rural
While in Tennessee this summer, I had a friends father drive me around to show some places off the beaten path. I had driven past this tobacco barn a hundred time and had NO idea it was there.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thirty Days Downtown

Thirty Days Downtown started as a way to force me to do 30 paintings in 30 days, en plein air (painting on location), of my hometown, Newnan, GA. I grew up less that half a mile from downtown, but my days were spent in downtown working for my dad at The Print Shoppe, eating candy from Kesslers, hanging out with my Dad at the Times-Herald and Brothers, charging grilled pimento cheese sandwiches at Lee-King and roaming the alleyways. My story is not unique, but my perspective is. Sometimes when you exist in a place, you just don't see it anymore... and I had stopped seeing downtown Newnan.

The challenge was to capture what inspired about the city as a painter, and a lot of that is what fascinated me when I was a boy. You will not see many buildings, shops or offices to in this collection, just a rare glimpse inside inside my head and to get a chance to see what I think is beautiful about my hometown downtown.

I had no trouble coming up with thirty paintings, I could paint hundreds more, my only problem was finding time to paint more of them en plein air... so, I will just have to do that another time!

The bridges, railroad tracks, ageless alleys, steeples, water tanks, the looming courthouse, cemeteries, and the fog.

The Thirty Days Downtown started on August 20th and will conclude with the showing and sale of the work at ArtWalk on September 20th at The Redneck Gourmet on the court square in downtown Newnan.

This was a locals only show, and has come and gone. It was marketed on Facebook and Instagram only. The following thirty posts are the pieces that were in the show.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The New Space

The New Space, 8x10, oil on canvas panel, $400 framed, landscape, PBS
This is the first a series of paintings that you will see coming from me during the school year called PBS paintings, or Paintings Before School. I will be doing a lot of paintings before my school day starts. I don't have the same schedule I had last year that gave me an entire afternoon, from 12:30 until whenever every other day, in the studio. I do have a free block every morning and I will be doing a great deal of plein air work on campus and in downtown Newnan for another project I will tell you about later.

The school just put in a traffic circle or roundabout and it has open the campus up to a filed that I have coveted for years. It has been the subject of many foggy morning photos and paintings. I now have vehicular access to this field, although that comes with it's own curse, and will be able to paint it much more frequently. It will not continue to be a beautiful field as it will become a new road in the next few years. I will continue to immortalize it in paint and film until and through that day that the road goes in.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sunflower Field

Sunflower Field, oil on linen, 12x16, $775, framed, landscape, sunflowers
Painter friend, Sue Christensen, invited me down to my old stomping ground in Gay, GA for a day painting at a private sunflower field. This was my best effort for the day.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Refer Truck Retirement

Refer Truck Retirement, 16x20, oil on aluminum, $1000, framed, transportation, Florida, Apalachicola
Actually painted this before we went out west, but forgot to post it. Done from some reference material from the Great American paint Out earlier this spring.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

37 Drinks

37 Drinks, The Continental Club, Austin, Texas, oil on museum wrap, 36x48, urban, cityscape, signage, $5400
We met friends in Austin and stayed for a couple of days at the Hotel Saint Cecilia... owned by the same group that owns El Cosmico. No trailers here, just a great place to hang out. Record players in every posh room and a full vinyl library at your fingertips. Jim took me to The Continental Club the first night to see James McMurtry play his standing Wednesday night gig. It was a fantastic stop over and a great way to end a great trip...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Towards the Light

Towards the Light, 16x20, oil on linen, palette knife, landscape, framed, $1000, road
Another scene from the ranch road as we headed north to Marfa.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Study, The Rolling Hills of Marfa

Study, The Rolling Hills of Marfa, 8x10, study, palette knife, oil on panel, $450, framed,  landscape
There is a ranch road just west of Marfa. You can take it straight to the border, or close to it. You actually have to go a few extra miles east to Presidio to make a legal crossing. The only problem is that it isn't paved and a 4x4 is a must. Luckily the new paint mobile has all of those bases covered. It is in the top 5 of drives I have ever taken. The scenery is unadulterated and WILD! During the 4 hour, 54 mile drive was saw only one other vehicle and that was pretty shocking. We did part of the drive again before we left.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nocturne, Full Moon in Marfa

Full Moon in Marfa, nocturne, study, oil on InnerGlow panel, palette knife,
11x14, $625 framed, transportation, trailer
Great full moon while we were in Marfa, TX. This is a color study for a larger 30x40 I would like to do of this scene. If you ever get a chance to go to Marfa, stay at El Cosmico. It is an experience you won't soon forget!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cloud Formations Over Iron Mountain

Cloud Formations over Iron Mountain, 16x20, oil on linen, plein air, palette knife,
landscape, cloudscape, $1000, framed
I am pretty sure I could paint the clouds in the West Texas Desert and never get tired of them. One of the most amazing skies I have ever seen!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Standing Guard

Standing Guard, 12x16, oil on linen, $775, framed, plein air, landscape, Big Bend
I became obsessed with the Century Plant, an agave that started to look like people out in the distance to me after a while. Sometimes they were in clusters, sometimes flying solo. They had just bloomed this sprint so they had these antennae like branches sticking out of the top. The seedpods and flowers that once adorned these naked branches could weigh up to 70lbs.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Towards Big Bend

Towards Big Bend, oil on linen, 12x16, $775, framed, plein air, landscape
Great view I found just south of Marathon on the way to Big Bend. I thoroughly enjoyed the the way the clouds were sitting on the mountains... while they lasted!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Survival Tactics

Survival Tactics, 11x14, oil on linen panel, plein air, $625, framed, landscape, windmill
Tons of these great old windmills around town and on the outskirts of Marathon. Glad to see the water situation has been modernized there.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Socked in at Iron Mountain

Socked in at Iron Mountain, 12x16, oil on linen panel, $775 framed, landscape, plein air

This was the first piece I did when we got to Marathon, TX. It was cold, rainy and couldy... there were jackets involved in the making of this plein air piece.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Joe Taranto Seafood

Took the reference for this guy before we left Apalachicola... This the first time we saw the sun the whole time!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Maritime Lean

Maritime Lean, oil on museum wrap, 36x36in, $3400, available at the Cumberland Island Canopy Show later this year
Here is what all those studies leads up to...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Maritime Lean Study, For Sale

Maritime Lean color study, 8x8, $150, oil on linen, landscape
I finished the larger version of this study, it is now available for sale.