Monday, August 24, 2015

Thoughts on Subscribing and a link to my latest blog post

So, I have found that the FASO blog is great, but it doesn't send an email to you to let you know I have posted... which makes me mildly unhappy.

The good news is that you can subscribe to the RSS feed which means that if you add it to your RSS feed (most have no idea what that is) Then you will see every new post as I put it up.

If you use a Mac and have Safari, you can click "follow this blog" on my blog page on the website. It prompts you to add to your shared links or your reading list. To see the feed, you have to go to View, then click Show Shared Links or Show Reading List

Some kinda good news is that if you use BLOGGER, you already have a RSS reader built into that app, they call it a Reading List. Thats how I follow my blogs. If you go to the BLOGGER page where you edit your blog and scroll down you will see all the blogs you follow.

What you can do is click the ADD button in your feed, copy and paste the homepage of my blog, which is here, and simply paste the URL address and click ok, or follow or whatever.

You must make sure that you insert the general blog address and not just a particular post... otherwise that post and it's comments are all you get!

I found that it added the link to the blog, but you had to click on compelled to paint on the list and follow the link... so, that's not a very good solution either! I am at a loss and will keep trying to figure this out. I hope you will contact me so I can try to help you get back on track!

Many of you signed up for my newsletter, which is GREAT, but I will not be sharing all blog posts there... and honestly, I am terrible at getting the newsletter out on time!

I hope this helps, and I hope to see you back on my new blog commenting away!

Here is a link to my latest post about my studio palette to wet your appetite!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Making Changes: Blog Shift

I really want to blog more, but this format just isn't working for me. I need to SIMPLIFY!

This blog will stay up, but I hope you will join me on the blog attached to my website.

With this simplification, I will be able to talk more... not just about my paintings, but about my process, the studio, the events, the business and what I have learned over the past decade of my artistic journey.

I hope you will subscribe to my blog and follow more of my artistic persuit here in the Deep South!

Hope to see you on the other blog!!

You can subscribe here

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Morning Commute

This was my morning commute for over 5 years. I had to move before I had time to paint it!

You can purchase this piece here, framed for $1800

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Morning by the River

Painted a few studies of this before this version. This is the Skidaway River just outside Savannah, GA at the UGA Marine Biology Extension where we used to take a group of students every year. I will miss those trips... a little.

Morning by the River, 12x24, oil on linen, $1300, purchase here

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Study, Sweet Potato Farm

Study, Sweet Potato Farm, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, farm, landscape
Study, Sweet Potato Farm
oil on linen

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Study, Untitled

Study, Untitled, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, architecture, inside, house
Study, Untitled
oil on linen

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Approach, 9x12, oil on panel, $700, landscape, skyscape, rain, thunderstorm, 
oil on panel

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Under the Walkway

It's been several weeks since I have been able to paint for myself. Lots of commission work going on. I allowed myself for time yesterday and this is what spoke to me. This is a little alley in Savannah that runs between River Street and Bay Street. You get the great shadows cast by the walkways. It's very intriguing.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Artist Workshop Abroad 2015: Plein Air and Still Life in the south of France!!

I am excited to announce a wonderful workshop opportunity in France this summer.

Charles Cashwell and I will be splitting time everyday with a group of artists from June 8th until 12th in a beautiful castle in LaMure in the South of France. He will teach still life and I will be teaching plein air.

Registration is open now and the deadline for deposits is February 28th. For more information you can visit our website or call 770.312.5532. The total cost of the workshop is $1975.

Space is limited to register soon!

SOLD Two Tubs and a Door, Day 11

From some reference taken in rural Georgia in an old abandoned building. I would love to do a series of paintings based on these. Guess that's why these little studies keep happening. It's interesting to see what bubbles up for the sub conscience mind.

SOLD Two Tubs and a Door, Day 11, 30 in 30, 5x7, oil on linen

SOLD Morning Quiet, Day 12

Study from reference on Skidaway Island. Such a great spot, just off to the right is the river. The trees I am standing in have been subjects of several painting I have done. This is a quiet morning after chaperoning 52 7th graders for 3 nights a 4 days!

SOLD Morning Quiet, Day 12, 5x7, oil on linen

Monday, January 12, 2015

Morning Light, Day 9

Painting of the morning light at the farmhouse where we used to life. I miss that place...

Morning Light, Day 9, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, purchase here

SOLD The Storm After the Storm, Day 10

Working with some urban references from NOLA. Still haven't found my way outside yet and I am disappointed with myself. I knew the challenge would be hard, but getting outside has been impossible. We were in Savannah and Charleston all weekend delivering paintings and chatting about the upcoming Savannah air event. I know we aren't even halfway, so I have to keep my head up and remember I set the bar at half of these being done outside.

SOLD The Storm After the Storm, Day 10, 5x7, oil on linen, $100

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SOLD Study for Riverside, Day 8

This is the study I did for my last studio painting, Riverside, which will be going to a new gallery I have been invited to join in Charleston. I will share more on that when the paintings are delivered and the paperwork has been signed.
SOLD Study: Riverside, 5x7, oil on linen, 30 in 30 challenge, purchase here

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SOLD Cloudy Coastal, Day 7

I'm Dreaming of Maine today. That place haunts my dreams. Painted with my new favorite limited palette of yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, black and white. It just does what I want it to do... And better yet, no cadmiums!!
SOLD, Cloudy Coastal, 5x7, oil on linen

Monday, January 5, 2015

Down the Road, Day 5

Mixing it up again... the pieces I had for day 5 and 6 were not interesting to me today. I may try to save them or I may just paint 32 instead of 30! I am still a few day ahead and have time to do pieces that I would want to share if I have enough. I would love to do this one larger, so if you are interested, let me know! I will be painting it one way or the other.

Down the Road, Day 5, oil on linen, 5x7, purchase here

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SOLD The Basement Door, Day 4

I am mixing it up a bit, that was actually painting 12. Sorry for the glare, it's rainy here and its hard to get a good shot without the sheen coming through!

My father owned a small printing company, The Print Shoppe, that I cut my teeth in as a boy. He used the printing company as a way to distribute his editorial cartoons as he was self syndicated. I learned how to use an offset printing press, I developed printing plates, I did layouts using light tables and a xacto knives, I used industrial paper cutters, learned to make pads of paper, create halftone screens in the darkroom, all kinds of good stuff that has really come in handy this day and age... especially being able to write upside down and being able to read in mirror reverse. This was before the computer age. Once that dawned, my father got out of the business. He had been illustrating for Jeff Foxworthy for a few years and no longer needed to support the family with the printing business, although it was dying out.

I wish I still had all of that old equipment, I think offset is comping back in a boutique kind of way. I miss the smell of a print shop.

Growing up in a business off the court square in a small southern town certainly has influenced my subject matter. I walked through this door more times than I can count as a boy and as a man.

SOLD, The Basement Door, Day 4, 30 in 30, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, purchase here

Saturday, January 3, 2015

SOLD Overgrown, Day 3

My wife's hometown of Paris, TN is covered in these overgrown industrial areas. This is one of my favorite spots to paint, just outside of town.

SOLD Overgrown, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, 30 in 30 painting challenge, purchase here

Friday, January 2, 2015

Field Study, Day 2

We have beautiful fields here in this part of Georgia. Lots of cattle and horse farms. If you get out far and high enough you can almost pretend like you can see mountains! Distance is hard to come by, but the amount of humidity in the air can make things close look very atmospheric... thus the little bit of violet in the far trees. There is a larger painting available on my site done from the same composition. See it here.

Had one more friend join us in the challenge, won't you??

Dana Johnson
Field Study, 5x7, Day 2 of 30 in 30, $100, purchase here

Thursday, January 1, 2015

SOLD The Market, Day 1, 30 in 30 Challenge

Here is the first installment of the 30 and 30 Challenge. I still have a lot of ideas and thought floating around in my head, not so much about what to paint, that's the easy part, but where to sell? On DailyPaintworks, here on my blog, on my website?? All of the above? I am sure that the answer will present itself in due time!

For the 30 in 30 challenge I want to be as realistic as I can be while pushing myself. I paint everyday, so that is not an issue, but I also teach full time and don't always have as much time as I would like. I have decided to try a few things in the 30 in 30... paint about half of the images en plain air, work on my color harmony and use of color in my landscapes and urban scenes and, finally, work on my interiors. I can also see doing a whole 30 in 30 on my own of interiors.

I am just going to keep it loose and use these guidelines to narrow my focus but not limit myself.

Glad to have some friends joining me in this challenge!

Brenda Sumpter
Sue Christmas
Meg Black

SOLD, The Market, 5x7, oil on linen, 30 in 30 challenge, $100, purchase here