Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Finders Keepers"

Not quite finished....


This is the second 36" square oils that I have done for SEWE - palmetto shadows on a Charleston sidewalk.

"In the Wind"

...and this is 'In the Wind', almost finished.
I'm currently working on pieces for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, mid-February in Charleston, South Carolina. This is the beginnings of 'In the Wind', a 36" square oil.

"Journey into Night"


Perhaps I should give a brief history first, besides what you will read in my profile. I started painting full-time, self-supporting (though very marginally those first years) as a watercolorist about 20 years ago. Ten years ago, I started painting outside in oil just for fun, and because I believed that 'real artists paint outside in oil'. My studio work continued to be watercolor.

More than a year ago, the Painting Gods changed my life. I fell on an outstretched right hand (my painting hand!) and found out a few weeks later that I had a distal radial fracture. I quickly discovered that the splint on my arm prevented the wrist action that I needed to paint in watercolor...however, I COULD paint in oil!

By the time my wrist healed, I was a convert.

Dear Diary....

This morning, a phone conversation with my artist friend, Victoria Schultz, convinced me that I should start a blog. Perhaps then, my friends won't groan when they see yet another email (with attachment) from me with the subject line, 'today's work attached'. When I get excited about something I'm working on, I like to share it while I'm still in the honeymoon stage of the painting. Now, instead of boring my artist friends with daily emails and large attachments, I will post them here.

I am now a blogger.