Can the warm be far behind?

It's a wind chill of minus 7, and only expected to get to 16 F here in the balmy south. The Canadiens have generously shared their polar temps with us, and I'm taking advantage of it to make some frozen paintings. While I psych myself up for sub-freezing fun, I'm taking respite in a little bit of painting summer. Joy 11x14 watercolor on 100% cotton paper

Night Skies

I'm actually humming "O Holy Night" under my breath, but the title is Abandoned Road. It's night, a hint of moonlight, the trees are starting to go to sleep for their winter rest. The track glows with the light of the moon. This painting is ready to be framed. Abandoned Road 8x10" oil on linen

Brazilian Slum study, stage 3 Finished!

Now I have what I would consider a gem. This little beauty is 10x7 and I'm totally infatuated AND in love with it! I enjoy looking at this painting and exploring the different bulding shapes. I enjoy the way the light is shining on the hillside and how the vegetation is embracing the little houses. One of the biggest differences between me as painter, and me as photographer is that I have the enviable position of taking what's handed to me by the camera and rendering it as my heart sees it.  Some folks may take exception or be offended by my interpretation of a slum on a hill that doesn't show the extent of dirtiness and poorness that exists in that locale. Part of what I choose as an artist to do, is to explore different locales through my paintings which are in themselves a filter of sorts; both over the world as it exists and the view I have of the world through my artist eyes.  Some might take exception to my treatment of a thoroughly depressing subject. I mean really, how many of us want to live literally on top of each other on the side of a mountain covered with rain forest!?!? When it comes right down to it, using a photographic reference is just that, it's a reference.  A stepping off point, and the sky's the limit for what I want to illustrate, and how I want to do it. If you'd like to talk more about my painting group, I'd be happy to engage! watercolor on 100% cotton paper Interested parties may contact me here:   For reference, here is the source photo.  (used with permission)

Fireworks, anyone?

This puppy is done! (I think) It's the Kittie Rue filtered view of the fireworks at the NC State Fair. The night is that dark, dark blue and the fireworks are bursting with such amazing energy and pizazz, that the trees can't help themselves but reflect the firey colors of the sky. It'll be delivered Saturday perchance to be juried in to the public exhibit. Yee-haw!!! watercolor on 100% cotton paper Interested parties may contact me here:

Neighbors, a landscape; Complete!

As you can see, I rediscovered my negative spaces, while keeping the visual path I so liked from the front of the painting back to the 2 house forms nestled in the hills. I try never to introduce a random color when a painting is nearing completion, and like a dieter with a fresh from the oven cookie, the temptation is almost irresistable! I actually had the most yummy color whipped up, on the brush and almost, almost on the linen when my brain finally overrode my body and pulled my hand back.  Whew!!  Close one. After a rinse and a wipe, I again paused for a moment of contemplation, and found the perfect blue to use. It's used throughout the painting and provides a restful yet interesting component to the painting.  I quite like the results, and I hope you do, too! This painting will be hanging at Studio 4 in The Carter Building for First Friday, and will then move to Harris Warren Gallery in Wake Forest for the Tour of Artists, 14 - 16 September, 2012. Neighbors This is another in an on-going series of paintings that are an expression of the emotional ties that bind the artist to her only living relative. 18x14 oil on linen on panel; $395 Interested parties may contact me here: