Falls Lake is home to boating, swimming, biking, walking and bird habitats. This was from a photo taken this summer and my challenge was to tame the “greens.” I also liked the composition of this scene with the various greens and the white bird habitat calling drawing the eye and calling the birds "Home." 7 x 5 inches.
I’m always attracted to the sun dancing across the water and have numerous pictures. This is my attempt at capturing the dancing light sparkling across the lake.
5 x 7 inches.
This is a 5x 7 study for a 30 x 40 painting. My inspiration was the path around Lake Lynn in Raleigh where I walk. I liked the play of light and shadows on the path which is strewn with leaves and pine needles.
My daughter was traveling again and this is from one of the reference pictures she sent me from Kauai. 5 x 7 inches
The Raleigh Greenway is accessible behind the NC Museum of Art and while walking one day with a friend the shadows called to me to grab my iPhone and take a picture. This is the subject of today's painting. 7 x 5 inches.
Every time I'm at the Raleigh Rose Garden, I'm attracted to the fountain and on a recent visit got some nice pics of the statued nestled in among the greenery. This is my interpretation.
5 x 7 inches.
It was a perfect day at Falls Lake recently. Low humidity, cool temperature and standing in the sun felt great. The clouds were beautiful and it was the starting point for today's painting. 5 x 7 inches
At the U.S. Arboretum there is a Bonsai section that I've visited several times. I don't know if I would have the patience to train a tree in the Bonsai manner, but I admire the grace and beauty of this art. This Bonsai specimen doesn't stand any taller than maybe 3 feet, but it is so majestic in its design. 7 x 5 inches.
There is a beautiful tree at the NC Arboretum and it is the subject of today's painting. I paint a lot of trees but always struggle so I thought it would be good practice. It's harder than it looks. I try to start by looking at patterns of light and dark and paint the shapes and hope that it starts to take on some volume. It doesn't always work, but, as Bob Ross used to say, "Everyday is a good day when you paint!." For me that is so true.
7 x 5 inches.
Pulled out a picture of one of the many canoes you'll find tucked away in the woods around Lake Lynn. I see them all the time, but rarely on the lake. I must go walking at the wrong time. 5 x 7 in.
I'm an fine art artist in Raleigh, North Carolina. I need a paintbrush in my hand to feel complete and I invite you to follow me on my art journey. Everyday brings new ideas and projects... there simply is not enough time... On December 1, 2012, I joined the community of artists who paint a painting each and every day. I haven't been able to keep up with the daily painting, but I'm trying hard to keep my paintbrushes busy.