Friday, October 30, 2009

October Gallery 2009

"Screened Porch House"
I painted this from a picture I took of a house in Nags Head, NC this summer.  I love the big Oleander in front.
Acrylic on 14" x 11" stretched canvas (deep)

"Tigger in the Morning"
Another picture of my cat Tigger. The light was really strong on the morning and really lit up the white in his fur.
Acrylic on 8" x 10" stretched canvas

“Tigger in the Afternoon”
This is my cat Tigger in the afternoon sunlight hanging out under the crepe myrtle tree. I love how this one turned out!
Acrylic on 10" x 8" stretched canvas.

“Oberlin Road Salon”
This was painted en plein aire during a John Poon workshop. The salon is in an old house on Oberlin Rd. in Raleigh across from the Community Grocery store. 
Acrylic on 10" x 8" canvas board.

Monday, October 26, 2009

September Gallery 2009

 "Beach Road House"
This is a house in Kill Devil Hills, NC on the beach road. I love the color of the house and the way the light was hitting it at the time.
16" x 12" acrylic on canvas

“Walker House”
I painted this for my dear friends Gaye and Bob Walker and gave it to them on their 24th anniversary.
11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

“Napili Kai”
I started this painting as an anniversary gift for my Mom and Stepfather. They used to go to Hawaii every year and almost always stayed in Maui at the Napili Kai Resort. We took this photo from the lanai in our room- the same view they would always see when they stayed there. They don’t travel to Hawaii very often anymore because of the travel time, so I wanted to bring Maui back to them!
20" x 16" acrylic on canvas

 "Lanai View"
I painted this while I was painting "Napili Kai" from the same picture.  I was interested in seeing it smaller.
14" x 11" acrylic on canvas

"Bermuda Cottage"
I loved recreating this picture- I want to be there!
14" x 11" acrylic on canvas

“Lady Irma”
I painted this from a photo I took this summer in Wanchese, NC while we were on vacation. It is a fishing village just south of Manteo on Roanoke Island. This was my first visit ever to this town and really enjoyed all the “picture opportunities”.  This particular fishing boat was named “Lady Irma”.
20" x 16" acrylic on canvas

Little Pink House on 9th Street”
This was from a photo I took of a house on 9th St. in Virginia Beach, VA.
20" x 16" acrylic on canvas

Summer Gallery 2009

August 2009

This is my favorite painting so far! I used a photo of my son, Alex, from our summer vacation in the Outer Banks, NC, in 2005. He was searching for sand crabs (sand fleas) at the waters edge. It reminds me of our summer vacation’s spent each year in Nags Head, NC.
10" x 8" acrylic on canvas

I staged a composition on my front porch with some peonies in the spring when they were in bloom. Peonies are my favorite flower and I really wanted to capture the beauty of them in a painting. I especially liked the way the glass vase turned out.
9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

“Catherine’s Beach Lady”
This was from a photo that Cathy Martin had taken.  I enjoyed this one because of the use of various colors and keeping the values correct- a difficult process!
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

“Magnolia Breeze Porch”
This is a painting of my home- I added our cat Tigger to the porch as a special feature because he is almost 18 years old and we’re blessed to have him around!
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

July 2009
“Beth and Rick- Wedding in St. Lucia”
This is a painting from a wedding photo of my friend Beth Brown-Green from her wedding in St. Lucia to Rick Green. It’s a very special painting for me because it was the first one I gave as a gift.
9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

June 2009
“Victorian Summer Cottage”
This is a painting of a 1915 Victorian Summer Cottage in Mt. Pleasant, SC. I started it in May and finished in June.
20" x 16" acrylic on stretched canvas

April 2009
“The Abbaye”
This was my first painting at The Red Canvas with Catherine Martin. It was from a photo she had of the The Abbaye at Senanque.
16" x 20" acrylic on stretched canvas

Late Bloomer

How did I get into this?  Well, here's my story. 

I always had a strong interest in art growing up.  I loved to draw and create, and took art courses in high school.  I decided to pursue a commercial art degree in college and took several fine arts courses.  Unfortunately, school was not as interesting to me as my social life was, so I never finished.    After a few years of "life", I decided to grow up and I got my NC Real Estate License.  From that point I had a very successful career in the Homebuilding Industry with Beazer Homes for 12 years in New Home Sales and then New Home Sales Management.   I went on to work for Fonville Morisey and Barefoot, a New Home Sales and Marketing company that represents local builders and developers.

Due to the failing economy, I was unfortunately laid off in November 2008.  After a friend was also laid-off, we started an internet marketing business, CJ Interactive.  It was very exciting starting a business and we worked very hard at getting it off the ground.  I needed a creative outlet since the new business was so technical, so I started painting classes with Cathy Martin at The Red Canvas in downtown Apex.  After a few months of false hope with the business, lots of prayer, and tremendous support from my family and friends, I decided to "retire" from CJ Interactive and start painting full time.  I woke up one morning to an epiphany and a complete vision and business plan for a co-op gallery and studio in downtown Apex.

So here I am!  I'm working on some commissioned pieces right now, but really haven't put myself out there.  I've been trying to paint everyday, have my weekly class with Cathy, and have taken a great landscape workshop with John Poon.   Interestingly, the space I thought would be perfect for my co-op is under construction right now after being vacant for several years.  I'm keeping an eye on it! 

My son asked me the other day if I was happy that I'd been laid off.  I told him it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I wouldn't be painting if I hadn't.  He asked if I was doing "what I was supposed to be doing", and I told him "yes!"  God gave me a gift when I was young and I put it away on a shelf and forgot about it.  I had to do some digging to find it, but I'm so glad I did!