Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Vicksburg, MS

6" x 6" Acrylic on Gesso board
These are headstones located in the Vicksburg National Cemetery from the Civil War.

Vicksburg National Cemetery lies on the ground once manned by the extreme right of Major-General William T. Sherman's XV Army Corps, facing the extreme left flank of the Confederate defenses situated on high ground to the south known as Fort Hill. Embracing 116 acres it is the final resting place of 17,000 Union Soldiers, a number unmatched by any other national cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1866 and burials began in early 1867. Soldiers buried here had originally been interred in scattered locations throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the campaign for control of the Mississippi River.

Upright headstones with rounded tops mark the graves of known soldiers. Small, square blocks, incised with a grave number only, designate the unknown veterans, and a few graves are marked by other than government-issued headstones.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

Monday, December 2, 2019

Carr Methodist Church in Lake Mississippi


Acrylic on old barn wood

This is a beautiful church in the Bienville National Forest - Lake, Ms. It sits high on a hill with a beautiful view of the valley. My dad's friend has a son buried here. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Beautiful Day to be outside painting




Off The Beaten Path at River's Bend
12" x 9"
Oil on Panel
I started this one with a pink background because I knew it's compliment "green" would be the primary color on top and trying to follow Anne Blair Browns's teachings on "notan" and to get the big shapes in without much drawing and then pull and push to correct values before painting.  .....also....constantly thinking about keeping my paint piles from mixing on the palette so I don't make mud...lol...whew lot to keep up with 😉

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Plein air painting from the Laurel Paint Out

Magnolia Street
Oil on panel
9x12
“There may come to be new places in our lives that are second spiritual homes – closer to us in some ways, perhaps, than our original home. But the home tie is the blood tie. And had it meant nothing to us, any other place thereafter would have meant less, and we could carry no compass inside ourselves to find home ever, anywhere at all. We would not even guess what we had missed. “
-          Eudora Welty

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Chipmunk on Blue


Chipmunk on blue.. This one is 6x6 on 9x12 mixed media 184lb acid-free paper. Gouache & watercolor

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Recent Anne Blair Brown Painting Workshop


Here's a quick plein air still life study. Working with adding and subtracting (using paper towel) to get values correct with big shapes then painting quickly without really drawing too much. ...so much out of my comfort zone but very valuable information.
AirBNB in Columbia, TN

I also stayed in an Airbnb in Columbia, TN owned by Cindy and Garrett that I can't say enough good stuff about. I loved it! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21745293?s=67&shared_item_type=1&virality_entry_point=1&sharer_id=290331776

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Baby - In Progress




Here's one I'm working on for my friend Paula....her dog Baby. Trying to keep it loose but at the same time, I want it to capture Baby's likeness so parts need to be tight. I'm trying to decide on the background color also. Most of the time I tone my canvases with burnt sienna before I paint on them. I like to see the background peek through the paint in areas because I think it adds vibrancy and unifies the piece. The other picture is my temp studio in my dad's building that will soon be leased. ...soooo nice having a large space like this!!😌

Vicksburg, MS

6" x 6" Acrylic on Gesso board These are headstones located in the Vicksburg National Cemetery from the Civil War. Vicksbur...