Category Archives: Art

Oil paintings

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Tuesday, 6:15-9:15pm, July 24-August 28 (6 weeks)

I'm teaching a summer course combining drawing and painting. We'll cover a broad swath of material with exercises in plein air, figure studies, still lifes and more. If you're interested in joining, please sign up here.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum accepted donation of my portrait of the museum's namesake. The portrait will be presented at the museum's Annual Christmas Open House this Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

The portrait was painted in 2005 for The Charlotte Observer and the donation is courtesy of The Charlotte Observer. Thanks to The Observer's Dee-Dee Strickland and June Lancaster and the Museum's Marian Inabinett.    

Get Horizontal

Eric Knisley surprised me with this exhibit at the Carrboro Arts Center opening September 9. Eric's a great collaborator whose work can be found here. The horizontal works are done exquisite-corpse style over a few months ... or years. I'm excited to be included in an exhibit with Eric, Bill Fick, Ron Liberti and Saul Zimet.
Get Horizontal - Eric Knisley exhibit

Get Horizontal - Eric Knisley exhibit

Eric also has work in a group exhibit at The Looking Glass Cafe. Other artists in that show include Kevin Dixon and Paul Freidrich!

Plein Air Painting

If you're in the Durham/Chapel Hill area and interested in plein air painting, please sign up for my seven-Saturday course at the Carrboro Arts Center. It's up to a group vote, but we're scheduled to visit spots at Duke Forest, the Botanical Gardens and Northwoods trails. Questions? Drop me a line. (Click here to see more of my plein air paintings.)
Plein air painting

Plein air painting

Rock Steel Hustle Flow

My dad's and my exhibit ends Saturday, July 30 - the same day, there's a closing party from 1-3 pm at The Art Station gallery. There were over sixty of my paintings and more than thirty of my dad's sculptures. Ryan Karpinsky, Roy Woods, Ted, Tammy Cantrell and everyone at The Art Station are doing a great job getting a new gallery off the ground in Gastonia!
Rock Steel Hustle Flow exhibit Philip Whitley, Jason Whitley

Rock Steel Hustle Flow exhibit Philip Whitley, Jason Whitley

Wormhole 22

These rocks are near marker 22 on the Wormhole Loop in Carolina Northwoods Forest in Chapel Hill.  They caught my eye during a run and came to mind for the next painting. A smooth slope, from bikers and runners, is worn into the side closest to the viewer. Over 22 more years, I can make paintings for each marker along the trail.
Wormhole 22

Wormhole 22

New Hope Riverbank

This is another spot at Hard Climb Hill. A water snake, which I'm fairly certain was a copperhead was my companion this time. Please let me know if you can tell from the picture if it's a copperhead or not. The snake was a big one and hung out most of the time under an underwater log just below the tree in the painting. I visited a couple of times, so I'm also posting the painting as it was in progress. I liked the reflections of the leaves in the water in the bottom left in the earlier version. Oil on board.  
New Hope Riverbank

New Hope Riverbank

New Hope Riverbank in progress

New Hope Riverbank in progress

Snake

Snake