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.
Dawn, Andrew and Anna,
Thanks for letting us paint at Firstview Farms!
It's not too late to sign up for my Introduction to Acrylics
classes Tomorrow night (February 6) through March 19th 6:15-9:15 pm at the Carrboro Arts Center.
We'll be working on basics, but it's for all skill levels.
This portrait of Charlotte Hawkins Brown
is painted with acrylics and I'll be taking photos of other examples soon.
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
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.
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.
to see more of my plein air paintings.)
Plein air painting
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
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.
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 in progress
The long story goes like this: I was looking for a spot to paint on the Haw River near the Bynum pedestrian bridge. Two boys with a pellet gun told me I could turn left at the end of the bridge (where there is access to the river, but no trail) and when I get to the gate at the end of the street, I could walk as far as I wanted. On the gate was a no trespassing sign with the name Ricky Spoon and phone number. So I called Ricky and he allowed access. It turns out Ricky is a well-known developer in Pittsboro with a reputation. I never found a trail to the river, so I cut through the unkempt woods to get there.
Red and black cicadas were all over. And it turns out that they like oil paint. Either that or the natural turpenoid I was using. One cicada was trying to eat the can.
Haw Below Bynum
Haw Cicada on canvas bag