Category Archives: Painting

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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.    

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

 

Haw Below Bynum

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 Below Bynum

Haw Cicada on canvas bag

Haw Cicada on canvas bag