Tuesday, August 20, 2019

ALL MIGHT THE HAMSTER


6 x 6 inches, watercolor 2019
original painting SOLD
giclée print $60

A pet, named for a comic book hero, I think.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

STEVENS MILL 3: FOGGY MORNING FISHING


9 x 12 inches, watercolor 2019
original painting $315
framed original painting $414

This is the third painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill".  The image is based on a black and white photo that I took around 1975.  The diving board used to be attached to an open dancing pavilion that saw a lot of use in the '60s, but they are both gone now.  I did not know the children, but I hope they have prospered.  The dark-haired child also appeared in Stevens Mill 1: Stair to Water.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

WIND, WAVE, WOOD, and CLOTH


9 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2019
original painting $315
framed original painting $414

I hope this painting speaks for itself, but my relationship with the boat is another story.  I started to build her a few years back when we lived in Mocksville:  I bought a whole tree of pine lumber, and took two years to build a boat shed; I read lots of boat-building books, purchased a beautifully hand-drawn set of plans, made all the molds for the hull, and read nearly all of the Aubrey/Maturin Novels.  But oh! and alas, I was interrupted by the recession of 2008.  That part's definitely sad, but I don't regret a minute of the boat-building, and I still believe she's a very beautiful boat.  The molds are moldering in my garage, teasing me to finish.  A waste of time you say?  Wasted expense? Come about, there mate!  I met some wonderful like-minded folk, and had a great time.  Ask me sometime, and I'll tell you a salty tale involving sailors and sailing, good friends and good crafting.  Arrrrrr!  

The image is based on a gaff-rigged six-meter canoe yawl, named "Eun Na Mara" (Scottish Gaelic for "Bird of the Sea"), and designed by Iain Oughtred.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

STEVENS MILL 2: MILL and DAM FROM BELOW


9 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2019
original painting  $315
framed original painting $414

This is the second painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill".  I could have called the series "The Mill With Two Names", since it is also known as Warrick's Mill, but I believe the mill house pictured above is the original structure.  The watercolor is based upon a pencil sketch that I made around 1980.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

STEVEN'S MILL 1: STAIR TO WATER


9 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2019
original painting SOLD
giclée print with mat & mounting board $131

This is the first of a planned series of four or five paintings called "Steven's Mill", based upon an actual mill in Wayne County.  The series will be based on photographs and a sketch that I made around 1975.  The child who modeled for this one would be around fifty years old now.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LOYALTY


10 x 12.25 inches, watercolor, 2019
Merit Award, 2019 Wilmington Art Association Juried Spring Show
Merit Award, 2019 Associated Artists of Southport Juried Summer Show
original painting $338
framed original painting $444
giclée print $113

This is one of our dogs, and his name is Felix.  He and his brother are German short-hair pointer / French Brittany spaniel mix.  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

SHIMMERING SILO



12 x 20 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting $480
framed original painting $569
giclée print $160

The silo is made of terra-cotta, and its dark courses are glazed smooth, so it shimmers when you move past it.  It is a real silo, located in Goldsboro, NC.  The landscape is invented.  

Sunday, October 14, 2018

NATURAL HISTORY



20 x 6 3/4 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting $400
framed original painting $490
giclée print $133

This composition is based on the "Terror of the South" exhibit in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.  For more about the exhibit, go to https://naturalsciences.org/exhibits/tours/extinct-tour.  The dinosaur skeleton is an Acrocanthosaurus, and the flying reptile is an unidentified pterosaur.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

KING OF KURE BEACH

14 x 20 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - Sold
limited edition giclée print $145

This brown pelican seems to be a regular attraction at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.  He likes to sit on the small shelter at the end of the pier, waiting for fishy handouts.

Monday, June 18, 2018

GIRL AND SEAGULL



13 5/16 x 8 3/8 inches, watercolor, 2018-2019
original painting $260
framed original painting $337
giclée print $87

The artist's wife, at Wrightsville Beach on a cold winter day.  

GRANDDADDY'S TRACTOR


12 1/2 x 20 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - Sold
limited edition giclée print $116

My grandfather, Cleon Blackmon, bought this Case tractor brand new in 1951, the year I was born.   As a child, I rode on the fender with him for hours at a time, while he worked the fields.


Monday, June 4, 2018

PRALINE


8 x 11 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - not available
giclée print $86

Praline was a very beautiful cat, who's whiskers were long and thick, and who's eyes looked like emeralds.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

BFF

19 x 26 3/8 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting $540
framed original painting $633
giclée print $180

It was a hot summer day, and the bovine friends were resting in the cool shadow of the big oak.

Friday, June 1, 2018

CAPE FEAR MEMORIAL BRIDGE (AT EARLY DAWN)


11 1/2 x 20.25 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting $413
framed original painting $496
giclée print $138

One day each week during the winter months in 2018, I routinely drove my wife to work at 6AM.  That gave me the opportunity to watch the sun rise from one of many possible vantage points near the beach or along the banks of the Cape Fear River.  This painting is the result of one of those opportunities.  It is a view of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge as seen from the Wilmington Riverwalk near the old Cotton Exchange, before sunrise in February.

WARREN FARM IN WINTER AT EARLY DAWN


6 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - not available
giclée print $75

The Britt Family Reunion is occasionally held at this wonderful old farm.  Thank you, Dale.  

BURNING THE POND BANK


9 1/8 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - Sold
giclée print $75

This is my father, TK Britt, burning the pond bank, painted from my 1989 pencil sketch.   The pond was built by my father, grandfather, uncles, and others, and became a busy community gathering place for folks of all ages, on Sunday afternoons from around 1954 until about 1970.  The bream fishing was very dependable.

HOUSE WITH DOVES


7 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - Sold
giclée print $50

This composition is based on a pencil sketch that I made during a dove hunt in 1989, but we saw fewer doves on the hunt than are depicted above.  

BEYOND THE DUNES


8 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches, watercolor, 2018
original painting - Sold
limited edition giclée print $86

This is at Federal Point, south of Fort Fisher, North Carolina.  Look on the horizon for the sand dunes, which conceal the Atlantic Ocean beyond.  The trees lean toward the land, as always, and on this day the grasses leaned toward the sea.  


Thursday, May 31, 2018

FELIX WITH CANDY CANE


5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches, watercolor, 2017
original painting - not for sale
giclée print $50

This was our 2017 Christmas card.  Felix is a French Brittany Spaniel / German Shorthair Pointer mix.  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

BRITT FARM


11 x 16 inches, watercolor, 1989
original - not available
giclée print $75

This is my childhood home near Mount Olive, NC, as it looked in 1977.  I am including it among these more recent works because it was the first of my watercolors that I felt pretty good about.  The scene looks different now - the road has been paved, the barn has been replaced, and the neighbors are closer together.