Saturday, July 2, 2022

THE FOREST EDGE (Stevens Mill 4)


6 x 11.25 inches, watercolor, 2022
framed original painting $359
giclée print $50
Obviously Stevens Mill / Warrick's Mill is one of my favorite places to paint (from old photographs).  In the 1950's, 60's, and 70's it had a picnic shelter and a pavilion with a diving board.  It was open to the public, and was locally popular for picnics, fishing, etc.  Our 1960 school yearbook has images of the senior "superlatives" artfully posed as couples having fun at the Mill.  My memories and photos of the place are still inspiring me to paint, years later.

Thursday, March 10, 2022



4 x 5 inches, watercolor, 2022
framed original painting $155
The pencil sketch for this very tiny painting was for composing the painting below, called Bird Sanctuary  (Look at the tiny black window high up on the silo).



10 x 17 inches, watercolor, 2022
framed original painting $528
giclée print $100

The silo in this painting is based on a real, existing silo in Goldsboro, North Carolina (I made up the barn).  Goldsboro used to be a "bird sanctuary", as posted on the city limits signs of that era.  My father told me that the signs were probably a warning for little boys like me, who had received BB guns from Santa Claus;  I believe he may have been right.

The painting was first completed as a lone silo in the middle of a field, which was later re-imagined as you see it here.  The barn and most of the birds were added later.  The laurel blossoms are gouache (opaque paint), but the white parts of the birds and the window were scratched in with a knife to expose the white paper.  You could say they are carved as much as painted.