Thursday, January 15, 2015

Artist Workshop Abroad 2015: Plein Air and Still Life in the south of France!!

I am excited to announce a wonderful workshop opportunity in France this summer.

Charles Cashwell and I will be splitting time everyday with a group of artists from June 8th until 12th in a beautiful castle in LaMure in the South of France. He will teach still life and I will be teaching plein air.

Registration is open now and the deadline for deposits is February 28th. For more information you can visit our website or call 770.312.5532. The total cost of the workshop is $1975.

Space is limited to register soon!

SOLD Two Tubs and a Door, Day 11

From some reference taken in rural Georgia in an old abandoned building. I would love to do a series of paintings based on these. Guess that's why these little studies keep happening. It's interesting to see what bubbles up for the sub conscience mind.

SOLD Two Tubs and a Door, Day 11, 30 in 30, 5x7, oil on linen

SOLD Morning Quiet, Day 12

Study from reference on Skidaway Island. Such a great spot, just off to the right is the river. The trees I am standing in have been subjects of several painting I have done. This is a quiet morning after chaperoning 52 7th graders for 3 nights a 4 days!

SOLD Morning Quiet, Day 12, 5x7, oil on linen

Monday, January 12, 2015

Morning Light, Day 9

Painting of the morning light at the farmhouse where we used to life. I miss that place...

Morning Light, Day 9, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, purchase here

SOLD The Storm After the Storm, Day 10

Working with some urban references from NOLA. Still haven't found my way outside yet and I am disappointed with myself. I knew the challenge would be hard, but getting outside has been impossible. We were in Savannah and Charleston all weekend delivering paintings and chatting about the upcoming Savannah air event. I know we aren't even halfway, so I have to keep my head up and remember I set the bar at half of these being done outside.

SOLD The Storm After the Storm, Day 10, 5x7, oil on linen, $100

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SOLD Study for Riverside, Day 8

This is the study I did for my last studio painting, Riverside, which will be going to a new gallery I have been invited to join in Charleston. I will share more on that when the paintings are delivered and the paperwork has been signed.
SOLD Study: Riverside, 5x7, oil on linen, 30 in 30 challenge, purchase here

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SOLD Cloudy Coastal, Day 7

I'm Dreaming of Maine today. That place haunts my dreams. Painted with my new favorite limited palette of yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, black and white. It just does what I want it to do... And better yet, no cadmiums!!
SOLD, Cloudy Coastal, 5x7, oil on linen

Monday, January 5, 2015

Down the Road, Day 5

Mixing it up again... the pieces I had for day 5 and 6 were not interesting to me today. I may try to save them or I may just paint 32 instead of 30! I am still a few day ahead and have time to do pieces that I would want to share if I have enough. I would love to do this one larger, so if you are interested, let me know! I will be painting it one way or the other.

Down the Road, Day 5, oil on linen, 5x7, purchase here

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SOLD The Basement Door, Day 4

I am mixing it up a bit, that was actually painting 12. Sorry for the glare, it's rainy here and its hard to get a good shot without the sheen coming through!

My father owned a small printing company, The Print Shoppe, that I cut my teeth in as a boy. He used the printing company as a way to distribute his editorial cartoons as he was self syndicated. I learned how to use an offset printing press, I developed printing plates, I did layouts using light tables and a xacto knives, I used industrial paper cutters, learned to make pads of paper, create halftone screens in the darkroom, all kinds of good stuff that has really come in handy this day and age... especially being able to write upside down and being able to read in mirror reverse. This was before the computer age. Once that dawned, my father got out of the business. He had been illustrating for Jeff Foxworthy for a few years and no longer needed to support the family with the printing business, although it was dying out.

I wish I still had all of that old equipment, I think offset is comping back in a boutique kind of way. I miss the smell of a print shop.

Growing up in a business off the court square in a small southern town certainly has influenced my subject matter. I walked through this door more times than I can count as a boy and as a man.

SOLD, The Basement Door, Day 4, 30 in 30, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, purchase here

Saturday, January 3, 2015

SOLD Overgrown, Day 3

My wife's hometown of Paris, TN is covered in these overgrown industrial areas. This is one of my favorite spots to paint, just outside of town.

SOLD Overgrown, 5x7, oil on linen, $100, 30 in 30 painting challenge, purchase here

Friday, January 2, 2015

Field Study, Day 2

We have beautiful fields here in this part of Georgia. Lots of cattle and horse farms. If you get out far and high enough you can almost pretend like you can see mountains! Distance is hard to come by, but the amount of humidity in the air can make things close look very atmospheric... thus the little bit of violet in the far trees. There is a larger painting available on my site done from the same composition. See it here.

Had one more friend join us in the challenge, won't you??

Dana Johnson
Field Study, 5x7, Day 2 of 30 in 30, $100, purchase here

Thursday, January 1, 2015

SOLD The Market, Day 1, 30 in 30 Challenge

Here is the first installment of the 30 and 30 Challenge. I still have a lot of ideas and thought floating around in my head, not so much about what to paint, that's the easy part, but where to sell? On DailyPaintworks, here on my blog, on my website?? All of the above? I am sure that the answer will present itself in due time!

For the 30 in 30 challenge I want to be as realistic as I can be while pushing myself. I paint everyday, so that is not an issue, but I also teach full time and don't always have as much time as I would like. I have decided to try a few things in the 30 in 30... paint about half of the images en plain air, work on my color harmony and use of color in my landscapes and urban scenes and, finally, work on my interiors. I can also see doing a whole 30 in 30 on my own of interiors.

I am just going to keep it loose and use these guidelines to narrow my focus but not limit myself.

Glad to have some friends joining me in this challenge!

Brenda Sumpter
Sue Christmas
Meg Black

SOLD, The Market, 5x7, oil on linen, 30 in 30 challenge, $100, purchase here

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

30 in 30 Challenge

Well, I have decided to hit the ground running in 2015 with Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge. It's a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. See the link above to read more about it, she has done this several times and has it streamlined. She answers all possible questions!

I have been kicking around the idea of doing my own 30 in 30 again, but it's so much fun to do it with more people! The best thing about this particular challenge is that we are all in it together. On Leslie's blog you can see all of the paintings EVERYONE posts there everyday and you can also see an interactive map that shows all of the other poor souls who have accepted the challenge all across the US and the world.

I challenged a few of my painter friends locally (The Society of Seven) and I guess I will see who steps up! So far I think I have 2 nibbles. Once I know for sure I will post links to their websites and blogs so you can see what they are doing as well.

I narrowed down a few themes for the challenge (basically things that I want to improve upon in my own work... interiors and plein air... maybe some found still lifes to break the monotony). I have ordered a ton of 5x7 linen panels and some additional white paint... I am ready to go! There is nothing better for learning than 30 starts. That's a lot of experience in a short time. Nothing better for the painting game!

I will be posting the pieces on this blog daily and they will be available by auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery (which has currently been emptied of all artwork). I am toying with the idea of holding all sales until the end of the challenge, I may want to keep some as inspiration for larger works! I guess I will need to make up my mind very soon!

I hope you check back often to see how I am doing or better yet, challenge yourself!

Friday, December 26, 2014


This painting was inspired by some of the shrimp docks located here in the southeast.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Autumns End

Painted this one afternoon in my mother in laws lawn. The lake is so beautiful and blue and I love the contrast between this blues and the oranges in those last leaves of fall. This painting will be used for s larger studio piece.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beach Access

Beach Access, painted en plein air on Amelia Island. Not much breeze in between the dunes, but I saw a great opportunity to use one of these great 8x16 panels.
Beach Access, 8x16, oil on linen, plein air, framed, BUY HERE

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Light

I love the coolness of the morning light in autumn. Love this time of year.
Autumn Light, framed, oil on linen, 11x14, $700, BUY HERE

Gray Day at the Surf Shop

Spent some time on Amelia Island, FL with our senior class. While they were playing on the beach I was painting away.

This was done on Centurion OPDx linen that cam in a pad, so its floppy. Saves space and rolls up when dry. Tape it to a boar and you are ready to paint!

Gray Day at the Surf Shop, 12x16, oil on linen, framed, $800, Buy Here

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Untitled, 24x30, oil on InnerGlow panel

Another piece for the barnstorming show at Huff Harrington later this fall...

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Lean and Tucked Away in Progress

Thought you might enjoy seeing how these pieces started.

The Lean

A favorite subject if mine here in Newnan. This was done from a smaller plein air piece. These barns will be available at Huff Harrington Fine Art later this fall!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Olive Road, Tennessee

More plein air work just outside Paris, TN. Not too many places in the farmland to pull over, but I found a nice quit spot.