Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunset Over the Rocks

Painted this little gem when we got home. I love the sky just to either side of the sunset. I love those colors.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Corcovado Beach

Drake Bay, Costa Rica, 8x10, oil sketch, plein air, landscape, palette knife
This is the first piece I did upon arrival at the Corcovado Adventure Tent Camp on Drake Bay in Costa Rica. It was hot... super hot and sticky and I did not have everything I needed. I had shipped tubes of extra color and OMS from Dick Blick to Costa Rica and they had not passed through customs at this point. I had to improvise with think paint and no thinner!

On the Road, in the Air, on a Boat...

The last 2 weeks have been a blur around here.

Week before last I was with the 7th grade from my school. We have interim every spring, each class has an educational trip. It is a great opportunity to get out of the classroom.

We always go to the Georgia coast, usually to to sea kayak and learn about our unique coastline. This year we went to the UGA Marine Extension on Skidaway Island and did labs and traveled to Ossobaw Island, an uninhabited barrier island. I got a few paintings done here and there... I just have to find them.

As soon as I got back, we flew off to Costa Rica with the Outdoor Club from school for a REAL adventure. I did a ton of painting there as we snorkeled, hiked the jungle floor on the coast, spotted monkeys and snakes, zip lined, rafted and relaxed.

In the weeks to come I have to finish (start and finish!) a HUGE commission piece for Piedmont Newnan Hospital to be delivered before I leave for the Forgotten Coast Paint Out... 10 days of plein air pleasure.

Over the next 2 weeks I will be posting paintings done on the trips mentioned above as well as some tidbits about traveling with oil painting gear.



Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Path

Just finished this commission for some of my collectors. It has been so long since I have done a landscape this large with a palette knife. I am very happy with the outcome!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Daybreak at St. Mary's

Trapped in my classroom studio most days keeps me combing through old photos to paint from. This image was from a photo I took while out on a run last October in St. Mary's, GA. There is a great spot east of town where a paper mill used to be. Lots of good views.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Playing with some new colors. I have always made my own violet, but started inserting dioxazine purple into my palette.  Makes a great green when you add lemon yellow... The more I paint the more I've found that you rarely use a mixed color out of the tube like dioxazine for purple, but for other mixtures.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bittersweet Arrival...

Glad to have been accepted to OPA Regional last year with the piece, Good Morning, Sun, but I am always a little disappointed when a piece does not sell. I have amassed a small collection of my show pieces that I will keep forever, but I cannot keep them all. This one needs a new home. Good Morning, Sun is custom framed, 24x30in in size and available for $2100, shipping included. Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested.

Good Morning, Sun, oil on canvas, 24x30in, custom framed, $2100, transportation

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hidden Path... Finder

Found this barn driving around west Tennessee near Bell Buckle... Though I don't like painting newer cars, the Nissan Patfinder hidden in the barn screamed to be painted.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Beginning SOLD

This is a painting I did of my favorite alley taken by a friend of mine. It's nice to see it through someone else's eyes every now and again. This was at the start of our snowstorm last week.
The Beginning, 8x10, oil on linen, palette knife, architecture, SOLD

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Layers, oil on linen, 12x16, palette knife, on hold, architecture

Still working on trying to keep my knife work from looking like knife work... Keeping the darks thick and rubbing the paint in with the knife in addition to laying it on. I'm really liking where this is going.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Feature

All Business, 48"x48", oil on museum wrap, commission, SOLD, palette knife

This week has been a whirlwind. After the post on Barbara Strouds blog, my feature on Bob Bahr's My Favorite Place to Paint section on the website came out. It will be pushed to all email subscribers tomorrow. Bob is a terrific write and really did a great job. My alleyway is quite the departure from the norms of his article!

You can check it out here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Barbara Stoud's

Charleston's own, Barbara Stroud, keeps an excellent blog on home, art and food and has featured me today. She has featured some of my favorite working artists so I am not sure what I am going there... but I will take it! Check her blog out, there is some great stuff to me seen! You can view the post here and make sure you peruse the rest of the blog or you will be missing out!

View the post here!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


When I first started painting about 7 years ago, my first official outing was The Cotton Pickin' Fair in Gay, Georgia where we lived. Is was convenient and seemed like a great idea... and it was. I did it for a few years before I priced myself out of that part of the business and started marketing to the public via social media to galleries. Ellen, who runs the fair, (it is actually her family land) usually calls me when she needs a painter for a demo. AgriTourism is big is the middle to southern parts of that state and she gets a couple of big groups that come through a year to see what goes on at the Fair.

Demo, Fall Field, 12x16, oil on linen, palette knife, purchase here

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Commission Comes to Life

I did A LOT of commissions for Christmas, now you get to see them! The first is classic Corvette once in Rick Hendrick's personal collection. She was a beauty to photograph and paint. Here are some progressional shots.

Hubbard Vette, 20x24, oil on linen, SOLD

Strong Urges: Follow me somewhere else but here...

Time is of the essence... we say it all the time but what does it really mean? I'm not sure, but it probably does not have much to do with what is going to follow.

The more time I spend painting the more I can share what I have done... INSTANTLY. Sadly, that spot is not always this blog. It used to be... but not so much anymore. I am not sure when the last time was I posted, but it was too long ago. However, I share things every day, several times a day, so you just need to know where to see them so you do not get behind.

The blog is so great, but there are other outlets that are much easier for me to use on a moments notice, and even better, easier for me to talk with you! I have to moderate comments here... so I have to log in and read and accept, etc. The same with an image or a painting. I have to log in, create a new post, type it, upload the image, give it a caption and then publish. I don't have time for that and have seriously considered one of 2 options, close or move the blog... it is a dinosaur, or hire someone to keep the blog up.

I have said it before and I will say it again, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I am a shutter bug, if you didn't know, I used to have a photo blog as well until I discovered Instagram.  From Instagram, you can take a photo, write something about it and upload it immediately to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and even Tumblr. Why would or should I have to deal with all the antiquated posting ways of Blogger.

Instagram is fantastic, it is image based and I am a picture guy. I am also a Facebook guy and even a Google+ guy, put I am not sure what I am doing there quite yet. I just know that Google+ is the "end all to be all" in Europe and for the thousands of kids in the US who are jumping from the Facebook ship because their parents are there now. You do need an Android or an iPhone or iPad to use Instagram... but you can also use it from your desktop or laptop. Give it a try.

Look for me on the old inter web... I am everywhere but here!! you can click on the icons on the side of my blog, search David Boyd Jr and/or Compelled to Paint on the web or follow the links below!

BTW, you do not have to follow them all! any one of these will work, the content is the same. So pick one that works for you, that you understand and see what I am painting, teaching and photographing everyday. Hope to see some new old friends!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buchanan General Store

Buchanan General Store, oil study on panel, 8x10, $400, architecture
Quick study of an old abandoned storefront in Tennessee

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cumberland Angles

While back on Cumberland we visited the church where JFK, Jr. got married. It has become a tourist attraction with daily tours. It's freshly painted and locked! Even though it was not my first visit, all of there charm had been removed. Luckily, the shack next door had enough charm for both of them.

Cumberland Angles, 12x16, oil on linen, architectural, $775

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fernandina Shrimper

I have been stalking this shrimper in Fernandina Beach for the past several months and finally caught it at sunset.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Hidden, 11x14, oil on linen, $625, palette knife, landscape, architecture, rural
While in Tennessee this summer, I had a friends father drive me around to show some places off the beaten path. I had driven past this tobacco barn a hundred time and had NO idea it was there.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013