Recent Smaller Paintings

In anticipation of the holiday season, I’ve been putting together a number of smaller paintings that might interest my patrons for holiday gift giving.  These are fun pieces and many of them are already in lovely frames.  Come by my Home Studio Open House on December 11th to take a gander.

In the comments below, be sure to let me know which painting is your favorite . . .

 

 

Giving Back through Painting Auction at Achievable Dream Tennis Ball

Giving back is important.  Seeing children reaching toward their dreams and their potential is amazing.  The Achievable Dream schools in Newport News, Virginia help give at risk kids an extra hand up out of poverty through “character development-based education program.”  This year, I’m offering four paintings at the annual auction.  You can participate in the auction on Saturday, October 27th at the 20th Annual Achievable Dream Tennis Ball.   Here are two of the paintings to be auctioned . . . .

City Lights
8X10 Acrylic

City Lights Painting for Achievable Dream Auction

Street Corner
8×10 Acrylic

Street Corner Painting for Achievable Dream Auction

 

Seven Year Itch

Seven Year Itch PaintingEveryone has their favorite memory of the movie theaters in which they spent hundreds of Saturdays. The Palace is not one of mine- it was closed in 1940- but it holds memories for many people of Newport News, Virginia. This inaccurate rendition says just enough to make anyone of a certain age wonder where they were when they saw this movie.

After Dark French Quarter

Last February we went to New Orleans during a cold snap. Although folks were not wandering around the French Quarter in freezing temperatures, tourists like us didn’t have the luxury of waiting until it warmed up. So in this interpretation I used a little artistic license and added more people .

Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line PaintingOne of a series of bicyclists, this painting is based on nothing more than my interpretation of three racers. There is very little detail.  Hopefully the feeling of cyclists racing has been successfully captured.

Several members of my family are serious cyclists.   I am happy to paint a little abstractly. Those who enjoy activities, even on a hobby level,  can get very uptight about details and accuracy.

Hot Summer Night at the Fair

Hot Summer Night PaintingDespite the fact that we have been going to Busch Gardens since it opened it never occurred to me to see the park as a subject for my art.

Then through my daughter I became friends with the family that runs the fair that comes to Hampton every year. The  carnival at night was more like the ones we went to as children-rides on a smaller scale, hot dog stands, popcorn, lots of kiddie rides all on a footprint the size of a parking lot. And me snapping away till I had a file full of reference material.

Chinatown Memories in Art

ChinatownChinatown started as something else which is par for the course in my painting life. It started as another New Orleans street scene but I guess I must have added a sign with red in it that spoke more of memories of chinatowns in various cities. So if you will forgive my unedited use of  squiggles to represent signage and think more of an impression than the real life street you will have an idea of what I am trying to convey- which is a joyous nighttime street scene.

Chinatown started as something else which is par for the course in my painting life. It started as another New Orleans street scene but I guess I must have added a sign with red in it that spoke more of memories of chinatowns in various cities. So if you will forgive my unedited use of  squiggles to represent signage and think more of an impression than the real life street you will have an idea of what I am trying to convey- which is a joyous nighttime street scene.