Feb 21, 2011

Well Read

Well Read
16x20 Oil $595

The subjects in my paintings often remind me of someone in my life. This time it is my mother-in-law. She is a librarian. She loves to read and has passed this love down to my wife and sister-in-law.

The book in this painting belonged to my grandfather. It is a short inspirational christian study book titled Abundant Living by E. Stanley Jones. My grandfather recieved it from a fellow deacon at his church. Sometimes adding personal treasure adds to the sentiment I feel for the piece.

Feb 19, 2011

Go Fish

Go Fish
14x11 Oil on linen $395

Like the guys you see on the World Series of Poker this monkey is ready to play. Can you guess what cards he is holding.
I have to admit my wife often joins me on the hunt for props for new paintings. Though I prefer to paint vintage toys I am not bothered by using new trinkets to express my concepts. On one such trip she suggested I paint a sock monkey playing poker like the people on tv. Instead of poker I wanted to the game many of us have played in childhood to further enhance the concept.

Feb 18, 2011

Somthing To Chew On

Something To Chew On
9x12 Oil on linen $295

I found this little guy at an antique store in Virginia. I always enjoy the hunt for new subject matter.
The concept for this painting reminds me how I felt after each critique from my mentor Dawn Whitelaw. Dawn always helped me with any problems I was having with my current work. I always left with something to chew on.

Feb 17, 2011

Well Trodden 30x40 Oil

I recently visited Glen Leven Estate in Nashville, Tennessee with several friends from The Chestnut Group. The estate of 65 acres was recently bequeathed to the Land Trust of Tennessee by Susan M West. The property has a beautiful home and several spectacular brick buildings. While surveying the property I found this fantastic gated path. I loved the way the light fell across the stones wall.