Thursday, February 7, 2013

Winter Possibilities

Lake Morning, 20 x 10

The painting above, truly summer remembered, was fun to do at this time of year.  Love painting the figure in all seasons - I try to keep it free, yet true, often a difficult line to dance.  Here the goal was to use chunks of paint to describe form -- still have a way to go on this, but experimenting is fun!  (Meanwhile, we love these cozy winter evenings in front of the fire, with soup and a bit of wine)...

A Touch of Lemon, 14 x 11

Also, I'm continuing my texture studies, including some scraping, thick paint re-application, and other "paint-moving" techniques to increase surface interest.  Familiar subjects and set-ups make the experiments easier for me, as above.  

Bottle and Fruit, 6 x 6, example of a workshop set-up

Tomorrow is opening day for the 2013 workshop season!  I'm teaching a 2-day alla prima workshop to a group of 14 painters at Atlanta Artists Center;  my new name for these workshops is "Ease and Flow."  Focus will be on painting simple things, so we can respond to the subject matter without freaking, letting it flow and letting it go!  We use big brushes, paper towels, sponges, whatever, to loosen up and to break the ice of winter - YAY. 


  1. Beautiful work. I just love your style...the strokes are so soft yet confidently placed and the palette has such a beautifully serene presence.

  2. Thank you so much. Always "in progress," non?

  3. Beautiful true and strong painting in Lake Morning! Wonderful brushwork and you captured the connection and mood perfectly. Lucky participants in your next workshop! You are such a fun playing and learning all about paint application and how far you can go with a painting! It's joy!

  4. Nancy..I love your pleased I found you. Just joined your site and looking forward to following you.
    Best wishes
    Ann Stoker