I was teaching a workshop with Oak Hollow Studios in Carthage, North Carolina this week. The class went well, and the weather cooperated, thankfully. Spring workshops can always be a bit risky.
Here are a few of the paintings I did during my free time:
Canoe, Backlit. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen.
Canoe Backlit #2. 11 x 14 in., oil on linen.
It was very, very green. March and April are months I often skip working outside as the bright greens of Spring can be a bit much. Small vignettes can work well though. And sometimes it’s just fun to really hit those acid greens.
These are some of the sketches from my week in North Carolina. One of the more picturesque spots I’ve been to recently and some of the nicest people on the planet. I had great weather and was very fortunate to have an excellent guide of the area with the local talent, Jimmy Craig Womble. We also had two great plein air painters from Tennessee Kevin Menck (who has one of the more entertaining blogs out there) and Jason Saunders paint with us for the first few days.
Atlantic, NC. 8 x 12 in, oil on panel.
Beaufort Sunset. 8 x 12 in, oil on panel.
Elise 9. 6 x 8 in, oil on panel.
Red Neck Yacht Club (I'm not being derogatory, that's the name of the boat). 6 x 8 in, oil on panel.
We were talking one evening about great places to paint, and I mentioned that in Morocco the locals will bring you mint tea whenever they see you painting. At the above spot in Atlantic, the locals gave Kevin Menck a bushel of oysters when they saw him painting their boats.
Boat Lifts, Marshallberg. 6 x 8 in, oil on panel.
Shrimper, Radio Island. 11 x 14 in, oil on panel.
I was hosted wonderfully by Lee Dellinger and her husband Charles Jones and the paintings will be on exhibit (as soon as I can get frames sent over) in their galleries, Carteret Contemporary Art and Vision Gallery.
Joey's Boats. 8 x 12 in, oil on panel.
The World Traveler. 8 x 12 in, oil on panel.
The Two Galleries also have a blog with some action shots of the plein air group.
(Update: I was listening to OCMS while painting for much of the trip, so I thought I’d throw in a plug for them).