Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blues Brakin' on a Dollar(SOLD)

I was feelin' a bit blue, then I got a call from a gallery saying they sold a bluecrab painting and did I have another. I stopped right then, and painted this.
Oil on canvas 24"x14"
This painting is sold.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station and Bar&Grill (SOLD)

This place was originally built as a lifesaving station. The Wright Brothers stayed in this building when they came to Outer Banks to test their theories of flight. Some time later it was decided that Kitty Hawk  really didn't need a lifesaving station, and they would drop the whole business of saving lives. Someone else decided it to keep up the good work, and did a lot of additions and it has been saving lives like mine regularly, and pretty often too. They serve a fine rum and tonic.
AKA: The Black Pelican.
Oil on Canvas 12"X24"
This painting is sold.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Painting with deeply seeded issues

I'm talkin' about the cat and painting here, not me. This ain't no confessional here.
I did not wake up this morning thinking I would be depicting a cat with obvious issues. I have looked at a lot of cat paintings, a lot, and  all  those cats seemed happy and calm and well adjusted little kitties and they make you feel warm and fuzzy. So whats the deal with my cats?
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
this painting is no longer available.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Royal Dilema(SOLD)

Today I painted Royal terns. They always make me smile. Shore birds. BP has given me  a new appreciation for the fragile coastline and the  clean waters along the outer banks of North Carolina.   
Oil on canvas 8"X16"
This painting is sold.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Last Trip to Serendipity (SOLD)

I'm never comin' back.
I may add a bit more paint to this, but it is all but finished.
 A lot of painters do a detailed sketch in pencil or chalk to define the shapes before they add paint. Not me. I muck right in and then wipe it off and then muck in some more. This leaves my canvases pretty oily before I find the shapes. I will probably have to let this dry some or use a very soft brush. I decided to push my luck and paint this wonderful house on Hatteras Island one more time in its old location. They moved it this spring. If  you did not get to witness the move, here is a youtube video. (Sidebar) The house moving contractor is the same company that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse a few years ago. 
click HERE to watch it.
Oil on canvas 18"X24"
This painting is sold.

Monday, May 24, 2010

low down Almost level with the ground (SOLD)

This little yellow flat top house is between the highways on the outer banks of North Carolina.
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold
thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Everybody Boil(SOLD)

I have wanted to paint a turtle boil and when I saw these ceramic figurines in a local gallery I decided to use them as a model. I may do more of these.
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
This painting is sold.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Red Crab March (SOLD)

This painting looks a bit like my crabs marching.
Whats the matter with me? I don't have much to say.
Oil on canvas 14"X14"
This painting is sold.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bigeye Gaffer(SOLD)

I tried several times to paint the blood that was all over this fish. tried with a knife a paint brush and finally a toothbrush.
Oil on canvas 12"X24"
this painting is sold.

Millionaire's Row(SOLD)

This little oceanfront house was a Frank Stick original. Frank was a developer on the outer banks.
Oil on canvas 14"X11"
this painting is sold.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Drivin' Ole Grey (SOLD)

I have painted this old grey house in Kill Devil Hills at least 5 times. A little oceanfront cottage along the beachroad on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I pass it and remember its shapes and contours fondly, at 35 miles an hour.
Oil on  canvas 6"X12"
this painting is sold

Lambs on Bitter Lake (SOLD)

Lambs on Bitter Lake, painting by Rick Nilson
Oil on canvas 9"X12"
This painting is sold.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Beach Birds(SOLD)

Birds chasing waves trying to make a living.
Oil on canvas 10"X24"
I have had this around for a couple of months. A gallery owner came by my studio and said she liked it well enough to hang it in her gallery. Thanks Carole.
This painting is sold.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Red Stripe Shutters (SOLD)

This oceanfront house in Nags Head has red striped shutters.
Oil on canvas 20"X20"
this painting is sold.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Away at camp (SOLD)

I left this as "loosey" as seemed fair.
This little white cabin in the woods must have been a magical place to awake. Just like being at camp and the promise of summer on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Oil on canvas 8"X10"
this painting is sold.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Outer Banks Horses

I have painted horses in the  marsh.
Oil on canvas 36"X24"
this painting is no longer available.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nice Kitty, Please Kitty

My pastel calico, Lovee.
This painting is no longer available.

Slackline Blues (SOLD)

Avalon Pier House
Oil on canvas 24"X14"
This painting is sold.

BlueDog (In another vien)

I have been painting, just not very well. I have a couple of things I am doing, here is a sketch I did that has nothing to do with it.
Pencil and blue chalk.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Shedder's Waltz(SOLD)

 I did something a little different here, my wee mouton. I first coated the canvas with black acrylic paint, 2 coats. I wanted to paint this instead of drawing and then coloring, which is my usual M.O.  It got me here faster and in a more loose manner.
 When I first moved to the outer banks I did not know what crab shedders were. In an elaborate process, females blue crabs are set out in pans of circulating brackish water. At an appropriate time in May, a male crab is introduced to the pan. The females sense the male and assume its time to molt. The female willingly sheds her hard crusty exoskeleton with the assumption mating will ensue (ensue?). The moment she has molted she is placed on ice and awaits her true fate. Fried Softshells. Crab shedding is what its called. If the crabs are not put on ice all but immediately, they become paper shells and then leatherbacks and then back to hard shell crabs.
Oil on canvas 16"X20"
This painting is sold.



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