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ArtCroft Day4

Busy day!

After doing some work in the studio, I went to Carslile to mail a print that I sold on Etsy.

A neat Orderly Pile
I helped Robert take the veranda apart, remove the nails, and stack the destruction into a neat orderly pile.

atWorkI have started 3 oil paintings, and they all involve brightly colored trees. I am trying to work in series…each painting is unique, but they have a unifying look and feel…like they are all brothers and sisters.

I started a few smaller oil pastels that are in the same series.

Here is the oil pastel inspired by yesterday’s sketch of the pond.

I am feeling very productive here at artCroft!


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ArtCroft day3 (Tornados and Rainbows)

Last night, furious winds crossed the hills in Kentuckyland. When I woke up, there was no electricity and I saw the veranda attached to the resident’s quarters had been blown down.

tornado damage at artCroft
My cell phone worked, and I called my friend who was staying at my old house with the dogs and cats. During last night’s storm, a tornado passed between me and my neighbor’s house. The barn was leveled, the outhouse vanished, The neighbor’s trampoline 2 acres away broke a window, and enough roof is missing from the house so you can see the stars through the ceiling!

It’s probably good that I missed all the excitement. The animals are all safe, and nothing irreplaceable was destroyed.

After a few hours, the electricity came back on, and I went to my studio to work. It was a good escape from my worries, and I almost finished my second oil painting. The rain stopped, so I strapped on my waterproof hiking boots and took a walk around the farm.

sketching a pond at artCroft

I sketched a scene where a stream emptied into a pond, then followed the stream for a while. It is very easy to keep walking, because every corner you turn offers new beautiful views. I was a good distance from the studio, when the skies changed from blue to grey to black, so I quickly changed direction and returned to the studio. I got a little wet, but made it to shelter before the torrential downpour started.

rainbow at artCroft
After drying off and doing some painting, the storm stopped as abruptly as it started, and the sky displayed one of the most magnificant rainbows i have ever seen!

I returned to my work, until dinner time. After dinner, I had a few inspired hours when I started a new oil painting. I tried to use my camera to record video of me creating the artwork, but the memory filled up without my knowing, so I continued painting without being recorded. I have always thought the first moments of a new painting are the most exciting anyway! I should have the video ready to share soon!

I am having a great experience out here!


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ArtCroft Day 2

It’s unusually warm for February…possibly in the 60’s!
The skies are dark, and it has stormed off and on all day…while I painted up a storm in the studio.

Here is a little oil pastel painting of my studio.

Sunday, I ran into 5 or 6 cats who were loafing around in a tree behind the log cabin in Augusta.  I thought they would make a good subject for a painting.  I like the oil pastel so much, I am in the process of painting it in oils.

I have another canvas that is almost finished…I haven’t decided whether to show it online or not.  I am afraid that If I show everything online, you won’t come to the show at the banana tree studios in April.  I’ll probably show it off, because it’s too good NOT to show off!

I also have some video I am working on…hope to get it up soon for everyone to see!

Did I say I love it here?


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ArtCroft Day 1


After driving around and through the beautiful hills of Nichols County, KY… I arrived at ArtCroft,  A creative residency program organized cooperatively by artists for artists.  After a walk around the farm, I was greeted by Robert and Maureen Barker, the hosts of the program. Robert showed me the painting studio, and helped me unpack my equipment, then did the same at my living quarters while Maureen prepared dinner.

I tend to be nervous in new situations, but the Barkers were welcoming and friendly. I did not fully feel at ease until I went to the painting studio. Once I had a whiff of the smell of turpentine and paint on my brush, I felt completely at home! This is going to be a great month!

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Happy Groundhog’s Day!

The official word is that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, so let’s all try and stay warm for the next 6 weeks!

Here’s some of the latest:

prissy Cow under Tree
She’s a little prissy with her front legs crossed, but she should be…she’s such a pretty little cow!
oil pastel with irridescent gold and bronze…you really have to see this one in person

winter Fields
oil pastel painting of a spot I ran into while driving on a crooked road. I took a wrong turn, and thought I’d do some sketching to get my bearings…i took the sketch home and painted this beautiful painting!

winter Holler
While driving the backroads in Kentucky, I came to a beautiful spot where the road curved and there were lots of cedar trees in a hollar with a little house. I pulled over and made a little sketch, then painted it at my studio.

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New Oil Pastel Paintings Featured On Etsy

I thought I would try offering a few of the little oil pastel paintings I have been working on Etsy.  It’s a great website that for buying and selling handmade things.  In addition to the usual detailed photos, I wanted the buyer to get a sense of scale…and a glimpse of how messy I keep my desk!


Cow In Yard

House On Hill

Just wanted everyone to know in case you are interested.