Thursday, March 30, 2017

Willet Morning


Hi everybody. This oil painting on canvas panel is another in my series of coastal shorebirds and traveling companions on the beach!

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Mote to come.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coastal Repast!


Hi everybody.

This was my watercolor on watercolor paper 20" x 30" for the magazine Water's Edge of a low country boil.

Actually the piece was about crawfish. I chose to make it about the low country boil.

The reason for that choice was to celebrate a friendship and a discovery. I had a neighbor who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He came over to my porch one day and said, " My family is celebrating my birthday out in Fort Caroline. Our family home is right on the river. I'd like you to come out and enjoy yourself." "Done." I said without missing a beat. This is similar to the feast we shared. It was a grand day. I became a fan of this delicious traditional southern dish.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Royal Day At The Beach


Hi everybody.

"A Royal Day At The Beach"​ is my 11"​ x 14"​ oil on canvas panel painting of one of my favorite denizens of the coast. I am amazed at the aviary of airborne acrobats at the beach. I am dazzled at how dynamic the pelicans, osprey, red tailed hawks, gulls, gannets and common terns display their prowess in the sky. It is the Royal Tern however that gets my vote as the most elegant warrior on the wing. Thank you for looking at my art today. See more coastal jewels at

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Finishing Touch


Hi Everybody. I have a friend who is an artist that says , "Put a tie on it and call it sir." he was referring to framing a work of art. These days with the coastal and informal looks of much of the interior design I see and consult on there seems to be a consensus that art does not need to always be framed to have the right feel for a space.

What do you think?

Personally, I like frames. I like the complete look of a beautiful work 'contained'. However in my piece here "Glowing In The Coastal Drift." oil on canvas 36" x  48" lives in harmony in my studio with the cotton duck sofa and linen pillows, the coffee table with the charming patina and the jute rug and of course the sea shells without a frame.

This work is on loan at the moment in a palace of a home in Ponte Vedra Beach and may have a frame in it's  the future! If it does I'll post it and do a comparison. Feel free to leave a comment below if you are of a mind to.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summer Sanderling

Hi everybody. Welcome.

"Summer Sanderling" is a 9" x 9" oil painting on canvas that I just finished. These little guys amaze.

Industriousness, persistence and devoted pursuit to an end are characteristics I admire in them. When you watch them, they are all business. They are one of the reasons our beaches are so clean. They are never deterred by human foot, dog, wave or sun, wind and rain. They circle around and find a new route. I'm a fan.

I once told an art friend that you sometimes need to sneak up on a painting. He looked a little confused. My point was not to make what you are doing so important to your mind. Concentrate with focus but be loose, hold it loose, gently in your heart and mind. Work with what you see. Enjoy it. All of my paintings begin with this sort of gestural burnt sienna sketch. Then I block it in. When I have everything where it should be I shift my gaze to precise, intense deliberate actions with intention.

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More to come.....

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