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"Ghent Starbucks", small plein air painting up for bid

New small painting up for sale! "Ghent Starbucks" Oil on Board, 5"x7" - Plein Air Painting - Unframed.  This painting was done plein air in Norfolk's historic Ghent area.  Unlike my other recent paintings listed on ebay, this painting has no reserve.  That means, it takes only one bid of a $1, to have a chance to be the winning bid for the painting. 

  
Click here to BID on ebay. No Reserve!

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SOLD! - "Rusty", another toy train small painting up for bid! No reserve.

SOLD! 

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"Portsmouth Sailboats" up for bid on ebay.

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"Portsmouth Sailboats" up for bid on ebay.

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"Portsmouth Sailboats" Oil on Board, 5"x7" - Studio Painting - Unframed.  This painting depicts the afternoon sailboats that drift across the Elizabeth River between Portmouth and Norfolk on their way out to the Atlantic ocean.

Bid Here

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Cole's Minecraft Drawing

My son Cole wanted to share his latest drawing on my blog with you.

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SOLD! - "Salty" Toy Train Painting 5"x7" Oil on Board Unframed.

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Just listed, "Salty" for sale on ebay! 5"x7" oil on board, unframed.  

Click here to BID on ebay

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Latest News!

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Latest News!

I've started painting small miniatures and selling them on ebay.  I'm excited to see my first painting was sold within the first 24hrs of listing online.  These tiny paintings are priced to sell and if you would like to get first notice, sign up here

 

"Naro at Night" 5x7" oil on board. - SOLD. 

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Night & Day Plein Air Painting in Norfolk's Ghent District

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Night & Day Plein Air Painting in Norfolk's Ghent District

Spent a lot of time painting this weekend. Friday night, I was back at the Naro painting a nocturnal plein air. This time for the Jerry's Artarama Plein Air contest. I got out late and started painting around 11pm and didn't finish till after 2 am. I met some cool people, handed out all my business cards. Bernard came by to film me a little before heading home after his own nocturnal plein air adventure. And despite being outside, the amount of smoke and alcohol eeking out of the surrounding bars was strong. Norfolk still knows how to party, I guess. Saturday was tough, I slept hard but managed to get out to the Norfolk Academy Art Exhibit, (I'll have to enter that next year). Sunday got me going to paint out around 1pm, (later than I wanted to). Although there were just as many people walking about, something about quiet sunny days that keep people from approaching. Honestly, I felt almost invisible at times. Until I met Larry, who gave me a glimpse of what it is like to have no one understand you or even try. I feel for folks like Larry. A few artists stopped by to ask about my Easy-L Versa easel and see how my painting was coming along. In all, it was a good day. Then it got better when my friend Kevin told me my Naro painting won a $100.00 at Jerry's. I'll burn through that in a week, I'm sure. Last, but not least, I'll address the fantasy that every business card you give out will be kept and cherished in somebody's purse or wallet. Nice thought. Now take a look at the last picture at the bottom. Yup, that's my card. A friend took a pic of it in the hallway of her apt. building after she found it. Only a few hours old and it was already soaked in beer & cigarettes, laying stranded on the floor.

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Recent Plein Air Paintings

Saturday night had me painting the NARO Theatre in Norfolk.  Was a great time painting despite the hard orange glow overpowering my easel lights.  Met a lot of great people.  Especially one guy that I discovered that we had a lot in common.  We had a great talk about failures and how we move on to overcome those failures and turn them into life lessons.  My fellow artist Walt came by to say "hi!".  It was a cold night, but I had great time.  

Sunday morning had me painting the Fairground Coffee House in Ghent Norfolk.  It was a good session and met some new people and saw a friend there too.  A really cool guy named Loftus was kind enough to take some pics since my phone died. 

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Steam Train Chasing in Norfolk.

Norfolk Southern had a steam train visit Norfolk for the day.  I spent half the day chasing it down for photos.

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Plein Air at Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Last weekend the Virginia Plein Air Artists group met up at the Cape Henry lighthouse. We had a good turn out of six, despite the military base restrictions to get inside the base. Some of us painted the new lighthouse, while others went for the old one. Since I had already done the new one the week before, I painted the old brown historic lighthouse this time. We had to leave promptly at 4pm. So it made for a speedy painting session with a mad dash to complete it as much as possible.  When you have direct sunlight on the canvas and palette, it makes it difficult to judge your colors at times.  It was a beautiful day to paint and I was in good company with Bernard, Shara, Mark, Sheila and Kathy.

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A Day Out For Plein Air Painting!

I have to say one of the best feelings is having the whole day to yourself to just go out and find something to paint. Monday, when I left the house, I had no idea where I was going. After I stopped for gas, I had an idea. Wasn't sure if I'd get in the base of Ft. Story at Cape Henry, but it was worth a shot. With all the gear I have, getting into a military complex and explaining that I'm there to paint isn't exactly heard of in this area. But after the long wait of my fruitless search on a proof of insurance, the front gate guards skipped inspecting the yellow bus and let me in! It was cold, and I mean COLD. My hands were the half frozen just setting up. Which was my first mistake, as I should have warmed them up before painting. It was pretty barren of people, with the exception of the lighthouse keepers, a van load of tourists and a nice MP who was nice enough to radio the other MPs of what I was doing with a weird box on a tripod. No one hassled me and I made off with a nice painting. Yeah, lighthouses are by some trite and cliché, but so what? I'm out to paint and have fun! Who cares about the armchair art critic? Today is another adventure to find another scene worth painting.

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My latest portrait commission for a friend, of his niece.

Although I haven't met her in person, I hope that I get the chance to. She is living with Rett Syndrome, which after reading about this rare form of autism that affects only girls, it is very heart breaking.

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Fun time in the studio, calling it a night!

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Back to the studio for a night of painting!

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"Sears & Keys" - What I saw on my drive last night.

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"Southern Blvd Crossing" - What I saw on my drive last night

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"Pembroke Keys" B&W - What I saw on my drive tonight

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A book full of awesome!


A book full of awesome!, originally uploaded by Liquidmethod.

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Munden's of Pungo - SOLD!


Munden's of Pungo - SOLD!, originally uploaded by Liquidmethod.

"Munden's of Pungo" - SOLD. I'm really happy this bought locally. I see my hometown changing fast and our local landmarks are disappearing faster. Munden's was at the time I painted this, scheduled to be demo'ed. I hear now it will stay and be occupied again in some form. I hope...

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Tonight's other painting. Jennie- 9x12" oil on board.

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