Monday, February 28, 2011

Painting the Past

NC tobacco bar by M Theresa Brown. Pastel 16 x 20
All through the south, down any country road, are the remains of tobacco barns. They all go back to the time when tobacco was king and the best paying job in the south for the average worker and teenager!
Some, like this one that I created in pastels, are the oldest and made from logs. Others are cinder block, tile and wood siding covered with tar paper. All were built under or in groves of huge shading oak trees. 
Talk to someone about "putting up tobacco" and you will hear of one of the hottest, dirtiest jobs a kid could have over the summer!
As artists, it's important to recognize areas and structures as history and although I am not, by nature, a landscape artist, even I could not resist painting the echoes of history while watching the play of light and shadows across this old time capsule!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Scottish Deerhound

I was  painting this 16 x 20 Pastel before the recent win at Westminster by a Scottish Deerhound! A very cool breed. Big but light footed and a real couch potato despite the regal bearing!

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine Pencils

It doesn't get much better than this when thinking of a gift that is priceless!  Daddy John Boggs communing with baby Molly the first day of her life!  A $225.00 investment in a 12 x 14 portrait that will become Molly's legacy in years to come!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Painting the Family pets

January 29 turned into a stunningly beautiful day! Our 10-12 class on Painting your family dog or cat was packed and most of the participants were here for the day!

So by lunchtime we were opening the doors and letting in some brilliant sunshine :-) The coffee was on, participants were happily just doesn't get any better than that!

Upcoming workshops are on our website!
 This is her very first horse painting! Is she happy? :-)
Little Sara was pleased with her dog painting!

 Betty is more of a pro and it showed in her beautiful cat painting!
 And this participant drove all the way from Wilson to take the class and created a beautiful horse painting!
Emily's first horse painting!

                         Emily came with her mom and   together they had some amazing paintings to take home to show Dad!
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