This just in: a watercolor commission and the step by step process behind it. Yes, that is the Grand Teton from the summit of Table mountain. Also stay tuned for live reports from the north woods of Quebec the next 2 weeks. We leave tomorrow.(My french musher friends tell me there is currently over 5 feet of snow.)
First a 5 minute pencil sketch working out the composition then…
the pencil base drawing.
This is a quick live sketch in the snow. Training for plain air reportage next week in Quebec. Stay tuned!
This is a cover illustration for a book to be published this spring by Atlanta author Bob Skarda (the design is a rough mockup but the illustration is finished). Below that is a new portrait commission of a reporter at the Tuscaloosa paper for a former colleague of mine at the AJC. Stay tuned for more news about prints and paintings still available at the Searcey Art Gallery in Dahlonega.
These are the preliminary sketches.
Here is the finished portrait commission painted yesterday …
Un grand merci to all who came to the exhibit opening Friday, to all who bought paintings, and, above all to gallery owners Mindy and Grant Searcey. Of all my solo show openings, since I’ve been free from the AJC in 2008, this was, hands down, my most fun. Dahlonega has the potential to be the next Sundance, Bolder, Eugene, or Austin of the Southern appalachians. I found myself practicing Russian language with 2 Ukrainian girls, speaking German with a local couple, and praising Montreal with a Ontario designer transplant. I also reconnected with former ajc colleagues, a high school teacher from Galloway School (now Dean of Education at UNG) and several retired journalists from the Jim Minter era at the AJC.
There are plans for a closing party in 5 weeks so stay tuned.
Here’s a quick sketch from my journal today in honor of Philip Seymore Hoffman.
I just drove to Dahlonega and delivered 22 framed paintings to the Grant Searcey gallery in Dahlonga and the road is clear. The show will be up for 6 weeks if you miss the opening but if you want first pick of these beautiful Walter Cumming originals, tomorrows the night. Also, original journals with sketches from assignments in Paris and Berlin and famous trials will be on display, (including Eric Rudolph, Bill Campbell, Gold Club, etc.) Hope to see familiar friends. Pass the word! À demain!
Just finished this pastel of a New Brunswick sunset, based on a sketch from a 2008 bike trip, for my show this Friday.
This is Tanook 30 minutes ago helping stranded motorists in from of my house.
Just finished this pastel for my solo exhibit next Friday. Also some sketches from my journal. Stay tuned!
This pastel (above) was inspired by a run last Friday with Tanook: his first ascent to Springer Mountain summit from Three Forks/ Noontootla Creek in a crisp 30 degree wind (took 2 hours round trip, nice run!)
Mark your calendars. Exhibit opening of new work at The Searcey Gallery in Dahlonega on Friday, January 31. Also below is the cover illustration for Atlanta author Bob Skarda’s next book “The Cherokee: Supreme Southern Warriors” to be published this spring. Stay tuned!
This original pastel illustration is unaltered by photoshop but still being edited by the art director. Below is a live sketch from my journal…