Friday, July 29, 2011

Prickett's Fort photos

The area that I paint a lot (Prickett's Creek) has a nearby log fort (and original house circa 1859) that has recreated a representation of forts and a lifestyle common at the time, with demonstrations by artisans, blacksmiths, etc. These are a few pictures that I took on a recent visit with Derek's parents.

As one of West Virginia's most unique living history museums, Pricketts Fort invites visitors to relive the pioneering spirit of Captain Jacob Prickett and his family.

Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. Built in 1976 by the Prickett's Fort Memorial Foundation, the "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.

The fort covers a 100 by 100 foot square, with 12-foot-high log walls and blockhouses at each corner. Lining the weathered stockade walls are 16 tiny cabins, some with earthen floors. A meetinghouse and a storehouse fill the common.

When the threat of Native American uprisings occurred, up to 80 families from the surrounding countryside would hurry to the fort. They would stay as long as the threat existed, from days to weeks.

"Forting up" was simply tolerated by settlers, as life in the cramped quarters could be unpleasant. Such sacrifices were necessary for survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700s. Today's fort, just north of Fairmont, still portrays that life and time.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I am changing how images appear on this blog ( along with a few other small things), as you can tell from the previous post - as this is of course a blog about painting and images are too important to have them as small as I have previously had. Through some simple html tinkering I will now have much larger images of my paintings appearing! This new format puts the emphasis where it should have been all along. It was so much easier than I thought it would be, I should have searched for help earlier. I'm feeling a bit ridiculous now...

Also, in painting (and format?) news, I have a new canvas size that I have been working on recently, a larger stretcher - 34"H x 28"W. Right now I am working on completing my first one. I will be displaying the new piece in my August Studio newsletter first, so be sure to sign up! These are especially intended for my upcoming group show at West Virginia Wesleyan in August and September.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Painting!

Oak- July 22nd. oil and acrylic on canvas. 24 x 20" $650

Lately I have been embracing a process that I've admired in some of my favorite historical artists, as a means to furthur abstract my work. I have been painting on the ground more and more for my acrylic underpaintings. With this piece, I am still working on the ground, but instead of applying with a brush, I'm pouring thinned paint onto the canvas, letting it soak in. The sort of rectangular blocks of color are where the oil paint is coming into play, describing the "trunk" of the tree. The piece is based off of a plein air foliage study of our neighbor's old oak. This direction is something I plan on pursuing more and more, I'm very excited about the possibilites...

Friday, July 22, 2011

In Remembrance...

"The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real."

"The picture in order to move us must never merely remind us of life, but must acquire a life of its own, precisely in order to reflect life."

Lucian Freud, 1922 - 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ripening tomatoes...

So our little garden is coming along nicely. We did have a mishap where a deer ate our first ripe grape tomato! After the initial disappointment, Derek corrected the fence we put around the garden and now I think our tomatoes may be safe. Also we planted some romaine lettuce (somewhat late) - I hope we don't have any rabbits getting in it...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

West Virginia Juried Exhibition Picks

April 21st - Marion County. 20 x 17" oil and acrylic on canvas $450

February 26th - Prickett's Creek. 20 x 17" oil and acrylic on canvas. $450

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Exhibition Announcement!

February 11th - Marion County. 12 x 9" oil and acrylic on canvas.

on display now at Annex Gallery

I am pleased to announce that my solo exhibition will be displayed at Annex Gallery in Charleston, WV during September and October 2012. It's always great to show my work in our state's capital and I'm very happy to be exhibiting at Annex Gallery in particular!

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Painting!

July 7th. oil and acrylic on canvas. 20 x 17" $450

July 8th. oil and acrylic on canvas. 20 x 17" $450

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sad news

I just wanted to check in and apologize for how slow things have been around here lately. As I have mentioned, Derek and I had been tending to Louis, our new kitten, who was very sick. We found out last week that he had a fatal heart/lung condition and we had to say goodbye to our little guy. It's been very hard lately and I miss his little face. Just wanted to let everyone know why I am away and that I will be back soon with new works on canvas.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

In remembrance...

Derek with a Twombly in Philly.

Cy Twombly, 1928-2011
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