Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Painting for Leslie

I have been pestering Norman to do a portrait of his daughter, Leslie.  After all, he has painted his other two children Joshua and Matthew.

It was not that he didn't want to. The difficulty lay in finding a good picture of her for reference. Taking one was another matter. Most children do not relish being in front of their parent's camera. All magic is lost when you invade their personal space with a digital lens telling them to act normal.  But finally after sifting through various photos Norman found one and the painting was done in record time.

This one is for you Leslie, with love from her dad.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Beating the Grayness of Winter

Our Studio and Winter Retreat

It has been a long winter this year. Even with spring like temperatures today, we still have the last remanent of snow huddling in the shadows of our cul-de-sac.  Norman has been house bound in the studio painting.

Of course to chase the winter blahs away he decided to paint a warm summer memory of a little yellow house that hugs the inlet waters of Swansboro, NC.

We have taken many a vacation down around the islands that hug the North Carolina coast and bump around in its many coastal towns. We have seen this house often traveling through Swansboro. The house captures that quaintness of the many little vacation cottages that dot the coastal waters.

To have a closer look at the painting click on the following link:  and click on the image to enlarge it.

I will sadly miss the beach this year unless our plans change. Two of our children are getting married this year which will promise more interesting adventures.