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Delius’ Florida Suite and Watercolor Sketches

 Rainy and dreary day in Tennessee. Last night I heard Delius’ Florida Suite on the radio which reminded my of some water color sketches I did several years ago in St. Augustine and Hastings FL. (5×7)        

Radnor Lake Sketches

 I planned on participating in the Radnor Lake Show with the Chestnut Group but work stuff overtook me and I was not able to develop my paintings in time. Here are a few gouache sketches I had to shelve.    Visit here for more info on the show Love the Lake, Love the Land Art… read more

Liberty Tennesse Mule

 THE STORY OF THE MULE . . . From its perch on the side of the bluff near Smith Fork Creek and Highway 70, The Mule has been a fixture of the landscape since around 1906, greeting all who pass its way.  Down through the years, many have inquired about The Mule, its origins, and… read more

Historic Gray’s Drug in Franklin TN (oil on panel 12×24)

Staying busy. Here is the historic Gray’s Drug Store in Downtown Franklin Tennessee. (oil on panel 12 x 24)  My perspective sketch and finish. Photos are usually distorted some so I like to get some vanishing points and eye level plotted out before hand. Especially on architectural subjects.      

Sept 10 @ Channel to Channel Drink and Draw

   Dustin as usual gets some great models for us Channel to Channel studio. It was a packed house last night.     Quick draws to start out.   Long pose time. I tend to like drawing curves. Channeling my “Inner Mucha” at Channel to Channel.   Moved to other side of room.   Thy Book… read more

Some Pencil Portraits

Some pencil portraits by me.  Matthew Diggs      Jennifer Ives      Coco      Zack      Mery      Zach Ballard          Kristen       Mary      Mark Harper       

The Leap Year Girl

Old Leap Year Girl print by our table at Cracker Barrel. Art by Fairbanks Women propose to their men “According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.… read more

Old Photos

 I always enjoy old photos and wonder who they were and what they did. Here are a couple found in an antique store in Bell Buckle Tennessee.   I don’t know who they were in this party pic, but I bet the couple on the right were real fun!   Another old photo. Chuck Brosnahan… read more

Daler-Rowney Paints and Clovercroft Farmhouse

12 x 24 (oil) version of Clovercroft Road farmhouse I painted last month. I am fixing to take it to Ansbach Artisans in Franklin. I will be there the evening (June 27) I was test driving some Daler-Rowney Georgian paints on this one. Just French Ultramarine, Cadmium Red and Lemon Yellow + Titanium White. Excellent… read more

Smyrna Meadow

This Smyrna meadow is near the Sam Davis home in Smyrna Tennessee. I passed by it Friday and did a pencil sketch of the scene and painted this acrylic from it. I remember the rolling clouds and band of light slicing through just right.  Available here,      adios! CO