Featured Artist: Steven S. Walker!

Bare Hilltop Property by Steven S Walker   12×24″   Oil

Steven S. Walker. An incredible artist that I featured back in 2014  (a brilliant nocturne that was also the winner of Plein Air Salon’s “Best Nocturne” – I couldn’t agree more). His paintings are so special – just look at this one above – how beautiful he captured the light, that magical light in the trees, grass, shrubs and a hint of it on the fabulous house in the distance.

I AM CRAZY about the trees he is painting, from a unique angle – LOOKING UP! Check out his FB/Instagram to see what I mean. Whoa! Nice guy, fabulous artist –

See more of Steven’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Book!

Read a bit about Steven, from his website:

“I didn’t come from a family of artists, I wasn’t top of my class or win a lot of awards but I’ve always had a strong work ethic and the passion to work on my craft.”

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/ fellow artist Evelyn.

Instant success was not in the cards as Steven continued showing at a string of coffee shops, libraries and other businesses. Eventually his hard work paid off with a few local awards that soon caught the attention of two gallery owners. Since his venture into gallery life, his landscapes have been well received by collectors as his paintings are part of several private collections such as Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center and the United States Air Force.

Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

He has participated in several artist in residency programs in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Colorado. In 2014, he was selected to create the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards by the Ohio Arts Council and in 2015 he received honorable mention in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.

Steven currently resides in Hahira, Georgia where he continues to work hard on the advancement of his career, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn and studio assistant/daughter Poppy. Currently, his work is represented in Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.

“I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.” – SW

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via StevenWalkerStudios.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.
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53 Bluffton Trail House Plan by Our Town Plans!

53 Bluffton Trail by Our Town Plans

This is the 53 Bluffton Trail House Plan by Our Town Plans. This plan is 2,149 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The front porch is a nice deep porch perfect for an outdoor living space. The back porch is screened – ahh! How nice is that? Privacy and protection from the bugs!

53 Bluffton Trail by Our Town Plans

The 53 Bluffton Trail plan has an open living, dining, kitchen area and two bedrooms on the main floor (including the master). Our Town Plans are plans that have character. Attention to detail means a lot!

53 Bluffton Trail by Our Town Plans

This unique plan has a bedroom, bunk room and study upstairs along with a lot of storage – which we ALL need! The bunk room has built in bookshelves and window seats – CHARM and a great usable space!

Take a peek at this plan, and at the other plans by Our Town Plans!

See images of a home that was built using this plan – Beautiful!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via OurTownPlans.com, used with permission…
Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

Featured Artist: Teddi Parker!

Bees by Teddi Parker 24×24 Mixed Media (Acrylic/Permanent Marker)

Teddi Parker. This woman paints such fun and interesting paintings. I love her paintings of bees (as well as every other subject!). This painting has a fabulous abstract background – the bees are lively and bright – and Interesting! Be sure to read her bio – (It’s fabulous!) I usually try to feature available pieces but it looks like Teddi’s work sells pretty quickly on Daily Paintworks (check link below) – she paints often, so be sure to check today and check back often!

As a side note: This painting also gave me the chance to say how much we NEED to help save the bees! 🐝🐝🐝  SaveBees.org has some good ideas on how you can help!

See more of Teddi’s work via these links:

Website  |  Instagram  |  Daily Paintworks

Read a bit about Teddi, from her website (I love this – you get a great sense of who Teddi is via this bio – great sense of humor):

Here’s what I hang on walls next to shows (well edited by my husband) :

My passion for painting started at a young age and was greatly encouraged by my family throughout my early life. With this foundation in place, I began to experiment and learn new techniques over the course of the semester I studied Spanish in Argentina. While living in Buenos Aires, I purchased canvasses and paints and then carried the finished paintings through the subway system by hand.  Just imagine that for a minute. ::wink::

 

Through the gracious advice and critique of my pen-pal mentor, I am now making up for the lack of formal artistic training in my past and am currently learning how to better evoke emotion through vibrant use of color.

What started out simply as a hobby (and a means to cover the empty walls of my friends’ apartments) has sprouted into a discovery of the power of beauty through painting. I love Jesus, and that is what gives me the confidence to approach a fresh, empty canvass and bring it to life. After all, he’s the real creator of beauty.

Here’s what I actually sound like:

My husband and I live in Fort Collins, CO.  I moved out here from Minnesota to go to school for Spanish, and still love everything about languages but have pursued expressing creativity and embracing the need to create more and more.  My whole family is creative and right-brained, so I really enjoy being married to a left-brained engineer to keep things organized and business-y.  Thanks Love.

I recently discovered the online community of artists at the Daily Paintworks website and have been floored with inspiration ever since.  The site is full of artists from everywhere and they are committed to doing a small painting everyday > and here’s my new conviction.  It hit me fresh how any skill is like learning to play an instrument, you need to practice.  So after all this hesitation and resistance I’m diving in.  Follow my adventure here as I post new paintings (almost) daily with hopefully a blurb of thoughts.  My hope through this daily painting venture is to improve my skills in capturing a unified piece using minimal and well placed brush strokes, better understand color theory through practice, and experiment with composition.  I admire the suggestive-ness of the many artists that inspire me lately, and hope to incorporate this into my work.

Enjoy!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via TeddiParker.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Pork Medallions with Fennel Apple & Sweet Potato Slaw – recipe by Cooking Light!

Pork Medallions with Fennel, Apple & Sweet Potato Slaw is a fabulous (and dare I say beautiful) recipe from Cooking Light Magazine. It’s the perfect recipe for fall. I thought the Fennel, Apple & Sweet Potato Slaw (pictured above) was just beautiful alongside the pork medallions! (In my haste I forgot to garnish with fennel fronds, so mine may look a bit bare, but believe me, it’s FULL of taste!).

I always thought I didn’t care for fennel (never having had it) because I heard it tastes like licorice. Let me say. I love it! It does taste a bit like licorice, but it’s different, and the texture is wonderful (similar to celery), especially combined with apples – what a treat! The slices of baked sweet potato add such color to this dish!

Click HERE to print this recipe (via the Cooking Light website – click on the green printer icon) – it’s a keeper for sure! QUICK to put together as well – the recipe shows a total of 35 minutes to put this together.

I made a few changes for the slaw: I only used one (1/2#) pork tenderloin, since there are just two of us. I used 1 medium fennel bulb, 1 large apple, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon shallots for the slaw –

And a few changes for the pork:  I didn’t have grainy mustard (for the pork) so I used a total of 3 tablespoons of dijon – I also used the full 1/2 cup of cider and omitted the butter (initially by mistake – but it was so fabulous I decided not to add the next time I made it).

EXCELLENT recipe!

This recipe is via CookingLight magazine (CookingLight.com) – I made some changes as we all do, but the recipe comes from Cooking Light – my all time favorite magazine for healthy recipes!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Adam Clague!

Glowing Grapefruit by Adam Clague 6×6″ Oil

Adam Clague. Wow. His paintings are so incredible – just look at the light coming through the grapefruit section! Is that not crazy good?  It looks like you can reach into the painting and pick it up. Adam paints pretty much everything – fabulous portraits, landscapes and still life’s. Beautiful website as well!

See more of Adam’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Blog

Read a bit about Adam, from his website:

Adam Clague has a passion for faithfully capturing the beauty of God’s creation in paint. Adam paints in an impressionistic manner and works from life as much as possible to produce the most life-like results.

The artist received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College. It was during his studies that Adam met his wife and fellow painter, Andrea Orr Clague. The couple now lives near Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys pursuing art together.

Adam is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and a director for the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. In 2012, he was included in Southwest Art Magazine’s annual “21 Under 31” feature. His work has also been published in Artists On Art and Pratique Des Arts magazines. Adam’s work has received national awards, including the Portraiture Award of Excellence at the 2013 OPA National Exhibition, 2nd Honor Award at the 2014 Portrait Society of America International Competition, and Best of Show at the 2016 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition. Adam enjoys sharing what he has learned by teaching regular workshops to a growing audience.

Adam’s goal is to create art that edifies his viewers and directs them upward. He strives to share the beauty he sees with others and seeks to glorify the Lord through his work and life.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via AdamClague.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

View from the Lupine Gallery Window…

The Lupine Gallery – Monhegan, Maine. THE perfect reason to plan a trip to the island, whether it’s just for a day or for longer – it’s so worth it to make it out to this gallery. This is the view from the upstairs, pretty stunning isn’t it? My husband and I spend a lot of time walking around and enjoying the many fabulous artists that have work there. They also have wonderful cards, books, etc.

If you’re wanting to take a peek at what they have right now, lucky you! You can go online! Go check it out! Click the link below…

LupineGalleryMonhegan.com

Here’s a little blip about the gallery, from their website:

ABOUT LUPINE GALLERY

Established in 1985 by husband and wife team Bill Boynton and Jackie Boegel, Lupine Gallery is at the heart of the vibrant and historic art community of Monhegan Island.  We take pride in showing and selling works by many of the finest artists working on Monhegan today, and also feature paintings from great artists of the past.

The gallery is located on the Island, on the main village road and just up the hill from the town wharf.  We are open from 11 am- 4:30 pm, seven days a week, from May into October, and are available during the off-season by chance or appointment.  We live year round on Monhegan, and welcome your call or email anytime.

Contact us by phone at 207-594-8131 or via email.

We offer safe, insured shipping to any destination, or can package your new acquisition to safely and securely travel home with you.

In addition to original artwork, we carry an inventory of fine art prints and cards of Monhegan, including signed limited edition giclee prints by Jamie Wyeth, Paul Niemiec, Kevin Beers and Mary Alice Treworgy.  Our book selections range from the history of art on the island to many books of interest to artists and collectors today.   We also stock a selection of paints and art supplies, and are always happy to fill special orders.

We also offer custom mat cutting and framing services, with an emphasis on conservation framing.

Whether you’re staying at one of Monhegan’s inns or cottages, attending an artists’ workshop, or just visiting for a day, stop in and say hello, and enjoy our ever-evolving group show and exciting special exhibits.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the Rock!

Bill Boynton and Jackie Boegel

Click here for some links to helpful websites and island businesses, to help you plan your visit.

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Catch you back here tomorrow!

More Monhegan Flowers!

Monhegan Flowers

Aren’t these flowers so cool? Not a lot of color which kind of makes them unique. Who knows what these are called? I don’t know if this is how they always look or if this is toward the end of their lives? I just know that I find these flowers fascinating. The subtle purple hue is too cool! Monhegan flowers – they’re stunning!

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Catch you back here tomorrow!