[ f e a t u r e d a r t i s t ]: T o m P e r k i n s o n !

Distant Snowfall by Tom Perkinson
Distant Snowfall by Tom Perkinson
10×10 oil on panel

Tom Perkinson’s paintings are magical. Each one has an element that takes it over the top. The texture in this painting is amazing… and that orange… ahhhh, that orange is the part that takes it over the top for me, well, that and the clouds… I love how that wonderful orange light is reflected in the sky a bit. This is such a striking painting!

Norman Kolpas from Southwest Art featured a fabulous article about Tom this month, it’s a good read!

Moonlight, New Mexico by Tom Perkinson
Moonlight, New Mexico by Tom Perkinson
Watercolor/mixed Media 28×38

To me, this painting is magical. The full moon, the moonlight reflecting on the tops of the clouds,  the small cabin with the smoke billowing out of the chimney just makes me really wish I was there… hunkered down with some great food, a bottle of wine or two and a book… and of course Fred! It would be worth staying up to watch the moon until it faded away.

It was really exciting to run across Tom’s work, I’m a forever fan!

Read a bit about Tom from his website:

Tom Perkinson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1940. He was raised in the country, and developed a love for the natural landscape. He discovered that he had a talent for art while in elementary school. Art quickly became his chosen passion. During high school he studied at John Herron Institute of Art in Indianapolis. After high school, he studied at the Chicago Academy of Art.

He left Indiana to pursue an undergraduate degree in Oklahoma. Each year while attending the university, he was invited to stage an annual exhibit of his work. His early work focused on the landscape, but also included still lifes and city scenes. At that time, his favorite artists were the early American painters, like Homer, Sergeant, William Merrit Chase, Potthast, and the painters of the Boston School. Particularly influential to him were the early painters of southern Indiana who painted the landscape in which he grew up; painters like T. C. Steele, Vawter, Schultze, and Forsythe.

After graduating, he moved to New Mexico to pursue his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. During graduate school, he was creating large-scale works that had a foundation in Surrealism, using detailed and highly rendered images. But he still continued to paint the landscape, which now reflected his new fascination with the southwestern landscape. He found that the drama of light and shadow, and the mystery that characterizes the New Mexico landscape held great appeal to him. He recognized that he had found an infinite source of inspiration in the panorama of the southwest landscape.

He taught art at the University of New Mexico for two years after receiving his Master’s Degree. In 1970, he committed his life to painting full time. His work is included in private and public collections across the globe, and he is represented in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; the University Art Museum, Albuquerque; and the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in Indianapolis. He has lived in Corrales, New Mexico for over twenty years. His work is included in the May 2006 book titled “Landscapes of New Mexico, Paintings From the Land of Enchantment”, authors Suzan Campbell and Suzanne Deats, published by Fresco Fine Art Publications LLC.

All images via TomPerkinson.com


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  The Laura B – Monhegan Bound!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Sunset on Mackinac Island!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Andy Evansen!

AndyEvansen VillageDoorway ae

Village Doorway by Andy Evansen – Image: AndyEvansen.com

I love the warm colors in this watercolor. You can actually feel the sunlight… oooh, that fabulous pop of yellow and those perfectly defined shadows make this one nice painting! I encourage you to look through Andy’s paintings, they are nothing short of fabulous!

Read a blip about Andy from his website:

Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990’s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well-known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, and Alvaro Castagnet. He served as President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006 and teaches workshops around the United States.

His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor magazine and in International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collectormagazines.  His award-winning paintings are in collections on 4 continents.  He was awarded the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 AmericanWatercolor Society Exhibition and was jut elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein-Air Painters of America.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Mary Whyte – “Working South” book and exhibit schedule

“Working South” book by Mary Whyte / Image: SC.edu

Mary Whyte is the most talented watercolorist I think I’ve ever seen. Her work is so amazing, I can’t even figure out HOW she can paint what she does. With watercolor HOW do you paint a persons arm so that you can see how humid it is, you can see the moisture… ? Fred and I have watched Mary paint at the plain air event in Charleston and it truly takes your breath away. She is gifted beyond words. You can see Mary’s work, in Charleston, SC, at the Coleman Fine Art Gallery!

T H E   B O O K 

The book “Working South” can be purchased at the gallery (with the bonus of Mary’s signature and little drawing inside the front cover), or from other booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. It is a staggering group of the hardest working people, you can feel their strength, exhaustion, excitement and frustration. It is truly a book you can FEEL and you won’t be disappointed . Here’s a blip about the book from SC.edu:

In Working South, renowned watercolorist Mary Whyte captures in exquisite detail the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions from across ten states in the American South with sensitivity and reverence for her subjects. From the textile mill worker and tobacco farmer to the sponge diver and elevator operator, Whyte has sought out some of the last remnants of rural and industrial workforces declining or altogether lost through changes in our economy, environment, technology, and fashion. She shows us a shoeshine man, a hat maker, an oysterman, a shrimper, a ferryman, a funeral band, and others to document that these workers existed and in a bygone era were once ubiquitous across the region.

“When a person works with little audience and few accolades, a truer portrait of character is revealed,” explains Whyte in her introduction. As a genre painter with skills and intuition honed through years of practice and toil, she shares much in common with the dedication and character of her hardscrabble subjects. Her vibrant paintings are populated by men and women, young and old, black and white to document the range southerners whose everyday labors go unheralded while keeping the South in business. By rendering these workers amid scenes of their rough-hewn lives, Whyte shares stories of the grace, strength, and dignity exemplified in these images of fading southern ways of life and livelihood.  

T H E   E X H I B I T

Here is the exhibit schedule. I hope you will be able to check it out, I personally cannot wait! It will be here locally beginning today through September 9, 2012 at the Gibbe’s Museum of Art in Charleston, SC!


May 4–September 9, 2012
Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston, South Carolina

October 5, 2012–February 24, 2013
Telfair Museum of Art
Savannah, Georgia

April 6–July 7, 2013
Penninsula Fine Arts Center
Newport News, Virginia

ART WALK tonight if you’re in Charleston, SC! Here’s a blip from Lowcountry.com, click for more info including a list of galleries!

French Quarter Art Walk

March 2, May 4, October 5, December 7, 2012
5-8 pm
Free and Open to the public.
Located at Participating Galleries on: Meeting, Church, State, East Bay, Broad, Cumberland, Queen, Chalmers and Tradd Streets. Maps available at participating Galleries. 
Downtown Charleston, SC 
(843) 805-8052
Stroll the cobbled streets and gas lit alley ways to discover the works of well over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums from traditional to contemporary. All galleries of the French Quarter will be open with artists on hand and refreshments. Held seasonally the first Friday in March, May, October and December. The French Quarter is located within the original walled city of Charleston between S. Market and Tradd, and Meeting and the waterfront past E. Bay.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… Joe Fidler… and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


This is a two part post… the first part is a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dad. He’s the best… then, the Artist to Watch… !

Hey dad, I’m wondering how you are old enough to have a daughter my age, ha ha! We wish you the happiest birthday ever… You’re the absolute best! Miss you so much!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, deeeaaaaar Daaaa-aaaad!

Happy Birthday to you… and many more!

My dad can do ANYTHING… some of the hobbies he’s had that quickly come to mind are… photography/developing photos in our basement, wine making (long time ago, wonder how that turned out?), rock polishing/jewelry making, canoe building, watercolor, oil, pen and ink, woodworking (beautiful jewelry boxes, lamps, wooden bowls, ornaments, you name it…), stained glass making… the list goes on and on… the man doesn’t get bored I can tell you that! A few years ago I gave him a sketchbook for Christmas, and told him one day when he filled it up with doodles, thoughts, etc he could pass it back (nice gift, eh?)… Perhaps this may have been the most stressful gift he’s ever received, ha ha… He gave it back to me less than two years later FILLED with gorgeous sketches, pen and ink and watercolor… I am sharing a few with you. He’s too talented. He needs a website 😉

I will share more with you in the coming months… this sketchbook is precious to me… I LOVE it!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… Margaret Petterson!

Watching the Tide Roll Away by Margaret Petterson

Isn’t this fabulous? I LOVE the light coming through on the adironack chairs! This is one example of Margaret’s wonderful work, a mixed media monotype entitled “Watching the Tide Roll Away”. My husband and I have loved Margaret Petterson’s work for many years. She’s versatile, paints in watercolor, oil and does monotypes. Margaret’s work is shown at the John C Doyle Gallery  (John, another wonderful artist and future blog post!). Margaret can paint large paintings so full of color, they truly are special. If you haven’t seen Margaret’s work before be sure to check it out (click HERE)…

Have a wonderful week, I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!
If you get a chance, check out my photo blog at http://almostdailypic.wordpress.com !


Image: Artiplaq.com

Leo Brooks was an amazing artist. His paintings are so loose and fluid. According to the bio , in his later years he painted to take his mind off the worry of his health problems.

For those of you who have been to the Island Inn on Monhegan Island, ME you will recognize his style. There is an amazing piece of his work in the lobby.
Catch you back here tomorrow! Enjoy your day!

Artist to watch… Mary Whyte!

Image: ColemanFineArt.com

Mary Whyte. Many of you have heard of her. She is utterly spectacular. The talent is scarely amazing. I’m not kidding. Every single painting is museum quality. To watch her paint is a real treat. Mary often participates in the outdoor paint out in Charleston held in November, where the artists donate the painting from the day and it’s auctioned for charity. Wonderful! Mary’s work is in Coleman Fine Art Gallery. If you’re in the area, it’s a beautiful gallery full of amazing talent, I highly encourage you to visit! Otherwise check her out on their website!  Mary has also written books, has DVD’s and has illustrated some children’s books that are simply magical.

Catch you back here tomorrow, if you get a chance check out my photo blog at http://almostdailypic.wordpress.com !