Monday, July 21, 2014

Plein Air Easton Quick Draw and Island Hopping in the Chesapeake Bay

Hi Folks,
I am returning from a week long painting trip that included a ferry, getting to visit an island in the Chesapeake Bay that is known as the "soft shell crab capital of the world" Tangier Island. I never realized this island was right in our back door and had so much to offer for the plein air artist. Tangier island is actually loosing it's foot hold on the bay. Yes it's actually sinking into the bay, the island is growing smaller by 3 feet every year. There are several moodes of transportation once you get to the island- Walk, bike, or you can rent a golf cart. I think I only saw 4 trucks over there and I think they were just used to haul around the towns namesake, crabs and fish. I had the chance to stay at the Chesapeake house originally owned by the Crocket family. This B&B had the best island food to offer, until....about 2 wks ago they had a grease fire in the kitchen and destroyed the kitchen and a few of the upstairs bedrooms. We still got to stat in the B&B thankfully they have a second house across the street. I love this little town, if you interested, check it out. Tangier island

After Tangier I made a trip up to Plein Air Easton's Quick Draw
I was able to take part in this single day quick draw event that included over 200 artist taking 2 hours to paint a scene in downtown historic part of Easton Md. Always a pleasure to be with so many good artist and it's great to see friends from last years event that welcomed me back this year.

here are some paintings from all the travels down the road. See you all further on down the road!
Take Care,

9 x 12
Oil on Panel

Out of Water
8 x 10
Oil on linen

Mores's Dining
8 x 10

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Firing on all Cylinders ....

Hi folks,
I hope this blog finds you well, and the summer heat is not keeping you down. My time has been split pretty equally between events in Richmond, Richmond Plein Air 2014, in Hampton at the frame shop, and here at the Thomas Bradshaw Fine Art Gallery/Studio. I have even had time to paint on an almost daily basis. I am so thankful for this talent that God has given me. I am such a lucky person to be able to not have to punch a time clock anymore....AAAhhh, back to the blog....
I have been making huge progress in the gallery. Main gallery has been painted! YES! I am doing trim work now for the next couple of days out in the halls and the stairs, and maybe even get all of that painted as well. I think at the end of all this gallery and in my memoir's I am going to have to write about "how to open your own gallery on a shoestring budget!" But here's some photos from paintings and other happenings. Maybe even one from the gallery!!
Take care, stay cool!