Monday, September 22, 2014

A Higher Altitude - Landscape by Cathyann Burgess

A Higher Altitude ©2014 C.L.Burgess acrylic on canvas 20 x 30

I am…..
Up to my neck in boxes, paintings around my studio floor, people coming and going in and out of my house inspecting, assessing, oohing and ahhing, calling for "last supper dates" and buying my art before THE move to the mountains of NC. That is what I am up to.

 I had to stop and breathe…and paint.. to let my anxiety go….and try to main sanity when moving at warp speed.
So, instead of popping a Zanax, I popped out color on my palette…acrylics, because my oils are in a moving container.
 I started with nothing in mind except the song…"ain't no mountain high enough"..so mountains it is - in the abstract. Blue for clarity and open sky, Purple because I like it , and last , some energetic strokes in the heat of pinks and yellow to counter the coolness.

20 x 30 entitled  A Higher Altitude

Now back to sea level to continue wrapping it all up.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Acrylic Landscape: Hillside Tango by Cathyann Burgess

Hillside Tango©2014 C.L.Burgess
For sale, showing at Stewart Gallery through mid October 2014


I am energized and on the move!
This painting is based on a small oil sketch from my March show. The intention was to do a larger series and I think it has begun with Hillside Tango.
I will be relocating to The Asheville, NC area very soon, building a new studio and opening for business there! You can still purchase my work online from my website!
This group show will be my last for this Gallery and I will miss the generosity of support and attention given me by Theresa Hupp. Adventure awaits!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

White Roses and Shells:oil painting by Cathyann Burgess

A Water Colored Moment©2014 20x20 oil on canvas framed $920 Stewart Gallery


Hot town in the summertime! This image transports me to the seaside giving me cool breezy feelings and nostalgic memories.
It is at Stewart Gallery for the summer waiting for a home.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Feeling Crabby watercolor by Cathyann Burgess

Ghost Crab©2014C.L.Burgess watercolor 11x14  Box Boutique, White Stone VA.


I spent two lovely days with friends at Windmill Pt near White Stone Va after delivering some work to the Box boutique.  This ghost crab, a recent painting, was just the thing that fits that environment as they sure do love crabbing! Ghost crabs are pretty common on the east coast beaches, but the best eating kind are the soft shells that are the locals' favorites.

I like crab meat but am not the sort that likes fighting with my food, so I buy the meat already to eat instead. My friend laughed and said that it was an acquired art for sure and often a tradition in families, which obviously mine did not follow.

Still fun to observe and paint, however.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Making a splash #16 Watercolor Roses by Cathyann Burgess

Better Yet©2014 C.L.Burgess 11x14 watercolor $350

I know , I know…am dating myself here.
Remember the song Lollipops and Roses by Jack Jones?
Somehow that came to mind as I painted this.
Therein the title "Better, Yet"

ah, perchance to dream of that voice again.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Making A Splash #15 Landscape by Cathyann Burgess

Red Tee Morning©C.L.Burgess watercolor 10x10

On the last day visiting in the Blue Ridge area of NC, I woke up to yet another lovely phenomema of that area.  The previous evening had a decent rainstorm that gave rise to this light fog lifting in the distance beyond my room.
Of course, I rearranged a bit of the scene to suit, but basically I got the feeling that I wanted. Our friends live on a golf course and this is what I saw from my window before I left for Richmond.
Still battling my heavy oil painter hand.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Making a splash#14 Parrot/Macaw by Cathyann Burgess

Political Paulo©2014 C.L.Burgess 11x 16 watercolor


This is a true story that I remembered as I painted this guy . When I was about eight years old, the first parrot I ever encountered scared me silly when he screamed out "I'm a Republican!" as I innocently approached him. My introduction to politics. Go figure.

This is a macaw. I saw him at the Easter parade in Richmond perched on a man's arm being petted by a little girl. I took his photo for later use. I have been experimenting with different techniques and thought that this textured pattern a better fit than reality.

This is the latest addition to my bird images. I may try some more exotic birds. The colors are scrumptious, even though the politics are suspect. LOL

Monday, July 07, 2014

Making a splash #13 Yellow Daylily:watercolor painting by Cathyann Burgess

A Yellow Summer Kiss©2014 C.L.Burgess 11x15 w/c


Hot as Hades already out there in my garden! Done with yardwork,
I am painting the day lilies and will soon give a go to the Hibiscus.
I also have a commission for roses that I am giving thought to, at the moment. 
Today's post is called A Yellow Summer Kiss because it is so softly rendered, and such a fragile flower.
Here and gone like a kiss.