Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carolina on my mind…New digs… by artist Cathyann Burgess

Facebook asked where I was and what I was up to and why was I not posting often enough.
My friend in Nebraska asked: What? Is FB my mother?

Well the answer or rather, my answer is that I have been in transit now for about a month or so.
House sold in one day in VA. Movers came and packed us up and brought the stuff here to Hendersonville NC, a few weeks later. Hubby and I unpacked boxes for about two weeks then headed off to the ocean for a break to be with friends. Was that ever great and much needed!

Now, it is back to the reality of unpacking our belongings, which btw, we tried to shed much of, but much to our dismay, kept way too much of.
So, now I am giving away stuff like crazy, only to find myself wandering new shops to replace old with new. What gives with that anyway? Less is more I keep telling myself. And in many ways it is.
But the old stuff just doesn't feel right in the new place. And the new place is begging for color and more stuff, different stuff.
Ahh, the problems of the first world as my son , the cynic keeps telling me. And he is right.
Relatively speaking, I have no problems. I love where I now reside. A small town instead of the big city. Mountains to look at instead of forest. Endless skies much like the western skies in the heartland. Only now in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina. Life is good.

The photo above of my current 'future studio' space. I miss my old one. I had 6 years of peace and creativity there. I plan to have some here too. But I suspect that much of my time will be en plein air as the area affords such lovely vistas.

I am aching to paint inside or out….but I have to find my canvases! I managed this little watercolor called 'before the frost' with my handy back of travel paints. Because as most of us know, frost is definitely on the way!

Back to the unpacking and search.
Until then, my friends and followers, please enjoy my past work herein and visit my website until I am back with newer work.
I appreciate your interest, comments and patronage.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Chickadee©2013 C.L.Burgess     9x12 oil   sold

Moving is certainly one of the most stressful and exhausting events. Especially those of us artists with studio equipment added to the usual detritus of life.
Still unpacking… am taking time to sort through the boxed works to set up my new painting studio. In the meantime I will be posting some of my recent sales.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sold! Gullfriends by Cathyann Burgess

Gullfriends 6x8 oil on panel   sold

I have relocated home and studio to the mountains of western North Carolina. 
During the process, this little painting of my friends at the shore was sold at Stewart Gallery in Richmond! I will miss showing there and look forward to finding a gallery here soon. 
Until then you can make purchases straight from me!
Some other related seashore work is also at the Box Boutique in Whitestone, VA should you be interested you may contact them.

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 maintain my  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" 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.