Painting people and portraits…
Who knew? If you had told me a year ago that the director for the NC Museum of Art would ask to buy one of my paintings, and a portrait ( a David Bowie) at that…frankly I wouldn’t have believed you. I really didn’t enjoy the “pressure” of that type of art. So “Butter my butt and call me a biscuit” (as you might say here in the south) because I would have been wrong!
Last year was a year for painting people, and I have actually started to enjoy it. Perhaps it was part the power of suggestion.
What happens when I listen to others?:
I had considered myself in love with plein air landscape painting. Then one day Nicole (owner of Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC) said to me that she really liked my portraits and figures and that may be what I do best. Hmmm. I wasn’t sure what to make of that-I just figured I would keep on doing what I was doing (keeping the figurative and portrait paintings fairly private) and publishing my landscapes, animals, and other genres. Over time I kept thinking about what she said and eventually I started to “show” my paintings of people and the response was very nice.
Some of my favorites have been the cowboys I’ve done, some special children’s portraits, and of course the David Bowie paintings.
When it is all said and done:
I have learned to really thrive on the challenge of painting people and portraits and am not afraid to share them any more!
There still is nothing finer than being outside in some amazing location and painting what is in front of me (boats on the water, cattle, horses or pasture, old barns or houses), and calling it “my job”. Really…it’s hard to complain about those days “at the office”.
Thanks for reading and continuing to support my work! If you would like to have your own original Beth Carrington Brown painting, please contact me for information and pricing.
After five wonderful years Waverly Artist Group Gallery and Studio will be closing.
Saturday, November 19th 10am until 4pm
This is our final day of business and we hope you will be able to say goodby and look for a final opportunity to buy a painting at our close out prices.
Our lease expires November 19th: we thank you for five great years of support while we have
brought beauty to your community.
We cannot adequately express how thankful we are for having been your friends.
We opened the gallery with a few goals in mind. We wanted to:
*bring beauty to our worlds because we believe beauty makes us better people.
*make a contribution to the betterment of our community
*have fun i.e. to WAG more and bark less
*collaborate and become better artists
Warmly and with good memories from all of us at Waverly Artist Group
We do hope that over time you will see other expressions of WAG and our desire to bring beauty to each of you.
There are many new paintings and beautiful works awaiting your arrival!
Beth Carrington Brown
Paintings of Maltese boats, paintings of the Malta coastline, the Maltese falcon, the beautiful caves ready to be explored: These are the things that I dreamed of painting! I had the good fortune to travel to Malta (and some other wonderful places-but that’s for another day) this summer, and it did NOT disappoint!
Malta is the type of place artists dream of, but rarely get to see. I am fortunate to have gone. I did however, have to travel with a very large group of people through another country for a week before we made it to Malta. Even in Malta, it was a daily “journey” of sorts. It is always a challenge for people who are not artists to travel with those of us who are. For example: I want to stop and look at the buildings where the light is hitting just perfectly, or in the garden with the beautiful shadows and brightly colored flowers, or take dozens of photos of the tip of just one boat. As you can imagine, it must be annoying to them. So I had to balance my desire to paint/photograph, take in sights. Most of my photos were done while in motion-sort of a bouncing camera while walking type of shots. I mean, this trip was not actually all about me. Bummer.
One of the places I wanted to go most of all was Marsaxlokk. It is a lovely fishing village-and was on the top of my “must do” list. Unfortunately I only got to spend about 2 hours there, and wouldn’t you know it, it was overcast for 1 hour and 45 of those minutes. Artists and photographers…do you feel my pain?
Well, in the span of those 2 hours I took over 800 photos-so I was not gonna let a sky full of clouds stop me!
I want to share with you some of the photos of Malta that might give you a hint of what inspired me, and then a few of the freshest paintings off my easel:
Now for some paintings:
Thanks so much for reading and looking. I hope you will consider having one of these paintings in your home!
This painting is one of several from my trip to Texas and Rio Grande at Big Bend National Park. The scenery at Big Bend was rugged, western and simply meant to be painted. The landscape is dramatic and bigger than life and full of “nooks and crannies” that pose an interesting challenge for painting. There is no doubt that you are in the west and there doesn’t seem to be a change from the technical US to Mexico-it is just ONE incredible area with no beginning or ending. For those who like that type of place, well there are simply thousands of paintings waiting to be painted. I am happy to offer one of mine to you today. This particular painting is a bit of a change for me in that it appears more abstract at first. Honestly, I love that about it.
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This painting is now framed and available to view in person at Waverly Artists Group Gallery and Studio in Cary N.C. or you may contact me directly to arrange to purchase. It is available for 175.00.
A girl and her horse: a new painting by Beth Carrington Brown
This painting of a woman grooming her horse is one of my new favorites. I was standing in the barn with my good friend (the woman) at the end of the day working with her horses. The sun was setting, and it was gorgeous outside and the light streamed into the barn. I could not have asked for a prettier moment. In addition to the glorious light and shadow and beautiful shapes of color I saw as an artist, was this very special relationship between the woman and her horse. Grooming isn’t a “chore” to her, it is a time of pleasure, almost like a gift from God to her and the horse. It is not something she rushes through, but something she carefully takes her time doing. It is almost like time has slowed down on purpose. Perhaps because when the grooming is over she must go back home. The peaceful time with her horses is coming to an end, and she does not want it to. The connection she shares with these beautiful equines is so real it is almost palpable. It is amazing to watch someone like this with these incredible powerful animals. The trust and relationships are real and valuable. It was a pleasure to be with her and all of her horses, but truly an honor to paint this moment.
Hello There! This is how Radar the donkey greets me each time I visit him. Radar lives in Clay County Texas with a wonderful family that I have gotten to know in the past year. I wanted to paint Radar the very first time I laid my eyes on his sweet face! His joyful greeting is rewarded by my giving him pieces of apples, carrots and lots of hugs. Of course Radar will never “pose” for me, and I can’t seem to get to him at the “right” time of day for painting. Nonetheless I feel like I captured his spirit in this painting and brought him home with me! Radar (the painting) is handsomely framed and available to see in person at Waverly Artist Group and Gallery in Cary N.C. If you happen to be in Clay County, stop by and give him a carrot for me!
I LOVE cowboy boots, Yes I do! I am not a “high maintenance” gal, but I do have a collection of cowboy boots in my closet. Boots with flowers, boots with stars, work boots, dress boots-you name it! I have several boot paintings “in my head” and I can’t wait to get them all on canvas.
OPEN HOUSE THIS FRIDAY!!
WAVERLY ARTISTS GROUP
APRIL 24TH 6-9 PM
We are looking forward to having you join us this Friday for an evening of art, food, music and friendship!
This month we are featuring some new work after a long cold winter. Music will feature Heath Tuttle and his entertaining Jazz guitar. Also the energetic drumming circle Rhythmicity will be back for the season!
Some of our artists will be painting on site welcoming your questions. So, come to enjoy the art and an evening of beauty!
This painting of reading by the window in afternoon light-is a good example of something I like to do when I’m not painting. I was moved by the light coming through the window, and of course the peaceful feeling the scene provides.
This 5 x 7 painting is framed and available for 95.00 at Waverly Artists Group and Gallery in Cary, NC (www.waverlyartistsgroup.com) and also can be viewed at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/beth-carrington-brown-3155/artwork