This is a 12×16 oil on panel I did “plein air” near a little creek near my studio. The warm foliage in the foreground was a good opposite to the cool background. I let the colors mix on the canvas instead of mixing on the palette. This helped the color to break up and become more interesting. I love to paint with pure pigment…Hope you like it as well!
This was one of those strange moments on the gulf, when the sun came breaking through the horizon….. I did this painting in the studio from memory. I’m a big fan of the beach. Something about the beach is so soothing to me. It’s the perfect place to think. My favorite beach experiences are those days when the beach is quiet and empty as if I have it all to myself. I try and capture this whenever I can do so.
Good morning everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I will be holding a plein air painting workshop in the near future.
This is going to be a plein air workshop, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17th. It will include the basics of on location painting techniques…instruction in color, design, composition and how to get the most of being on location. This is an intense, straight forward approach and I will answer any and all questions regarding plein air painting.
We will paint the beautiful Mississippi landscapes that surround my studio in Bailey. My mission statement is to teach as much as possible in a 2 day workshop and send each and every student away with a better understanding of what plein air painting is all about. The workshop will include painting demonstrations, critiques, group and individual instruction. A block of rooms at a local hotel will be reserved at a discount. There is limited enrollment so reserve your place now. The workshop is $200 plus your hotel room with a nonrefundable deposit of $100. Upon enrollment, a materials list and hotel information will be provided. SIGN UP NOW – limited enrollment.
This is a fast study of a little old man I saw asleep on a park bench. I did a quick sketch on paper which was not more than a gesture drawing, and tried to do the painting mostly by memory sometimes time constraints can force you into making a more honest direct statement. I love doing charcoal gesture drawings and this is really not much more than that…
This is just an example of a plein air painting I did this past summer. The sky just stopped me in my tracks. So I pulled over set up and painted this piece while driving through Mississippi. I absolutely love plein air painting and every chance I get I try to do so.
For three years I traveled around Mississippi painting all the landscapes of the different areas of the state. I wanted everyone to see what a beautiful state it really is so I compiled all of the art work in one book called “Mississippi Light”. This book is for all those that love Mississippi, have a liking to art and landscape painting and much more!
When i first came to Mississippi i fell in love with the beautiful landscapes and look of the state. I wanted to share the beauty with the rest of the world. It took me three years to travel all over the state and paint on location to capture many of the different looks of the land. This book was dedicated to my dad Robert Cartmell for his unending encouragement to me to keep on painting.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the book and please feel free to contact me with any questions about it! Thank you all! You can purchase the book here now if you’d like and it will be shipped within 24hrs max!
This is a painting of a moon I saw this past October. It was one of the largest moons I had ever seen and a full moon to boot! It was still light enough to see the colors in the trees and field it was over. I love painting outdoors this time of year. It’s perfect outdoors here in Meridian, Mississippi because it’s not too cool and not too warm. When we do a painting we try to create a believable illusion, however nature has one set of rules and paint has another.
This is a 16×20 oil on panel of a sunset i did last summer in Lauderdale County, Mississippi. Typical of the land there its a flat horizon with a red clay road leading off into the sunset. All of of the piece is done with a palette knife, and impasto paint. I never tire of doing sunsets…they’re like fingerprints, no two alike!