Artful 2

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Butler Estate

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Monday, February 18, 2013

    To keep up with my self-imposed directive of a painting per state, I've been asking some of our hosts for ideas or requests, especially family, because they'd never toss out something that Uncle Meatball did for them, right? These requests often present quite a challenge, usually a subject that I wouldn't otherwise have considered doing, and I have no idea how it will turn out.  Actually, the finished products are always unpredictable, which is what makes painting so much fun.


    "Seaworthy" was another attempt at depicting an old guy, which seems to be a recurring theme. This one was done in Ocean City, while still dreaming of that rockfish slaughter we were going to have. Turns out my brother slaughtered about 8 forty pounders three days after we left. 


    "The Conductor" is Dennis Zeisler, our pride of the podium. I asked Carol for an idea, and we actually got this picture from another friend. This one could be titled 'study in Payne's gray'. Carol wanted to surprise Dennis, we sent it a week ago. Hope we didn't wreck it.


    Sister Lisa [not a nun] wanted a sunset, something that I don't think I've ever tried. Another opportunity to play with some bold colors and broad strokes.


    "Scout" is one of the Charlotte rescue dogs, painted for Laura. I actually really enjoy painting dogs, maybe because I like them so much. Scout is a pretty laid back guy, and in reality looks a little older than 8 yrs old. Might have something to do with his roommates.


    " Butler's back yard " was an attempt to do something with a little of the Charleston 'style'  after visiting some of the galleries there. Seems the farther south, the brighter and bolder the colors  in the art. Must have something to do with the heat or the food or the tequila.


    I don't quite know what inspired the "hopeless romantic" effort, other than I wanted to stay with the Charleston influence and try something totally different. The subjects are from a tiny photo in a travel mag. Unbelievably, after roughing it in the first day, Mary immediately recognized the scene from one of her favorite movies. Obviuosly a chick fltck.
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pete on

all, just beautiful Willy...that's why they call you "the main B0-Skinner"....

Mallery on

You are one talented dude.

Helen Anderson on

Thanks for sharing Billy. We enjoyed all of them. We love traveling with you two. We just had a fabulous time on Saturday, celebrating Phyl's 90th B/day. Her family did a "Super job"

Steve on

Very cool, Billy...i've stayed and played at Wild Dunes several the Isle of Palms

Anna on

Great pictures, Billy!

Gayle North on

I admire your paintings Billy - and your ability to stop where ever you are and PAINT!!!! I especially like the one of Dennis and the Charlston back yard - beautiful!

Jody on

Amazing stuff, Billy! When are you opening your gallery? Sorry I missed you and Mary when you were here.....

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