Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cotton Blossom/ Abbeville Pkg-Dye

 These are two more plants painted for SAGE. "Cotton blossom" and "Abbeville Pkg-Dye"

 I have also included some process photos

"Cotton Blossom"oil on canvas. 40"x60"

"Abbeville Pkg-Dye" oil on canvas. 40"x60"


Each painting created for SAGE is a representation of one of their five production plants. One of the plants,"Gayley", was done as a five-paneled painting.  Each panel is 48"x24" making the entire piece 10' long. 

Original Sketch

Finished Paintings

"Gayley" in lobby of SAGE corporate headquarters 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

More Favorites

The Swedish painter, Anders Zorn, and  Danish painter, P.S. Krøyer, are two more artists that I love. The dynamic light and color used in their paintings is so inspiring to me. Here are some of my favorite works from these two masters.

"Hip Hip Hurrah!"  P.S. Krøyer. My dad often references the woman in the white dress from this painting when discussing appropriate color usage for white cloth. 

"The Waltz"Anders Zorn. This masterpiece is one of my all time favorites. I LOVE this painting. "The Waltz" can be viewed at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina. The painting is great in a book or on your computer screen, but to see it in person is truly amazing.

I have always enjoyed reading about Kroyer and Zorn, but have recently become reinvested in studying their works. Both men painted during the industrial revolution at the turn of the 20th century. Because I am currently working on some paintings of industry and machinery, I have needed to explore paintings involving this subject matter.

Here are two examples of paintings inspired by industry
"Fra Burmeister & Wains Jernstøberi" P.S. Krøyer

"Baking the Bread" Anders Zorn

Friday, August 12, 2011

Interview with SCAD

My alma mater, SCAD got wind of the Veteran's Monument, that my dad and I created, and my Regenesis sculpture. They sent a crew up to get some footage of both works. They also interviewed both my dad and myself. It was a very cool experience because students and employees of SCAD are so professional and talented at their craft. The productions that they put together are only of the highest quality. I have not seen the video yet, but I am very excited. I will post the piece when it is complete.

Some of the crew setting up cameras and  lights


"Sage Automotive Interiors develops and manufactures innovative automotive bodycloth and headliners preferred by automotive manufacturers around the world. We have established a reputation for being on the cutting edge of design and engineering, with technical capabilities supported by world-class manufacturing. With Sage Automotive Interiors, you'll get the same quality products, experienced people, outstanding service and technological know-how you'd expect, plus a new outlook, new options and a fresh commitment to being a truly global organization, servicing customers in every hemisphere and every time zone."

The COO of SAGE came through my gallery several months ago. He purchased a few things and told me of his companies plans to build new corporate headquarters. He said that they would need some artwork and would contact me later. A few months later I began drawings for a series for SAGE. They were very interested in having paintings that represented all five SAGE plants and the employees who keep them running. 

Here are a few of the sketches. 

Painting updates to follow....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Table Top Regenesis

I just got the bronzed maquette back from the foundry. I am very pleased with how it turned out. There are a very limited number of additions. So, if you want to purchase one visit my website,, for my contact information.

Forest Idyll

As I have mentioned before, my dad is also an artist. Having artistic parents gave me the courage to choose a career in fine arts. My dad's work is displayed all over the south east, but the pieces that I am the most familiar with were, of course, in my parents house. 

This is a painting Dad did of a sculpture in Brookgreen Gardens. I do not know if this piece was painted specifically for my mom or if she just claimed it for herself. All of the women in our family have a habit of "borrowing" paintings only to have them remain permanently on the walls in their home.

Inspiration is often transferred from one artist to another. My dad was inspired by this sculpture by Albin Polasek as well as the beautiful surroundings of the gardens. His inspiration then fed into mine. So, in honor of Albin Polasek and Charlie Pate Sr. I present my version of "Forest Idyll".