Thursday, August 21, 2014

Commission for local bank

Sound Bank Commissions Janet Francoeur Original Painting
for New Bern Branch

Sound Bank has commissioned renowned local artist Janet Francoeur to create an original painting that will hang in the recently opened New Bern location.  Janet is well known for her beautiful watercolor and oil paintings of New Bern and the surrounding area.  She and husband, Michael, both artists are owners of Carolina Creations on Pollock Street.

Francoeur has recently finished the piece, which she has titled Racing Toward the Sound.  The painting depicts a sailing fleet racing down the Neuse River toward the Pamlico Sound with the New Bern waterfront in the background.

Phil Collins, President and CEO of Sound Bank said “We are pleased and honored that Janet agreed to paint this piece for us.  She is such a distinguished and gifted artist and her work is synonymous with New Bern.  Janet loves this area and it shows in her work.  In Racing Toward the Sound,” she has captured the distinctive and special feel of this community.”

Sound Bank will unveil the painting during its ribbon cutting celebration on September 17th and the original will hang in the branch for all to enjoy.   To celebrate the opening of the New Bern location, the first 100 customers to open a new checking account with an opening balance of $1,000 or more will receive a matted, signed and numbered limited edition print of Racing Toward the Sound.  The accounts must be opened in the New Bern branch.

The new branch is located at 1801 South Glenburnie Road.  Sound Bank is a community bank based in Morehead City with current assets of over $150 million and full service branches in New Bern, Morehead City, Beaufort and Cedar Point and a loan office in Jacksonville.

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 I really enjoyed doing this painting!  It measures 30 x 40 and is one of the largest oils I've done!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ArtWalk September 12, 2014

5-8 PM


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Painting lately

Since we have a show at Carolina Creations coming up that I am a part of I decided I better do a few paintings for it!

The Flying Melon Cafe is on Ocracoke, we had a lovely meal there the last time we visited. I loved the entryway.

This is from a visit to a flower shop in the Triangle.

And each Wednesday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill they have a Farmer's Market right in one of the lobbies.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Baby sets

It was about 3 years ago that I was asked to do a baby set for one of our good customers. Since then I've done well over a hundred sets! I'm always trying to come up with new ideas.
Here are some of the sets I've done.

I can personalize them too!

I've done more designs than this but don't have photos of them all.

If you'd like to order a set, email us. $58 with Bless this child. Add 20% to add name.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

North Carolina and USA Calendar Elaine ONeill

For the fourth year in a row we have North Carolina Elain O'Neill's calendars. Elaine is a fabric artist, creating her "paintings" using fabric instead of paint!
And close to our hearts is that fact that a percentage of the proceeds of this calendar is shared with the NC Cancer Hospital at UNC. In the past four years she has donated over $23,000 to the hospital through sales of the calendar.

For each of Elaine’s calendar pages, she begins with a rough sketch of the featured location or theme. Then, she chooses the fabrics for that month from a wall of colorful options in her home studio. From there, the fabrics are cut into shapes and forms that are sewn together to make each of the twelve 36 x 36 textile collages for the calendar.

After the pieces come to life in thread and fiber, Elaine has them photographed and begins the production process that takes her original collages from studio to printed page. As a complete calendar set, the collage images find their way into the homes of Elaine’s annual collectors.

The calendars cost $29.99, click on the image to see how to purchase.
New Bern City Hall - stop in and see this beautiful piece, or click the image to see the details or to purchase.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Plein Air Workshop with Dan Nelson October 2014

Plein Air Workshop with Dan Nelson
October 17-19, 2014
You can do 1, 2 or 3 days.
       1/2 day Friday is drawing 6-9 pm, Saturday 10-4 plein air, and Sunday plein air 10-4 and/or in studio. For weekend $250, only Friday $55, only Saturday $110, only Sunday $110. Saturday and Sunday $220. We need 12 people for the workshop to go forward, It will take place in New Bern.

Learning to paint outside can be intimidating...if not down-right scary. The real world seems so overwhelming when you are accustomed to painting from photographs. And then there are issues with equipment, the elements, dogs, kids, wildlife, bugs, lunch...and not getting arrested!

     Dan Nelson is one of North Carolina's most intrepid plein air painters.

     He can be seen working on beautiful paintings all across our state and beyond in nearly every kind of weather and setting. He is anxious to share what he has learned from his many experiences with those who are ready to "jump into the deep end" of scenic painting.

     In this class he will cover his "Six Secrets of Successful Landscape Painting" plus all the ins-and-outs of painting outside. Don't be left wondering how to construct a captivating landscape.

     These secrets are not only key, so is their order. Students will learn the step-by-step throught process that results in landscapes that turn heads - focused light - intentional composition - rich texture - inviting perspective, balanced color, believeable objects.

Supply list
This is not a medium-specific class but Dan is going to paint with acrylics for his underpainting, and oils on top.
     You may use Dan's acrylics if you don't want to bring your own. If you don't want to use oils, you may finish your painting with your own acrylics.

      The following list is ONLY for people who feel the need for some guidance. If you already have paint the colors you have are just fine.


Warm blue (like Phthalo blue), cool blue (Ultramarine Blue), warm red (Naphthol Scarlet), cool red (Alizarine Crimson), warm yellow (Indian Yellow), cool yellow (Lemon), burnt sienna, raw umber, titanium white, medium  Golden or Liquitex medium
Warm blue (Phthalo Cyan), cool blue (Ultramarine Blue Deep), warm red (Naphthol), Cool red (Alizarine), warm yellow (Yellow Deep), cool yellow (Hansa or Lemon), raw umber, red oxide, titanium white.
Optional purple (Dioxazin), green (Sap or Permanent or Viridian, yellow ochre, ivory black
Medium for Oils
Charvin Quick Dry Painting Medium or Winson Newton Liquin
Any normal assortment of bristle brushes will do. but you must have at least one brush 2" wide. My favorites are filbert bristle brushes. For signing my paintings I use a high quality watercolor brush size 2.
Bring 4 smallish canvasses from 10 x 12" to 16 x 20", plus one larger one 16 x 20 up to 24 x 30
Plein Air Easel
You must bring an easel for painting outsoors.

Friday night of the workshop is optional, Friday October 17 from 5-9 pm, where we will concentrate on drawing.
Saturday and Sunday October 18 and 19 10-4, will be painting.

We will meet at the Francoeur's Studio at 229 E Front Street, each day. Friday night will be in their studio, Saturday and Sunday will be outdoors.

Please arrive early so we can start on time!

Bring your lunch so we don't miss any painting time.

Questions? Give us a call at 252-633-4369

About Dan - If you combine three parts painter, two and a half parts musician, a pound or two of inventor, and a heaping tablespoon of show-off . . . you just might come up with a Dan Nelson, Art Adventurer Extraordinaire. Dan made his living for decades as a freelance illustrator, winning competitions in everything from street painting to sand sculpture. At the same time he began mesmerizing audiences by producing 8-by-10-foot masterpieces in the streets and parks of Raleigh, North Carolina, his hometown. Besides setting up his plein air easel anywhere from California to Cote d'azur, Dan spends much of his time doing Live Art Performances in cities large and small, painting at festivals, concerts, and fund-raisers. He has painted for the NC Symphony, the Carolina Hurricanes, IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, and many of the major Corporations across the Triangle and beyond.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pocket Monkey Clever Tool

We sometimes find our most clever things as we are shopping in other places. It's like a busman's holiday, shopping when we are traveling. I spotted this cool tool, and purchased one "just because" in January when we were in a science shop in Manyunk. It looked neat and was made in the USA. Always looking for things for our men's section.

So when we got home I tracked them down and they are a big hit!!
This SUPER thin tool can just about save your world in almost EVERY circumstance!
 It fits perfectly in your wallet to ensure you ALWAYS have it on you!

...AND if that wasn't enough.. it's only 1 ounce!
I mean, come on... Would you rather carry this around all day?

Yeah, we wouldn't either! Now, for it's features! Drumroll please....
The obvious bottle cap opener, but who doesn't have one of those hanging around on a belt or keychain?! We need MORE!! a banana nicker!

OR for the forgetful who always loses their keys.. a DOOR LATCH SLIP to get inside!

FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER! One of the most commonly needed tools - now in your back pocket! Need we say more.

HEX WRENCHES! 5 sizes of standard English hex-bolt/nut wrenches nested into one another. Slip the tool over a bolt-head and slide sideways until you find the right size. Convenient and easy to use!
A FLAT PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER?? That's right! The cross blade isn't the key to the phillips head pattern. It's the angled tip. This novel 2-D phillips screwdriver works!
PHONE KICKSTAND! Insert your credit card to make a stand for your touch phone.
Now you can measure those small details that life throws at you!
By now, we know what your thinking... I HAVE TO BUY ONE FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW!
And guess what! YOU CAN!!! Just check out our website and order away! Click Right Here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

New lazy susans and how they are done

We have received some great new lazy Susans!

Each design is drawn directly on the wood with a number two pencil. 
The words written have homespun charm, like Dream Big, Go out and have adventures, Take time to smell the flowers, Follow your heart, Kiss the cook, Sing and dance, Cherish family, Read, Play games…

After drawing on the wood, the piece is wood burned.
Next, the piece is sanded and stained.

An under stain, before color, reacts to the paint creating specific tones.

Then it’s hand painted on top. After it's dry eight coats of water-based urethane are applied in a spray booth. The piece is then sanded to a satiny finish. The pieces are made from Baltic Birch, Poplar and found logs.

We can also help you design a custom piece, just for you!

Give us a call at 252-633-4369.

Visit their page on our website by clicking here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Some of my favorite quotes

If you hit the mark every time maybe you're standing too close.

Never complain never explain.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand….and melting like a snowflake….Francis Bacon
Born 1/22/1561

The trouble is, you think you have time.

"That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Bells the past thirty-five years Tom Torrens has produced quality designed functional works of art from recycled and industrial materials, which are pleasing to the senses.
     Mr. Torrens received his master's degree in sculpture from Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri. In 1986 he and his wife founded Tom Torrens Sculpture Design, Inc.® to create functional art accessories for the home and garden. Today the designs of Tom Torrens can be found all over the world. "I want my sculpture to address as many of the viewer's senses and emotions as possible. The design elements in my work are reduced to their simplest, most direct and refined form. Only in this way can the beauty, sound and visual integrity of the design be fully experienced."     Mr. Torrens work developed from his desire to use recycled material and found objects and wanting to add various elements of sound and touch to the viewer's senses. The wistful expressive tones of his bells and gongs play homage to some distant land.
     Mr. Torrens' patrons use his works to enhance their homes and gardens to provide a peaceful, artistic, as well as a functional element to their immediate surroundings. Mr. Torren's bells and gongs are found in American homes used as entry gongs or doorbells to announce the arrival of guests. 
        Bells have always been part of American History as well as World History to signal important events and arrival of guests. Bells are also used in important religious ceremonies. The Torrens bells can be found in many churches and temples throughout The United States. The primary materials are formed steel and hand spun copper.