Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thought for the day

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future... a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for."

Maya Angelou

This is a painting I did on one such day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Readers Choice Award Times Two

Once again we were chosen as

We are grateful to our loyal customers for contributing to our success. Soon we will be celebrating twenty five years in Downtown New Bern!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Its time for the pumpkin patch

This year we have added the work of Drew Hine, beautiful!

We also have pumpkins by Paul Lockwood....

and Lisa Oakley...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Bern Neighborhood Candles

We've just had some candles created for Carolina Creations!

And they smell heavenly...

 Inner Banks Essence - Mandrin orange and Vanilla
Carolina Christmas - Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Carolina Creations Glow - Bamboo, Teak and Black Currant
Union Point Breeze - Sea Mint and Jasmine
Light Up the Season - Cranberry, Mandrin and Clove
Pollock Street Spyce - Pumpkin, Ginger and Clove

Made by Julie Tassy, these soy candles, offer a clean burn of up to sixty hours from American-grown soy, and an impressive fragrance "throw," even when the candle isn't burning. "It's amazing how a fragrance can alter a mood, create an environment or just make you happy!" she says.

The REALLY neat thing is that we can private label any of the 28 scents available by ordering in groups of 4. So for Christmas we might do a special candle for your Family, Bunco group, Book Club or whatever!  The only caveat is that the 4 candles must have the same label. Please limit your number of letters and spaces to 20.  

Saturday, September 06, 2014

2014 Ornament Union Station New Bern NC

This years ornament is the Union Station in Downtown New Bern. The Historical Society is spearheading the restoration of it!

As you can see my 1st sketch is VERY rough, just getting the idea straight in my mind.

Next a line drawing

Then I indicate what I want cut out in red

Then I send it out to some folks in Rhode Island that make them for me.
I see they didn't put the smoke in, oh well!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Food Farm and Community

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery at 317 Pollock St, in Downtown New Bern announces their new show Food, Farm and Community. This show celebrates the work of the farmer and the artists love of the land and their community. The show features work by four North Carolina Artists, Sally Sutton, Janet Dixon, Brenda Behr, and Janet Francoeur. The show opens during ArtWalk, September 12, 2014 5-8 pm. 

Sally earned her master's degree in drawing and painting from ECU in 2013 and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State, Long Beach. Her works in this show were inspired by her visits to Raleigh Farmer’s Market. She also has many new works that involve the sunflower. The sunflower has a connection to spirituality and symbolizes many things. The way the flower turns to the light symbolizes a search for spirituality for her. The Chinese see sunflowers as symbolizing long life.

Janet Dixon has studied at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA, as well as with several nationally known artists. Like the other three artists in this show she works both in watercolors and oils. She concentrates on color relationships, patterns and light and shadow. Janet loves the rural nature of Eastern North Carolina and finds inspiration for her work from her surroundings.

Edge of Night Cotton Field     Brenda Behr
For Brenda Behr, painting is her second career. Brenda earned her BFA in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, for 33 years she worked in advertising. She studied both oil and watercolor painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has studied with many nationally known painters since. She paints every day, switching back and forth between oils and watercolors. She speaks for all of the artists the show when she says that she is more likely to paint in watercolors when her painting is about the subject matter, and more likely to paint in oils when light is the subject of the painting. Cotton fields are one of her favorite things to paint in oils and each year looks forward to fall for that reason.

Janet Francoeur has a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She too worked in commercial art for many years while showing her fine art through shows throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Prior to moving to New Bern in 1989 she worked in pen and ink. Being inspired by the beauty of Eastern North Carolina in the spring she has since added watercolor, oil, and ceramics to the mediums she uses.
Ready Set Go     Janet Dixon

Full of color, this show epitomizes the beauty of our state.

The show runs though October 31, 2014. For more information contact the gallery at 252-633-4369 or email

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.