Friday, May 19, 2017

"Rhododendron Wild, 5.9.17" Auction, C. Twomey

eBay Auction of this original plein air painting:

oil by C. Twomey
"Rhododendron Wild, 5.9.17" C. Twomey, 5 X 7", archival linen board

Sample of how painting could look when framed.

Early spring, my garden. The wild, glorious rhododendron plant by the front door. Rich, fluid, with a main flower reaching for the sun, others behind it doing the same. Painted plein air on archival linen board, unframed. You won't believe the pinks against the greens, with all the freshness of the season.

And, ending early Sunday morning, May 21:

"Biltmore Boat House" by C. Twomey

Thank you for your interest!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"The Biltmore Boat House" on Auction, C. Twomey

This original oil painting is on auction at eBay HERE:

oil painting, C. Twomey
"The Biltmore Boat House" by C. Twomey

oil painting, C. Twomey
"The Biltmore Boat House" in a sample frame

The Painting
This original oil painting by Catherine Twomey was painted at the incredible Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, USA. It was painted en plein air (outside) on a windy day in early spring of 2017. When I look at it, I am taken back to the day when the greens were so bright and the light had such a sheen of early spring. It was painted alla prima, meaning "in one sitting" and is 8"H X 6"W, unframed. 

The Boat House is located on the gorgeous Bass Pond at the Biltmore. I was drawn to it because of my previous studies of the art of Japan, with it's oriental flavor and lovely landscaping. Frederick Olmsted, the famous landscape architect who designed Central Park, also designed the stunning landscapes of the Biltmore. At the height of the Biltmore's operation as a private family residence (the Vanderbilts) in the late 1800s and early 1900s, guests would walk to the Boat House to enjoy the sunsets after a day of revelry.

The Artist
Art is my life. From the first art project I can remember (making a Christmas Nativity scene in grade school that overshadowed the resident artist) art has always been what brings me the greatest satisfaction. Without art, I am not who I am. 

I am working full time as a fine artist, a dream that I've pursued for as long as I remember. Landscapes engage and challenge me, and I have a very soft spot for animals.

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, seen by thousands of commuters daily. 

Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.

I have studied with some of the greatest artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. 

As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today.

Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Apple Tree Bonsai" Auction, C. Twomey

Original art by C. Twomey
"Apple Tree Bonsai" by C. Twomey

Click HERE to bid on this original painting by C. Twomey.

The organic symmetry of this gorgeous apple tree drew me in. I watched it daily while in Vermont; the apples hadn't arrived yet but it was in full summer bloom. The light filtered it softly as it dominated the landscape. Many animals depended upon it for shelter and food! It's oriental bend in the trunk was unique and set the tone for the rest of the limbs. 14" X 11" on archival paper.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

"The Secret To Saving Nature" Auction, C. Twomey

oil by C. Twomey
"The Secret To Saving Nature", C. Twomey, oil on canvas

oil painting by C. Twomey

"The Secret To Saving Nature", C. Twomey, oil on canvas

On Auction now, please click HERE to bid!

An evocative still life with nods to the past and present. As the EPA is dismantled by an illegitimate president, many want to know the secret. Nature hangs in the balance; but what is the key? Oil on canvas, 12 X 16" in gold frame, highly detailed and rendered, embedded in a gold box frame and ready to hang.

Monday, April 10, 2017

On Auction Now! "Homegrown Onion" by Twomey

Oil by C. Twomey
"Homegrown Onion" by C. Twomey, 8 X 10"

Please click HERE to place a bid. On archival linen board, 8 X 10", signed. 

Found this rich alizarin-red organic, homegrown onion in Vermont. It was huge! I loved everything about it, including it's personality. Added a lot to a salad, too.

Monday, April 3, 2017

East Coast Vineyards I & II Found New Home!

Many thanks to the collector in New Hampshire!

"East Coast Vineyards I & II" by C. Twomey

These two oil paintings are of a gorgeous vineyard on the east coast, in Virginia. They are nuanced and detailed, with undulating rows of the grape vines in their full glory. The painting glows with it's exquisite attention to detail and color variations. It captures a stunning sunny day and distant mountains, bringing a sense of peace and calm. The paintings are framed in handmade, hand rubbed frames in a lovely grey-green shade and antique gold inset.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Plein Air Oil Painting, The Biltmore Estate

Oil painting by C. Twomey
Bass Pond (L) and the Biltmore Bridge by C. Twomey, ©2017

Had a fantastic time painting at the gorgeous Biltmore Estate in Asheville on Friday. Oh what a day! The wind was way up for the first painting of the bridge (on the right). I had to hang on to everything just to operate at all!

For the second painting, left, I hiked to the Boat House on Bass Pond. Here, I was sheltered from the wind and spent a good couple of hours quietly drawing, painting and talking to some lovely people who happened by.

Going to do a lot more of this! A peaceful, productive meditation in doing what makes one happy.