Welcome to"Behind The Canvas" , my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP

Virginia-Elizabeth Goes On The Block

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This painting of the infamous " East End Chicken" aka "Virginia-Elizabeth" will be up for bid in the "Street Works Art Auction & Celebration" on Wednesday, June 25th, Festivities run from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Go to CharlestonEastEnd.com for further information & to purchase tickets to the celebration.
Put "Payne" in the "Artist Code" section of the registration form


February 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

To make a great pot of soup, you start with several ingredients. First you chop and sauté some onions, layer in some spices, add a little wine, add some more vegetables, some broth, and then you let it simmer... The longer it simmers, the better the soup.

Creating is like that. Sometimes artwork needs to "simmer", that's when I take a break from one painting and work on another. That simmering time renews my enthusiasm to approach the work again. And ideas are no different, I have some that have been simmering for years and are just now bubbling into fruition. LP




Restaurant Girls

February 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is a subject that I saw in my mind and had to paint it. I asked several of my friends from church to gather around a table and pose so that I could take some photos. After working up sketches from the poses, I invented  the "table-scape". After weeks of concentrated effort, it was finished and I displayed it in a local restaurant. Although, the painting is still available, it has led to numerous portrait commissions using that theme. You never know where an idea might lead... here are two commissions that came from others seeing this one. Cheers!



Some Things Never Change

March 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I recently ran across this childhood photo of me deep in thought, and when I did it looked an awful lot like me now.

Some things never change I guess. What to do...what to do?

Sacred Space

February 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment


I had a need to claim a sacred space within our busy den, so I started painting a series of crosses.

My eyes can rest upon the cross throughout the day and I am transported to a place of peace. When I am creating these paintings, I am feeling a rhythm between my soul, the colors and texture of the paint, and graphic simplicity of the cross.

As it turns out, other people have expressed a similar need to claim their sacred space with one of these crosses. And one has become a published book jacket cover.

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