Purchasing Information

If you're interested in purchasing a painting please contact me at samtrainaart@bellsouth.net


1st Place Georgia Bloom 2009
2nd Place Covington Artfest 2009
3rd Place Madison Plein Air 2009
Merit Award Georgia Bloom 2010
Marietta Plein Air Finalist 2010
Honorable Mention Monroe County Artfest Aug
ust 2011
Best Of Show Madison Plein Air 2011
Honorable Mention Georgia Bloom 2011
1st Place Conyers Ga. Annual Plein Air 2011
2nd Place Smith Gilbert Gardens Plein Air 2011

Finalist St. Simons 2012 Plein Air
Merit Award 5th Annual Local's Show Greensboro, Ga.
Best Of Show Covington Artful Harvest 2014
Honorable Mention Artful Harvest 2015
3rd place Oct 2016 "Haunted" Stone Mountain, Ga.
Bold Brush Top 15% November 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcomng Workshop

Plein Air in Mansfield, Ga.  April 21-22  One day $50.00 Two days $100.00. Mail 50% deposit to:

Sam Traina
1690 Hodges Circle
Mansfield, Ga. 30055

 9:00am till 5:00pm at the Sandtown House and next door at the Hodges farm. Limited to 10 artists each day. Beginner/intermediate/intermediate advanced. Some have already come on board so sign up asap. 5 spaces left both days.  Sam will provide individualized instruction and direction throughout the day.

Check out Workshop Essentials for this workshop on this page

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

           Tom Long in the Bitter Sweet Wilderness, Idaho

                              The Flukemaster (Gene Jensen)

Battery Point Lighthouse 11x 14

This is a very interesting lighthouse in Crescent City Ca. Great history about it, It sits atop a huge rock formation close to shore. Some great paintable scenes of it from almost any angle. This angle is one of my favorites because of the colors in it. I sort of rushed thru this one in an attempt to loosen up a bit more.

 Callaway Gardesns Workshop Demo  9x12

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Half Dome-Yosemite

The Cottage 11x14

Friday, May 27, 2016

June 2016 Facebook Paintings Auction Winners

         Congratulations to David Shipp who had 
highest bid of $250 for Grazing Down Under 9x12
               Congratulations to Ron Lohnes who had 
highest bid of $ 105 for Morning at Canon's Point 8x10

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ye Old Madison Depot 18x24

Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Boat House 16x20

Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050

Friday, March 11, 2016

Old Jersey Rd. Barn 9x12

Some Eat, Some Speak, Some Sleep 16 x 20

Ye Ol' Sheep Sheds

Tic Tac Toe (Hodges Farm Mansfield, Ga)

Available at Magnolia Gallery Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050

Friday, January 22, 2016

Where You Been? 12x24 SOLD

This painting started out as a 9x12 with two cows on the right and one on the left. While working on it the thought entered my mind about a calf that was out exploring the field and returned to it's mom.

Blue Birdhouse at Sandtown House 9x12 Plein Air/studio

Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050
My friend and neighbor Bill Hodges has a beautiful home in Mansfield about 3 miles up the road from me on same street. His place has so many interesting subjects to paint. He is kind enough to allow us artists, starved for good scenes to paint, to barge in on his property and set up our easels. Thanks Bill.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Still Standing 16 x 20 oil

 This is a scene I drove by many times and finally got down to painting it. This one went thru many changes: The barn was empty so I add bales of hay inside. The ground was filled with yellow flowers but it was just too much so I cut them way back. The fence post had barbed wire but I didn't like it so I dded the square type which I feel added a lot to the composition. I also added the gate at far right and somewhat of a path into the barn.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Three Palms 8x10 Not For Sale

Sometimes it pays to copy someone's painting to try and find how they did something. Samuel Morgan Price is a great artist and I love her work. I came across a painting of hers that had some palm plants in it and I wondered how she got the looseness in the pointed leaves as they rose to the tip. At first I figured it was a somewhat dry brush that lost paint as it was applied from the bottom of the leaf going up. That didn't work to well for me so I tried a few other things that also didn't work. Then I remembered something I read in Richard Schmid's book about Fan brushes and how you use the tip of them to apply little specs of paint on the canvas. I tried this and it worked. It also helped to create the looseness as it works down from the tip by pressing down slightly harder and moving side to side. It takes away the hard edges where desired. Took a while to get the hang of it and I still have a lot more practicing to do with this method. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Canal In Brussels 12x16 SOLD

This was from a photo taken by the wife of an old friend of mine. He sent it to me.I went thru a lot of changes on this one trying to make it work. Main problem was getting the fade out of the right side bldgs correct to show good distance by showing less detail and blending into the background trees somewhat. It  pushes the last bldg back into the trees or gives that impression of additional depth I believe. Lots of water and a weird tree trunk made this one extra challenging in turning it into a nice painting. Could've left out the trunk but then it wouldn't be representative of that real view. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hooded Walker (near London) 16x20

Now this was a joy to paint altho it took a lot of pushing and pulling to get it to this point. Wasn't sure I was gonna pull it off but perseverance did the trick. This appears to be a monk of some sort walking to castle type building in the background but it's actually my wife. She takes a good picture even from the back.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Walking To La Ripa 8x10

I made up this beach but this was the sunset outside my studio window this evening.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bruiser's Place 18x24

Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050
This scene was on my street about about 3 miles from my house

Grazin' Down Under 9x12 SOLD

Painted from my original photo taken in New Zealand

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hodges Farm 9x12 Plein Air SOLD

Farm app. 3 miles from my house in Mansfiled

Saturday, December 27, 2014

R.R. Crossing Union Point 18 x 24

is is the view from outside the door to what was once an art Gallery in Union Point. I was there for a reception for Henry Barnes who recently passed away this fall. He was a great artist who shared some time, painting tips, and a couple of lunches with me in Marietta. Rest in peace. 
Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050