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Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Family Tree II" sold


"Family Tree II" 20"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Panel  sold

This is a specific commission of the larger version for one of the children 
whose family owned this farm and this tree.  

She requested that I include the plank of wood that the children used to climb up into the tree and remembers the trepidation she had traversing it way up over the marsh below.

As the owner of this reminisced, she recalled working the farm with her siblings long before the sun awoke. When midday made it too hot to work, 
her father would allow them a break to play and be shaded in these branches.  

During times when the tide was high, they would jump into the cool 
water to be refreshed until work had to resume. 

In the evenings, after the hard work was ended, the 9 children would climb back into the arms of this tree to watch the last display of color and light as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

"Salient Clouds at Kiawah Beach" SOLD


11"x14" Alla Prima Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas  sold

This was my latest demonstration at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio of my family's visit to Kiawah Beach just before a strong storm rolled in. . . we were able to enjoy the beach sunshine for at least an hour before we had to pack things up and head for the car.

sold at www.haganfineart.com
http://haganfineart.com/art/salient-clouds-at-kiawah-beach-by-mary-hoffman

"Jazz Encore" SOLD


My husband blessed me with an enchanting night out for my birthday and to also celebrate our Wedding Anniversary at the Charleston Grill where you may dine while being serenaded by a most talented group of musicians.  My youngest sister is a fan of Billy Holiday (a portrait of her hangs behind the bassist) and I wanted to snap an image to show her.  
The image became this painting's inspiration!

sold at www.haganfineart.com
http://haganfineart.com/art/jazz-encore-by-mary-hoffman

"St. Phillips Steeple"


10"x8" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel

While hosting family, we walked around downtown Charleston, SC; we entered the Circular Church's graveyard as the spring blossoms decorated the yard. . . I looked up toward the beautiful, clear, blue sky and saw this magnificent sight!  Now you see it as a painting!

available at www.haganfineart.com
http://haganfineart.com/art/saint-phillips-steeple-by-mary-hoffman

"A Path to the Sea"


8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

Painting with beloved plein air friends, we chose this spot at the end of a street which dead-ends into the edge of Charleston harbor.  There is always a path to the sea.

"Steps to the Beach" (Workshop Demo)


8"x10" alla prima Oil on Linen Panel

This was the final painting of my recent workshop in Charleston, SC 

"Twilight's Last Gleaming (again)"


30"x40" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Morning Bouquet"


14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

A lovely artist friend of mine invited me to paint at her Rockville SC home which is filled with charm and beauty at every turn.  We set up this still life early in the morning on her front porch and got straight to work. . . the golden morning sun was rising and glowing . . .  this is one of the results.

available at www.maryhoffmanfineart.com

"Rich History (The Charleston Library Society)" SOLD


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

The light filtered through the trees onto the steps of this historic and beautiful building always attracts me to paint.  This was done this spring as you can see the bright red Japanese Maple glowing around the corner of the building.  

sold at www.haganfineart.com

"A Path To The Sea"


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel 

Painted on location in the Old Village at the end of Center Street which dead-ends into the edge of Charleston Harbor.  The views are breathtaking!

available at www.maryhoffmanfineart.com

Monday, May 14, 2018

"To A Place I Belong"


11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel

I am still considering a title for this. . . but in the meantime it is as stated.
Title or not, it's available on my website:

MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

"Searching For Sunshine" SOLD


As I was setting up to paint this still life, the sunflowers seemed to be searching for the sunshine behind them.  And even as I painted, because I put fresh cuts on the stems (which promotes better water delivery), the entire bunch (greens and all) "moved" during the time I painted them.  They were "stretching" as they "awoke." This was a lot of fun to paint!  

Sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery Studio
www.haganfineart.com

"Preserving The Past"


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Gessobord brand panel

It was a foggy morning and I really wanted to get outside to paint on this day.  Historic Summerville has a sweet square dating back to the early 1800's.  Charm galore!!  I'll be back to paint some more.

available at www.maryhoffmanfineart.com

"Her Favorite Kind"


12"x9" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel painted from Life

available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery
www.haganfineart.com

Saturday, March 31, 2018

"In The Spotlight"


10"x8" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel

I arrived at Shem Creek ready to paint as the sun was rising and found that the sun only cast its light on this little white boat putting all else around it in shadow.  
I love how it seemed to be "picked out" to shine, hence, the title.

"Family Tree"




48"x60" Oil on Linen Canvas

This century-old Oak is so large that just one of its branches would be a large tree in and of itself. 
While I developed this painting I imagined the things witnessed by this "ages old" giant. 
This behemoth survived numbers of hurricanes, wars, and hot South Carolina summer heat. 
In fact, those hardships strengthened this tree to future tough events. 
The strength it developed through its own hardships also
provided places of refreshing and protection.
It was the playground to a family of 9 children. 
These branches magically transformed into imaginary ladders leading to the high dive for a long-awaited jump down into the cool tidal creek below after
long hours in the hot summer sun working the farm.  And then in the evening hours, those branches became theater seats for the 9 siblings to enjoy yet another magnificent lowcountry sunset.
Just as this tree survived many untold hurricanes and troubles throughout the years and decades, the family who grew up under the shadow of these branches has overcome untold troubles and are each stronger and better because of them.
The children are now grown and have raised families (and grand-families) of their own.  Some have gone on and some remain, but what continues is the strength and resilience that provide the kind of memories which develops their own "Family Tree."


available at MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

"The Porter's Lodge at the College of Charleston" SOLD


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

The day started out to be a beautiful, cloudless sunny day; a real nice change from the cold grey, dreary weather we have been experiencing the previous few days.  
With all the spring blooms in full force, I had to get myself downtown to paint the oak tree-lined streets at the College of Charleston.
To me, the shapes of the shadows lacing across the street is so quintessential Southern charm.  
As it is I am pleased with the result.  
Despite the sunshine (I was painting in full shade), I would have stayed longer but the chilly breeze made it difficult to feel my hands to paint,
so I made all the necessary notations and snapped a couple of shots and finished it up in the
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio as a demo where it sold.

www.haganfineart.com

Friday, March 16, 2018

"John Rutledge House Inn" SOLD


10"x8" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel  sold
Demonstration Painting for the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Thanks to Laura & Allison at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery for finding the perfect home
 for this little painting!

www.haganfineart.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"La Jolla"


24"x30" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

After visiting the La Jolla coast I instantly fell inlove with this area!  
I love the colors and the typography and how the mist cools the distant rugged landscape.

available at MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

"Interlude"


12"x16" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Always at the ready with my camera whenever I visit the beach 
in hopes of capturing these cute little elusive guys.

available

"Early Risers" SOLD


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel sold

Fresh off the easel.  During a sunrise walk on the beach, 
I noticed a lot of activity with the birds. . . they were waiting for breakfast too.  
The calm seas and rich morning colors were too tempting not to capture for a painting.

sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
www.haganfineart.com

Monday, March 12, 2018

Plein Air Workshop Charleston

Join Me In Charleston South Carolina




 I'll be teaching a Plein Air Workshop and you are invited to join us!

The Dates are May 29, 2018
till June 2, 2018

Please visit my website for more information:

MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

Hope to see you in May!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

"Porter's Lodge (Entrance to the College of Charleston's Cistern)" Plein Air version/first application


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel 

The day started out to be a beautiful, cloudless sunny day; a real nice change from the cold grey, dreary weather we have been experiencing the past few days.  
I had to get myself downtown to paint the live oak tree lined streets at the College of Charleston.  Hopefully, I will paint back into this to formalize the shapes of the shadows lacing across the street and up onto the sidewalk and building front.  
As it is I am pleased with the result.  

"Camellias & Lemons Still Life"


12"x9" Oil on Gessobord brand Panel painted from life

Painting with other artists is such a high privilege for me, especially when they come to my studio!  We set up this freshly picked bunch of flowers and lemons for a couple of hours of paint-fellowship.  What a treat for me!


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

"Bursting Forth"


14"x11" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel available

Painted from Life - an orchid still life set up against 
an historic courtyard wall in downtown Charleston SC.

Friday, March 02, 2018

"Spring's First Blooms" A Demonstration Painting SOLD



12"x9" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel painted from Life as a Demonstration on Site
SOLD MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Portrait of Madeline in Action"


12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel painted from life in action

A friend invited myself and one other to her studio to challenge us to paint each other painting the other all in a circle.  Above is an example of what I painted.

Natalie painted me painting Madeline.  Here is her rendition (which is quite impressive as she has never attempted anything like this before):


I'm quite flattered. . . and I love her ability to paint fabric.  She is really very talented.  Madeline's was exquisite, but I neglected to get an image of her painting of Natalie.
This was a very fun and challenging exercise.

Monday, February 19, 2018

"On To Something"



11"x14" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel

This is my neighbor's new puppy.  Bella is a sweetheart with a lot of curiosity.
I may go into this one a bit more but for now I wanted to show an example of the demonstration I painted for the weekend of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE).

"New Blooms"


12"x9" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel

This was a still life set up I did in the studio.  My orchid was about to burst forth into blooms. . . I must paint another as the blooms have quadrupled!

available

"Still Life with Red & Green" SOLD



12"x12" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel

Thanks to the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio for finding a new home for this painting that I produced while demo-ing on site for the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

www.haganfineart.com

"Crock & Cotton"


12"x9" Oil on Belgian Linen Panel

While it was too cold to go outside to paint, setting up a still life in the studio was the right answer.

available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Strike A Pose" SOLD


16"x8" Oil on Linen Canvas  sold

While I was at Shem Creek painting with my plein air friends, I couldn't help snapping a picture of this guy who seemed to be showing off for the camera!

sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Outgoing Tide (at the Shem Creek Park)"


9"x12" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel 
Available

MaryHoffmanFineArt.com

The tide was high and on its way out this beautiful, warm winter day.

"After The Rain"



12"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Painted from atop the Vendue Range Rooftop where my husband and I went to watch the sun set just after the rain knowing that the clearing clouds would make the scene spectacular!

available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Looking Down Waterfront Park" SOLD


6"x8" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

Painted on location at the Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC

Sold through the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

Friday, February 09, 2018

Demonstration Portrait Painting at "Coastal Provisions Cafe" at the Boardwalk Inn, Wild Dunes Resort


"Sassy's Portrait Sketch" 14"x11" Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel 
 demonstration Painting





 A short break and we were back at it. . .



The lighting was overhead and rather harsh, but when the model can sit in a pose it all adds a lovely dash of drama. . .

The Finale

Thursday, November 30, 2017

"Clock Maker's View" SOLD


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel

SOLD through the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Off Season"


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel 

painted en plein air in the Alla Prima style.  
Today was a beautiful day to be out painting En Plein Air (out in the open).  I haven't gone back into this since I left this site. I may get my eyes off of it for a day or two and revisit this to see if I need to work on it any more.  But as it stands, I am very pleased with how it turned out.  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Portrait Sketch of Two Brothers"


"Charlie"  10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel painted from life within about one hour




"Murphy" 10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel painted from life within one hour

The private school that these boys attend had a fundraiser for which I donated an oil painting portrait sketch.  Their parents bid and won a portrait sitting and we just completed them.  
We arranged for me to come to their home and they graciously welcomed me. 
This 14-year old 8th grader and his 10-year old 4th grade brother did a fabulous job sitting patiently for me to capture their image loosely on canvas.  Each young man sat approximately for one hour but we allowed an hour and a half for each.  It was a perfectly wonderful time to be with them.