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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Real Estate Studio Preview Show

Announcing the Real Estate Studio Art Show 
214 King Street in Historical Downtown Charleston, SC

August 4 through September 13, 2016

The following is only a preview of the many works you'll see there.
Each painting is available for sale through

the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
27 1/2 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401



"A Length Ahead" 20"x24"

"Intercoastal Wonder II" 30"x40"

 "Magnolia's Red Bridge" 6"x8"

"Twighlight's Last Gleaming" 30"x40"

"Intercoastal Wonder" 6"x8"

"Majestic Elegance" 40"x30"

"Pitt Street Cottage" 6"x8"

"All in a Row" 10"x10"

"Oyster Beds" 8"x8"

"Pitt Street Morning" 8"x6"

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Portrait of Laura" AFTER

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel

I took a couple of photos of Laura as I left the gallery and worked off of those to produce this. . . I liked the fact that she gave a little smile so I wanted to incorporate that into her portrait to show off her sweet personality.  The original painting (the "before") captured her in mid-sentence since we chatted while she sat for me.  I love to interact with my portrait subjects.  I enjoyed Laura's wit so much that I must admit I got rather lost in conversation.  From now on. . . . "less talk, more paint." hee hee

I've heard it said that the portrait artist always puts a little bit of themselves into their portraits and as I write this I see that I gave Laura my own chin. . . I will come back later to see if I need to diminish this chin or not. . . I suspect I shall be uploading another image. Stay tuned! (smile)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Winston!" nfs - gifted

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel   nfs - gifted

Winston is a sweet little Pug belonging to a long-time friend from WAY back! After about 30 years our paths crossed and we are enjoying a new-found friendship!  But "SSHHHH!!!" this is a surprise gift for her.  I'm not even going to launch this out on social media until she receives it. (Let's hope she hasn't subscribed to my blog yet) ;0)

"Laura's Portrait - BEFORE"

12"x9" Oil on Linen panel

While at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio, I took the opportunity to paint one of the Gallery's beautiful Art Consultants: Laura.
This painting, so far, is completely painted from life.  I plan to go into it just a little bit more to complete the unfinished parts (lower left corner) and pull it all together.
Cross your fingers that she'll love it!

"Morning Stroll on Queen"

22"x28" Oil on Linen Canvas

While I was walking around downtown Charleston one morning, it struck me how serene and quiet the city is before the 9:00 AM hour.  Long, cool shadows stretched across the warm streets; and everything was at peace. Maybe I should have titled this "Tranquility."

Available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
27 1/2 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401



Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Old Village Cottage"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location at the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.

This is the second of two plein air paintings I did this week out with the painting group. I couldn't resist this cute little house.  The light reflected off of the warm colored siding and created beautiful cool colors.  I just love painting in this quaint village.

"Old Village Charm"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC on Pitt Street near the Pitt Street Pharmacy and the Green Shutter.

This home is so charming I couldn't help but paint how the light came through the trees and lit up this cute front yard.

"Magnolia's Red Bridge"

 6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

I was out at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens painting with friends and this historic bridge begged for me to paint it.  There was an algae bloom in the pond so there were no reflections. The spring time weather was perfect though!

This will be one of many pieces being featured in "Southern Elegance" art show coming this July on King Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

available through Hagan Fine Art and Studio
(843) 901-8124

Monday, May 23, 2016

"On Her Wedding Day"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

I worked on it a little bit more pulling out the Bride, her mother, the Bride's brother and her mother's best friend. . . . oh yea, the Groom is back there too.

"Intercoastal Wonder II"

30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

This larger version is based on the little Plein Air Painting I did from Sullivan's Island. . . hhmmm, I may continue to work it out. . .

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Intercoastal Wonder"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Birch Board

This is the latest plein air painting with the SIPP group and is the location looking back toward the Ben Sawyer Bridge to Sullivan's Island.
The clouds were magnificent and warm.  So was the day!  This shot is a little shiney, hope you can make it out.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

"Sails & Shrimp" SOLD

32"x32" Oil on Canvas  sold

Shem Creek is one of our painting group's favorite spots to paint and this day was a spectacular day to be down there.  "Sails & Shrimp" wasn't 24 hours in from the framer's to the gallery before it had a "red dot!"  Thanks to Karen Hagan of Hagan Fine Art & Studio for finding its new home!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Artfields Portrait Contest 2016


What an incredible experience!  I was fortunate enough to have placed 2nd in my first Artfields Portrait Contest April 30, 2016!
Congratulations to Emmanuel Ogbonna for placing 1st!  And to Gerard for placing 3rd!


Monday, April 11, 2016

"Spring in the Old Village" SOLD

10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel, Painted en plein air, alla prima on location in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC.   sold at the Red Cross Home & Garden Tour Fundraising Event in the Old Village

This Old Village property is a favorite destination that our painting group derives heaps of inspiration. Sally's home and gardens always promise to deliver on beauty and color with each passing season!

I may go in to this a bit more and if I do I will repost so you can see the progress.

"Charleston Bridal Boutique" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

This was painted en Plein Air on location on Church Street of one of the finest Bridal Boutiques downtown; Fabulous Frocks.  Its location is so picturesque it begged to be painted.

SOLD at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

27 1/2 State Street Charleston, SC 29401

"All in a Line"

10"x10" oil on linen birch board panel, painted en plein air, alla prima on location.

This was the first of two paintings I did while at this location.  The tide was higher when I painted this one than in the second painting revealing the tops of the skinny sand bars and oyster beds neatly lined up together.

"Oyster Beds"

8"x8" Oil on Gessoed Cradled Wood, painted en plein air, alla prima, on site

Another beautiful day to paint with friends on the creeks of Sullivan's Island.  The outgoing tide revealed these "tiny island" oyster beds and I loved the texture it added to the water's surface.

"Cloud Parade" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel, painted en plein air, alla prima on location  SOLD

The clouds often "show off" for you on coast of the Lowcountry. And this day did not disappoint. The colors were vibrant.  The little oyster beds lined up to watch as the clouds passed by with the wind.

"Shem Creek Studio"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel board, painted en plein air, alla prima, while on location

One of my dear artist friends with whom I paint is lucky enough to call this little red-roofed cottage her Artist's Studio.  The invitation to paint this sweet, quirky iconic Shem Creek shack produced this little guy.

"Beach to Bridge"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel, painted en plein air, alla prima on site

This was a quick little plein air painting I did while on the beach at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island.  The view reaches across the beach stretching down toward the point of Sullivan's Island facing downtown. Way off in the distance one can see the new Ravenel Bridge.

This was such a quick little "sketch" that I feel it is a bit unfinished. . . if I do anything else to this, I will be sure to repost its image.

SOLD "While on Vacation. . . "

24"x30" Oil on Canvas  SOLD

While visiting my husband's childhood home on vacation we stopped to play on the beach and I snapped a few pictures and this one inspired me to paint!

SOLD at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
27 1/2 State Street
Charleston SC 29401


Playing Catch Up! New & Old Paintings

My apologies that I haven't posted my Plein Air Paintings lately. . . 2016 is proving to be a very busy year so far!

The following images are paintings I have painted in various locations around Charleston, SC. One painting is an (unfinished) interior painting from a cold day in February of my friend's beautiful new home. In fact, all of these are "sketches" that are each "unfinished" and those I plan to go back into to finish up.  I'll repost as I complete each one.

Thanks for your continued faithful following of my blog and painting posts.

 "Creek's Low Tide" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel, painted en Plein Air, Alla Prima, on site at the boat landing at Station 26 on Sullivan's Island, SC

I can't wait to finish the lower right corner of this piece. . . I really enjoyed painting this one.  It is titled, "New Sanctuary" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel, painted on location and all at once (Alla Prima) in my dear friend's new home. . . the sweet peace that you feel in here is so evident and it was my hope that I captured the atmosphere here.  The interior's cool, fresh, calm tones against the warm sunlight coming in through the windows captured me! I'll be sure to repost when I complete this painting!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Portrait of Pepper" NFS

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel   NFS

This little one-year-old is such a cutie. . . I asked if I could take her picture so that I might try to paint her pookie little lips and bright, big eyes.  This was such a joy for me to work on!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

"Symphony of Silence"

30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

Painted from one of my favorite plein air painting sites on Sullivan's Island, SC.  It is so calm and so serene at this location. The silence is almost deafening.

available at www.haganfineart.com
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio 27 1/2 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401

"Masters of the Hunt" SOLD

22"x28" Oil on Linen Canvas

SOLD at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio at 27 1/2 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401

"Blaze's Blue Ribbon"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel

Family pets are precious and important parts of our lives, . . . Blaze gives back with his blue ribbon!


22"x28" Oil on Linen Canvas

These little shorebirds are so cute (and so quick making it difficult to catch on camera!).  Each time I visit the beach, I remember to keep the camera or iPhone handy just in case!

Available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio


12"x9" Oil on Linen

This was a commissioned painting I did of a beloved pet whose health was declining quickly toward the end of 2015.  This painting was presented to the dog's "boy" for Christmas and Rascal held on through the New Year but sadly passed shortly after the beginning of 2016.  It is comforting to know he was dearly loved and is enjoying "doggie heaven," even now.

Monday, February 01, 2016

"Sleepy Sea"

12"x12" Oil/Linen Panel, painted alla prima, en plein air on location at Sullivan's Island, SC

As I drove to our painting location this particular morning, the weather was very foggy. While painting this one, the sun was slowly rising and burning off the fog and it made the atmosphere very "warm." The ocean was like glass and everything seemed to still be asleep. This was a very tranquil and quiet morning to paint; almost Zen-like.

"Secret Passage"

10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel, painted alla prima & en plein air on location at Station 19 on Sullivan's Island, SC.

A beautiful but cold sunny day to plein air paint at the beach!

Thankfully, my friend opened up her Sullivan's Island beachfront home so we could paint from the comfort of her sun porch. Thank you, Anne!!! xoxoxo!
In reality, the water at the horizon line was much more "purple" than bright blue.  May have to retake the image in hopes of a more accurate color.