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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"


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 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 is available for sale.

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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!

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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
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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



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

available 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

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"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"


16"x8" Oil on Linen Canvas

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!

Available 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

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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

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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.

Monday, October 30, 2017

"October Sweetgrass" SOLD


6"x8" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel

October Sweetgrass was painted en plein air on location at Alhambra Hall Park in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.  This view is of the edge of the park overlooking Charleston Harbor. 
The day was perfect (and almost chilly!) painting out with artist friends and catching up since the previous weeks' weather was so hot and humid and kept us busy in our studios.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Church Street Carriage Tour" SOLD


10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel sold 

While walking around the French Quarter of historic Downtown Charleston, SC, one of Charleston's charming signature sights inspired another painting!

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

www.haganfineart.com

Friday, September 29, 2017

"St Michaels Church" SOLD


7"x5" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

Standing near the corner of Queen Street on Meeting Street I painted this en plein air looking toward the St. Michael's Church at the Four Corners at Broad & Meeting Streets.  I went back into this and "polished" it up a bit.  I'll try to post the final painting.

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Rockville Road" SOLD


8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

Love this charming village which time forgot!  Thanks to my artist friend, Elizabeth Middour 
(check her out on instagram @greenshuttermtp) invited a couple of us to paint with her in her neighborhood here.  
It's such a pleasant place.

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Amazing Grace"


28"x22" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Oh my goodness, is she just the most beautiful woman ever?
I was minding my own business one day at the UPS store shipping paintings to clients when in comes this gorgeous woman to do some of her own shipping.  She is breath-takingly beautiful!  There were a few minutes for me to battle in my mind about how I was to approach or not approach her to ask if she would be willing to model for a portrait. . . finally I had nothing to lose, pulled out one of my business cards, walked up to her, introduced myself and finished my business and went home.  Two weeks and we arranged this sitting and I am thrilled!!  
She is my new muse.  She inspires me to paint portraits!!
Hoping to post more like these of her for you!

"Quiescent Ardor"


30"x40" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Over the Ashley River was one of the most dramatic sunsets I've ever witnessed!  
The color that the setting sun creates in the lowcountry sky is beyond amazing.

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Melodramatic Marsh"


24"x30" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

I witnessed an isolated thunderstorm and lightening within a small cluster of clouds just about a mile or two away from me.  I took out my camera and as I hit the shutter I captured a burst of lightening from within the clouds.  That was a wonderful surprise.  I turned it into this painting.

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Evening Melody"



 28"x22" Oil  on Belgian Linen Canvas

One of my favorite locations to paint en plein air is the Shem Creek Park in Mount Pleasant, SC

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

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"Afternoon Marsh" SOLD



30"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas sold

The Lowcountry skies are spectacular all throughout the day, but the later the better for dramatic cloud formations. This year has been great for capturing on canvas fantastic clouds!

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Rockville Oak"


30"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Rockville South Carolina is a charming coastal town that leaves you feeling as if you've stepped back in time.  Many of the roads are not yet paved and the homes are over a century old.  
This sleepy, quiet community is dreamy and has yet to be discovered by progress. 
Just as the residents would have it.

This particular road leads back to one of the small local churches; a white clapboard structure which can be found beyond and to the right of this ancient oak tree.

"Half Moon Bay" The Cove at Half Moon Bay California


30"x40" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

This is the scene from where my husband and I stayed while visiting the pumpkin capital of the country, Half Moon Bay, CA.  This is actually one of the fairways of the golf course there.  

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

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"View From My Room"


8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

painted en plein air from my balcony while visiting San Diego in April.
available 

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"Foggy Maine Lighthouse"


14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

available

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"Big Orange Pail - Pretty in Pink Series" SOLD


22"x28" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas  sold

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

www.haganfineart.com