Monday, February 01, 2016
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.
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.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The tide was going out and the long shadows were were shrinking. The warm colors of the Autumn/Winter Marsh grasses juxtaposed to the cool, lavendars of the sky and water begged to be captured! I had to work quickly as all of these elements were changing before my eyes!
I love my job!!
High atop the Majestic Square Parking Garage on the corner of King and Market Streets in downtown Charleston is the vantage point of this painting. The view is spectacular from up here!
Saturday, November 28, 2015
48"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas
Final portrait with the sketch I did of the bride from life with which I also worked as a reference for the final.
48"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas
Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
The original organizers, Hilarie Lambert, Marissa Vogl, Sheryl Stalnaker announcing, and Laurie Meyer
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Last month, in October, I was invited to be the guest speaker and demonstrate a Still Life Painting for the Seabrook Island Artists Guild. This is the painting I painted as I spoke before a most gracious and hospitable group of artists. The experience was lovely as I was hosted by Robert and Donna LeFevre. Thanks to all at the Seabrook Island Artist Guild!
It was a very rainy, dreary day but we all arrived to begin the set-up process of decking-out the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston. This transformation is turning this unused warehouse-like space into a rustic Urban-Chic Art Gallery in which to host Art Collectors, Musician & Choir Singers, and Artists alike.
It is almost sad to think that this event will end and all this glorious art will go from this space. . .
We may have to form another Art Event in this location soon!
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
to secure your favorite painting. . . your contribution will honor and help heal those at Mother Emanuel AME Church who tragically lost loved ones this past June. In addition, you will have a beautiful memorial that will forever bring you joy, knowing that you were one who helped.
Monday, October 05, 2015
This will be my donation to the fundraiser, "Artists For Emanuel".
It will be available for online auction starting November 4, 2015.
I am truly humbled by this experience and hope to bring honor to those of Mother Emanuel AME Church. They displayed their love and devotion and their faith in God with their forgiveness despite their pain.
It was Wednesday July 1st when I arrived downtown, early, to set up and paint with our Plein Air Painting group that I first saw the church since Dylann Roof opened fire on that fateful night. The Emanuel congregants exercised their true Faith and set the tone for the world when they forgave their attacker instead of retaliate. The out-pour of love and support by the Charlestonians and out-of-town visitors paying their respects was overwhelming. There are just no words to describe it; except that it was on display before my eyes in the flowers, momentos, American Flags and endless visitors paying their respects. . . . I just had to paint that. I am reminded of the story when Jesus was sitting with his host at a dinner party when all of a sudden a woman came in and broke open an alabaster jar full of very expensive fragrant perfume made of nard and poured it all over Jesus. At His feet she cried tears and used her hair and kisses to wipe and clean His feet. It made everyone in attendance angry but Jesus said she did it for His burial. [see Mark 14:3-6]
Her tribute would be an everlasting memorial to Him. What I experienced with my heart and saw with my eyes, at the "feet" of Mother Emanuel, was reminiscent of the woman's tribute.
My heart swells with pride and awe at the humanity of this special church and of the people of this City we call home.
The full story can be read here: Mary's Paintings: July 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
The day that I was downtown painting with my Plein Air Painting friends, I was witness to the greatest examples of love and compassion as it unfolded before my very eyes in the people who came by to offer what they could to those of Mother Emanuel Church.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I started this and nearly finished it "en Plein Air" on location at Sullivan's Island station 30. I snapped a bunch of reference photos and put final touches on it when I returned to the studio.
This particular day was hot and sticky and although it was sunny, you could see by the dramatic cloud formations off shore that there was a storm in our near future.
These kind of cloudy days are so fun to capture on canvas!
This was a commission for a woman whose younger brunette looks a lot like my own son. . . I really enjoy painting these sweet "moments" in time: capturing little ones playing at the beach. So fun!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Painted En Plein Air on location at Longitude Lane which dead-ends into Meeting Street from East Bay Street near "Rainbow Row." This is a sweet, little private drive that is home to some of the most beautiful garages and backyard gates that connect to some of the most beautiful homes in historic Downtown Charleston, SC.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
This is the portrait painting I demonstrated for the Portrait Workshop over the weekend. Hopefully it shows the values and the temperature of color and all their respected shapes well.