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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Reagan's Portrait" (Almost Complete)

 Black PrismaColor Pencil (smudge-free charcoal) on 24"x18" Canson Acid-Free Paper

Can you just feel the joy in this little girl's countenance?  Isn't she just a little cutie??  I am stopping at this point to "check in" with Mom & Dad about the status of her portrait but she is just so cute I had to share in the meantime!

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Lush Bouquet"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel

The Charleston Artist Collective is a great online gallery to find little gems from some of Charleston's finest artists.  Each month the artists decide on a Theme by which they create their artwork, and with every art sale 10% goes to benefit a local charity.  "Lush" is March's theme and the charity is the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Fancy Rooster"

8"x10" Oil on Canvas  NFS - Donation

This was painted for a fund-raiser for my daughter's school.  These Roosters and hens are so fun to paint.  I may be posting more soon.

"Window Sill & Apples"

12"x12" Oil on Canvas

It was a bit too cold to paint en Plein Air this week so I decided to stay in the studio to catch up on some work.  I had these apples sitting on the window sill and loved the way they looked in the sunshine.  If nothing else, it was a fun painting to paint.  Again, I may re-post this image.  In reality, the apples are much softer where the color/temperature transitions are.

"Shem Creek Shack"

8"x10" Oil on Canvas

Last week's plein air painting was a bit on the chilly side. Here is a little painting I did from a completely different vantage point. . . a fun, new discovery.

This will be available as part of the Charleston Artist Collective's "Pluff Mud" Theme in April.
www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Sheep In The Meadow" Updated




30"x40" Oil on Canvas

While I was in North Carolina, I had the privilege to visit a couple of farms and was lucky enough to engage these elusive sheep.  I was told that they stayed in the woods (in the background) to stay cool.  However, on this particular day the heat turned to a light shower which cooled everything off when the sun came back out.  It was glorious!  I snapped photographs as fast as I could before they slipped back into hiding.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Pylon Procession"

14"x11" Oil on Canvas  Painted Alla Prima of the docks at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC.

February's Theme at The Charleston Artist Collective is "Passages" and this one will be available as one of the themed paintings.  With every art purchase, 10% is donated to a local charity. It is good to know your support helps so many beyond the online gallery and artists.

"Through The Trees"

6"x6" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas  (available February 2015 at www.charlestonartistcollective.org)  Painted En Plein Air, Alla Prima on location on Sullivan's Island, SC.  These are three of several Palmetto Trees out in front of the visitor center of Fort Moultrie.  I stood at the fork in the road between Stella Maris Church and Fort Moultrie.

Wow, was it cold out there today!!  But, Yay Us, who all showed up to brave the near freezing temperatures and wind chills.  The sun was bright and the sky was clear and the air was so fresh; it was a beautiful day to be out painting!

"Passages" is February's Charleston Artist Collective's Theme.  "Through The Trees" will be in that collection.


"How'D Do, Ladies"

12"x12" Oil on Canvas

While in the North Carolina mountains, I was painting at a farm surrounded by the most comical chickens and roosters.  Their personalities really shine and this rooster was the headliner!  In this picture I took, he looked as though he were "tipping his hat" to the chickens as he walked by them strutting all around the yard.  Hence, the title, "How'D Do, Ladies."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Red Tin Roof - Shem Creek Study"

8"x8" Oil on Linen En Plein Air, Alla Prima

Our painting group went back to Shem Creek and the weather could not have been more pleasant.  The sun was so warm on this mid-January day on the water that you didn't really need a jacket.  I wanted to capture as loosely as possible another view from my last visit.  The photograph's color is off a bit, but I hope it conveys what I was trying to say.

Friday, January 16, 2015

"Calm At The Docks"

11"x14" Oil on Canvas

This painting started out as a plein air painting on location at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC.  However, it was so incredibly cold that it made my fingers numb.  I painted as much information as I could, and it was nearly finished, when I could no longer move my hands and hold a paint brush.  I just finished it up in the studio.  I want to go back there and try another one. . . the day I was here, at Shem Creek, it was so beautiful!  The lavender and warm yellow colors of the sky show that there were indeed frozen crystals in the atmosphere . . . all from that freezing cold air!

"Girl Talk"

22"x28" Oil on Canvas

I snapped this shot while at a farm in the mountains of North Carolina near Cashiers.  The personalities of the hens and roosters were comical!  That rooster was strutting around like he owned the place and the hens seemed so taken by his swagger and charm.

"Merrie-Woode Morning II"

11"x14" Oil on Canvas

Camp Merrie-Woode is a girls' camp in the mountains of North Carolina.  This was a commission for a former camper whose two little girls are carrying on the family tradition there.  This painting was painted after a plein air painting I did while I was actually standing in this spot.  However, that painting has long been sold.  We changed it a little bit by taking one of the sail boats out and breaking up the fore and middle grounds.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Patiently Awaiting - Portrait of Brooke"

20"x16" Oil on Canvas

Such a beautiful little girl. . . she looks just like her Momma.  In memory of a beautiful, yet short life; Brooke shined like the sun in the lives of those who knew her.  She awaits, patiently, in Heaven for the rest of us to join that glorious Light.  Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Break in the Fog at Shem Creek" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Canvas   SOLD

This is the second of the two paintings I painted last week at the docks of The Wreck at Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC.  The dolphins were swimming by and you knew it without looking because they loudly blew out their breath as they surfaced.  The fog was SO Thick and then suddenly there was a break at one section of the sky allowing some sun to warm us.  What drama!
This one might be sold: email artistmlh@yahoo.com for more information

"Foggy Creek"

6"x8" Oil on Linen panel

This was the first of two plein air paintings from last week.  The weather was so great because it was so thick with fog.  Fog creates an unusual atmosphere in which to paint en plein air and it was so wild! I loved it!  I hope we have many more of these atmospheric opportunities.
available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Sweet Camellia"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

One of my personal favorite paintings of the Flower series.  This Camellia Tree is found in the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC and I can only guess how old it is!  They are blooming at this time when all other species of blooms and flowers have faded.  Available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Plantation Oak" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

This is an Oak Tree overhanging the Ashley River on the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC.  Available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Charleston Steeples"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

These cute little plein air paintings make wonderful Stocking Stuffers for Christmas and the Holidays!  Available at www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Sullivan's Island"

 8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

Available at The Charleston Artist Collective www.charlestonartistcollective.org

Monday, December 01, 2014

Wedding Location

9"x12" Oil on Canvas

This was a while in the making for a wedding which took place in August.  It was located out-of-town from me and I was unable to attend but I wanted to give a gift that will hopefully be a forever cherished memory of their special day.  I had to sneak and have my "secret agents" in the town of the wedding go before hand to this spot to snap pictures for me so I could use them as references for the painting.  And then they had to get the images to me.  Finally, the painting is complete.  Now to dry it and send it off to them.  Wish me luck!

"Morning Glow"

24"x30" Oil on Canvas

Available at www.mountainmistgallery.com Contact David Berger for more information:
(828) 743-1801

This particular Hydrangea bush is located at one of my personal favorite painting spots in the Old Village in Mount Pleasant, SC.  This garden is always so perfectly pruned and planted and is a glorious sight year 'round.  This was captured in the early morning sunlight.  The warm tones of the clear sunshine caught the hydrangea in such a way that it glowed!  You can bet you'll be seeing more paintings from this place.

"Pelicans"



36"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas

This was so fun because I painted this strictly with a palette knife.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Portrait of Noah & Corley" final


20"x24" Oil on GessoBord brand panel

I worked out Noah's face and their surroundings a bit more.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

"Rising With The Sun" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

This is a little Plein Air Painting I did Alla Prima today.  I brought it home and haven't touched it.

We were standing at the top of the Majestic Square Parking Garage, downtown Charleston.  The weather was so nice; much nicer than the chillier temperatures we had been experiencing the past couple of days.  So nice, in fact, that I could have dressed for summer weather.

It's uncertain whether or not I'll go back into this to "beef" up the structure of the closest steeple; as I like its freshness even if the drawing isn't perfect.  Lately, I've been challenging myself to "loosen up" and leave the "fresh" brush stroke alone.  I'm not so much out for perfection of drawing but of the brush work.  If the brush stroke and hue are right, the drawing will take care of itself.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Pluff Mud Marsh" SOLD

12"x12" Oil on Canvas SOLD

Painted En Plein Air on location at the Boat Landing Station 26 on Sullivan's Island, SC.  The first of two paintings today. . . when we first arrived, the tide was way low!  Pluff mud is the soft, gooey mud that lies beneath the brackish water of this tidal creek.  It seems to reflect every color under the sun!  The second painting I did shows how the tide came up in the same spot.

It was a lovely day to paint outside!

"Serenity"

8"x10" Oil on Canvas Painted En Plein Air on location at the Boat Landing at Station 26 on Sullivan's Island.

The title comes from a dear friend, with whom I painted at this spot, whose son paddle boards at this location.  He comes not only for the exercise but to clear away the clutter in his head and he finds calm and peace.  It is a peaceful spot.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Black Beauty"

11"x14" Oil on GessoBord panel

Finished up another "Portrait" painting of a gorgeous horse which is home to the Charleston Therapeutic Riding Stables

"Portrait of Noah & Corley"

Aren't they just the cutest?


 I just love how the light "glows" through the ears of little boys in a back-light situation!


16"x20" Oil on GessoBord Panel

My goal was to only put detail on the children's faces
 and everything else around them blurrs out as the viewer's eye travels away from them.

Another close up of "Portrait of Noah & Corley"

 this is another close up of Noah

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Study: Pecan Trees"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

'Tis that time of the year for fresh pecans!!
This was also painted en plein air at the end of Sullivan's Island, SC

"Low Creek Bed"

7"x5" Oil on Linen panel

I love painting here. . . this view is from Shem Creek Park looking out from the shelter.  The tide was out and when it is, interesting shapes and colors are created between the pluff mud, water and grasses.  I love painting here!

"Palm Tree Study" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

Another study of shapes and color.  Painted en plein air on Sullivan's Island, SC

"Blue Skies & Palms" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

Another glorious day in the Lowcountry!  The shapes of the trees this day captured my attention.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"Boat Landing" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen mounted on Birch Board  SOLD

After painting "Golden Tidal Creek" I turned 180 degrees into the sun.  This view shows the oyster shell road leading to where I stood near the edge of the tidal creek.  Rains have been relentless and today was only the second sunny day I've seen in over a week.  So I wanted to capture the glisten of the sun on the pluff mud and marsh.  The tree line hides the Sullivan's Island neighborhood beyond.  What a beautiful day to paint!!!

"Golden Tidal Creek" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Canvas   SOLD

Today is the first day of October and the marsh grasses are beginning to reveal that time of year when they turn from their deep green hue to a more amber tone. . . Some say the marshes are less attractive this time of year.  For me, the golden grasses tell us of cooler days and cozier nights.  Like the "Leaf Peepers" who visit the Northeast to view the glorious color of the changing leaves, this is the Lowcountry's time to celebrate the changing seasons of summer to fall.

Friday, September 26, 2014

"2 As One" NFS - Gifted

"2 As One" 8"x6" Oil on Linen Framed

A dear friend's eldest was married this past Spring of 2014 under this magnificent Oak Tree on their property.  This is to commemorate that lovely day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Norton Falls at Lake Glenville" Final (I promise)

24"x30" Oil on Canvas

I just couldn't leave this alone!  As I stare at it in my home everyday I see things that "need work," so I decided to go back into it a bit.  I am pleased that I did. "Glenville Falls" just needed some finishing touches. Now it is ready to go to the gallery in Cashiers, NC.