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Thursday, July 02, 2015

"Tribute - Ode to Mother Emanuel AME Church"

12"x12" Oil on Canvas Painted Alla Prima En Plein Air

Mother Emanuel AME Church has been in the National news much lately.  At the time of this painting, it had been just two weeks when a young 21-year old man, deranged with hate and evil, was welcomed into this historic, Downtown church by her Parishioners gathered for a Prayer Meeting. After sitting for an hour with them he then stood up and shot to death 9 innocent lives including their beloved Pastor.
This blog post requires more than just posting a painting.  There is a long story that goes along with this image that I am unable to go into just yet.  I will "finish" this painting up a bit more; it needs a little refining.  There is just too much yet to say.  I will follow up with another post.

"Betty's American Flag"

12"x12" Oil on Canvas painted alla prima en plein air

One of my favorite places to paint is in the Old Village on Bennett Street.  Betty always has a spectacular garden waiting for us and her cottage home is so picturesque!

"Standing Watch"

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  painted alla prima en plein air

Standing under that big oak between Stella Maris and Fort Moultrie I took this vantage and painted.  Just in time for Independence Day.

"View From The Fort"

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel  Painted alla prima, en plein air.

On that cold, Spring day looking out over the span of yard from the top of the Fort (at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island, SC) was this view.  In the far distance one can make out the hint of our other historic site, Fort Sumter.

"Sullivan's Oak Tree Study"

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

There is a big, beautiful Oak Tree near the Stella Maris Church and the historic Fort Moultrie that gracefully "dances."  I love attempting these studies. They challenge me.

"Fort Moultrie Canon"

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

This was painted back in March/April when the weather was unseasonably cold.  This has been quite a busy spring time for me and I have neglected keeping up with my blog.  My apologies.

This is basically a study of the structures at the historic Fort Moultrie interior - Trying out composition and value. The canon as well as the the sloping yard and brick wall created wonderful value shapes from which to work.  Then my hands got too cold to hold the brush and I called it a day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Discovery II - Beach Baby in Blue Series"

30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

It is summer time!  I love watching how the little ones marvel at their first trip to the beach.  It's a glorious place and continues to cause wonder to all those who visit.

Available at Hagan Fine Art & Studio  www.haganfineart.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Today's Unfinished Plein Air Painting: "Shrimp House"

11"x14" Oil on Canvas

Today we painted at Shem Creek where many shrimpers dock their boats and process their catch.

The day was gorgeous and sunny and very warm!  Our unusual, cool (cold) spring has ended.  The Low-country weather is back on its sweltering track!  By noon it was knocking on 98 degrees!  This will explain why I was unable to finish this painting.
I will work into it more but wanted to post proof that I was out there today.
I'll re-post when this painting is complete.

"Morning Misty Homestead" SOLD

22"x28" Oil on Canvas   sold

The Virginia mountains are majestic in the early Autumn.  This is a commission and it's a surprise. . . Shhhhhh!!! ;)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Guest Speaker & Portrait Demo for the Trenholm Artist Guild of Columbia, SC

What a time we had last night in Columbia!

I was invited to be the Guest Speaker and do a Portrait Demonstration for the Trenholm Artist Guild of Columbia, SC.  This meeting was the last of their monthly meetings before the summer break. When we all arrived at the Government facility where they gather, we found a note on the door which said, "Closed for Monday May 11th, 2015 in observance of the Confederate Memorial Day"

Gasp!  (honestly, I never knew there was a Confederate Memorial Day)

I had just driven about an hour and a half from home to participate (and hadn't visited a bathroom yet HA!) and now it looked as though the meeting would not go on.  There were scattered and isolated thunderstorms and wind gusts in the area which cancelled out any prospects of holding the meeting outside.

As we waited for the President to arrive the ever increasing group stood under the shelter of the drive through entrance as the members whose turn it was to bring the food offered person by person bite-sized cheese & cracker yumminess to those who waived dinner plans in anticipation of homemade nibbles.  We stood munching and brain-storming about what to do.  It was suggested that we
re-convene the following Monday (ironically that was the only day I had NO "to do" item listed on my phone's calendar!), and this sounded like a good idea.

Then it was suggested we try to find another location.

Any other Government facility would be closed, so someone yelled out, "Let's call to see if the Lizard's Thicket has a banquet room available!"

Sure enough the local chain of Southern Cooking meat-and-three-sides was ready and willing to have 45-50 artists invade their back room, and have an oil painting demo, with no guarantee any food would be ordered. This is Southern Hospitality at its best!

The few images above may tell the remaining story, but to put it simply, we all had a blast!  I especially appreciated the resilience and good humor of this group of artists who will take a blow and make it better.  At the end, everyone chipped in some cash to pay the hard-working folks at the Two Notch Road Lizard's Thicket as a hearty "thank you" for being so gracious and for hosting us at a moment's notice.

The night's experience energized me and reminded me of the goodness of people.  There was never a grumble or a complaint, only problem-solving and genuine smiles.  I really like the group at the Trenholm Artist Guild!

Thanks, y'all, for having me!!  I hope we get together again soon! XO!

Oh, and yes, thanks to Lizard's Thicket for having a clean rest room too.  (smile)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Thanks to Allison Hull of the Hagan Fine Art and Gallery on State Street in downtown Charleston, SC, "North, South, East and West" was SOLD today!!

Thanks Hagan Fine Art & Gallery!!  More work is on its way to you!!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Exciting Exhibiting and Plein Air Painting News!!

Join me as I have been invited to participate as one of this year's Plein Air Painters for the Joy Garden Tour in Cashiers, NC happening in July.
Ticket order information went in the mail last week for Joy Garden Tour 2015. Have you received yours? This year features five stunning gardens and several fabulous special events for patrons. Be sure to order soon…quantities are limited and this popular event is always a sell out!

OPENING RECEPTION | April - May 2015 - Exhibitions

Join me as I participate as one of the exhibiting artists for "Taste Of Charleston"

OPENING RECEPTION | April - May 2015 - Exhibitions

Duration of Exhibits: April 11th - May 30th, 2015

Main Gallery: "Taste of Charleston: South Carolina Series"
Taste of Charleston, a premiere exhibition from a new South Carolina series, will showcase works that highlight traditional Charleston scenes.

Special Exhibits Gallery: Barbara van Gelderen
A stunning selection of oil-based portraits by local artist, Barbara van Gelderen.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11th @ 5-7 pm
Wine & hor d'oeuvres with a Charleston flair!

SPONSORED BY: Josephine B. Abney

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Before The Day Begins"

9"x12" Oil on Canvas

Camp Merrie-Woode on Fairfield Lake is the scene of this painting.  All is quiet and still as the cool mist and the warm sun rise for yet another fun-filled day at camp.

available at Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC

"Geechie Dock"

8"x10" Oil on Canvas painted en plein air on location at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC.  The morning we all met out here to paint was one of the first sunny days we've experienced here the Lowcountry and I actually got a little bit of sunburn on my neck (yes, even with sunscreen)!  And we had an addition to our group: a most talented, visiting Canadian Artist.  So great to know you, Sara Jane!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Distant Old Bald" SOLD

16"x20" Oil on Canvas  SOLD

Old Bald is the name of the granite-faced mountain which overlooks Fairfield Lake within one of the most beautiful locations in the region: Camp Merrie-Woode, an all-girls summer camp in Sapphire NC.
It's a magical place!

Monday, March 09, 2015

"A Length Ahead"

20"x24" Oil on Linen/Canvas

April through October 2015 Tryon North Carolina becomes a beacon for Horse Lovers of all kind.  I've been blessed with an invitation to participate as one of the Exhibiting Artists for the Equestrian Center's Art Show coordinating with this exciting season.  Above will be just one of the many paintings featured.

"A Length Ahead" is available at Skyuka Fine Art Gallery after April 1st.

Address: 133 N Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782

"Basking In The Sun"

20"x24" Oil on Linen/Canvas

Another painting to be featured in the Skyuka Fine Art Gallery during the Equestrian Center's Exhibit and Show.

Available at www.skyukafineart.com

"Masters of The Hunt"

22"x28" Oil on Linen Canvas

I've been invited to participate with Skyuka Art Gallery, the Equestrian Center's Art Gallery in Tryon, NC, during their season-long event this April 1st through October 2015.  This is just one of the paintings that will be showing there.

Available through Skyuka Art Gallery Address: 133 N Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782

Monday, March 02, 2015

"Safe From The Surf"

11"x14" Oil on Canvas

I love these little children-at-the-beach vignettes.  More to come!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Reagan's Portrait"

 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" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

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.

"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" NFS

6"x6" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas  Gifted

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  nfs charitable donation

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" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Canvas  sold

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" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

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   sold

These cute little plein air paintings make wonderful Stocking Stuffers for Christmas and the Holidays!

"Sullivan's Island"

 8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

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.

"Water Cooler" (Pelicans) SOLD

36"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas  Sold

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014