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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Hey, I'm on YouTube!!

Hey friends,

I just returned from San Diego where I attended the 6th Annual Plein Air Conference & Expo (PACE17), a life-changing event to say the least!!

While painting in historic Old Town, unbeknownst to me, I was captured on video painting one of my plein air paintings (look for me when the scenes change from the indoor scenes to out-of-doors; I'm the one in the canvas gardening hat and grey shirt concentrating with such force smoke can be seen coming out of my ears! HA!!

This event was unbelievable and I must take some time to fully process the whole thing. The learning and net-working and bonding with other Fine Artists was top-notch all the way!

Check out this video and look fast, it's my one second of fame!!! HA!!!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Dappled Morning Light" SOLD


11"x14" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel painted on location, Alla Prima  sold

The Old Village of Mount Pleasant was our location for this morning's plein air painting group. This corner is one of my favorite locations on which to find lovely reference for plein air paintings. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Still Life with Blue Eggs"


14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

I found these beautiful blue chicken eggs and decided that they were meant to be painted.  
This still-life had to happen sooner rather than later so these gorgeous eggs wouldn't spoil.

I may get away from it for a while and finish it up, if necessary.

Almost There. . .


24"x18" Oil on Linen Canvas, 27 1/2"x21 1/2" Framed

I've got a few finishing touches to paint: soften edges, develop her eyes, clean up the nose of her pony among a few other things, but it is nearly finished.

"Abigail & Her Pony" 

Monday, April 10, 2017

"A Good Read"


16"x20" Oil on Linen Canvas painted from life

"Meloncholy"


8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Hydrangeas & Lemons"


8"x8" oil on linen gallery-wrapped canvas painted from life in the Alla Prima fashion

This sweet little still life was begging to be painted after a long day of painting en plein air.  My hostess had this beautiful pitcher of hydrangeas sitting on her kitchen counter near the window, and I painted this as the sun set outside under natural lighting.  As this painting progressed, I found I couldn't see the color in the values anymore, so I had to stop here.  
I like how it turned out despite my race against the clock to get it down before dark.

"Laundry Day" SOLD


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel painted Alla Prima & En Plein Air
on location in Rockville, SC  sold

 It was a very sunny day and we were painting in the shade of massive oak trees so I saw a lot of dappled sunlight on top of roofs and background items.  In order for the background (house) to remain in the background, I must diminish the importance of the warm tones and contrasts.

"Fresh From The Garden" SOLD




 14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel -sold-
Painted Alla Prima from Life during 
"2nd Sunday on King" at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio 
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
www.haganfineart.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Morning Marsh"


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
painted en plein air, alla prima, on location in Coastal Charleston South Carolina.

We couldn't have asked for a finer day to paint outside.  The weather was perfect!!  It is always so wonderful to be able to share the love of plein air painting with like-minded artist friends.  Missed those who couldn't be there with us today (and love and appreciate when nearby artist-friends ride up on their golf carts to show off their "precious cargo!") 
Today, one of our regular painters took time off from painting with us today in order to make time as she played host to her visiting son, daughter-in-law and new 3 month old granddaughter.  
They stopped by to introduce us to that beautiful baby and her daddy.  
Words cannot describe how beautiful this baby is!  Leslie, She stole my heart!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Morning Stretch" SOLD




"Morning Stretch" 6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel is SOLD at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

177 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401  www.haganfineart.com

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

"Oyster Cove"


11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel

What initially drew me to this place was how the low tide reveals such beautiful color and texture transitions in the pluff mud.  Additionally, the low tide reveals oyster clusters and beds.  The rocks made statements of their own until the water covered them all back up again.


If you'll notice, in the back, just under the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, there is a sweet little cove tucked away from all the boat traffic to our left (out of the frame).

PS- If you look closely, you'll note the many "no-see-ums" caught in my paint. . proof positive of a painting painted out-of-doors. I'll have to allow it to dry down and brush them out (ha!).

"A Gem of a View"


6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

Today's Plein Air Painting isn't even dry yet and I am posting.  This was the second one of two that were painted this morning.  I may go back into it and work it. . . but for now I must "Look Away!"

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Siesta" SOLD



6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

14"x16" Framed dimensions

"Reverie" SOLD



8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD
16"x14" Framed Dimensions

One of my first "loves" of the painting world is painting the figure 
and I was fortunate to secure this lovely model for a painting.

More to come!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Bridal Painting"


10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

Showcasing as a small example of the possibilities for 
new Brides and Brides-to-Be to remember their special day

I always enjoy when I can meet the owner of one of my "babies"


While demo-ing at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio last Saturday during the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE), I was fortunate to be present when 
the new owner of "Moving Off" came in during the festivities.  
Linda explained how she came to choose "Moving Off" to add to her collection 
and I was able to personalize her painting.  
Linda now is one of my family of friends and it feels as if we've been friends for a lifetime!  
Thank you, Linda!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Tulip Tree Blooms"


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

After trying to tackle the entire tulip tree in my previous post, I thought I might zero in on a few of its beautiful blooms against the dark backdrop of trees and bushes.

"Village Garden Shed"


11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel, painted en plein air - alla prima

Our painting group was invited to paint in the beautifully manicured backyard garden of an Old Village resident whose flowers and landscape never disappoint at any time of year.

Even in February our area is experiencing warm, sunny conditions and spring is in the air!  This tulip tree is in full floral regale and its showey pink and white blooms popped in the sunlight against the shadows of the trees and bushes behind.  The garden shed makes for a nice graphic feature amidst the soft vegetation.

Despite the composition mistakes, I enjoyed this process today.  The elements in this composition were so varied in texture, value and temperature and I just "had" to put it all down! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Hounds & Huntsmen"


30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

Featuring hounds jogging ahead to nose the scent. Trotting at a short distance behind are the Huntsman and staff who trained the Hounds.  Hilltoppers are riding farthest behind.  The morning is a cool, foggy start to a hopeful hunt.

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

www.haganfineart.com


Monday, January 30, 2017

"Intercoastal Wonder II" revised


30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

adapted from one of my personal favorite small plein air paintings I did from the Point on Sullivan's Island looking back up toward the Ben Sawyer Bridge.  The clouds were spectacular that morning; especially a grouping which seemed to have its own silver lining.

You may see this painting at the Boardwalk Inn in Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle O Palms, SC

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Moving Off" SOLD


"Moving Off" 24"x30" Oil on Linen Canvas sold

Moving Off is the signal that the hunt is commencing with a blast of the horn.
I'm gearing up for the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) coming to Charleston February 17,18 & 19, 2017

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Stately Elegance" revised


"Stately Elegance" 40"x30" Oil on Linen Canvas

I wanted the focus to be completely on the horse's face. So I concentrated most of my brushwork and detail work on that.  As one moves their attention away from the horse's head, the brushwork becomes less detailed and more loose.  By the time your eye gets to the edge of the painting, the brushwork is raw and broken-up till it is more like an abstract painting than a portrait.

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) is coming for its annual event the weekend of 
February 17, 18 & 19, 2017 and I'm gearing up with images that reflect that genre for the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio.

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

haganfineart.com

"Red Roofs of Charleston"


"Red Roofs of Charleston" 4"x12" painted en plein air on location in downtown Charleston


"All in a Row"


"All in a Row" 10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location at Sullivan's Island SC

The tide continued to flow outward lowering the water level to reveal the oysters underneath.  At one point they looked like neatly stacked lines of oysters all in a row.

You may see this painting at the Boardwalk Inn in Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle O Palms, SC

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Oyster Beds"


"Oyster Beds" 8"x8" Oil on Linen Panel
Painted en plein air on location from Sullivan's Island SC

The tide was moving quickly and as it moved out what was revealed were beds upon beds of oysters!

You may see this painting at the Boardwalk Inn in Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle O Palms, SC

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

www.haganfineart.com

"Magnolia's Red Bridge" SOLD


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

This iconic bridge is located in historic Magnolia Gardens in Charleston SC.  A small group of us visited this lovely plantation to paint on a perfect spring day.

available

"Fort Moultrie Plein Air Studies"


"Edge of the Field (at Fort Moultrie)" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location at Fort Moultrie



"Tree Study (at Fort Moultrie)" 6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

"Orange Still Life Studies"


"Orange Slices" 8"x6" Oil on Linen mounted Foam Board Panel
painted from life; I must re photograph this, The colors are all off; the truer ground is warmer.


"Oranges with Enamel Coffee Mug" 10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

"River Path to Magnolia Garden House"


12"x12" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location at Historic Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, SC

available contact the artist artistmlh@yahoo.com

"Shem Creek Studio"


"Shem Creek Studio" 8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel
painted en plein air on location at Shem Creek near the Geechie Dock

Elizabeth Middour is a friend with whom I often paint plein air.  When Elizabeth isn't busy running her charming Old Village Shop, The Green Shutter, she occasionally invites our painting group to come out to her studio and paint with her. The views never fail to provide amazing painting references!  This is only one of the many angles I chose to paint out here.  
Its inspiration abounds!

Available at the
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

www.haganfineart.com


"Secret Passage"


"Secret Passage" 10"x10" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on Sullivan's Island near Station 19

This was painted from a friend's back porch overlooking what was their secret path to the beach on Sullivan's Island.  I loved the shapes that the sunshine in contrast to the shadows made together.

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

www.haganfineart.com

"The House that Love Built" & "Generations of Love" Commissioned Set of Two SOLD


"The House That Love Built" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel sold
Painted en Plein Air and finalized in the studio.

This is a story of a 10-acre homestead in the heart of Mount Pleasant SC whose family built and lived for over three generations.  It was decided that the remaining two grandchildren would sell the property, since they each lived in other parts of the country with their own growing families.


"Generations of Love" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel, painted en plein air on location 
and finalized in the studio sold

The Realtor who handled the transition and sale of this property has a heart the size of Texas! 

Imagine the stories he over heard the property owners tell of the porch swing out front where true love was first declared or the sitting stool Daddy built by hand as a little boy; 
or memories of planting the sapling trees that grew into climbing trees in the front yard.  
They grew so large that they now shade the entire front quarter acre.
  
He empathized with the family letting go of their long established homestead and thought to capture its image on canvas before the buyer could demolish it from sight.
This Realtor, who handled the sale of the property and listened intently to the memories shared by the sellers, decided to commission paintings of this home to give to each remaining descendant for a commemorative memorial.  What a generous and heart-felt gesture!

I recently drove by the property to catch another glimpse of this building which housed so many sweet memories and aged along side its inhabitants over the generations of life well lived but it was gone.  There was nothing but the rubble of ancient brick and wood siding where someone's home once stood.  And my heart felt a little ache of sadness, yet bittersweet because of the forethought of their Realtor (who thought beyond what he could get out of the deal).

This entire process warmed my heart and enriched my belief in our fellow man through the generosity and kindness of this Realtor.  I will tell you his name if you leave me a comment and a way to privately message you until I might get his permission to use his name on this site.

Hug your loved ones today.  After all, it's only a house but it is those we love that make it a home.













Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3 Amigos SOLD

32"x32" Oil on Linen Canvas, sold

These little Sandpipers are so cute but so tough to catch standing still!  One must be quick with the camera to get a good shot.  This was painted in my studio after visiting Charleston's beautiful beaches; and luckily I was armed with my camera!

Thanks to the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio for finding a place to call "home" for these three little friends.

www.haganfineart.com

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Our Special Place (Fulton V II)" SOLD


"Our Special Place (Fulton V II)" 12"x12" Oil on Canvas sold

This Charleston Restaurant is a local favorite.  Fulton V's charm is evident in its food and ambiance.  I enjoyed painting it so much I had to paint it again; my new favorite!!


A detail

Saturday, December 03, 2016

"Old Village Charm - Hibbon Street"


6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

it was a rather blustery and chilly day but one can't get over the fact that there is such charm and beauty in this lovely little village.  
This was my latest plein air painting with fellow artists friends, 
Leslie Pratt-Thomas and Elizabeth Middour

"Red Rooftops of Charleston"


4"x12" Oil on Linen Canvas

This was a spectacular day to be out plein air painting with fellow artist friends, Janie Ball and Fallon Donahoo!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Fulton V" SOLD


12"x12" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air on location
SOLD at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

One of Charleston's most charming restaurants, Fulton V (Five) is also one of Charleston's finest serving incredible Italian-American Cuisine in a most intimate setting. 
Fulton V's charm and style is exemplified through its street-side facade and I wanted to capture it as the sun set before the dinner hour.

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

www.haganfineart.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Clementine Still Life"


12"x12" Oil on Linen Panel painted from life alla prima
available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Yesterday it took me over 2-1/2 hours to set up the still life and make it just right in order
to paint, "Crystal & Cotton" (previous post). 
I was bringing in all types of items to place with the cotton still life and happened to have this silver kettle and china plate and three pretty orange clementines and noticed what a beautiful little painting they would make on their own.  So it was my plan to set up again this morning to paint what inspired me yesterday during yesterday's painting.

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

www.haganfineart.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

"Crystal & Cotton Still Life" SOLD


20"x10" Oil on Linen Canvas  sold
SOLD at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Painted Alla Prima using fresh bloomed cotton picked out of a field found outside of Sumter, SC

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

www.haganfineart.com

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Beach Day Discoveries" SOLD


12"x12" Oil on Linen Panel - From the "Discoveries" Series  sold

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

www.haganfineart.com

Friday, November 18, 2016

"Sweet Grass Tidal Creek" Gifted

8"x6" Oil on Linen Birch Panel   NFS  - gifted

This is a sweet little Plein Air painting I did at the Shem Creek Park a couple of weeks ago.  It was such a pretty day; a bit cooler than normal but the sun kept you quite warm.  Very comfortable for a November day.

Also November marks the time when lowcountry sweet grasses transition from summer green into striking fuchsia-colored sprays.

Each season in the Lowcountry has its own bounty of glorious color!