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In turn, I want to give you one of my personal favorite paintings I painted en plein air during the 2017 Joy Garden Tour. This garden was located at the top of a mountain with views of three major mountains and three states!! (North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina; Chimney Rock Mountain, Rock Mountain and Whiteside Mountain - which I was told as I painted Whiteside that it is the world's oldest mountain!)
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A dear, dear friend of mine and my husband has two cute little girls. When I saw the photograph of their youngest in her recital garb holding the bouquet of roses to congratulate her on her first performance, I HAD to paint it!
The cuteness abounds and the expression says volumes with this one!!
My second plein air painting of today. . . I am inlove with this little village. The Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC is so charming and attractive. While my friend and I were painting a couple visiting the area approached us as they walked their Chesapeake Retriever and we made new friends! It's the charm of this place!
While at the beach plein air painting a few years ago, I brought along my son to play while I worked. He looked so cute that I paused from my painting to snap a few shots of him. When I returned to the studio to observe my photos this one grabbed me as if to say, "Paint Me!" and so here it is.
My heart is to convey the awesomeness of life through the innocence of children at play, especially at the beach. Don't limit me with the innocence of "children" at play; no, what makes my heart sing is the revelation of people and families and animals living life in quiet joy. That joyful amusement speaks volumes to me and tells the story of the sweet essence of Life in the midst of turmoil and chaos. I choose to see the beauty and the Love and the Joy of Life; which is, after all, a choice. I want to point to It in my paintings and remind the viewer what Life is really all about. I hope that it brings ultimate joy to you as it does to me.
9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
available at Mountain Mist Gallery
www.mountainmistgallery.com David Berger, owner/curator
Mailing address: 40 Perennial Dr., PO Box 2228
Cashiers, NC 28717
Camp Merrie-Woode is an all girls summer camp which holds promise of memory-making activities and friends. Overlooking the entire camp grounds is a granite-faced mountain named, "Old Bald."
The day in which parents drop off their campers is a very exciting one. Parents and campers arrive in the early hours before the "Pearly Gates" open to usher the new session and wait at what is known as the "drop off site." The iconic and gigantic Old Bald is the first to welcome you and waits along with you from across the expanse of Lake Fairfield.
This will mark my daughter's fourth session at Camp Merrie-Woode and I can say from experience that it doesn't matter how many times one has been here, the excitement of beginning a new session at Camp Merrie-Woode never lessens the feeling of great Anticipation.
On location at the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, I stood near the Ashley River which would have been traditionally the "front door" of the Magnolia Home. This path leads visitors from the river up to the house. These enormous reaching Water Oaks provide lovely shade along the path which is also dotted by colorful azalea bushes.
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!!!
8"x8" oil on linen gallery-wrapped canvas painted from life in the Alla Prima fashion SOLD
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.
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.
painted en plein air, alla prima, on location in Coastal Charleston South Carolina.
available at www.haganfineart.com
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!!
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!).
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!
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.
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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