Friday, March 25, 2011
I painted this "En Plein Air" standing in the midst of a gorgeous garden designed by renowned Landscape Architect Mary Palmer Dargan. The following is but a snippet of her credentials.
Hugh Dargan, ASLA and Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA are the principals of Dargan Landscape Architects located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.
Great Garden SpeakerMary Palmer Dargan, ASLA, APLD
Design a lifelong landscape in four easy steps to produce food, healthy activity, social interaction and stress reduction. Enhance the quality of life at home with practical advice from this inspirational landscape architect with over 30 years experience.
Lifelong Landscape Design: Gardens for Health and Longevity is landscape architect, Mary Palmer Dargan’s current work. “Every homeowner can enhance the quality of their garden life on properties great or small. Fresh food, outdoor activity, events with friends and family and a refuge for recharging one’s batteries are my goal for every landscape. “
Thirty years of designing landscapes for private clients in exclusive places from the coast of California to the low country of the Carolinas has equipped Mary Palmer with a sharp eye for detail and a humorous, no nonsense approach to getting things done. “Form follows function, then beautify” is her mantra.
With an ear tuned to clients’ needs and her eye on the horizon, Mary Palmer extracts the best future use of a home landscape. Her best-selling design book, Timeless Landscape Design: The Four Part Master Plan was co-written with her design partner and husband, landscape architect Hugh Graham Dargan, and is considered to be essential kit for any homeowner or landscape designer.
Mary Palmer is a well-known expert in field of landscape design. For three decades, the Dargan’s gardens have appeared in hundreds of style magazines and in over 40 books. Dargan gardens appear regularly on television, such as Ground Breakers on HGTV. Numerous awards include those from The Garden Club of American and American Society of Landscape Architects.
Professional training with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, enabled Ms. Dargan to launch her design career in 1982, and she soon combined forces with Hugh Dargan in Charleston SC. In thirty years, Dargan contributed to hundreds of projects in over 20 states and is approved by the Council of Landscape Architectural Review Board. She holds licenses in eight states.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Woodlands Inn, a AAA Five Diamond; Forbes Five Star Resort in the heart of Historic Summerville near Charleston South Carolina, the Woodlands Inn has re-invented the Lowcountry Sunday Brunch. This sumptuous event features Lowcountry favorites, utilizing local produce and products, and a dazzling dessert display. Each dish is created by Woodlands’ Five Star culinary team, led by Executive Chef Andrew Chadwick, while live musical entertainment adds to the ambience.
Guests can also enjoy the “Artist’s Palate” feature, where a local artist takes up residence in the Dining Room during brunch and paints a Lowcountry landscape or feature.
I was invited to showcase my painting prowess and portraiture on March 20th.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
It was all about shapes today. The shapes of the horizon line drew my eye here. . . The clouds were moving in swiftly from over the ocean which made for interesting shapes as well. (A "no-see-um" got caught in my wet paint in the center of the sky. Ooops!!)
While at Fort Moultrie I noticed this little sandy path leading out of the museum property toward a house tucked cozily in a mass of trees. The backyard property of this home overlooks the water. I loved how the large tree's shadow in the pathway made for interesting shapes of color.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Near my home is a quaint little town with cafe's and trendy shops. I loved how the red umbrellas brightened up this cafe front. As the sun was setting and the shadows lengthened, I had to work quickly to capture the sparkle that I originally saw.