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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

"Old Village Path" SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Gessobord Panel  sold
This is my Plein Air Painting from this morning.  While painting this, the owner came out and gave us a tour of his property and invited us back to paint some more.  I am so excited to get back there to capture his lovely grounds which offer about a year's worth of paintings!  More to come. . .

"Patiently Waiting - Home Team BBQ" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord Panel  Sold

"Sullivan" is the Yellow Lab waiting patiently for her human parents outside their favorite haunt.

"Come Sit With Me II" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord Panel   SOLD

This is such a popular spot that I had to paint it twice!

"Hilltop View" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord brand panel  sold

Sullivan's Island, SC, boasts a large "hill" near the business district behind the Gazebo and next door to the Fire Department which allows views from the beach all the way across to the marsh.  The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse is just one of those views looking back toward the driveway up the mound.

Extended Poses

24"x18" drawing pad
Thanks to Sam for organizing this drawing group!


Paper size: 24"x18"
It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to practice my Life Drawing Skills: the standard by which artists measure their basic of artistic abilities.  Capturing the gracefulness and lyrical movement of the human form has always been my favorite next to the portrait.

"Life Drawing Gestural Sketch"

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Through The Gate" SOLD

6"x6" Oil on Gessobord Panel  sold

"Pumpkin & Peppers"

8"x6" Oil on  Linen Panel

"Coastal Beacon" SOLD

5"x7" Oil on Gessobord Panel  Sold

"Carolina Shore Birds" SOLD

5"x7" Oil on Gessobord Panel   sold

December's Theme is "Stocking Stuffers" at The Charleston Artist Collective.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Autumn Creek" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Gessobord Panel   sold

I am loving these little gems!

"Charleston Roof Tops II" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Gessobord Panel   sold
"Stocking Stuffers" is December's Theme for The Charleston Artist Collective.  The Wednesday painters braved a very chilly and windy day when this was painted.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Sunshine on My Shoulders" SOLD

7"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   SoldThe Wednesday painters were out at Briar's Creek Country Golf Club when this was painted.  It is part of the Charleston Artist Collectives Theme "Song Titles"

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Church Street View" Morning Painting of the OPA paint Out

9"x12" Oil on GessoBord brand Panel

My morning painting for the Oil Painters of America Paint Out in Downtown Charleston, SC.  We could not have ordered up a nicer day to be outside painting!  thank you, my friends, who came out to visit me while I painted this one.

"Church Street Neighborhood"

9"x12" Oil on GessoBord brand Panel

The afternoon glow was really spectacular bouncing between these two buildings on Church Street in Downtown Charleston, SC!

At the End of the Day - The OPA Paint Out

WHEW!  What a day!  It was beautiful, and cool, yet got warm and then cool again. . . this is me at the end of the day next to my paintings.  Thank you, Hilarie!!  You did a great job putting together this year's OPA Paint Out Charleston!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Painting With Old & New Friends!

Mary Edna, Karen Weihs and me painting on Sullivan's last Thursday.  Not pictured are Judy Fuller and Jane Smithers who are such incredible artists and lovely women who make me laugh!  Such fun!

"Through the Gate" SOLD

6"x6" Oil on Gessobord brand panel

It was a grey day last Thursday when I was invited by a dear friend, Karen Weihs, to join some new friends to paint on Sullivan's Island.  Fun!

"Home Team BBQ" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Gessobord brand panel   sold

Another one for November's theme: "Text In Art" for The Charleston artist Collective.  I've wanted to paint this for a couple of years now. . . "Text in Art" gave me a great excuse to do it!

"Hilltop View" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord brand panel   Sold

Today, Anne and I spent our Wednesday painting at the top of the mound behind the Fire Department on Sullivan's Island.  The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse which you see in the distance in my painting is located all the way on the opposite side of the island!  the views are spectacular since you are up so high.  So unlike the "Lowcountry!"

"Kiss Hug"

12"x16" Oil on Gessobord brand panel

Can I be any more literal than this for November's "Text In Art" theme??  But to know me is to know I love hugs and kisses from my family and friends!

"Welcome To Sullivan's Island"

6"x6" Oil on Gessobord brand panel

"Text in Art" exercise for November's Theme at the Charleston Artist Collective

"Warning Sign"

9"x12" Oil on Gessobord brand panel

It was a cloudy, overcast day last Wednesday when we met at Fort Moultrie to paint.  "Text In Art" is the Theme for The Charleston Artist Collective in November.  A challenge, no doubt, for me.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Charleston Florist" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Gessobord brand panel   SOLD

I was spotted by Scout Magazine (see my Face Book post on October 10: facebook.com/maryhoffman)  This is what I was painting in that photo.  I'm on King street and that's Viextemps Bridal Boutique and the Charleston Florist for "Text in Art" which is the Collective's November theme.  Enjoy!

"Enter - One Way"

12"x9" Oil on Gessobord brand panel

"Text in Art" is our next theme for November at the Charleston Artist Collective
I was on King Street painting this one near the Library which happens to be the first library established in the USA.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Your Hands" JJ Heller (Our Lady of Mercy) SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen panel   Sold

October for the Charleston Artist Collective features "Song Titles" as a theme.  I had so many songs I wanted to paint a painting of, but time always seems so short. . . perhaps I'll continue and do it anyway.  But on October 1st the following paintings will be my 5 featured works. 

This one was painted En Plein Air (as all of them are) at "Our Lady of Mercy" on James Island.  The property is so pretty and it boasts views of Charleston Harbor and Downtown.  Enjoy!

"Maid With The Flaxen Hair" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on GessoBord brand Panel  Sold

The Wednesday painters were blessed again to be invited to paint on location of "Our Lady of Mercy" on James Island. This locale offered us opposite views facing back toward where we normally paint.

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra performs this beautiful song.  You can "hear" the sun slowly rising above the trees and the birds waking in song.

"Finally Home" MercyMe SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   Sold

Briar's Creek has such lovely vistas to enjoy.  This song "Finally Home" has harmonies that make me feel as refreshed as I do when I paint on tranquil locations like this.

"Sleep Away" Bob Acri SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel   Sold

This time of year brings dryer air and cooler breezes along with the strong, warm sunshine.  If you happen to be under the shade of the trees (or a boat dock, as in this case) you could easily be lulled off to dreamland on days like this one.  Listening to Bob Acri's piano soothes me too.

"I'm Not Who I Was" (Brandon Heath) (aka "Easy Beach")

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

Another lovely day with the Wednesday painters at Fort Moultrie's Beach.  This time I wanted to concentrate on the incredible shapes and colors of the tree line and bushes lining the beach dunes.  The foreground clump of grass had a bizzillion orange butterflies drinking the nectar of the pretty purple and yellow flowers. 

A young mother of two little girls beautfully dressed in white holding paper parasols enjoyed the day to photograph her little ladies on the beach.   Another family of two young children came by to see what I was painting and announced that I was painting their "Easy Beach" which they regularly enjoy.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Everyday Life in Charleston" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on GessoBord brand panel   SOLD

"Charleston Carriage" is a scene located at the end of Meeting Street in front of the well-known Bed and Breakfast, "2 Meeting Street."  If you spend any time at all in downtown Charleston you'll see these carriages as "everyday life." 

Check out September's Collective Theme here:  www.charlestonartistcollective.org

The Charleston Artist Collective is featured in the September issue of Southern Living magazine!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Summer's Last Blooms"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel

A Counter top Pitcher filled to overflowing with some of Summer's last glorious Color!www.charlestonartistcollective.org

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Her Daddy's Delight" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel   sold

I'm back!  My family and I have been in and out of town for our "last hurrah" of the summer before school starts.  I have, however, been painting.  I just need to get them uploaded.

This painting is from a couple of wednesdays ago with the Wednesday painters at Shem Creek.  As I always do I had this up on my mantle waiting for it to dry and "live" with it a day or so to see if it needed any adjusting.

A neighbor of mine came by and saw it.  She recently lost her father who was inlove with boating and some of her fondest memories of times with her Dad was out on the boat.  She had to have it. This painting is "Her Daddy's Delight."

Friday, July 27, 2012

"Pearly Gates" (Entrance to Camp Merrie-Woode)

14"x11" Oil on GessoBord brand panel

The finale of the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out was Saturday's
"Quick Draw."
One of the iconic images of Camp Merrie-Woode
is the entry gateway to the Camp dubbed the "Pearly Gates."
This painting is available for sale at the Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC. 
You may call me or contact David Berger for more info.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Brett Weaver 1st Place, John Guernsey, Shannon Runquist, Richard Oversmith, Charles Dickenson:  Congrats to you all!!

Trey Finney Winner of the Quick Draw. . . I only wish I had a better image of the painting. . . it was stunning!

"Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out"