Monday, August 29, 2016
"Together" is one of a dozen of paintings being featured at the Real Estate Studio, a Hagan Fine Art Special Art Exhibit on display through September 13, 2016.
I'll be painting en plein air street-side at the Real Estate Studio during Second Sunday on King
September 11th at 214 King Street, Downtown Charleston
Come on out, I'd love to see you!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
12"x12" Oil on Canvas, painted en plein air, alla prima in Castine Maine. Available - contact the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Main Street of Castine was particularly beautiful and I especially loved the light as the sun dipped low behind the hill above. The exquisite Castine charm that one experienced in her people seemed summed up in this streetscape.
Little did I know until after I had painted this, that up until about three weeks prior to this paint out, the town revamped and overhauled this entire street when it buried the power lines and tore up and repaved the sidewalks and street. The overhaul had some of her residents a little upset but when it was all said and done, the town beamed with pride and shined brighter than ever.
Tranquility had returned!
8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel, sold
painted en plein air, alla prima, in Castine, Maine at one of the most glorious gardens I've ever had the privilege in which to paint!
A close up.
While I was in Castine Maine this past July painting in their Paint-Out, I was invited by my host's next-door neighbor to come "behind the curtain" into the husband & wife's gorgeous yard to paint their beloved gardens.
Wow! The gardens they created were magnificent! I was told by my host that they lived in Philadelphia in the heart of the city way up in a highrise apartment and never owned a pot of soil! And they designed it, laid it all out all by themselves! They achieved quite an incredible task!
When they purchased their home in Castine, they explained that it was just a box of a house on a rectangle lot: boring!
So being the researchers that they are (I believe they are University Professors) they went to work researching which plants would thrive in that zone and designed sections around their house breaking up the expansive, boring space into several different beautiful gardens.
Their backyard looked very Zen-like with its neat and tidy spaces of sculptural grasses and rock walls and paths. Their side yard reflected the upper New England picket fences and flowers, but their front yard was an explosion of color and most of that color came from a hillside filled with several varieties of daffodils! This variety was the largest and most yellow and I was drawn to it because of its sculptural quality as well as the fact that it was so "sunny" and made me happy.
That front yard of theirs was so colorful and plush that it was the landmark that the locals used in order to explain directions to places in relation to it:
". . . you'll come to the top of the hill and a little to your right you'll see the house with the magnificent front garden. . "
I know that I was invited inside a well kept secret; not one that many are privy to. It is a special thing to be allowed to see inside someone's private sanctuary, but even more so to capture a part of it on canvas.
Sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
27-1/2 State Street
Charleston SC 29401
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
My final (and probably favorite) painting of the Castine Plein Air Festival before the show
The experience painting in Castine Maine was incredible!
The light was amazing and the people were gracious and quick with a smile.
"Next In Line" 12"x12" Oil on Linen sold
painted en plein air, alla prima on location at Eaton's Boat Yard during the Castine Plein Air Festival
Ironically, after this was titled "Next In Line" I found out that the owner of this boat yard, Kenny, is quoted as always telling his boat clients that their floats will be set soon because it is "next in line. . . "