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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