Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Few More Things

I have been working on this portrait for a while. Now that my collectors have seen it, I can show you. So happy that they were pleased. Not one change was made! Yippee.

Also, here is the violin finished. I like the way it turned out. Wish you could see how the light refracts off of the glass pieces. It was fun to do - something different.

I also did another 12x16 panel of Sunflowers. I now have a pair of these.

Been busy painting. Will have more to show you soon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It is Really Not Like Me....

I almost never rework a painting. One of my students reminded me this week that my motto is often "get in and get out." are two that are finally finished. I am 99.9% sure I will not work on them again.

"Familial Fronds"

Oil on Linen, 25x25

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"Brilliant Marsh"

Oil, 16x20

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And here's a commissioned painting of Sydney Park, Columbia SC.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Do you have a title suggestion for this piece?

Oil on Linen, 25x25
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Here's one of the big ones I've been telling you about. I really took my time on this one, because I did it from a photo that my nephew, AJ took for me so I wanted to do a good job. I used a very nice piece of linen and a custom stretcher my husband made for me especially for this painting. Somehow, I cannot title it. Let me tell you what I was thinking while I painted it, and maybe you can think of one. These palmettos looked to be a family. They have a great view of one of the most beautiful areas of the lowcountry. The photo was taken on a beautiful fall day in November. So...what do you think? Please post your suggestions for a title on my blog. Thanks.

Charity Work

Artists receive many, many request to donate their work for charity. The two organizations I have chosen for donation this year are the Columbia Museum of Art and the S. C. Philharmonic.

The Columbia Museum of Art gave each of their artists a canvas bag with which to create a work of art for auction. There were no limitations or suggestions. The bag did have a logo and date of their 10th anniversary event, which has an Egyptian theme. Here's my "cartouche" entitled "Offering Art to Ra." I adhered the canvas on a wooden armature and layered it with modeling paste and paint in order to create a hieroglyphic look. I used the logo, etc. on the bag for the back of the cartouche.


Front, side view


The S. C. Philharmonic give their artists a violin to use to create a piece of art for auction. We are instructed to use the violin in any way we choose. So, here is mine in the middle of being created. I will show it to you when it has been completed. I decided to do a mosaic using stained glass.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

En Plein Air

"Dawn on Sullivan's Island"
En Plein Air Study
12x16 Oil on Board

Here's a study done en plein air* over the holidays.
I am still working on the big ones. Won't be long now.

*En plein air is a French expression which means
"in the open air", and is particularly used
to describe the act of painting outdoors. ...

Friday, January 4, 2008


"Brilliant Marsh"
Oil on Canvas, 16x20
You may recognize this image. I had thought it was finished until I saw it on the blog.
At the reduced size, I saw a problem with the shape of the marsh grass in the front.
Once I got the brush going again, it was an easy fix with a few touches elsewhere.
I think I'm done this time. Will keep you posted. : )

Thank you, thank you

Hi there. I am humbled by the nominations I received to be listed as one of the State’s top art educators. Here is the link to see the nominations. Now I know why my classes are always full.

A sincere thank you to all who took the time to nominate me.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Wet Paint

"Marsh Creek at Huntington Beach"
Oil on Canvas, 25"x80"
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Detail 1

Detail 2

Here's a big one I just finished. 25x80 inches - whew.

It is very hard to see in this small format, so I have added two detail images.

It is on exhibition now at Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC.

All comments welcomed.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Brilliant Marsh
16x20 Oil on Canvas
Here's what's been on my easel through the holidays.
Painted on it a bit at a time. I also have two big ones in the works.
Will show you those soon.

Christmas Art

Got to admit, this kinda art is most important this time of year.

Hope your Christmas was filled with the people you love the most.

Another Good Lesson

After watching me paint Sammie, Rebekah painted him too.

Pretty good, huh??