Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas from South Carolina! Girl On The Beach

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Girl On The Beach
palette knife oil painting on panel
3" Gold Frame

This is a painting of a child, a little girl playing on the beach with her family close by. 
As Bruce and I were walking on the beach just recently (yes, I did say just recently. And it is now December!), a family was on the beach and the children were playing. This little girl stopped and knelt to pick up some shells and her reflections in the wet sand were just as beautiful as she was!
Such a simple composition but yet a beautiful image.
I had fun painting this version with just a palette knife! I am working on 
another version, slightly larger with fine brush work. 
Will post that one when I am finished with it. 

I'd like to thank you all for a wonderful 2014
and wish you and your loved ones many blessings for the coming year!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fine Art Newsletter, December 2014

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has just been released
click on the link to read

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini Paintings.... just in time for holiday gifts!

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Angels Of All Puppies
Angels Of All Shells And The Oceans
Angels Of All Ships An Captains
Christmas Poinsettia
Sunflower Field
Shore Birds

These and other mini paintings can be found in the either of my two galleries in Charleston.
They are small, anywhere from 2 1/2 x 3 /12 to 5 x 7
and are specially priced for gift giving.
Stop on by at either
Studio 151 Fine Art Gallery, 175 Church St
Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Hour and Giving Thanks

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Happy Hour
Pelicans sitting on the swim platform 
of a boat waiting for the fishermen to
throw them a bite from the day's catch.
At the end of a fishing trip offshore with my husband and friends,
we returned to the dock at Shem Creek where the restaurants offer
a happy hour for the clientele after a day's work or fishing,
the pelicans also gathered for their day's end treat!
Happy Hour
24 x 30
oil on canvas

I would like to wish you all a very
Happy Thanksgiving
May you be with family, friends
or even someplace special by yourself,
this is a time to reflect and give thanks.
I have many things to be grateful for.... my family FIRST ART and the pleasure it gives me and to my collectors
.... and for the many times ahead of us.
Like the pelicans waiting on the platform above,
may your days be filled with the things that give you pleasure
and may you be ready to catch the next thing thrown your way!
Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Latest video from James Pratt Online Palette Knife Academy

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I have been working with fellow artist, friend and mentor 
on creating and publishing the great online painting lessons
James Pratt Online Palette Knife Painting Academy.
The project has been very successful and I am proud
to announce our latest online lesson
Painting Beach Waves.
The online video is about 32 minutes long and you get 
written instructions for all the details.
Let me know what you think!

Here is the introduction video and trailer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Bait Caster

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The Bait Caster
8 x 10

I had so much fun painting this guy!
Throwing a cast net is definitely a 
"lowcountry" thing
and by the looks of it....
he's got the throwing thing down!
May his net always be full of the bounty the sea has to offer!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Corner of Church and Broad Streets wins Honorable Mention!

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Corner Of Broad And Church Streets
Honorable Mention award
Click on the link to see the 3 top prizes and the 
10 Honorable Mentions
I won a $50 Gift card from Jerry's!
Yeah! More supplies!
Thanks Jerry's Artarama!

If you missed my demo video, click on the blog title above to go to the
blog and see the video and whole blog. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Painting Demo of "Corner of Church and Broad Streets"

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Corner of Church And Broad Streets
is still on display at 
South State Bank's
2104 People's Choice Exhibit

Occasionally.... I photograph my progress in a painting
and do so successfully enough to create a video.
This is a short 2 minute plus video of my progress on this painting
including my trials, tribulations, mistakes and successes!
Sometimes, paintings just flow from my fingers.
Other times... well let's just say that 
it can be quite an effort!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

South State Bank, 30th People's Choice Exhibit

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Corner of Broad and Church Streets
24 x 30

South State Bank (Formerly First Federal)
will continue with 
The People's Choice Exhibit.
Juried members of the 
Charleston Artist Guild
are invited to participate in the judged show.
This will be the 30th year of this event!

It will be located in 2 of the bank's lobbies
34 Broad and 46 Broad Street
The art show will be available for viewing 
Oct 3-16 during open bank hours
Opening reception and French Quarter Art Walk
Friday, Oct 3, 2014
5-8 PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cape Florida Lighthouse

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Cape Florida Lighthouse
palette knife oil painting on panel
12 x 12 with 3" Gold Frame
for purchase info

While sailing off of Miami the first of September with our son,
we sailed around this beautiful lighthouse.
Happens to be on a state park out on Biscayne Bay.
Had a great day sailing!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Charleston Gibbes Museum of Art, Renovation Kickoff Exhibit

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Autumn Light on The Marsh
The Gibbes Musuem of Art
celebrated the kickoff of the great renovation plans
with an art exhibit and a party!
The night was a success!
Lots of food, wine, music and fun
and oh yes....
great art!

Autumn Light On The Marsh
for purchase information

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gibbes Museum of Art,Charleston SC

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Autumn Light On The Marsh

I am very pleased to be a part of this exhibit!
The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
"On The Move With The Museum: Renovation Kickoff"

Saturday, Sept 27,  Reception 6-9 PM
For more details, click here

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Corner of Church and Broad Streets

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Corner of Church And Broad Streets
Charleston SC
oil on canvas, gallery wrapped
24 x 30

One evening, after leaving the gallery downtown, the sunset glow on the buildings
was just beautiful! So with my phone, I snapped a photo and knew 
that it would be a painting one day.
This is a large one for me, 24 x 30.  
It took me 2 days just to draw it out! And many more to paint. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Full Sail

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Rounding The Mark
oil on panel
9 x 12

A beautiful day in Charleston!
The harbor front is full of sail boats
spinnakers full out
one making a run for it
and some small day sailers in the background
rounding their marks!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Farm House

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Farm House
I started this painting with my friend James Pratt at Bacco Restaurant
here in Charleston last week. We had a group of us painting together and
enjoying a fabulous Italian lunch!
Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to finish my Alla Prima
painting there so I brought it home and finished it in my studio. 
Made a few changes and gave it a little pop.
A simple scene yet so warm and inviting.
Don't you think?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tuscan Farm

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Tuscan Farm
A typical scene from Tuscany! Along the roads, there will be hill
after hill with farm houses after farm houses and
vineyards after vineyards!
Rolling hills, vineyards and wild flowers....
all for good wine! 
And cheese!
And breads!
And 5 lbs!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Now Hear This!

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Now Hear This!
palette knife painting on panel
6 x 6
I just love these little birds. Royal Terns.
And they do have a royal attitude!
I've painted several scenes similar to this before
but this composition is one of my favorites!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

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Main Street USA

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wine Bar

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Wine Bar
Palette Knife Painting on Panel
11 x 14
This is a typical Italian, small village scene.
Small alleyways and around every corner are beautiful flowers,
and sidewalk umbrellas and a bar!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Beach Storm Walkers

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Beach Storm Walkers
This is similar to one I've done before. I've added a couple and a dog walking this time.
The great clouds on the beach make such wonderful 
reflections in the wet sand! 
Great day for a walk.... as long as that storm stays far away!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Morning Light

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Morning Light
oil on canvas, 9 x 12

The light from the coastal sky is beautiful
mornings and evenings.
The colors range from reds, oranges, yellows, purples, pinks, blues....
Today, this morning.... the sunrise over the marsh and creek
is blazing and ready to wake up the world.
Good morning y'all!

Monday, June 2, 2014

At The Oyster Bar

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At The Oyster Bar
5 x 7
palette knife oil on panel

This little gull is just having a wonderful lunch 
at the oyster bar!
Lunch special today is oysters, minnows and just about any type of great fresh seafood.
Just so happens to be her favorite spot to reflect on her day!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

St Phillips Church at Sunset

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St Phillips Church at Sunset
(updated painting)

I was looking at this painting while in the gallery the other day
and thought..... hmmm.....
The palm trees really are behind those buildings that really are just drab
and plain back side of the buildings that really are there.....
But I think that the painting will be more interesting if I move the palm trees!
So, I did. I uprooted the palms and replanted them to be in front of the buildings.
I like it much better. What do you think?
That is "artistic license"!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Carolina Beach Day

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Carolina Beach Day
8 x 10
oil on panel, framed

What a glorious day it is when I get to walk on the beach.
The clouds, the water, the sand are always, always
different story.... or a different painting waiting to be!
And as always, there is the artist's interpretation.
Soft billowy clouds full of color just 
bouncing around the waves.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Moonrise, Red Shutters and Secret Gardens... Oh my!

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Moonrise Over The Creek
palette knife oil on panel

 Red Shutters on Queen Street
palette knife oil on canvas

Secret Garden
palette knife and brush on panel

Charleston has made a statement! And is on the road!
My new collectors will be taking home with them a 
little bit of some of the best that Charleston has to offer!
May you sit in the garden and dream of moon rises over water and red shutters!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Palm Trees have set new roots!

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Palm Trees
watercolor, 5 x 7 in 8 x 10 mat

This little trio of palm trees
has been picked up and new roots are being set!
Thank you to my new collector!

Also available is a larger and similar watercolor 
Coastal Breezes
watercolor, 11 x 14 matted for 16 x 20 frame

Monday, May 12, 2014

Great Blue Heron has flown from the Carolina waters!

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Great Blue Heron
oil on canvas

While I was away in Italy, one of my little birdies has flown away to a new home.
This little gem of a painting shows him trying to hide from me
but he was captured in a photo lens 
and put on canvas.
Thank you!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Italy, here I come!

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Castello di Verrazanno
in Greve, Italy
16 x 20 Framed
This has got to be the BEST place in Tuscany
for a wine tour with a meal.
We were here 10 years ago and have already made a reservation
for an encore visit.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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18 x 24
oil on canvas
Spring has sprung! This beautiful wall of flowers created the most beautiful 
scene with the shadows on the pink stucco wall.
What a breath of fresh air!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ready To Ride?

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Ready To Ride?
oil on canvas, framed
10 x 20

This sweet horse was peeking around the corner of his stable window
and was just asking
are you

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Bridge Run!

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Crossing The Ravenel Bridge
oil on canvas
16 x 20
175 Church St 
(downtown Charleston, 1 block south of Market Street)

Congratulations to all the Bridge runners and walkers!
Welcome to Charleston and have a great day!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Save The Light fundraiser

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Morris Island Lighthouse
oil painting
Congratulations to top bidders on this painting!
The gala was a fun evening and a great way to raise some funds
for the light house at Folly Beach. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

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Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach
8 x 10
oil on panel, framed
or could be hung on wall as a panel
or could be set on an easel

The lighthouse stands alone 
approximately 300 yards off shore from the island of Folly Beach.
One of our very many treasures here!

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Walk On The Beach

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A Walk On The Beach
6 x 6
oil on cradle art board, no framing required!

A little gem! I snapped a photo of this couple walking on the beach with 
their 2 dogs but felt that only 1 dog fit the scene.
A peaceful setting, a walk on the beach.
One of my most favorite things to do!
One of the pleasures of living close to the beach.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hanging Out With The Buoys

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Hanging Out With The Buoys
12 x 12
palette knife oil on panel

Another coastal treasure. When I saw this boat buoys hanging off 
a tree, I had to paint them. I did years ago, in watercolor, which you can visit on my website.
But I wanted to do them again! With oils in my palette knife technique.
A fun, vibrant painting!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Great Blue Heron, Hiding In Plain Sight

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Great Blue Heron, Hiding in Plain Sight
10 x 20
oil on canvas
ok,ok,ok.... 3rd time is a charm. Right?
Back to the easel this guy went. I enhanced some of his feathers 
and the water ripples around him.
I am leaving him alone and even though he 
thinks he is hiding from me, he's not!
I've got him!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two Meeting Street Inn

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I have been on a painting roll getting ready for
French Quarter Artwalk, 
this friday, March 7, 5-8 PM
Wide Awake Plantation Art Show 
this Saturday, March 8, 1-7 PM
check out my website for new works!
Two Meeting Street Inn
11 x 14 oil on canvas

When you come to Charleston, you will most likely see this beautiful
piece of history and home. It is now a B&B on the peninsula across from
the Battery park at the harbor. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Island Sunset

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Island Sunset
oil on canvas
5 x7
visit for more info

Island dreams, island fun, island sun
and best of all are...
island sunsets!
Just dreamy...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Art Show at Wide Awake Plantation! March 8

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

New (new to me!) easel for my studio!

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Ok now, isn't this cool?
We like to frequent estate sales every now and then.
Recently we went to one where the seller was an artist and look what I found!
This was such a deal and so cool to have in my studio. I walked in and saw it and knew it 
would be great for me. It is the kind with a crank to raise or lower the easel. 
And it's on wheels! 
It does have paint on it and is old but it has such great character
and I'm thrilled to have it!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New painting toys! A pochade box! I am ready to take my painting outside or ... anywhere!

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I am so excited about one of my new toys in my studio.
A custom made (by my hubby) and custom designed (by me)
pochade box!
(Pochade is a French word for small painting)
Basically it's a box that is an easel, palette holder and canvas or panel holder all in one!
This is set up to be mounted on my camera tripod and is portable.

The photos are all inside as it's cold outside right now.
In fact, we are expecting snow in Charleston in the next couple of days!

 The pochade box is shown here with a 12 x 12 panel.
Notice the panel on the left that holds my brushes and has plenty of room to set stuff on.
The palette is in the middle.
Below those 2 sliding items is plenty of room to store paint and extra stuff.
It's attached to my camera tripod and has a handle plus a long strap to hold on your shoulder.

The back side of the box has slots to hold another panel that would be attached to it.
The panels are made out of corrugated plastic so it doesn't add any weight to the box.
I can tape panels to them or actually screw in canvas so I can hold the paintings without 
touching the edges. 

And besides the panel slot for the paint in progress,
there is room inside for another panel.

In the case of a larger canvas, I just attached my canvas to the panel that fits into the slots.
I can still paint on it though I would need to take this one out to close the box up.

Summing it up!
This box is designed to pack my paints, brushes, panels and even canvas!
It is designed to fit an 11 x 14 panels or canvas and even store them.
There is storage for 3 panels! Two on the inside and one on the outside!
The panels are designed to hold a paint panel or canvas and still paint to the edge and store them
without damaging the edges as the box is slightly bigger than 11 x 14.

There is space in the bottom for paints and brushes plus clips for holding a trash bag and paper towel when the pochade box is in use.
The outside has slots to hold a panel or canvas, wet or dry....

All I need now is warm enough weather to go outside!
I used to plein air paint with my friends in St Louis all the time but have 
not since I moved to Charleston. And the weather is better here! Go figure!
This little box is also great if I want to just take my gear to another studio or the gallery to paint.
And its a great set up for workshops!
This is going to be so much easier than  my French easel! 
What a pain that is to carry around and set up!
Pretty darn cool!!!!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Great Blue Heron in Flight

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Great Blue Heron... In Flight
6 x 6 oil on cradled birch panel

This is the same bird from the previous 3 paintings. 
He tried his hardest to get away from us. Bruce was able to catch
him in flight from his perch to his "hiding place". 
He was so majestic in flight
I loved how his wings just showed all the blues, grays and even some pinks!

This was painted on a birch panel that is cradled and doesn't even need a frame! 
Great on the wall as is or on an easel.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron
oil on gallery wrap canvas, unframed
4 x 12

While I was contemplating the larger heron painting
I decided to tackle a smaller version without trees.
This little gem of a painting is great for that little spot on the wall as it is only 4" wide.
But in doing this painting, it helped me to get my composition right
for the larger version with trees. 
This is the blue heron that was trying to hide from us!
Little did he know, that we shot him!
With the camera that is and he has made some great inspirations for me.
He was in flight a few seconds before this little stop in the shallows
so I'm hoping to capture his flight on canvas soon!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Great Blue Heron, Hiding in Plain Sight..... recovered

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Great Blue Heron, Hiding in Plain Sight
oil on canvas
10 x 20

Well, as you know, I posted this bird several days ago and that was after several
days of fiddling with him.  I found that I was bothered by him... I couldn't figure it out, 
I realized.... it was the composition that bothered me!
Even though I thought I had it right, I didn't. But I had to sleep on it
for several nights before I did figure it out.
So, the Great Blue Heron that was hiding from us (though he was in plain sight)
went back on the easel (for the 3rd time) and was totally redone
I took away the "other" trees and did less of the grasses. 
But it was the trees that just didn't make it work... in my eyes. 
So, if you want, you can look at the old post and compare to this new one
what do you think?
I do know..... art is in the eye of the beholder
and everyone sees things differently
but the wrong composition was definitely not helping!
Tell me... 
what do you think?