A Blog about Finding Inspiration

"We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever." (Louise Corke)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown SC 10 '11

 Wooden Boat Show held third weekend in Oct  is one of the nation's premier wooden boat exhibits. These activities all take place on the waterfront and in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Some of my most popular paintings have come from reference photos I have taken at this event in previous years.
North Front Street exhibits
 Much of the activity takes place on the North and South ends of Front Street in Georgetown SC
South Front Street exhibits
 The street scene  features wooden boat exhibits, a boat building competition, kid's model boat building, boat raffles, maritime arts & crafts, food and music including a booth where my friend Maria Delaney has were work on display.
Art for sale
Georgetown Harbor
 One block away,  Georgetown's  River front  is a hoping place as well  with  boat tours

Two Mast
 Historic boats
A local shrimp boat
 Working vessels
 And long boat oaring lessons
You can learn more about Georgetown's  Wooden Boat Show at http://woodenboatshow.com/

New painting at Charlston Artist Gallery 10 '11

"The Crab Cake Lady's  House"
I delivered this 9" x 12" plein air oil painting  to Charleston Artists Gallery today to replace the painting  that sold yesterday.  It looks great on the wall with all  my other paintings other local landmarks

Friday, October 7, 2011

Veterans Day in Charleston Oct '11

I  was gallery sitting at the Charleston Artist Gallery today when I heard a loud roar of motorcycles.  
 Looking out the front door onto East Bay Street I saw a huge platoon of riders each carrying a flag representing the  branch and division of the military  they had served in.
 These were followed by several blocks of floats carrying  retired military personnel from each of the armed forces and their families
As did military support organizations

 Not to be outdone,  active service men and women paraded in formation,

 some with mascots. 
And, of course, there were several military schools represented, and lots of ROTC  units.
Interestingly there was not a single marching band; there was not even a loudspeaker broadcasting marching music..  Instead the different units too glee in trying to outshout one another with their lusty military marching chants.  All told the parade took nearly two hours to pass from first riders to the last motorcade.
But hey!  Waddja expect.  ITS (Its the South)  We love our Armed Forces here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Mini art" -- little sales with big results

Each year the Seacoast Artist Guild's members donate miniature artwork painted on 4" x 4" or 4" x 6" gallery wrapped canvases.  They go on sale at Applewoods, a  popular local restaurant donates the space by their entrance to display the artwork, and collects &  processes the sales for the Guild.  The money is used to support art in the local school districts, and to provide art lessons for local youths.

I painted these eight little gems for the cause.  They'll be on sale from November through Christmas . 
14361 Ocean Hyw,  Pawleys Island SC

Now Showing at Charleston Artist Guild Gallery

You may remember from an earlier post this summer that I have been accepted into the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery  on East Bay Street.  October 1st was the  installation day. 

 In a lot of  galleries,  a new artist is often e relegated to spaces the back of gallery.  Imagine my surprise when I found my work was placed on the main corridor and clearly visible from the entrance. 

What a wonderful start!.

The Georgia's Bulldog Mascot was fun to paint.

About a year ago I spotted a cute garden statue of the Georgia Bulldog Mascot.  I took a photo for reference, but didn't get around to painting him until last month.  It just seemed appropriate for the beginning of the football season.  This   12" x 12" is now at Island Art in Pawleys Island.

More new paintings at Island Art Gallery

 Next I took some of my pastel paintings of  low country clouds over to Island Art Gallery in Pawleys Island

Their white driftwood framed pastels  look lovely against the white walls of the gallery.

Busy busy busy - new paintings at Seacoast Artist Gallery

September through December is always a frantic time of year for the artworld.  It's been virtually non-stop for me.  It began with a refresh of my space at the Seacoat Artist gallery  with some small acrylics paintings  of sky-scapes and beaches.  I had started this series a year ago, but none  of them  had never been exhibited before in public. It will be interesting to see how they do.

Painting sold 10 '11

BJ's Boat
Ta Dah! Charleston Artists Gallery called me last night to tell me they had just sold one of my paintings, and would I please bring a replacement ASAP. I'd only been hanging there for 2 weeks. I knew I would be worth the drive :))