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, November 27, 2011

New Paintings in the works

New finished paintings for wildlife series waiting to be framed.

Lest you think all I have been painting for the past two months is  playful miniatures, let me assure you I have been busy.    I decided  to get a head start on the work I will need completed when the South Carolina Wildlife Art  Exhibition opens in February. Since Nov 1,  I have completed six  9" x 12" oil paintings of marsh birds.
Three Wildlife Series works in progress.
I have three more marsh bird scenes in progress.
( For those of you who are wondering... I often paint the background first, leaving the bird itself until last... So the red bird shape will become a white egret... the white bird shape a red-wing black bird (after I complete the background) and the rice gate will have a blue heron added to a post..)

And after I complete the marsh birds, I 'll try painting some mink, river otter, alligators and other SC wetland critters from photos I've collected at Huntington Beach State Park.

Crab Cake Lady to Move

9" x 12" Oil by C Campbell
The Crab Cake Lady  is famous for her mouth water spicey and plain crab cakes made with locally  caught crustaceans.  A newly erected  sign outside the building announced that the CC Lady is moving out of her classic low country cottage. There goes another local landmark...   See it while you can on US Coastal 17 in Murrells Inlet.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Exploring new trails in Huntington Beach SP SC 11"11

Bruce and I took a walk in Huntington Beach State Park today.  I had hoped to get some reference photos but the lighting was not good.  Just the same we did find some interesting new vistas that we hadn't seen before. We followed a dirt service road and found that it led all the way through the park to the park's southern boundaries.
Then we took another trail from behind the visitor center through the woods.  It led to a dock on the fresh water marsh. ( I had always wondered how one got to that dock).
 We also walked out the full length of the new salt marsh board walk starting  the Nature Center
 The shadows had started to lengthen and the scenery was getting more interesting It wasn't hard to imagine how much nicer it would be early in the morning or late in the evening  when there was more birds, or reflections.
 Today walk has opened up a whole new areas for photography.  I just have to wait for the light to be right to take reference photos.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Miniature Art for the Holidays

I delivered my minatures to the Charleston Artist Gallery and placed them on the tree today.  They look even more festive there than they did at home in my studio.  These miniatures make a great gifts
They can be purchased at the
Charleston Artist Gallery
  on 160 E Bay Street Charleston SC 29413

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Seagrove NC and surrounding areal 11 '11

As a special birthday treat Bruce took me to see the Seagrove Pottery Festival in North Carolina. But the pottery wasn't the only treat in store for me that day.   The scenery on the  trip itself was right out of an artists dream.
Now I know that with a name like Seagrove, you must be thinking ,
"this place is on the coast, right?"
Wrong! the Community of Seagrove, NC  is almost dead center of the state.

The town itself is small --- really only  a coffee shop convenience store and a post office on a single intersection surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful rolling farmland.  Every where you look there is some interesting and colorful building ( many of them are in use as pottery studios)
And then there are roads that lead off  seemingly aimlessly
which in reality are local shortcuts to other community gathering spots ..
like this general store which seems to be the entire town of "WHY NOT" .

It would definitely be worth a return trip just to be able to explore the area more thoroughly.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miniature Paintings for CAG Xmas Tree

Ho Ho Ho

You may remember that last month I was busy painting 4"x4" and 3"x 5" miniatures  to donate to Seacoast  Artist's Guild's fund-raiser to promote art in the schools.  I had a blast painting those  minis. 
Surfing Santa
 When Charleston Artists Guild announced it was going to allow its exhibiting  members to sell original miniatures off of  a Xmas tree in the CAG gallery, I jumped at the opportunity.
 Before I knew it I had oil painted eleven miniatures in 6"x6" and 5" x 7" format..
Atlantic Sunrise

About half of the paintings had a Christmas theme,  but I also painted quite a few subjects I usually do not approach when I am working on a series.  The minis include 2 seascapes and 2 flower paintings and 2 architectural architectural renditions... Thats the nice thing about doing something totally different... if frees you up to be creative and try a fresh approach.
Charleston Blues

The miniatures  will go on sale on 
November 20th
  at the Charleston Artist Gallery
  on 160 E Bay Street Charleston SC 29413

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

WoooWhooo more good news

Just found out I am to be featured artist for the month of August at the Charlston Artists Gallery.  
I'd better get cracking getting  on painting  lots of new  low country art work.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kings Mountain, SC 11 '11

This weekend we are visiting King's Mountain State Park, SC
 and its sister site, Crowder Mountain SP NC
King's Mountain
It's the site of a famous Revolutionary War Battle that changed the course of the war In Oct. of 1792, the American Revolutionary war hero, Col. William Campbell  successfully led the patriots against  Lt. Gen. Charles Lord Cornwallis, commander-in-chief of the British army in the South.The Kings men had encamped on the top of the mountain, Campbell's troops used the cover of the forest to sneak up on them, but then they had to battle their way to the top while climbing up the exposed escarpment.  The patriots victory  at Kings Mountain SC was one of the most important events recorded in modern history.

Of course we too had to hike to the top of the King's Mountain
The trail is short but steep and. for the most part the trail is well shaded by the forest canopy, but the last several hundred feet are straight out rock climbing.  I kept reminding myself, that William Campbell's men had to climb the escarpment while battling Cornwallis' troops, so I had nothing to complain about.
    Eventually we both made it to the top of the peak
It was well worth the effort
The views were breathtaking in all directions
and I was really happy to find I could  still climb a mountain,
 even if it is only  1705' high!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

CAG Miniature Art Sale 11 '11

The Charleston artist Guild has put up a Christmas tree and is allowing its exhibitors to decorate it with miniature  art.  First I painted two serious holiday still lifes oil paintings
  But then the project brought out a playful side in me , and I painted a Surfing Santa  for the tree. It seemed appropriate since everywhere I have ever lived, there have been surfers at the beach on Christmas day.