Flood warnings have been posted all along the South Carolina coastline today due to a super high tide. Far from wanting to flee the in-coming tide, Bruce and I rushed to the end of our street to see what the high tide would do to Pawleys Island Marsh. In short, it turned it into a gigantic mirror. With no place to go, many of the marsh birds huddled together on bits of debris like a still life stranded between an infinite sea and sky. It was beautiful. When I finally got around to reviewing the photos I had taken, I thought I had mistakenly set my camera on a black and white setting. They were all nearly near monochromatic. But no, it was just that I was so focused upon capturing the photo ops before me that I failed to notice the lack of color in the scene. I love how the gray-scale quality of the sky and water amplifies the stark nearly abstract design of the solid objects.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Once again we attended Brookgreen Gardens Annual "Night of a Thousand Candles" Festival.
I always look forward to this holiday light extravaganza.
I always look forward to this holiday light extravaganza.
I attend this festival every year in hopes of obtaining some great reference photos to use as the basis for holiday themed Nocturns I did get some good photos of the garden at night, but this year I was a bit disappointed in the event.
For one thing, the Gardens oversold the event and it took patrons forty five minutes of stop and go driving just to get from the front gate to the parking lot.
Then the the gardens themselves seemed a lot sparser this year than last. I understand the need for pruning overgrown plants, but why not wait until after their major event of the season is over, or at least fill the barren beds with some annuals .They had also changed the light displays so that they seemed quite similar from one garden area to the next. Bruce liked that, but I thought it monotonous. I liked it better in previous years when there were more areas with colored lights
Of course there were the usual selections of wandering bagpipers, Celtic musicians, bell ringers etc.
and some beautiful holiday floral displays.But many of those were things I could have enjoyed just as well by daylight. So I am hoping that next year the garden flower beds will be planted and lit as well as their indoor displays were this year.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Seacoast Artists Guild Children's Art Fundraiser being held at Applewoods is going strong.Almost half of the paintings have sold, but there are still many beautiful one of a kind works of art available.
For example, look at this exquisite oil painting by Ulrike Morello.
This and many others will be on sale through Christmas at
14361 Ocean Highway ( aka Highway 17)
South Carolina, 29585
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In my pastel class the other artists were talking about all the odd strategies that are popping up to sell art. One of the funniest was “Paint a Porch”. The City of Charleston is known for its lovely porches and entryways and courtyards. So the local art council came up with the idea of pairing local artists up with homeowners who want to have a ‘portrait ‘of their porch. On a specific weekend, the artists show up to paint the porches, the event is publicized, and public is allowed to walk onto the private property to watch the artist. The homeowner can purchase the painting at a minimum preset price, or at $1 above the highest bidder. What a creative win-win idea. All I have to do is learn to like to paint porches. ( Just joking).
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Monday, November 19, 2012
|12" x 12" oil painting|
My husband and I had stopped at a local farm to pick up some produce, when I spotted this perfect little pumpkin growing in the field. I just had to paint it as one of my holiday series for our home . As soon as the paint was dry enough to touch, my husband put it in well lit corner of the kitchen, surrounded it with the Indian corn we purchased at the farm stand. Every time I look at the display it brings back warm memories of that day trip.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fall has arrived in the low country , and the usually solid green landscape is awash with vibrant colors. I took a quick run out along some country roads this morning to try to capture some reference photos before the scenery turned mono-chromatic again. It was a good call . I got lots of ideas for new landscape paintings. The photo above was shot along the Black River in Georgetown County, SC
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The CAG November 13, 2012 general meeting program was something very special and different. Members had the pleasure of having a demonstration by the famous Cuban Artist Reynier Llanes, who uses Cuban espresso coffee as a medium for painting!
You can learn more about Reyneir Llanes on his website:
or watch a video of him painting with coffee at:
Monday, November 5, 2012
|Mini canvas display at Applewoods|
Once again the Seacoast Artists Guild is making original works of art on mini canvases available at the Applewood House of Pancakes.
100% of the revenue from the sale of this affordable artwork goes to support training & educational art programs at our local schools as well as funding scholarships to be awarded to gifted art students.
Applewoods is located at 14361 Ocean Highway, Litchfield, SC 29585
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Jane Woodward is an award-winning area painter with combined oil and acrylic experience covering more than thirty years. She exhibits at area galleries and teaches both privately and for CCU’s OLLI program. At the Seacoast Artists Guild November 4th 2012 general meeting, Jane talked about and demonstrated techniques for painting sky and clouds.
|Jane talks about different tones in the sky|
Jane's demo included how to develop a realistic range of tones in your sky,
|Jane demos how to begin forming a cloud|
and how to develop different forms of clouds using different sizes of brushes and strokes.
|Evening sky 11/4/2012|
As though mother nature were trying to reinforce what we had just learned, we were treated us to a fantastic evening cloudscape just as we left the meeting
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This year CAG put up two Christmas trees in the gallery. One tree was for CAG members who had been jurried into exhibiting status, and the other was for exhibiting members who are in the CAG gallery
Exhibitors are allowed to hang small affordable miniature artwork on their respective tree. You may remember that last year I put two serious holiday still lifes on the tree, and a playful Surfing Santa. The still lifes sold almost instantly, but the Santa did not find a home. Honestly I was kinda glad that he didn't, as I really would have liked to have him in my own home.
This year caught me short on paintings and Bruce talked me into putting Santa back on the CAG Tree.
Wouldn't you know it. He sold within two days. Now I may have to repaint one for myself.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
|My wall at Applewoods Gallery|
I was caught off guard when an opportunity to exhibit in the Sea Coast Artists Guild Applewoods Gallery opened up at the last minute. Based on the lengthy wait list to get into this popular gallery, I had not expected to be hanging there until next year. But I was not too surprised to say yes to the opening and rush down to the gallery to hang a number of reproductions my local landmark series. I love the way my work looks dispayed on the gallery's tomato red walls
Friday, October 26, 2012
|CC by Campbell's Covered Bridge|
There are a lot of Campbell Landmarks in Upstate South Carolina. This one was named after the miller who paid to have the bridge built so that the local farmers could more easily bring their corn to his grist mill. It will make a lovely painting for my State Park or Local Landmark series..
|Campbell's Covered Bridge located In Greenville Co SC|
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Third phto op adventure of the day Table Rock State Park, SC
|Table Rock as seen from SC Hywy 11|
The giant 3200' granite boulder known as Table Rock dominates the landscape of Pickens Co, SC. Cherokee Indian Folklore told of a enormous and powerful god who used the rock as his dining table, and the smaller peak in the foreground was the stool he used to sit on while eating at the table. Settlers perpetuated the legend by naming the stone "Table Rock"
|Table Rock as seen from State Park Road to Resort|
The closer you get to the peak, the more impressive its mass. There are no roads to the top, but there are some hiking trails which will get your there ( if you are young and fit enough).
For my part, I was content enough to have a picnic by the lake at the base of the rock and think about how to capture the serenity and peacefulness of the moment.
|Twin Falls, Picken Co, SC|
This is Twin Falls (aka Reedy Bottom Falls, Rocky Falls, Eastatoe Falls, ... it has more aliases than an escaped convict) and finding it was our second adventure of the day. Bruce nominated it as his favorite excursion of this trip. It involved navigating through the curvy backwoods country roads, past biker bars, and bear hunters (which are out in force this time of year), driving through private property, and finally hiking up a unmarked narrow trail along side a beautiful gurgling stream, to locate this lovely 200 foot Twin Waterfall. Definitely worth the effort.
Mt Sassafras in Pickens County, SC at 3500+ feet is the highest mountain in South Carolina. Don't laugh, I've bagged peaks with the Desert Peak Division of the Sierra Club that weren't as high as this.
Of course it really wasn't much of a hike on the Foothills Trail ...It was more of a short uphill walk from the parking lot where the road crossed the trail about 200 feet below the peak.
|Mt Sassafras Overlook|
Just off the parking lot there was a viewing platform that provided some spectacular vistas. I loved the way the fall foliage contrast with the gray background
This view is across North-western South Carolina and beyond into Georgia
This is looking east across Pickens County toward the East Coast of South Carolina. The outer bands of Hurricane Sandy were blocking the view or we might have been able to see the coast.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Surprise surprise. This beautiful little river run is right next to SC Highway 11. Only a small road sign, "Long Shoals Roadside Park" and a small pull off of gives any indication that there is anything special to see.
The water was low so I could stand on dry rocks in the middle of the stream and take photos
|Endless composition opportunities|
Can't wait to get started painting some of these scenes.
Monday, October 22, 2012
This mountain top park has awesome views.
|Raven Cliff Falls Caesar Head SP, SC|
I hiked 5+ miles along the flank of the upper peaks of this SC State Park to an overlook for Raven Cliff Falls. It is possible to hike an additional 1.5 hours straight down through dismal gorge to the bottom of the falls, but the trail signs warned it would then take an additional 3 hours to hike straight back up. Alternatively I could have hiked an additional mile to a suspension bridge that crosses the top of the falls, but then Icouldn't actually see the face of the falls.. I decided the overlook was the best choice for getting a good look at and some reference photos of the 400 foot plunging waterfall.
|Raven Cliff Falls in Caesars Head SP|
I spent most of the day checking out the nearby SC State Parks for scenes that I could use in my State Park series.
|Caesar Head SP Hiking Train|
It wasn't hard to find them.... the area is aflame with Fall color
|Table Rock SP Fall color|
So whether I concentrated on a single nearby object
|Caesar Head SP scenic highway|
or a mid range view
|Table Rock SP|
or a distant view of a classic landscape, there was a fall scene just waiting to be painted everywhere I looked.
In addition to the Fall color, I collected a lot of reference photos of the rivers and creeks in the area
|Another small river in Jones Gap SP|
There are even waterfalls to be found right along the highway
|Small waterfall along side of SC Highway 11|
Sunday, October 21, 2012
|Morning view from the deck|
We took a short walk around the Table Rock Resort's golf course early this morning (before the golfers tee'd off)
|Water hazard on the third fairway|
The scenery is spectacular.
|Sliding Rock aka Gauley Falls|
At the last minute, right behind out condo, we discovered this beautiful waterfall --right next to the Tee off area for the 8th green. By that time, the course was getting too busy for us to have time to investigate the falls. It's only a short jaunt from our condo, so we'll give it another try tomorrow.
|BJ on tee off for 8th green looking at falls|
Saturday, October 20, 2012
|Table Rock Resort, Pickens, SC|
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Cantey Bay near the Santee State Park is off of the I 95 / SC 301 in South Carolina. I've driven by this place dozens of times and barely given it a thought.. or if I did, it was to wonder why it had been set aside as a reserve. I found out when I drove by it this time... when the daisies are in boom it is drop dead gorgeous. I'm not kidding, cars were slamming on their brakes to take a look. I pulled off the highway and onto a secondary causeway that cuts across the preserve. Got lots of reference photos. You can bet one of them will wind up being used as a reference for a painting for my State Park Series. Be forewarned if you attempt to do any photography or plein air painting there, there a the site has a lot of fire ant mounds along the road, so watch where your step.