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)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
From our Home to Yours

Applewood Mini Canvas Sale Continues

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

Paint a Porch

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).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Painting

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

Low country in Autumn '12

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

Reynier Llanes demos at CAG 11 '12

 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-canvases now available at Applewoods 11 '12

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 demos at Seacoast Artists Guild Nov Meeting

Jane Woodward

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

My Wall at CAG Nov.'12

I have three of my pastels of the local dunes up in the Charleston Artist Guild

CAG Miniature Holiday Art Sale '12

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

Newest Exhibitor at the Applewoods Gallery

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