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, April 28, 2013

Art is going up at SAG / Market Commons 4 '13

In preparation for the grand opening next weekend, Bruce helped me install my paintings on my wall at the Seacoast Artist Guild Gallery at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Thank you sweetie, you are so much better at hanging art than I am.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Poinsett Bridge 4 '13

Pointsett Bridge is the seventh of the paintings that I have completed for my State park Series this month.   Some of you may remember when I visited it last October (26th 2012) .  It is located just outside of Greenville South Carolina.  It was build in 1820 and is believed to be the oldest standing bridge in South Carolina.The graceful 14-foot Gothic arch stone bridge spans the Little Gap Creek, and  was part of a toll road that ran from Charleston, through Columbia and into North Carolina.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Campbell's Covered Bridge 4 '13

Campbell's Covered Bridge is the fifth  painting I completed for my State Park Series in April.  Many of you may remember it from  my post of Oct. 26,  2012 when we stopped to picnic at  this  is a well-preserved piece of Upcountry history.  It is the only covered bridge remaining in South Carolina.   Campbell's Covered Bridge is named for Lafayette Campbell, owner of a nearby grist mill who allowed his property to be used for the bridge's construction. Built in 1909, it bridges a lovely, meandering stream. The Campbell's Covered Bridge site is now owned by Greenville County.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Magnolia Gardens Photo Shoot 4'13

  The Charleston Artist Guild is collaborating with Magnolia Plantation on a  exhibition of paintings of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  Even though the exhibition won't happen until next Fall, I though it wise to visit the plantation  to start scouting out painting locations and to collect some additional reference photos .
Bruce volunteered to come along as chauffeur and part time equipment caddy.  ( He is incredibly patient about pulling off the highway for me to take a photo of something I've spotted along the road, and very helpful in holding my purse and camera so I have both hands free to do a quick sketch).

The fact is I enjoy his company and he is a good photographer in his own right..
 He introduces  interesting and different perspectives often pointing out  subjects I would have overlooked had he not been along.  e.g. it was his idea to visit the plantation's  slave village where I got this and several other  interesting photos

It is a good thing we went when we did.  Most of the camellias were already spent, and this years rains had knock off many of the azalea blossoms.  Still we did get  some very good classic shots of the grounds in bloom taken this one taken near the Administration Center Pond.

 I  have numerous reference photos of Magnolia Plantation from visits made in the Fall and early Spring but   the  none were in quite the same weather conditions.   Today was very gray and overcast, giving an entirely different look and feel to the grounds..
.. some spots were almost ethereal and others very stark compared to the exuberant photos I had taken of the same scenes  bursting with color in fall and early spring of previous years. ( see 11/20/10  "Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Photo Shoot 11 '10")
We both got some really beautiful photos

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Whooo hoo... It looks like a real studio 4 '13

Whoo hoo.  It's all put together, ( with no thanks to the manufacturer's  whacko directions).  Thank you, Bruce.  I could never have figured out the inaccurate directions that it came with  it, but you did (and you don't even speak Chinese).

Friday, April 5, 2013

Brian Koury Reception 4'13

Charleston Artist Guild's Featured Artist for April is Brian Francis Koury.
Despite rainy weather, an art exhibition by the master of photography, Brian Koury,
 is drawing in hundreds of art lovers to the 'CAG' Gallery at 160 E. Bay St, Charleston SC

Brian's Photography is eye-catching and revealing.  It challenges the viewer to pause and explore beyond the realm of color into shades of gray from the deepest blacks to the brightest whites.  His bold use of black and white  with  an occasional highlight of  a single vivid color encourages us  to look deeper at the form and rhythm of the world around us.

You can see more of Brian's Beautiful work at:

Wow! That was fast 4 '13

Amazing!  Jerry's Artarama delivered  my new St Remy's Easel the day after I purchased it from them online. ( Friday),  It'll take me longer to figure out how to put it together, than it did to ship it from North Carolina.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My new St Remy's Easel 4 '13

Got tired of struggling to keep my canvases from falling off of my flimsy aluminum tripods and bought myself a decent wooden easel which will support a canvas up to 60" x 80"...Now just to find room for it in my studio..

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


(April 2, 2013) - The Market Common will welcome the Seacoast Artists Gallery to 3032 Nevers Street in April.  The Seacoast Artists Guild will host their 10th Annual Spring Art Show & Sale in the Seacoast Artists Gallery from April 17 - April 27 featuring artwork from local artists. After the show is closed, the Seacoast Artists Guild will re-open the Seacoast Artists Gallery on May 1, featuring works from over 60 exhibiting artists.  The Seacoast Artists Gallery will be open from noon until the center closes.  

Brooke Doswell, Vice President of BEI-Beach, LLC said, "Our search for an art gallery has been a long one and we are very excited that we have one that will display the work of all our wonderful local artists.   And one that will offer art classes and even more to the shoppers and residents of The Market Common."  
For event listings: 

Seacoast Artists Guild Spring Show & Sale Awards Reception
April 17 from 6-8 pm
The public is invited to attend the Awards Reception to meet & mingle with featured artists and view the collection.

Seacoast Artists Guild Spring Show & Sale 
April 17 - April 27
The public is invited to view & shop the Seacoasts Artists Guild winning works from the spring show.

Seacoast Artists Gallery Grand Opening
May 3 from 6-8pm
The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Seacoast Artists Gallery and view artwork from 60+ exhibiting artists.
About The Seacoast Artists Guild
The Seacoast Artists Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to promoting and advancing excellence in the visual arts through teaching, exhibits, workshops and special events. It is focused on developing and nurturing young artists-to-be through training programs and sponsorship of art scholarships.  The Seacoast Artists Guild is all about encouraging creativity in the community. The Guild opens its exhibitions to all member artists and photographers, professionals and non, in a wide range of media. It offers low cost art training classes to people who could not otherwise afford it and raises funds for children’s art programs. For more information visit: www.seacoastartistguild.com