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Lucinda Howe is a Contemporary Fauvist landscape painter in Columbia, SC.

Oakleaf Hydrangea #2

Oakleaf Hydrangea #2 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Oakleaf Hydrangea #2
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

The oakleaf hydrangea in bloom in my garden is a southeastern native. It has big, bold leaves and large white blooms that turn to pink and tan through the summer. Red leaves in the fall and peeling bark through the winter make it a shrub for all seasons.

I painted this piece in the garden, enjoying a warm, quiet morning and focusing on one bloom and the surrounding leaves to emphasize the dramatic structure of the plant.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Oakleaf Hydrangea
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly known as oak leaf hydrangea, is blooming in my garden this week.  We’ve had moderate temperatures and some rain recently, so the garden is a lush tapestry of many shades of green.  The challenge for a plein air painter is to simplify the surroundings and focus on the identifying characteristics of the plant, in this case the large lobed leaves and white panicles.

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Along the Cart Path

Along the Cart Path 5.5 x 17 inches Watercolor on paper ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Along the Cart Path
5.5 x 17 inches
Watercolor in journal
©2017 Lucinda Howe

After doing some yard cleanup and mulching this week, I was inspired to relax on the deck and paint the view of the perennial garden and golf course in the back.  It’s nice to have a green background that I don’t have to maintain.  

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Yellow Irises

Yellow Irises #2 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Yellow Irises #2
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

Irises are a favorite subject. In this painting, I’m experimenting with complementary colors of yellow and blue-purple.  

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Iris Time

Purple Irises #2 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Purple Irises #2
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it’s raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn’t raining rain you know, it’s raining violets.
   
 –Songwriters: Louis Silvers / B.G. Desylva

Because of the cooler weather and big rainstorm, today was a good day to work in the studio. Around Columbia, irises are starting to bloom and provide inspiration. Working in the studio allows me to focus on composition and complementary colors without being distracted by weather and bugs. I used pure hues in this piece to create a happy spring iris garden. 

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Spring in My Garden

Spring in My Garden 5.5x17 inches Watercolor and ink on paper ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Spring in My Garden
5.5×17 inches
Watercolor and ink on paper
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Last Saturday, the plein air group painted in my garden and had lunch at my house.  I didn’t paint because I couldn’t focus on cooking and painting at the same time.  Today was a calmer day and the weather was beautiful, so I perched on my concrete bench and painted this scene in my watercolor book. 

I don’t have many flowers blooming yet, but there was dappled light and shadow on the ground and many variations of green in the foliage.  I used diverse brush strokes and ink accents to add texture the painting. 

 

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April in Winnsboro

April in Winnsboro 5.5 x 17 inches Watercolor on paper ©2017 Lucinda Howe

April in Winnsboro
5.5 x 17 inches
Watercolor on paper
©2017 Lucinda Howe

This week in South Carolina the weather is beautiful.  It’s prime time for gardening and plein air painting.  Today I had the opportunity to have lunch and paint with Barbara Yongue, Melinda Smith, and Alice Marcel at a beautiful home and garden in Winnsboro.  What a treat! This small piece was painted across two pages in my watercolor journal. 

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Flowers Everywhere

Big Bold Roses and Lilies 30x24 inches Acrylic, charcoal & pastel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Big Bold Roses and Lilies
30×24 inches
Acrylic, charcoal & pastel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,400

Among the April showers this week I delivered new paintings to Ellen Taylor Interiors on Gervais Street in preparation for Artist Vista April 20-22. I’ll be there for Art Night April 20, 5-9 pm.  Hope you will stop in and say hello while you are enjoying Artista Vista.

I’m gathering inspiration for new floral pieces by studying the Master Gardener course and looking forward to adopting some new plants at the local plant and flower festivals.  If you are looking for plants for your garden, here are two opportunities coming up in April 2017 around Columbia, South Carolina:

Midlands Plant & Flower Festival at SC State Farmers Market , April 6-9, 2017

Midlands Master Gardener Plant Sale at Sparkleberry Fair, April 29, 2017

Happy Gardening!

 

 

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Spring Fever

Weeds 11x8.5 inches Graphite and watercolor on yardstick ©2017 Lucinda Howe NFS

Weeds
11×8.5 inches
Graphite and watercolor on yardstick
©2017 Lucinda Howe
NFS

In the spring of the year, I find my attention divided among many creative pursuits.

The warm weather that makes me want to paint outdoors also tempts me to work in my garden, paint in the studio with the windows open, sew a spring dress, and cook spring vegetables. This year, taking Clemson’s Master Gardener course even further distracts me. On a day when I could be painting, I’m studying weed identification.

I decided it was OK that my interests overlap and started drawing weeds. I find that by carefully observing and drawing the weeds, I’m more likely to remember the identifying characteristics. Also, any drawing from life that I do improves my drawing skills in general.  

Do you find yourself wanting to try many different things in the spring? How do you combine several of your interests into a project?

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Windy Day at Sandhill

Windy Day at Sandhill 5.5 x 17 inches Watercolor on paper ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Windy Day at Sandhill
5.5 x 17 inches
Watercolor on paper
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Last Saturday, the plein air group was painting at Sandhill Research and Education Center in northeast Richland County, South Carolina. I wanted to go because it’s near my house and a favorite place to paint, but the weather report predicted rain. Through the morning the sky got darker and darker, and it started to sprinkle, but I decided to go anyway. Arriving about 10:00 am, I didn’t have long to paint, so I made a small painting in my watercolor book.

Clemson’s property is a small reminder of our rural heritage in the midst of the Two Notch/Clemson Road suburbia. In this painting, I wanted to capture the sandy road between the trees and equipment shed with only a hint of the surrounding industry in the background.

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