Work in Progress

Palm fronds
Gelli plate print
from hand-cut stencil

Work in progress.  Under construction.  Delayed. 

Sometimes that’s all there is. Nothing is finished. Projects are at a standstill waiting for something.  That’s my story this week.  It’s frustrating, but I know that eventually I’ll finish and check off several things at the same time.  

This week I cut another three-part stencil based on an abstraction of palm frond and printed some tests with the Gelli plate.  It was cold in the studio in the mornings, so I moved some projects into another room.  I started sewing a bag but put it aside waiting for a hardware order to work its way through customs from Canada.

Bag fabric waiting for hardware

I started fitting a muslin for a french jacket and realized I didn’t know what I was doing so had to stop and study.  

Dreaming of a jacket beyond my skill level


Making a muslin for the french jacket


In the meantime, there were computer problems that I don’t have resolved yet. 

So there it is.  Lots of action, not much progress.   Hope your work is going more smoothly!


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Boots 3 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 3
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

I’m back to Gelli plate printing this week. As you know by now, I like painting South Carolina’s state tree, the Sabal palmetto. For today’s experiment, I decided to use a drawing of the boots on the trunk of a palmetto tree from my travel journal as inspiration.

I started with this small (6×4”) drawing and enlarged it on my scanner. Then I cut a three-part stencil. I made a stencil for the background, blocking out the silhouette of the tree. I cut two other stencils for medium and dark values, allowing for some overlap, and planned to leave some of the white of the paper, giving me 3 values in the trunk.

Palmetto Boots from travel journal 6x4" Watercolor ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Palmetto Boots
from travel journal
6×4″ Watercolor
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I printed several of these pieces today using the Gelli plate and acrylic paints. Each one is different depending on the colors and the order of printing. I may embellish some of these with ink drawing before I’m finished. The 3 prints above are my favorites so far.


Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

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Journal page

Journal Page
from Jane LaFazio’s class
December 2017

Happy New Year!

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I choose a word to use as my focus for the year. In 2017, my word was SPACIOUSNESS. I did some mental and physical decluttering and opened space for new ventures. I learned some new art journaling techniques and renewed my dormant interest in sewing.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been taking an online mixed media journaling class from Jane LaFazio, a continuation of what I learned on the trip to Canada last summer. The journal page above was inspired by memories of Wildacres and incorporates collage, watercolor, stamp carving, and stenciling techniques from the class.

I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I’m making something, whether it’s painting, drawing, sewing, or gardening. I enjoy translating concepts of color and design from one medium to another. So, for 2018, my focus word is MAKE.

Do you choose a word of the year? What is your word for 2018?





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Emerald Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print with Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe $125

Emerald Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print with Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I hope you are enjoying your holidays in whatever way you celebrate.  I spent a quiet afternoon in my studio moving sewing aside and setting up art supplies to do some Gelli plate printing.  My favorite thing about making art is being able to move from one medium to another whenever I get bored with what I’m doing.  

Gelli plate printing uses stencils, masks, drawing tools, and layering to make one-of-a-kind prints.  Emerald Palmetto is part of a series of images of our state tree in different colorways.  The emerald color in the background represents growth, reflection, peace and balance… my wish for all of us in the new year.

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Peace to You!

Solstice 9x12" Acrylics, torn paper & ink on watercolor paper ©2015 Lucinda Howe

Acrylics, torn paper & ink on watercolor paper
©2015 Lucinda Howe

Amid the overwhelm of the holiday season and the precious few hours of daylight, it’s a pleasure to take a moment to notice a beautiful sunrise.

Wishing you some moments of calm and peace this week. 

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White Cyclamen 20x16" Oil on panel ©2015 Lucinda Howe

White Cyclamen
Oil on panel
©2015 Lucinda Howe

I decorate for Christmas (and the rest of the year) with paintings.  

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My Kind of Christmas Tree

Deodar Cedar at Sandhill 12x9 inches Oil on panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $295

Deodar Cedar at Sandhill
12×9 inches
Oil on panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe

I like my Christmas trees live and outside.  This 80+ year-old deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center near Columbia, SC, is one of my favorites.  


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Plein Air Exhibit

Cocktail Hour, Edisto 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Cocktail Hour, Edisto
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425 (includes frame)

December 1, 2017

The Loft at 115

115 S. Palmer Street, Ridgeway, SC 29130

Holiday Spirits and Hors d’oeuvres will be served

I hope you will join us in Ridgeway, South Carolina, for this show of work by the talented artists of About Face.  I enjoy traveling and painting with this group.  Cocktail Hour, Edisto (above) brings back good memories of a group trip.  I’m always amazed to see the quality and variety of work produced under the challenge of painting outdoors in a limited amount of time.

Come do some Christmas shopping, visit with friends, relax and enjoy yourself before the craziness of the season begins.  

Participating Artists:

















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Holiday Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Holiday Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli plate monotype with Sharpie marker
©2016 Lucinda Howe

On this holiday week, I’m giving thanks for (among many other things) family, home, health, art, and trees.  What’s on your gratitude list?   Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern in New Mexico

Last week I wrote about seeing “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” at Reynolda House Museum. This is part 2 of the series.

There have been many exhibits of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and books about her life. Her biographical details are well documented, so I won’t repeat much of that here. My interest is mainly in her wardrobe and how her clothing style remained fairly consistent throughout her life.

During her marriage to Alfred Stieglitz (1924-1946), O’Keeffe lived in New York City. In 1929 she started spending part of each year in New Mexico. After Stieglitz’s death in 1946, she moved in New Mexico permanently.

In New Mexico she expanded her wardrobe to include denim and colorful cotton dresses that were more practical in the dessert environment.

A favorite style was a simple wrap dress called an “artist’s smock” introduced by Neiman Marcus in 1950. She had more than 20 of these dresses in her wardrobe. She also bought multiples of simple flat shoes.


One of the most striking dresses in this exhibit is a 1954 “chute” (parachute) dress by Emilio Pucci that O’Keeffe purchased around the same time she was experimenting with abstracting natural and architectural forms in a V-shape. The dress was displayed near O’Keeffe’s Polaroid photos of v-shaped canyons and her painting “In the Patio, IX”.

O’Keeffe was introduced to Asian art as a student and continued a life-long study of it. The label says, “Unlike most of her peers, who came to modern, abstract art through encounters with Expressionism and Cubism in Paris, O’Keeffe developed a modern aesthetic from a lasting immersion in Eastern arts. Evident in these galleries is the powerful role of emptiness in Asian paintings, and the beauty of spaces defined or activated by lines that are not filled in. The voids in her art, as in Zen practices, are often spaces that quiet the mind and invite inwardness.”

She collected kimonos on her travels and may have made some of them herself.

She also had dresses with frog button closures and mandarin collars.

O’Keeffe also collected a few pieces of jewelry, Native American silver pieces and an Alexander Calder pin shaped like OK, the first two letters of her last name.

Later in life she continued to wear black suits and to sit for photos in black garments and her signature jewelry. In 1983, at the age of ninety-six, she ordered a black suit consisting of pants, skirt, vest, and jacket from a men’s tailor in New York. The inclusion of pants was step toward the feminism of the era and in keeping with the androgynous look of the wise elder that Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated in her later life. 

This exhibition shows how one artist integrated a personal aesthetic into her life and work. Georgia O’Keeffe developed her style early in life and stayed consistent throughout her life. She followed fashion, but brought it into her wardrobe only when it fit with her style. She combined influences from fashion, architecture, and oriental art into her clothing, lifestyle, and art.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s popularity and influence continues today, more than 30 years after her death at age 98. While she has always been well known in the art world, this exhibit has expanded her influence to the fashion world. In a fashion show in May of this year, Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director for Christian Dior, cited the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition (when it was at the Brooklyn Museum) as one of the influences for the Christian Dior 2018 Resort collection.

Some of the looks appear to be very similar to specific items from Georgia O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, including her favored gaucho hats. (Click here to see a slideshow of the collection.) I’m not sure that she would have added tassels to her vest and forgotten to wear a skirt, but I think she would appreciated knowing that her style is still Living Modern.

If you want to see “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” before it closes on November 19, 2017, click here for more information.

[P.S. On a personal note: When I was a student at Wake Forest University in the 1970’s, Reynolda House was used for some functions of the school. I remember attending a poetry class in an upstairs bedroom that currently functions as a gallery for part of the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition. The Reynolda House Museum is quite fabulous and has an impressive collection of American art.  My favorite part is the party basement… bar, lounge, squash court, bowling alley, and indoor swimming pool. It’s worth a visit any time you’re in Winston-Salem.]


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