Category Archives: Acrylics

Street Trees

Street Trees 24x24 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $1,300

Street Trees
24×24 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$1,300

Last Saturday, September 18th, I painted in Winnsboro, South Carolina at Barbara Yongue’s Plein Air Paintout, an event in conjunction with Oil Painters of America.  28 artists participated in the event and set up an exhibit for a reception in the afternoon.  I painted on Congress Street, the main thoroughfare of the town.  As usual, I was more interested in the trees along the side streets than the buildings.  I started with a transparent underpainting of orange and red to contrast with the variety of greens in the foliage, leaving just a suggestion of the red brick buildings in the background. 

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Storm Grove

Value pattern painted on location

Value pattern painted on location

Last Monday I painted outdoors in pleasant late summer weather. I completed most of a small painting and started a larger canvas. Since the larger canvas was already toned with a mid-value red-orange, I established the light and dark pattern with white and black paint.

Storm Grove in progress

Storm Grove in progress

Today Hurricane Irma passed to the west of Columbia, bringing wind and rain and making us concerned for the welfare of friends and relatives in Florida and other parts of the southeast. Not being able to go outside, I worked in my studio most of the day. I decided to work on the large canvas I started last week, using the small painting as a reference. I decided on a yellow-green and purple complementary color scheme and painted quickly, limiting blending and preserving brush strokes.

My studio is surrounded by trees that swayed in the gray light of the storm as I worked.After blocking in the trees, I decided on a light purple sky and light green background foliage to show light coming through the trees. When I finished the painting, I felt that it reflected the weird light and uneasiness that comes with a storm.

Storm Grove 24x24 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Storm Grove
24×24 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe

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New Beginnings

 

 

Oak Trio by Lucinda Howe

Oak Trio
9×12 inches
Acrylic on masonite
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Ah, September!  

Although January is officially the beginning of the year, September always makes me think of starting new projects.  Maybe it’s a holdover from school days.  September is the beginning of the year for many clubs and organizations.  It makes me hope that cooler weather is on the way.  I have some plein air painting trips planned for this fall, so I wanted to get my brushes wet and see if I remembered how to paint. 

Today I set aside my sewing and went over to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education center to paint.  I was inspired by these old live oaks.  There aren’t many trees this large around my neighborhood.  It’s wonderful to have these beautiful trees nearby.  

 

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Carolina In Color

We Toil in Shadows 36x48" Acrylic on canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $3,500

We Toil in Shadows
36×48″
Acrylic on canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe

I’m honored that the Palmetto Curatorial Exchange has selected my work for an exhibit at the South Carolina Department of Commerce on Main Street in Columbia, SC.

The Palmetto Curatorial Exchange is a collaboration between CC: Curating and Collections, The University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Coastal Carolina University – that aims to make existing collections and contemporary art more accessible to under-served publics, nurture the network of existing arts organizations within the state, and cultivate the next generation of arts professionals studying in South Carolina. Read more about it here.

See photos of the paintings on exhibit and read the curator’s comments here.

The exhibit is on display until December. If you have business at the Department of Commerce, please take a few moments to appreciate Carolina In Color.

 

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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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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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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Remembering Wallace

Wallace's Pink Acrylic and pastel on canvas 24x24" ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Wallace’s Pink
Acrylic and pastel on canvas
24×24″
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Camellias are favorites in the southern garden, having glossy evergreen foliage and blooming through the winter when few other things are in bloom. Frost often turns the blooms into brown mush, but this winter has been so mild that the camellias are full of blooms. The blooms are white, pink, red, single, double, and variegated. Many cultivars of camellia japonica have been developed and given expressive names like ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Debutante’, and ‘Pearl Maxwell’.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I visited his favorite uncle in North Carolina. Uncle Wallace had a beautiful lakeside garden with traditional plantings of wisteria, irises, forsythia, and camellias. He gave me rooted cuttings of plants that are still in our garden today. When he gave me a camellia, I asked him if he knew what variety it was. He took his cigar out of his mouth, holding in between thumb and forefinger, shook it for emphasis, and said, “It’s the PINK one!”

The unidentified pink camellia has grown into a small shrub that is blooming profusely this year. When I cut these blossoms and arranged them, I was glad to have the remembrance of Uncle Wallace in my garden, and I enjoyed some good memories of him while I was painting.  

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

I appreciate you for reading my blog and being interested in my art.  I wish you love and peace in your life.  Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

 

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