Category Archives: Acrylics

Boots

 

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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Rearranging

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

Solstice
9×12″
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. 

Thanksgiving

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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Mansfield Plantation (part 3)

The day after the plein air event in Georgetown, I painted the third painting in the Mansfield Plantation series in the morning before leaving to come home.  I was inspired by the path and the strong shadows of the trees.  I started with a value drawing using black gesso.  Once that layer dried, I glazed with red and orange. 

I added mid-value opaque colors to complete the painting.  As often happens, this process was more enjoyable, and I was happier with the painting, than when I was painting for a contest the previous day.  

Mansfield Plantation #3 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Mansfield Plantation #3
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

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Mansfield Plantation (part 2)

Mansfield Plantation #2 24x24 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Mansfield Plantation #2
24×24 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

After working on two paintings at the same time at Mansfield Plantation, I wasn’t completely satisfied with either.  For this larger one, I used a limited palette of colors and large brushes.  I liked the movement of the brush strokes and the glow of the transparent underpainting, so I entered this piece in the Seaside Palette show.  

Back in the studio the following week, I made some minor adjustments and finished the piece that you see at the top of the post. 

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Mansfield Plantation (part 1)

Mansfield Plantation #1 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Mansfield Plantation #1
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in Georgetown, SC, kicked off with a plein air paintout on September 30, 2017.  Barbara Yongue and I stayed at Mansfield Plantation, a beautiful antebellum rice plantation, now operated as a bed and breakfast.  

We decided to paint on the grounds of the plantation in the shade of the old live oaks.  The water is old rice fields that have been permanently flooded, so the setting is very peaceful.  

I started this small piece first with a black gesso drawing, then started another larger piece while it dried.  Then I applied a transparent layer of red and orange glaze over the black and white value drawing.  Working back and forth between the two pieces, I almost finished both before time to pack up and go to Georgetown for the reception in mid-afternoon. 

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Georgetown Boats

Georgetown Boats 8x6 inches Acrylic on panel ©2017 Lucinda Howe $95

Georgetown Boats
8×6 inches
Acrylic on panel
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$95

Over the weekend, Barbara Yongue and I travelled to Georgetown, South Carolina to participate in a plein air event. Although I planned to paint my contest entry in another location, I started the morning with a quick drawing of boats on the river using a Sharpie on a gessoed board. I was inspired by how the white of the boat hulls and reflections glowed against dark industrial buildings in the background.  Later I applied a transparent warm red-orange glaze over the drawing. Today I finished the painting in the studio.  Barbara and I talked about whether to eliminate the buildings and invent a more traditional water and sky background, but I decided to just simplify the buildings and let the dark warm colors contrast with the light boats and sky.  Since Georgetown is known for its paper mill and steel mill, I felt that the industrial look reflected the feel of the location. 

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Marsh Dreams

Morning on Pitt Street 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Morning on Pitt Street
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

This week has been busy with activities related to Master Gardeners, church, and family. Although I haven’t done much painting this week, I’m planning some painting trips to the low country this fall, so I pulled out this marsh painting for inspiration. As the weather grows cooler, the warm colors of the marsh intensify and provide exciting contrast with the cool blues in the trees and sky.  I’m looking forward to new opportunities to continue my series of marsh paintings. 

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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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