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Minding the Gap

Beach Walk 18x24" Acrylic on masonite ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Beach Walk
Acrylic on masonite
©2016 Lucinda Howe

Have you ever thought about the process that takes place before a piece of art appears ready for sale on a gallery wall?

Today, I’m giving you an inside look into the steps involved in the gap between a painting on the easel and art that is ready to go home with you.

I recently painted this piece of a walk toward a South Carolina low country beach. It was mostly finished, but I like to let it rest for a few days and look at it with fresh eyes before I call it finished and send it out into the world.

When the Art Committee at Still Hopes requested an additional piece for an easel in another building promoting my Abiding Trees exhibition in the wellness center, I decided to finish this piece. Here is my finishing checklist and some pictures of the process…

  • Make any final adjustments to the image (can you see what I changed?)
  • Sign with my chop in lower right corner
  • Varnish (3 coats)
  • Photograph
  • Record in art inventory database
  • Decide how to frame
  • Frame and wire for hanging
  • Make a label
  • Deliver work to Still Hopes
  • Post on blog, newsletter, and social media
The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?

The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?



Varnishing.  One coat of gloss and two coats of satin.  At least 2 hours drying time between coats.


Recording in database

Recording in database





Framed and ready for display and sale

Framed and ready for display and sale

Abiding Trees continues through the end of November at Still Hopes.  Click here for all the details.

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Abiding Trees

I’m excited and honored to be installing an exhibition of 30 works at Still Hopes Retirement Community this weekend.  Click on the video above to hear about my inspiration for the series.

The exhibition opens Monday, October 3rd and continues through the November 29th.   I hope you will stop by and see it.  All of the paintings are for sale.  Please contact me if you would like to purchase.  Thank you!

Lucinda Howe:  Abiding Trees

Shearouse Center for Wellness
at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community
One Still Hopes Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
October 3 – November 29, 2016
10 am – 4 pm M-F
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Join Me Tuesday or Thursday

Big Bold Spring Blooms 24x30 inches ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Big Bold Spring Blooms
24×30 inches
Mixed media
©2016 Lucinda Howe
Available at Ellen Taylor Interiors

Spring is a busy time for art in Columbia, South Carolina. This week I will be showing my work at two events.   Please join me at The Picture Place on Tuesday evening or at Ellen Taylor Interiors during Artista Vista on Thursday evening.   See details below.

Congaree Vista, Columbia, SC
THURSDAY, April 21, 2016
5:00 – 9:00 pm


At Ellen Taylor Interiors
1012 Gervais Street


Old Barn, Lake City 9x12" Oil on panel ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Old Barn, Lake City
Oil on panel
©2014 Lucinda Howe
Available at The Picture Place through April 2016

Forest Acres Art Tuesday (FAAT)
TUESDAY, April 19, 2016
5:00 – 8:00 pm


Exhibit by Trenholm Artists Guild
At The Picture Place
4711-9 Forest Drive
(in the Bi-Lo shopping center)

Meet the artists; enjoy light refreshments and live music!


Hope to see you soon!



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Thanks for Your Support!

Pond's Edge 7x5" Oil on canvas paper ©2015 Lucinda Howe

Pond’s Edge
Oil on canvas paper
©2015 Lucinda Howe

Happy New Year!

After a busy holiday season, I’m looking forward establishing a more regular studio practice and focusing more on exhibiting and selling my art.

I want to THANK YOU for reading my blog.   I hope you are enjoying my painting tips and new art.  Please feel free to leave your comments at the end of each post.  I appreciate your feedback.

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Thanks for your support!

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Supporting the Arts

This past weekend I went on the Columbia, South Carolina Open Studios tour with two other artists, Glenda Keyes and Barbara Yongue.  In the past, I have opened my studio to the public on these tours and was sad that I was not able to visit the other studios, so this year I wanted to support the tour as a  visitor.

We started early at Soda City Market on Main Street for Inda Coffee, microgreens and kale from City Roots, and Sicilian Coast goat cheese from Trail Ridge Farm.  I also found a cute Nana by Sally clutch at the market.  I like how Sally Peek puts together unusual combinations of colors and patterns.  This one has my favorite blue/green gray colors in a bold floral pattern with gray and white stripes inside.

Sophie Clutch Nana by Sally Peek Purchased at Soda City Market Columbia, South Carolina

Sophie Clutch
Nana by Sally Peek
Purchased at Soda City Market
Columbia, South Carolina


Interior of Sophie Clutch Nana by Sally Peek

Interior of Sophie Clutch
Nana by Sally Peek

When the studios opened at 10:00, we started in Cayce at the newly opened pottery studio of John and Venetia Sharpe.  They have a variety of sturdy food-safe serving pieces and decorative raku vases.  I may need to have a party just to use this beautiful bowl….

Food-safe serving bowl Pottery by John and Venetia Sharpe Cayce, South Carolina

Food-safe serving bowl
Pottery by John and Venetia Sharpe
Cayce, South Carolina

We visited several other studios along the way.   I’m endlessly fascinated by the way artists make use of tiny outbuildings, vast industrial buildings, repurposed objects, and expensive rare materials to make art.

Near the VA hospital, we found beaded jewelry and a flame working demonstration at the studio of Betty Evans and Carolyn Ramsey. (Do you notice a color theme developing in my purchases?)

Sterling and bead earrings by Carolyn Ramsey Earrings by Betty Evans

Sterling and bead earrings by Carolyn Ramsey
Glass earrings by Betty Evans

Finally, my favorite artist on the day’s tour was Nancy Butterworth in Shandon.    She makes delicate pottery using impressions of leaves of fatsia, collards, and other bold leafed plants with earthy glazes.  In case you missed Open Studios, she’s having another sale this coming weekend.  For more information, contact her at  Of course, I have already picked out the best pieces, but she might have a few pieces left for you.

Pottery bowl by Nancy Butterworth Columbia, SC

Pottery bowl by Nancy Butterworth
Columbia, SC

I was impressed with the quality and variety of art available on the tour and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists.  It is great fun to come home with unique pieces and the memory of a fun day.

As always, I would love for you to buy my art, but if you don’t buy art from me, BUY ART SOMEWHERE!

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Village Artists Fifth Anniversary


Village Artists
631-8 Promenade Place
Columbia, S.C. 29229

November 2nd marks the 5th Anniversary for the Village Artists.  We would like to invite you to join us in our celebration. Please stop by the gallery on November 2nd to watch our artists work and to enjoy light refreshments throughout the day (10am-8pm).

There will be 12×12 canvases, painted by our artists for this occasion. Come out and bid on your favorite paintings.  The Art auction will start on the 2nd of November and go through the 30th of November.  Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the following local charities (purchaser’s choice).

1.   Harvest Hope Food Bank– The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Harvest Hope feeds the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. and distributed over 28 million pounds of food last year, feeding approximately 38,000 people a week.  There will be food donation boxes at the Gallery, so please bring some canned goods to help out.

2.  SQ Rescue, Inc.- is a non-profit, “no-kill” animal rescue group (primarily dogs) that has been rescuing dogs for over 20 years. We screen applicants and find forever homes for our rescues.  We operate solely on donations and volunteers, with no paid staff whatsoever.  Many of our dogs are in foster care – which provides them the opportunity to be house-broken, leash-trained, and socialized with other dogs.  They are then ready for adoption, once the best home for them is found.  Volunteers and donations are always needed and appreciated. SQ Rescue places hundreds of dogs (and some cats) in loving homes every year.



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Great Deals on Studio Furnishings and Art

My studio moving sale is this Sunday.  I’m offering some great deals on studio furnishings, recycled art supplies, and homeless paintings.

Sunday, February 17, 2013   
1:00 − 3:00 p.m.
Lucinda Howe Art Studio
10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F
Columbia, SC 29229
Across from the Target shopping center

Books $3 each, magazines $1 each, paints $0.50 – $2.00

Dorm-size refrigerator $30

World Market Bamboo blinds: Two 36″x72″ $10 each, two 72×72″ $15 each, two 96×72″ $20 each

Microwave $30, big desk 29″x71″x30″ $40

Unframed landscape and floral paintings $20-95

Hampton Bay track lights: two 8 foot tracks with 4 lamps $75 each

Palettes and art supplies less than $10

Floating shelf, file boxes, wine rack, curtain panels $5 each


See last week’s post for additional items.

Prices are negotiable.

Please forward this email to your friends and art guild members in the Columbia, SC area.  Come see me on Sunday afternoon 1-3 p.m.


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Moving Sale – Feb. 17th only!

Moving Sale at Lucinda Howe Art Studio will be February 17, 2013. Watch for more blog posts in the next few days showing items for sale.

In the process of cleaning out and preparing to move my studio back to my home, I’ve realized I don’t have room for all of my equipment and supplies, so I’m having a moving sale.  Would you like to get some great bargains on things for your studio?  Most items will be at yard sale prices.  Come see me on Sunday afternoon, February 17th and let’s make a deal!

Sunday, February 17, 2013   
1:00 − 3:00 p.m.
Lucinda Howe Art Studio
10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F
Columbia, SC 29229
Across from the Target shopping center

Here are some of the items that will be for sale:

  • Card tables
  • Metal frames
  • Recycled (possibly damaged) frames
  • Recycled canvas and boards
  • 2 sets of track lights (8’ track and 4 lamps each)
  • Big desk
  • 6 blue/green curtain panels
  • 3 large pieces of plexiglas
  • Dorm size refrigerator (good condition)
  • Microwave oven (excellent condition, barely used)
  • Bamboo blinds
  • Art magazines and books
  • Easels
  • Watercolor and acrylic palettes
  • Miscellaneous art supplies
  • Storage containers
  • 3 file boxes
  • 2 photographer’s monopods
  • Bulletin board
  • Select group of paintings up to 75% off original price

Check back on my blog or Facebook page over the next few days for pictures and prices of items for sale.

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New Gallery in Camden, SC


Lucinda Howe's paintings at The Garden Gate in Camden, SC

I’m excited to announce that I now have gallery representation in the historic town of Camden, South Carolina.  The Garden Gate Gallery and Frame shop is in the Greenleaf Villa at 1807 Broad Street.

My contemporary Fauvist paintings look wonderful in the wide upstairs hallway and would be colorful complements to a traditional home.

The Garden Gate carries a variety of art and gifts and hosts open houses periodically.  Like their facebook page to find out about future events.





The Garden Gate Gallery and Frame Shop, 1807 Broad Street, Camden, SC


Greenleaf Villa, historic home built in 1815 in Camden

Upstairs hallway at The Garden Gate Gallery and Frame Shop

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From One Lily Pad to Another


"In the Steps of Van Gogh": Donna Lynn Gore, Pam Bulak, Barbara Yongue, Glenda Keyes, Lucinda Howe, Roy Paschal

Thanks to everyone who walked with us “In the Steps of Van Gogh” this weekend.  It was a splendid exhibit of paintings inspired by the hill towns and vineyards of southern France by Donna Lynn Gore, Pam Bulak, Barbara Yongue, Glenda Keyes, me, and Roy Paschal (l to r in photo).  We had a great turnout for the reception, saw old friends, made new friends, and sent several Provençal paintings to new homes.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, February is exceptionally busy for me.  Beginning with the exhibit of water lily paintings at The Village Artists (still up through February), and continuing with the show this past weekend, I have felt like a frog hopping quickly from one lily pad to the next.

Now I’m getting ready for the first  session of my acrylics painting class at the Village Artists on Wednesday evening.  If you are thinking about joining the class, it’s not too late.  Sign up today!  Even if you don’t have all your supplies for the first class, we’ll get started and work with whatever we have.  Have you guessed that we’re starting with a waterlily painting?  Hop on in and join us for some fun.  Rrribbitt!

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