Category Archives: Oil Painting

Decorations

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

White Cyclamen
20×16″
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
$295

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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Palmetto Trees

Bugville Morning 36x24" Oil on gallery wrap canvas @2014 Lucinda Howe $1,750

Bugville Morning
36×24″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
@2014 Lucinda Howe
$1,750

The sabal palmetto is the state tree of South Carolina and gives us the nickname “The Palmetto State”.  These  trees remind me of trips to the South Carolina and Georgia low country to paint.  The skinny vertical trunks support wild topknots of fronds that sway and rattle in the breeze.  Palmettos are very sturdy, able to thrive in the ebb and flow of the salt marsh and survive hurricanes. I like the ones that retain the bootjacks, and I’m attracted by the long shadows cast by early morning light.

This painting is included in my Abiding Trees exhibition at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, continuing through the end of November 2016.  More information about the exhibition and a short video preview are available at http://lucindahowe.com/abiding-trees/.

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Lost Trees

Marsh Edge 24x30" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Marsh Edge
24×30″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

Last week I was at  Barnwell State Park, thanks to the SC Parks Artist in Residence Program.  The weather alternated cloudy and clear as Hurricane Matthew approached.  My sister (who lives in New Zealand) was with me for a few days.  She wrote and I painted, and we enjoyed catching up with the news during mealtime chats.

After Matthew blew through Friday night, a neighboring cabin had three trees through the roof and power was out, so I decided to come home early and free up a cabin at the park.  I appreciated the efforts of Park Manager, Eddie Richburg and all of the rangers to make my stay safe and comfortable.

As I drove back to Columbia, I saw many fallen trees and power outages.  I’ve also seen people mourning fallen trees on social media, so I’m dedicating my exhibition at Still Hopes to the loss of cherished trees from the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.  The painting above, Marsh Edge, honors the palmettos along the coast that are so resilient through hurricanes.

I invite you to follow my Facebook page or Instagram account as I post photos of paintings in my Abiding Trees exhibit at Still Hopes.   The exhibit will be up through November 29th if you would like to see the paintings in person.

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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What is it about Trees?

James Island Path 5x7 inches Oil on oil primed linen panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe

James Island Path
5×7 inches
Oil on oil primed linen panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
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Trees.  So much a part of the landscape. Today I’ve been working on selecting paintings for an exhibit, and I was amazed at how many paintings of trees I have. Sometimes I go out to paint with the plein air group, and they all want to paint a home or barn.  But I often focus on the tree in front of the porch or the old oak in the yard.  The trees seem to be more enduring than the architecture.  Also, I’m attracted by light coming from behind the trees, drawing me in to see what is around the bend as in this path on James Island.

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Stormy Morning

Stormy Morning 9x12 inches Oil on Raymar panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $295

Stormy Morning
9×12 inches
Oil on Raymar panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$295

On a recent trip to the South Carolina coast, a storm front moved through and brought scattered showers all weekend.  I went out early one morning and painted on a dock over the marsh to catch the sunrise lighting the underside of the clouds.

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Deodar Cedar

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
$295

Before it turned so oppressively hot this week, I went out for a morning of painting at Sandhill Research and Education Center northeast of Columbia, SC.  The graceful, pendulous branches of this deodar cedar caught my eye.  A man who works at the Education center came by to be sure I was behaving myself (i.e not fishing!) and told me the tree is approximately 80 years old based on photos of the property from the 1930’s.

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Palmetto Water Lilies

Water Lily Series II 24x54" Triptych Oil on 3 gallery wrap canvases ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,600

Water Lily Series II
24×54″ Triptych
Oil on 3 gallery wrap canvases
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$2,600

Paintings from my water lily series will be on display at Michael’s Cafe, 1620 Main Street, Columbia, SC, during the month of June.  I will be at Michael’s for Main Street’s First Thursday on June 2, 5:00-8:00 pm.  I hope you will stop by and say hello!

 

 

 

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Pushing the Colors

McNair Farm 9x12 inches Oil on panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $295

McNair Farm
9×12 inches
Oil on panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$295

Another cloudy day. Sigh.

After a week of rain, an overcast day was an improvement. But I would have preferred a sunny day for a plein air excursion. The contrast of sun and shadow defines forms and adds drama to a painting. I heard grumbling from other painters about how hard it was to capture the soft light. However, our group had been invited to visit the McNair farm near Winnsboro, SC with a charming old house, numerous outbuildings, an old commissary, and a vegetable garden. I wasn’t about to waste the opportunity to paint in an unusual place.

I selected a view that included some very healthy tomato plants in front of a farm shed. I liked the shapes, but the colors were dull…green with gray-brown and rust. Since I like saturated colors, I wanted to see how far I could push the local colors while maintaining the limited value range of a cloudy day. I started on a red ground as usual with a predominantly green color scheme in mind.   I introduced complementary red-purple on the roof and damp bare earth. On a cloudy day, highlights are cool and the soft shadows are warm, so I used a dark orange for the pinestraw under the tomato plants. I chose blue for the weathered building and used muted light blue-greens for the distant trees.

During critique, the group noted that I had the tree and inside of the shed too dark, so I made a few adjustments in the studio today. Overall, it was a good experience to paint in circumstances I might not have chosen and get feedback from the group.

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Green Everywhere

Memorials 5x7" Oil on linen panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Memorials
5×7″ Oil on linen panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe

After practicing in the studio, I took my pochade box and small panels with me on a trip to the mountains with a painting group this past weekend.  We visited a beautiful area near Burnsville, North Carolina and participated in a paintout there.  The challenge of the day was finding a quiet place to paint around other activities that included a farmer’s market, a foot race, and a bike race that had most of the streets blocked.   Because of recent rains, the landscape was very green.  Clear skies and sun cast strong shadows.  When we found a safe place to pull off and set up for painting, I was attracted by a small cemetery with flowers clustered along the fence line and the contrast between the undulating ground and the strong verticals of the trees.

I finished this small piece, framed it in the back of the car, entered it in the show, and attended the evening reception.  I didn’t win a prize from the judge, but for me the real prize was a day of painting with friends in the cool green mountains.

 

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