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Giving Thanks

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Edisto
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe

November is a month of remembrance and thanksgiving, of grieving and celebrating. With All Saints Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving passing in quick succession, we’re on an emotional roller coaster. When this happens to me, I retreat into contemplation, make some art, and then try to put my feelings into words.

For this week’s newsletter, I selected this painting of Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Edisto, SC to symbolize my mixed emotions. I find cemeteries peaceful places, but I recognize that those who passed before us experienced both joy and sorrow in their lives. What was extremely important in their lives is scarcely remembered today. In this old cemetery, I am struck by the towering oaks dwarfing the geometric forms of the tombstones. The contrast helps me find perspective on the place of humans in the world.

Remembering that “this too shall pass”, I’ve decided to focus on giving thanks…

  • Thanks for those who came before us building communities, churches, and a free society.
  • Thanks for the beauty of the South Carolina landscape where we still have ancient trees that have outlasted many human lifetimes.
  • Thanks for art to express that for which I have no words.

This painting is included in my Abiding Trees Exhibition at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community through November 29. If you happen to be out shopping on Black Friday, I invite you to take a short break for contemplation and gratitude by walking through the exhibit.  More information is available at http://lucindahowe.com/abiding-trees/

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Palmetto Trees

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

Bugville Morning
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
@2014 Lucinda Howe

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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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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