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We Toil in Shadows

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

We Toil in Shadows
Acrylic on canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe

This painting was based on a smaller study that I posted several weeks ago.  Doing a small study helps me work out my composition and color scheme, but it’s always a challenge to enlarge the piece and improve it without tightening up and losing the energy of the small piece.

For this painting, I started with a black gesso underpainting to establish the composition, and then applied transparent glazes in gold and red over the gesso.  I added darks first, then the lights, and finally a variety of blue and green mid tones.  The detail below shows the interaction of the transparent underpainting and the opaque layers.

We Toil in Shadows (detail) Transparent underpainting contrasts with opaque layers ©2015 Lucinda Howe

We Toil in Shadows (detail)
Transparent underpainting contrasts with opaque layers
©2015 Lucinda Howe

To me this image is about looking through the trees and wondering what might have been there before and what might be in the future.   As I searched for a title for this piece, my mind kept going to the sad news from Charleston this week.  I was reminded of a hymn from my grandmother’s shaped notes Tabernacle Hymns with these words:

Oft we tread the path before us
With a weary, burdened heart;
Oft we toil amid the shadows,
And our fields are far apart:
But the Savior’s “come, ye blessed,”
All our labor will repay,
When we gather in the morning
Where the mists have rolled away.

We shall know as we are known,
Never more to walk alone,
In the dawning of the morning
Of that bright and happy day.
We shall know each other better,
When the mists have rolled away.

— from “When the Mists Have Rolled Away” by Annie Herbert

So I’m dedicating this piece to the memory of the nine people who were slain in Charleston this week and hope that “We shall know each other better when the mists have rolled away.”

Posted in Acrylics

Quiet Morning in Charleston

Quiet Morning in Charleston by Lucinda Howe

Quiet Morning in Charleston
Oil on panel
©2015 Lucinda Howe

On a recent trip to Charleston, SC, I painted with two other artists on a residential street South of Broad on a quiet Sunday morning.   It was a delight to see people walking to church and to hear the church bells while we painted.  The weather was overcast, so I took the liberty of  exaggerating the colors of the walls and trees.

Posted in Oil Painting, Plein Air

Old Pitt Street Bridge


Old Pitt Street Bridge

Old Pitt Street Bridge
Oil on masonite
©2012 Lucinda Howe

On a recent trip to Charleston for an OPA paintout, Barbara Yongue and I stayed in Mt. Pleasant.  After a busy Saturday painting on the streets of Charleston and framing wet paintings for an afternoon reception, we were glad to have a more relaxed day on Sunday.

At the end of Pitt Street is an old bridge that once connected to Sullivan’s Island, but is now a recreation area with views of Charleston, the barrier islands, and the marshes.  As the sun came up, it lit the houses along the edge of the marsh and inspired this painting.

LH MtPleasant

Lucinda Howe painting by the marsh at Mt. Pleasant

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Hearing the History

Hearing the History

Hearing the History
Oil on gessobord
©2012 Lucinda Howe

This piece was painted during the Oil Painters of American (OPA) paintout in Charleston, SC.  In the quiet early morning, I selected a spot on Church Street where I was attracted to the light on the yellow and pink buildings.  The traffic increased as I worked.  As the walking tours, horse-drawn carriages, and tour buses took took possession of the street, I realized that I was across the street from Dock Street Theater and next to the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, both popular tourist attractions.  As I painted, I enjoyed hearing several versions of the history of the buildings and had opportunity to invite people to the reception.

There were 45 artists who participated in the event and we had a good turnout for the wet paint reception that evening at the Lambert Gray Gallery.   Many thanks to Hilarie Lambert for organizing the event.

Lucinda Howe at OPA paintout Charleston, SC
Paintings by Lucinda Howe (top)
and Barbara Yongue (bottom)

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Plein Air Event in Charleston, October 20, 2012

Several artists from Columbia will be participating in the Oil Painters of America paint out this Saturday, October 20, 2012.   If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by and talk to us.   We’ll be painting North of Broad in the morning and South of Broad in the afternoon.   We’ll have wet paintings framed and ready for sale at the reception at 6:00 p.m.  I hope you can join us!

As far as I know, these are the Columbia area artists who are participating.  If I’ve missed you, add your name in the comments below.

  • Noelle Brault
  • Mark Conrardy
  • Darcie Fouste
  • Pete Holland
  • Lucinda Howe
  • Alice Marcel
  • Margie Nation
  • Barbara Yongue

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