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Giving Thanks

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

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Edisto
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

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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Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Edisto

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

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

The road to Edisto Island, South Carolina, tunnels through live oak allées and skims the top of salt marshes.  And it passes many historic churches along the way.  On a trip to Edisto Beach State Park in October 2015, I stopped to paint at Trinity Episcopal Church. I was drawn to the peaceful cemetery where the old oaks dwarfed the grave stones.  The trees dripping with Spanish moss provided cool shade for a perfect painting site on a warm afternoon.

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Cocktail Hour, Edisto

Cocktail Hour, Edisto 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Cocktail Hour, Edisto
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

On a trip to Edisto Beach State Park in October, our plein air group checked in late in the after noon and set up to do some quick paintings before dinner.  I was attracted by the sun low on the horizon backlighting the trees along the edge of the marsh.  The glow of the translucent leaves and the long shadows would make a good painting.   I was too tired to stand at my easel as I usually do, so I found a spot on the bench of a picnic table.

All was quiet as I started painting.  Before long, one of the other painters came over and sat down for a chat.  I enjoyed talking while I was painting although I was a bit distracted.   Then another friend came over and sat down on the other side of me.  I started to move my bag, but she said not to because it wasn’t bothering her.   Too bad it was in the way of my elbow.  Then others came with drinks and chips and salsa and started discussing dinner plans and texting the folks who hadn’t arrived yet.  Soon we were sharing travel stories and painting techniques as artists tend to do.  Naturally, we all talked at once.

I gave up on painting with my work about two thirds done, but  I had enough information to finish it the next morning.  Now when I look at this painting, I not only see the beauty of the low country sunset, but also remember the warmth of relaxing with a group of friends.  It’s that type of experience that keeps me painting en plein air.  Cheers!

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Early Morning Edisto

Early Morning Edisto 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Early Morning Edisto
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

On a trip to Edisto Beach State Park on the coast of South Carolina in October 2015, our plein air painting group had cabins along the edge of the salt marsh.   The morning was quiet and the pink of the sunrise lingered in the sky as I set up my easel on the dock.  The tide was on the way out, but there was enough water in the marsh to reflect the sun through the grasses as it rose over head.

As I painted, I experienced the energized and focused feeling of flow, also known as being in the zone.  I was absorbed in my task and was able to concentrate without distractions.  The painting came together quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  Flow doesn’t happen every time I paint; sometimes there are interruptions or wind or bugs.   Some days the composition doesn’t work.  But on this beautiful morning, the process was a pleasure.

I think flow is a state most people enjoy, but it’s hard to achieve in daily life with its constant distractions.  The joy of experiencing flow occasionally is what keeps me painting en plein air.

In what circumstances do you experience flow?  Do you make an effort to set up the conditions for it to occur?

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Edisto Mist

Edisto Mist by Lucinda Howe

Edisto Mist
7×5″
Oil on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
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$125

This painting was inspired by the low country landscape near Edisto, South Carolina.  Mist diffusesd the sunlight and silhouetted the pines and palmettos.   The violets and cool greens reflect the cool feel of the early morning light.

 

 

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You’re Invited

Spirit of the Trees 30x40" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas $2,400 ©2014 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com

Spirit of the Trees
30×40″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$2,400
©2014 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com

Come join me on Thursday evening at 1425 Inn in Columbia, SC for an exhibit of art by Trenholm Artists Guild.   Several of my large pieces including Spirit of the Trees (inspired by the road to Edisto) will be available for sale.  I look forward to seeing you there.

1425_Inn-2015_Opening Reception Jan2015

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Morning at Edisto

Morning at Edisto 7x5" Oil on masonite $45 ©2015 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com

Morning at Edisto
7×5″
Oil on masonite
$45
©2015 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com

This small piece was inspired by a trip to Edisto Beach State Park.  The palmetto and pine trees are characteristic of the South Carolina low country.  I was struck by the way the early morning light silhouetted the trees and created dappled light on the sandy ground.

 

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Edisto Marsh

Edisto Marsh

Edisto Marsh
16×20″
Oil on canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe $800

 

Last fall, my plein air painting group spent a weekend at Edisto (say EH-dis-toe) Beach on the South Carolina coast about halfway between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia.  This piece was painted from the dock at Edisto Beach State Park on the last morning.  I was interested in the reflections of the grasses and eddies in the water as the tide went out.

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Standing in Shadows

Standing in Shadows 5x7" Oil on canvas paper ©2013 Lucinda Howe

Standing in Shadows
5×7″
Oil on canvas paper
©2013 Lucinda Howe

On a recent trip to Edisto State Park, I was fascinated by the contrast of the dark back-lit tree silhouettes and the brilliant reflection of the sky in the marsh created by the late afternoon sun.   This small piece was painted quickly on location as I tried to capture the contrast of light and dark.

Along with several other small paintings, this piece is available on Daily Paintworks.  Click here to buy now.

 

 

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