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Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Oakleaf Hydrangea
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly known as oak leaf hydrangea, is blooming in my garden this week.  We’ve had moderate temperatures and some rain recently, so the garden is a lush tapestry of many shades of green.  The challenge for a plein air painter is to simplify the surroundings and focus on the identifying characteristics of the plant, in this case the large lobed leaves and white panicles.

Posted in Acrylics, Garden, Plein Air

Iris Time

Purple Irises #2 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Purple Irises #2
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it’s raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn’t raining rain you know, it’s raining violets.
   
 –Songwriters: Louis Silvers / B.G. Desylva

Because of the cooler weather and big rainstorm, today was a good day to work in the studio. Around Columbia, irises are starting to bloom and provide inspiration. Working in the studio allows me to focus on composition and complementary colors without being distracted by weather and bugs. I used pure hues in this piece to create a happy spring iris garden. 

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Flowers Everywhere

Big Bold Roses and Lilies 30x24 inches Acrylic, charcoal & pastel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Big Bold Roses and Lilies
30×24 inches
Acrylic, charcoal & pastel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,400

Among the April showers this week I delivered new paintings to Ellen Taylor Interiors on Gervais Street in preparation for Artist Vista April 20-22. I’ll be there for Art Night April 20, 5-9 pm.  Hope you will stop in and say hello while you are enjoying Artista Vista.

I’m gathering inspiration for new floral pieces by studying the Master Gardener course and looking forward to adopting some new plants at the local plant and flower festivals.  If you are looking for plants for your garden, here are two opportunities coming up in April 2017 around Columbia, South Carolina:

Midlands Plant & Flower Festival at SC State Farmers Market , April 6-9, 2017

Midlands Master Gardener Plant Sale at Sparkleberry Fair, April 29, 2017

Happy Gardening!

 

 

Posted in Acrylics, Garden

Remembering Wallace

Wallace's Pink Acrylic and pastel on canvas 24x24" ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Wallace’s Pink
Acrylic and pastel on canvas
24×24″
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Camellias are favorites in the southern garden, having glossy evergreen foliage and blooming through the winter when few other things are in bloom. Frost often turns the blooms into brown mush, but this winter has been so mild that the camellias are full of blooms. The blooms are white, pink, red, single, double, and variegated. Many cultivars of camellia japonica have been developed and given expressive names like ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Debutante’, and ‘Pearl Maxwell’.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I visited his favorite uncle in North Carolina. Uncle Wallace had a beautiful lakeside garden with traditional plantings of wisteria, irises, forsythia, and camellias. He gave me rooted cuttings of plants that are still in our garden today. When he gave me a camellia, I asked him if he knew what variety it was. He took his cigar out of his mouth, holding in between thumb and forefinger, shook it for emphasis, and said, “It’s the PINK one!”

The unidentified pink camellia has grown into a small shrub that is blooming profusely this year. When I cut these blossoms and arranged them, I was glad to have the remembrance of Uncle Wallace in my garden, and I enjoyed some good memories of him while I was painting.  

Posted in Acrylics

Bon Mardi Gras

Tuesday Flowers 14x11 inches Mixed media: acrylic, pastel, tissue paper, Sharpie marker ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Tuesday Flowers
14×11 inches
Mixed media: acrylic, pastel, tissue paper, Sharpie marker
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Happy Mardi Gras!  This small mixed media floral painting reminds me of the colors (green, purple, and gold) and excitement of Mardi Gras.  Hope you have a colorful day! 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Big Bold Roses and Lilies 30x24 inches Acrylic, charcoal & pastel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Big Bold Roses and Lilies
30×24 inches
Acrylic, charcoal & pastel
©2016 Lucinda Howe

I appreciate you for reading my blog and being interested in my art.  I wish you love and peace in your life.  Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

 

Posted in Acrylics

White by the Gate

White by the Gate 20x16" Acrylic and pastel on masonite ©2017 Lucinda Howe

White by the Gate
20×16″
Acrylic and pastel on masonite
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Here is the finished painting of the “White by the Gate” camellias that I started last week.  I’ve reworked the background to add more definition to the edges of the arrangement and added details with pastels and graphite.  

Posted in Acrylics, Garden

Working in Layers

Today I’m working on a painting of the “White by the Gate” camellias blooming in my garden.  In spite of some near freezing temperatures this week, it is loaded with blooms and not showing much cold damage.  This variety has an unusual form of two buds back-to-back on opposite sides of the stem, making it tricky to arrange in a vase.  I like the contrast of the soft round white blooms and the pointy oval glossy green leaves.

"White by the Gate" Camellias

“White by the Gate” Camellias

I started blocking in my painting on a recycled 20×16 inch panel that already had white, purple, and green colors on it. 

Studio set up for camellia painting

Studio set up for camellia painting

 

Camellia WIP #1

Camellia WIP #1

In the next layer, I cut in the back ground, then “messed it up” with a brayer while the paint was still tacky.

Camellia WIP #2

Camellia WIP #2

After that layer dried, I drew with pastels, repainted the background to add shape to the leaves, and threw paint to create drips.  

Camellia WIP #3

Camellia WIP #3

This is where I stopped for today.   After giving it a chance to dry throughly, I’ll continue the push-pull of blurring and refining until I’m satisfied.  The process of working in layers adds depth and texture that can’t be achieved in one pass.   By next week, I should have more photos of the process and the finished piece. 

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Autumn Bouquet

Autumn Bouquet 24x24 inches Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Autumn Bouquet
24×24 inches
Acrylic and pastel on gallery wrap canvas
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

The weather has changed in South Carolina this week. It’s wonderful to see rain, and I hope it will improve the fire situation in the mountains. But the rain and wind has stripped most of the trees of the last of the leaves, so it looks like winter now.

This painting of an autumn bouquet is my way of holding on to the warm hues a bit longer.   I’ve been learning from the second part of the on-line painting workshop Big Bold Blooms 2 with Lynn Whipple. I enjoy the on-line class because I can work at my own pace and share the progress with others in a Facebook group. In this class, Lynn combines techniques from the first class with new tools and techniques. We’re working in layers with paint, pastels, and collage. We’re turning up the dance music and having fun moving paint with big brushes and brayers. Isn’t the point of painting to have fun? I feel that the energy that goes into this painting shows in the result. Do you agree?

If you’d like to see more of my bold blooms, click this link http://lucindahowe.com/florals/

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More Big Bold Blooms

Big Bold Spring Blooms 24x30 inches Latex house paint with charcoal, pastel and graphite ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Big Bold Spring Blooms
24×30 inches
Latex house paint with charcoal, pastel and graphite
©2016 Lucinda Howe

This week I’m showing another piece for an online workshop called Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting with Lynn Whipple.  The process involved toning the canvas orange, layering paint and pastel, pushing and pulling background and foreground, and finishing with a spray varnish to seal the pastel.  I like the light background color on this one better than the dark background from last week’s piece.

The assignment for the last week is to paint bigger and bolder on a 36 by 48 inch canvas. I’m planning to start with the orange canvas and a fresh bunch of flowers, but each layer builds on the previous one, so it will be a surprise how it turns out.

Posted in Acrylics