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End of Show Special

Blue Palmetto 12x12 inches Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas Regular price $395 Special $275 - Offer ends 12/2/2016

Blue Palmetto
12×12 inches
Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
Regular price $395
Special $275 – Offer ends 12/2/2016

 

The sabal palmetto, state tree of South Carolina, is also called the blue palmetto. The blue and green fronds of this tree provide cool contrast against the autumnal ochres of the salt marsh.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is the last day of my Abiding Trees exhibition at Still Hopes. In gratitude for the opportunity to show my work, I’m offering this painting for a special price of $275 through Friday of this week. It is 12×12 inches with finished edges, wired and ready to hang. Please contact me before 5 pm Friday if you are interested in purchasing it.

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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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Saltmarsh Solitude

Saltmarsh Solitude 18x24 inches Acrylic on masonite ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Saltmarsh Solitude
18×24 inches
Acrylic on masonite
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe. (Susan Cain)

I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then. (Georgia O’Keeffe)

I paint with other painters quite often. It’s fun to socialize and learn from others. But it’s necessary for me to spend time painting alone, both outdoors and in the studio. That’s where I’m able to concentrate and experiment. That’s where I can find my own style.

This piece is a combination of influences. I painted on location at James Island with a group of plein air painters and took photos at the time. Later in the studio, I was inspired by the image of the foreground tree against the distant foliage mass. I exaggerated the yellows of the autumn grasses to contrast with the blues and greens of the trees.

To me the lone tree represents the solitude that fuels my creative process.

 

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Minding the Gap

Beach Walk 18x24" Acrylic on masonite ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Beach Walk
18×24″
Acrylic on masonite
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

Have you ever thought about the process that takes place before a piece of art appears ready for sale on a gallery wall?

Today, I’m giving you an inside look into the steps involved in the gap between a painting on the easel and art that is ready to go home with you.

I recently painted this piece of a walk toward a South Carolina low country beach. It was mostly finished, but I like to let it rest for a few days and look at it with fresh eyes before I call it finished and send it out into the world.

When the Art Committee at Still Hopes requested an additional piece for an easel in another building promoting my Abiding Trees exhibition in the wellness center, I decided to finish this piece. Here is my finishing checklist and some pictures of the process…

  • Make any final adjustments to the image (can you see what I changed?)
  • Sign with my chop in lower right corner
  • Varnish (3 coats)
  • Photograph
  • Record in art inventory database
  • Decide how to frame
  • Frame and wire for hanging
  • Make a label
  • Deliver work to Still Hopes
  • Post on blog, newsletter, and social media
The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?

The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?

 

Varnishing

Varnishing.  One coat of gloss and two coats of satin.  At least 2 hours drying time between coats.

 

Recording in database

Recording in database

 

Framing

Framing

 

Framed and ready for display and sale

Framed and ready for display and sale

Abiding Trees continues through the end of November at Still Hopes.  Click here for all the details.

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Blue Palmetto

Blue Palmetto 11x11 inches Acrylic on mat board ©2016 Lucinda Howe $330

Blue Palmetto
11×11 inches
Acrylic on mat board
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$330

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Painting from imagination is a challenge for me. I get stuck on reproducing colors I see on location or trying to imitate what I see in photos. I’m always looking for ways to move away from these self-imposed restrictions.

This summer while it’s too hot to go outside, I’ve been watching videos of an artist who starts with a general idea of subject matter and a loose, drippy underpainting. He then develops the painting from his imagination. I gave myself a challenge to paint, as he was doing, an imaginary tree line. I chose a color scheme of blue and green with some touches of warm ochre. I painted over an old painting and let some of the original colors show.

As I painted, my trees didn’t look like his because his shapes weren’t familiar to me.   Mine wanted to be palmettoes on a marsh. I pulled out some photos references that I had used before to check shapes, but I rearranged the elements into the composition I wanted and stayed with my chosen color scheme. The characteristic bootjacks on the trunk identify the tree, and the ocher grasses place it in the salt marsh. Very few details were needed to complete the painting.

This type of painting exercise builds my visual vocabulary and helps me to bring the feel of my favorite places into my studio work.

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Morning on Pitt Street

Morning on Pitt Street 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Morning on Pitt Street
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

The Old Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is an old bridge that has been converted to a park and fishing pier.  I painted this view of the salt marsh from the bridge on a beautiful warm October morning.  A man stopped to watch and commented, “you’re capturing the colors of the winter marsh.  In the spring it’s all green.”

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