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Fort McAllister

Fort McAllister Journal ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister Journal
©2017 Lucinda Howe

On a recent trip to Fort McAllister State Park in Georgia with a group of artists, I had been under the weather for a few days and didn’t feel like lugging a heavy easel and canvases.  I packed  my travel kit and a small accordion-fold journal.  Combining lettering, drawing, and watercolor painting, I captured the feel of the marsh and some botanical details.  This turned out to be a very satisfactory way to remember the trip and add to my visual vocabulary for future paintings. 

Fort McAllister #1 ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #1
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #2 ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #2
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #3 ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #3
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #4 ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Fort McAllister #4
©2017 Lucinda Howe

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Emerald Palmetto

Emerald Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print with Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe $125

Emerald Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print with Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$125

Emerald Palmetto is the fifth in my series of monotypes of palmetto trees. Each image is similar to the others, but has unique colors and textures due to the unpredictability of the process.

The emerald color in the background represents growth, reflection, peace and balance… qualities that seem to be much needed in today’s world. 

Each piece of this series of monotypes is matted in a white mat to fit into a standard 10×8 inch frame.  $125 each. Click here to purchase.

 

Gelli plate monotypes 7x5 inches matted to fit 10x8 inch frame Available on Daily Paintworks

Gelli plate monotypes
7×5 inches
matted to fit 10×8 inch frame
$125 each, click here to purchase 

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Green and Brown Palmetto

Green and Brown Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2015 Lucinda Howe

Green and Brown Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2015 Lucinda Howe

The warm weather in South Carolina this week inspired me to continue my series of palmetto trees.  Layering the stencils and varying the colors make each piece unique. 

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January Palmetto

January Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe

January Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Happy New Year to you!  

I haven’t been making much “serious art” (whatever that means) during the holidays.  Too many distractions, you know?  I did spend a few hours in the studio playing with stencils and gelli plate printing.   This palmetto and the ones I posted the last two weeks were made by combining three hand-cut stencils in positive and negative shapes with Sharpie marker drawing.  I like how the pieces are different, but they  form a series.  

It was nice to have a fun project with low expectations and freedom to experiment. 

The materials are still laid out in the studio, and I believe it will be easy to get back in the groove in the studio this week.

How do you keep the creative energy simmering and ready to go during times of distraction?  Please add your comments in the section below.  Happy art making!

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Happy New Year!

New Year Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print and Sharpie ©2016 Lucinda Howe

New Year Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print and Sharpie
©2016 Lucinda Howe

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and artful new year!

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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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Palmetto Trees

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

Bugville Morning
36×24″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
@2014 Lucinda Howe
$1,750

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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Lost Trees

Marsh Edge 24x30" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Marsh Edge
24×30″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

Last week I was at  Barnwell State Park, thanks to the SC Parks Artist in Residence Program.  The weather alternated cloudy and clear as Hurricane Matthew approached.  My sister (who lives in New Zealand) was with me for a few days.  She wrote and I painted, and we enjoyed catching up with the news during mealtime chats.

After Matthew blew through Friday night, a neighboring cabin had three trees through the roof and power was out, so I decided to come home early and free up a cabin at the park.  I appreciated the efforts of Park Manager, Eddie Richburg and all of the rangers to make my stay safe and comfortable.

As I drove back to Columbia, I saw many fallen trees and power outages.  I’ve also seen people mourning fallen trees on social media, so I’m dedicating my exhibition at Still Hopes to the loss of cherished trees from the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.  The painting above, Marsh Edge, honors the palmettos along the coast that are so resilient through hurricanes.

I invite you to follow my Facebook page or Instagram account as I post photos of paintings in my Abiding Trees exhibit at Still Hopes.   The exhibit will be up through November 29th if you would like to see the paintings in person.

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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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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Happy, Merry, & Anni

Happy, Merry, & Anni 60xx48" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2003 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com $5,500

Happy, Merry, & Anni
60xx48″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2003 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com
$5,500

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

As we pause to give thanks this week, I want to say that I am grateful that you are a loyal subscriber to my list. I appreciate your comments and support of my art. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Among the many other things that I have to be grateful for in my life, I am grateful that my husband, Rich Kelley, and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary today!  We have been blessed in many ways and have a good life together.

Celebrating the anniversary reminded me of the painting above of the three palmetto trees in our east side garden.  Years ago when we spent a substantial amount of money to plant these trees,  my husband said “Don’t expect other gifts… This is Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, and Anniversary, too, for this year”.  So I named them Merry, Happy, and Anni. Since then they have become a favorite part of the garden and appear often in my paintings.

 

Happy, Merry, & Anni in situ 60x48" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas @2003 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com

Happy, Merry, & Anni
in situ
60×48″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
@2003 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com

I made this painting for a specific place in my study.  I started with a black gesso drawing to establish the structure.  Then I covered it with a warm red and orange transparent glaze, and added opaque paints to complete the top layer.  I love it because it brings the garden into the house and fits perfectly in the space.

This is a big piece.  It is 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide.  It takes up a good bit of the wall in my study.   But it is now on display at Best Mattress on Devine Street, and it looks smaller on a very large wall.   It’s amazing how the effect of a piece of art changes with the scale of the room.

Happy, Merry, and Anni at Best Mattress, 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 60"x48" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2003 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com

Happy, Merry, and Anni
at Best Mattress, 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC
60×48″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2003 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com $5,500

If you want to see this piece while it’s on display, stop by Best Mattress at 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC (diagonally across the intersection of Sims and Devine from Incarnation Lutheran Church).  Check out other paintings by Trenholm Artists Guild members while you are there.  And they have great mattresses, too.  Maybe you’d like to take a break from Black Friday chaos to try out the mattresses and enjoy the art.  Happy shopping!

 

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