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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

 

Posted in Oil Painting

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!

 

Posted in Acrylics, Garden

Painting Large

Happy, Merry, and Anni 60x48" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe $5,500

Happy, Merry, and Anni
60×48″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe
$5,500

 

These palmetto trees are in our east side garden. We originally bought them to add interest in a boring section of the garden where we couldn’t get centipede grass to grow. Now they anchor a favorite part of the garden. I love the dappled shade and the rattle of the dry fronds when the wind blows.

When we installed these trees in the side yard, my husband told me this would be Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, and Anniversary, too, for that year. Thus, their names.

This painting and several other garden paintings are on display at Best Mattress at 2930 Devine Street.   It’s a great opportunity for me to display some of my large pieces in a cavernous space with high ceilings. It’s amazing how small they look in a different setting. Scale makes a difference.  My work will be on display until August.   If you are in the market for a large painting (or a new mattress), please stop by Best Mattress and take a look.

Posted in Acrylics, Garden