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Palmetto Trees

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

Bugville Morning
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
@2014 Lucinda Howe

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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Bugville Afternoon

Bugville Afternoon 30x24" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Bugville Afternoon
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

Ft. McAllister State Park (aka “Bugville”) is a favorite painting spot for our plain air group.  Wild palmettos in many sizes surround the salt marshes and cast interesting shadows.  The light changes with the time of day and the water in the marsh changes with the tides.  In this case, I was interested in the contrast of the strong shapes of the palmettos with the soft ochres of the distant marsh.

This painting is part of a series of larger studio paintings based on small pieces completed quickly on site.  Painting on location is a valuable learning experience, but painting in the studio allows me to work on a larger scale and put my own spin on the colors.

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Bugville Morning

Bugville Morning 36x24" Oil on gallery wrap canvas @2014 Lucinda Howe

Bugville Morning
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
@2014 Lucinda Howe

This is a larger studio painting based on small watercolor paintings and photos from Ft. McAllister State Park in Georgia (aka “Bugville”).  I was inspired by the palmettos silhouetted by the morning light.

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What Do Palms Mean To You?

Gold Palm, 20x16", Acrylic on canvas, ©2012 Lucinda Howe

Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun kissed hair. That endless summer, take me there. (Unknown)

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened. (Philip Sidney)

The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind. (Carl Hiaasen)

In South Carolina culture, Palmetto trees are ubiquitous.  In a broader context, palms have many meanings.

What do palms mean to you?

Do palm trees remind you of tropical vacations or ancient civilizations?  Does your religion recognize palms as spiritual symbol?  Have you eaten the fruits of palms… coconuts, dates, cabbage palmetto?  When you see a photo of palms bending in the wind, do you think of hurricane warnings or good surfing?

I hope you will come visit me at my studio this weekend to experience my palm paintings and reconnect with your love of palms.

Saturday, April 21, 2012   9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (Come early for a cup of coffee 9:30 − 10:00 a.m)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F, Columbia, SC (across from Target)

More information about Columbia Open Studios  www.columbiaopenstudios.org.


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Hosanna, 7x5", Acrylic, ©2012 Lucinda Howe

I have had a wonderful time this week working in my studio, painting palms and preparing for Open Studios April 21-22.  I’ll be featuring paintings of tropical palms and low country palmettos for the special event.

My studio on Two Notch Road will be open April 21, 10 am – 6 pm and April 22, 12 – 6 pm along with 68 other artists around Richland and Lexington Counties.  If you’re in the Northeast area, I suggest you come by my studio first thing Saturday for a cup of coffee, check out Karen Langley at The Village Artists, then work your way toward Forest Acres and downtown.  It will take you most of the weekend to get around to all the studios.

See the map below to plan your route.


Click here for tickets to the preview party on April 19.





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Palm Painting

Palm Warm Up, Acrylic on paper, 7x5", ©2012 Lucinda Howe

This week I’m on vacation from my other job and am having a private “art retreat” in my studio.  I wanted to organize my work with a theme for Open Studio weekend April 21-22 and create some new pieces.  As I looked through my reference material, I realized I’m a PALM FANATIC.

In my travels I’ve drawn, painted and photographed palm trees in Greece, France, the Caribbean, Hawaii, southern coasts, and my own backyard.  I’ve painted palms in watercolor, acrylic and oil using many techniques and color schemes.  Since this is the week before Palm Sunday on April 1, painting palms seems like just the thing!

This small piece is a “warm up” exercise, experimenting with colors and getting my brushes wet.  I’m also working on some larger pieces to be completed by Open Studio Weekend.

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Hunting Island Path

Hunting Island

Hunting Island Path, 5x7", Acrylic, by Lucinda Howe

This small painting is from a wonderful trip to South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park this past weekend.  It is painted on rough paper using fluid acrylics in a watercolor technique.

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