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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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Stormy Morning

Stormy Morning 9x12 inches Oil on Raymar panel ©2016 Lucinda Howe $295

Stormy Morning
9×12 inches
Oil on Raymar panel
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$295

On a recent trip to the South Carolina coast, a storm front moved through and brought scattered showers all weekend.  I went out early one morning and painted on a dock over the marsh to catch the sunrise lighting the underside of the clouds.

Posted in Oil Painting, Plein Air

Early Morning Edisto

Early Morning Edisto 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Early Morning Edisto
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

On a trip to Edisto Beach State Park on the coast of South Carolina in October 2015, our plein air painting group had cabins along the edge of the salt marsh.   The morning was quiet and the pink of the sunrise lingered in the sky as I set up my easel on the dock.  The tide was on the way out, but there was enough water in the marsh to reflect the sun through the grasses as it rose over head.

As I painted, I experienced the energized and focused feeling of flow, also known as being in the zone.  I was absorbed in my task and was able to concentrate without distractions.  The painting came together quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  Flow doesn’t happen every time I paint; sometimes there are interruptions or wind or bugs.   Some days the composition doesn’t work.  But on this beautiful morning, the process was a pleasure.

I think flow is a state most people enjoy, but it’s hard to achieve in daily life with its constant distractions.  The joy of experiencing flow occasionally is what keeps me painting en plein air.

In what circumstances do you experience flow?  Do you make an effort to set up the conditions for it to occur?

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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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James Island Marsh

James Island Marsh

James Island Marsh
4.5×12″
Oil on Raymar panel
©2014 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com
$60

This small painting was an early morning view from the fishing dock at James Island County Park.  The tide was high so there was quite a bit of water showing among the marsh grasses.  I used the long horizontal format to emphasize the peaceful feel of the morning.

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Marsh Edge

Marsh Edge 24x30" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe $1,400

Marsh Edge
24×30″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe
$1,400

This painting is another in my series of low country marsh scenes.  I had a lot of fun covering up an old painting that never quite worked.  Tiny bits of the underpainting show through, adding touches of color and texture would not have occurred if I had started with a fresh canvas.

 

Posted in Oil Painting

Noontide

Noontide 12x12" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Noontide
12×12″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe
$500

 

This small painting is part of my recent series of low country marsh scenes.  Midday light produces strong contrasts between shadows below the trees and sunlit grasses.

Posted in Oil Painting

Marsh Sunset

 

Marsh Suns 24x36"" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Marsh Sunset
24×36″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

Isn’t it amazing how we find inspiration from disparate places?

This painting was based on a twilight photograph from one on my low country trips.  Aside from a faint pink in the sky, there was very little color.   The tree and grasses were just dark silhouettes.  I thought it could be used for a painting, but I needed a color scheme.

The woman in front of me in church yesterday had on a beautiful jacket with horizontal stripes of red, pink, peach, and light yellow with touches of greenish taupe and lavender.  I was so fascinated, I hardly heard the sermon, and couldn’t wait to get home and start the painting.   In the process of completing the painting, I added a bit more green and blue, but the warm colors created the sunset glow I was seeking.

Posted in Oil Painting

Bugville Morning

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

Bugville Morning
36×24″
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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Ebbtide

Ebbtide 24x26" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Ebbtide
24×36″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

The weather is still oppressively hot here in South Carolina, but I’ve recovered from my “Bah, humbug!” mood and have been working on some ideas for larger studio paintings based on plein air pieces, photos, and memories.  I find that I can paint in larger sizes and be more expressive with color when I’m removed from the limitations of painting on location.   This piece is based on the salt marshes along the Georgia coast as the ebbing tide reveals the pluff mud that supports the grasses.

Posted in Acrylics