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Windy Day at Sandhill

Windy Day at Sandhill 5.5 x 17 inches Watercolor on paper ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Windy Day at Sandhill
5.5 x 17 inches
Watercolor on paper
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Last Saturday, the plein air group was painting at Sandhill Research and Education Center in northeast Richland County, South Carolina. I wanted to go because it’s near my house and a favorite place to paint, but the weather report predicted rain. Through the morning the sky got darker and darker, and it started to sprinkle, but I decided to go anyway. Arriving about 10:00 am, I didn’t have long to paint, so I made a small painting in my watercolor book.

Clemson’s property is a small reminder of our rural heritage in the midst of the Two Notch/Clemson Road suburbia. In this painting, I wanted to capture the sandy road between the trees and equipment shed with only a hint of the surrounding industry in the background.

Posted in Plein Air

Peaceful Afternoon

Peaceful Afternoon 14x18 inches Acrylic on masonite ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Peaceful Afternoon
14×18 inches
Acrylic on masonite
©2016 Lucinda Howe

After I installed my show at Still Hopes on Saturday, I was tired of framing, hauling, hanging, labeling, and publicizing. I needed to get back to my preferred activity… painting. But I had limited time Saturday afternoon, and I didn’t want to waste time scouting the perfect location and getting started.

So I decided to go out to Sandhill Research and Education Center, a familiar location near my home.   From previous experience, I knew I’d find several lakes, barns, and trees. If I could find an interesting angle of light, I could make a painting.

I found a spot next to the lake that had interesting shadows and set up my easel. I blocked in the value pattern with reds and yellows in fluid acrylics that dry quickly. Then I added blues and greens in layers to build up the foliage. Using large brushes, I didn’t get bogged down in details.  See the process in the video below.

This painting came together quickly.   Sometimes constraints remove the decision making stress. My most successful plein air paintings are done with energy and focus.  The result has a vitality that belies the previous experience and planning behind the work.

Posted in Acrylics, Plein Air

Sandhill Yuccas

Sandhill Yucca 11x14" Acrylic on panel ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Sandhill Yuccas
11×14″
Acrylic on panel
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

These yuccas are growing in the dry shade and sandy soil of Clemson University’s REC.  I was interested in the way the sun on the mown grass silhouetted the trees and yuccas in the foreground.

Posted in Acrylics

Sandhill Shadow Web

Sandhill Shadow Web 11x14"  Acrylic on panel ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Sandhill Shadow Web
11×14″
Acrylic on panel
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

The shadow pattern on the ground inspired this painting. It’s another in my series from Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center near my home in central South Carolina. The walking paths around the lakes provide many good views for painting.   I’m doing several small pieces this week to work out compositions in preparation for doing some larger pieces.

Posted in Acrylics Also tagged |

Lily Trio

Lily-Trio-24x12-Oil-on-masonite-©2015-Lucinda-Howe-720

Lily Trio
24×12″ Oil on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$720

Lily Trio is another in my series of water lily paintings.  It was designed to be a companion piece to Lily Duo in last week’s post.   Wouldn’t these pieces look great in matching frames on either side of a window or mirror?

Lily Duo and Lily Trio by Lucinda Howe

Lily Duo and Lily Trio by Lucinda Howe

Posted in Oil Painting Also tagged |

Spring at Sandhill

Spring at Sandhill by Lucinda Howe

As I was saying in last week’s post, I often find that things I painted years ago no longer exist. When I went out to Sandhill Research and Education Center recently, I looked for peach trees that had bloomed in past springs, but the orchard had been uprooted.  I drove by a small clump of saw palmetto that had inspired a painting, and it held no attraction whatsoever.  The water lilies weren’t calling me this early in the season.  It was bit sad to not find inspiration in the usual places.

But as I parked at the Children’s Garden and walked around, I noticed the sun backlighting a yellow tree and making dappled shadow patterns on the ground.  So I set up my easel and started to paint.  That’s the challenge of plain air painting…. I never know what I will find, but it’s fun to look for different things highlighted by the change of seasons or the direction of the light.

If you would like to purchase this painting, it is available on Daily Paintworks.

Posted in Oil Painting, Plein Air, Uncategorized

Spring Haze

Spring Haze

Spring Haze
16×20″
Acrylic and textured paper on masonite
©2002 Lucinda Howe
$800
www.lucindahowe.com

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In celebration of the day and of the beautiful warm spring weather in South Carolina, I’ve been thinking about GREEN.  Today I’m featuring one of my early pieces inspired by the verdant landscape at Sandhill Recreation and Education Center.  In early spring the trees have a hazy look, chartreuse and pink, leaves not yet distinct.  In this painting I used textured paper to give the illusion of tangled vegetation above the smooth surface of the lake.   The palette is monochromatic, but includes a wide range of greens to represent different kinds of trees and water plants.

 

Posted in Acrylics, Color Theory

Tree and Lake

Tree and Lake 12x9" Oil ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Tree and Lake
12×9″
Oil
©2014 Lucinda Howe

After a wet and cold week, a warm sunny Sunday inspired a plein air excursion to Clemson’s Research and Education Center near my home.  I liked a backlit tree with the strong shadows extending toward me.  As usual, I started with a red background and placed the strongest contrasts in the foreground and softened the contrast and details in the background.

Posted in Oil Painting, Plein Air

Shimmering Lilies

Shimmering_s

Shimmering Lilies
20×16″
Oil on canvas
©2013 Lucinda Howe

 

The water lilies and broken reflections inspired this painting.  I’m continuing to experiment with a red underpainting to add contrast to the blue green in the foreground.

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Don’t forget that the silent auction of selected 12×12″ paintings continues through November at The Village Artists, in northeast Columbia, SC.  Proceeds benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank and SQ Rescue.   Starting bid is $60 or BUY IT NOW for $150.

Harry and Georgia want to go home with you! Each 12x12" Acrylic on canvas ©2013 Lucinda Howe

Harry and Georgia
want to go home with you!
Each 12×12″
Acrylic on canvas
©2013 Lucinda Howe

 

 

 

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Sandhill Lake

Sandhill Lake
7×5″
Oil on panel
©2013 Lucinda Howe

This weekend I was sorting out my painting supplies and eliminating extra weight so I could put it all in a backpack.   On recent trips to the mountains, I felt my equipment was heavy and awkward.  I wanted to be able to carry my pack on a short hike (without needing wheels) on an upcoming painting trip.

I started with my Soltek easel.  It’s a bit heavy, but sturdy and useful, and it has room for palette, paints, brushes, and painting knives inside.  I took a limited supply of oil paint tubes, 2 reds, 2 blues, 2 yellows, and white.  Other supplies were a Raymar wet paint carrier with two 5×7″ panels, paper towels, camera, trash bag, bug spray and drinking water.   Altogether the backpack weighted about about 17 lbs.

So I went over to Sandhill Research and Education Center to try it out.  I walked the trail around the small lake near the Lake House.  It was a short hike, but I was able to go further than usual.  I set up my easel and painted this small piece quickly as rain was on the way.   I made a list of forgotten supplies (bug net and drawing book) and got back home before the downpour.

So now I feel better about my packing and ready for the next plein air excursion.

I hope you are planning some travel this summer.   Don’t forget to pack your painting supplies!

 

Posted in Oil Painting, Plein Air, Travel