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Mansfield Plantation (part 3)

The day after the plein air event in Georgetown, I painted the third painting in the Mansfield Plantation series in the morning before leaving to come home.  I was inspired by the path and the strong shadows of the trees.  I started with a value drawing using black gesso.  Once that layer dried, I glazed with red and orange. 

I added mid-value opaque colors to complete the painting.  As often happens, this process was more enjoyable, and I was happier with the painting, than when I was painting for a contest the previous day.  

Mansfield Plantation #3 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Mansfield Plantation #3
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

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Mansfield Plantation (part 2)

Mansfield Plantation #2 24x24 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Mansfield Plantation #2
24×24 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

After working on two paintings at the same time at Mansfield Plantation, I wasn’t completely satisfied with either.  For this larger one, I used a limited palette of colors and large brushes.  I liked the movement of the brush strokes and the glow of the transparent underpainting, so I entered this piece in the Seaside Palette show.  

Back in the studio the following week, I made some minor adjustments and finished the piece that you see at the top of the post. 

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Mansfield Plantation (part 1)

Mansfield Plantation #1 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe $395

Mansfield Plantation #1
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe
$395

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in Georgetown, SC, kicked off with a plein air paintout on September 30, 2017.  Barbara Yongue and I stayed at Mansfield Plantation, a beautiful antebellum rice plantation, now operated as a bed and breakfast.  

We decided to paint on the grounds of the plantation in the shade of the old live oaks.  The water is old rice fields that have been permanently flooded, so the setting is very peaceful.  

I started this small piece first with a black gesso drawing, then started another larger piece while it dried.  Then I applied a transparent layer of red and orange glaze over the black and white value drawing.  Working back and forth between the two pieces, I almost finished both before time to pack up and go to Georgetown for the reception in mid-afternoon. 

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Storm Grove

Value pattern painted on location

Value pattern painted on location

Last Monday I painted outdoors in pleasant late summer weather. I completed most of a small painting and started a larger canvas. Since the larger canvas was already toned with a mid-value red-orange, I established the light and dark pattern with white and black paint.

Storm Grove in progress

Storm Grove in progress

Today Hurricane Irma passed to the west of Columbia, bringing wind and rain and making us concerned for the welfare of friends and relatives in Florida and other parts of the southeast. Not being able to go outside, I worked in my studio most of the day. I decided to work on the large canvas I started last week, using the small painting as a reference. I decided on a yellow-green and purple complementary color scheme and painted quickly, limiting blending and preserving brush strokes.

My studio is surrounded by trees that swayed in the gray light of the storm as I worked.After blocking in the trees, I decided on a light purple sky and light green background foliage to show light coming through the trees. When I finished the painting, I felt that it reflected the weird light and uneasiness that comes with a storm.

Storm Grove 24x24 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Storm Grove
24×24 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2017 Lucinda Howe

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New Beginnings

 

 

Oak Trio by Lucinda Howe

Oak Trio
9×12 inches
Acrylic on masonite
©2017 Lucinda Howe

Ah, September!  

Although January is officially the beginning of the year, September always makes me think of starting new projects.  Maybe it’s a holdover from school days.  September is the beginning of the year for many clubs and organizations.  It makes me hope that cooler weather is on the way.  I have some plein air painting trips planned for this fall, so I wanted to get my brushes wet and see if I remembered how to paint. 

Today I set aside my sewing and went over to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education center to paint.  I was inspired by these old live oaks.  There aren’t many trees this large around my neighborhood.  It’s wonderful to have these beautiful trees nearby.  

 

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Giving Thanks

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery 14x11" Acrylic on masonite ©2015 Lucinda Howe $425

Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Edisto
14×11″
Acrylic on masonite
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$425

November is a month of remembrance and thanksgiving, of grieving and celebrating. With All Saints Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving passing in quick succession, we’re on an emotional roller coaster. When this happens to me, I retreat into contemplation, make some art, and then try to put my feelings into words.

For this week’s newsletter, I selected this painting of Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Edisto, SC to symbolize my mixed emotions. I find cemeteries peaceful places, but I recognize that those who passed before us experienced both joy and sorrow in their lives. What was extremely important in their lives is scarcely remembered today. In this old cemetery, I am struck by the towering oaks dwarfing the geometric forms of the tombstones. The contrast helps me find perspective on the place of humans in the world.

Remembering that “this too shall pass”, I’ve decided to focus on giving thanks…

  • Thanks for those who came before us building communities, churches, and a free society.
  • Thanks for the beauty of the South Carolina landscape where we still have ancient trees that have outlasted many human lifetimes.
  • Thanks for art to express that for which I have no words.

This painting is included in my Abiding Trees Exhibition at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community through November 29. If you happen to be out shopping on Black Friday, I invite you to take a short break for contemplation and gratitude by walking through the exhibit.  More information is available at http://lucindahowe.com/abiding-trees/

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Minding the Gap

Beach Walk 18x24" Acrylic on masonite ©2016 Lucinda Howe $1,100

Beach Walk
18×24″
Acrylic on masonite
©2016 Lucinda Howe
$1,100

Have you ever thought about the process that takes place before a piece of art appears ready for sale on a gallery wall?

Today, I’m giving you an inside look into the steps involved in the gap between a painting on the easel and art that is ready to go home with you.

I recently painted this piece of a walk toward a South Carolina low country beach. It was mostly finished, but I like to let it rest for a few days and look at it with fresh eyes before I call it finished and send it out into the world.

When the Art Committee at Still Hopes requested an additional piece for an easel in another building promoting my Abiding Trees exhibition in the wellness center, I decided to finish this piece. Here is my finishing checklist and some pictures of the process…

  • Make any final adjustments to the image (can you see what I changed?)
  • Sign with my chop in lower right corner
  • Varnish (3 coats)
  • Photograph
  • Record in art inventory database
  • Decide how to frame
  • Frame and wire for hanging
  • Make a label
  • Deliver work to Still Hopes
  • Post on blog, newsletter, and social media
The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?

The gap between painting and displaying. Is it finished? How will it be framed?

 

Varnishing

Varnishing.  One coat of gloss and two coats of satin.  At least 2 hours drying time between coats.

 

Recording in database

Recording in database

 

Framing

Framing

 

Framed and ready for display and sale

Framed and ready for display and sale

Abiding Trees continues through the end of November at Still Hopes.  Click here for all the details.

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Abiding Trees

I’m excited and honored to be installing an exhibition of 30 works at Still Hopes Retirement Community this weekend.  Click on the video above to hear about my inspiration for the series.

The exhibition opens Monday, October 3rd and continues through the November 29th.   I hope you will stop by and see it.  All of the paintings are for sale.  Please contact me if you would like to purchase.  Thank you!

Lucinda Howe:  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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Colorways #2

Banks of the Congaree #2 12x12 inches Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2016 Lucinda Howe

Banks of the Congaree #2
12×12 inches
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2016 Lucinda Howe

Last week I talked about changing the colorway of a design to change the mood. In this second painting of trees along the Congaree River, I changed the colors from cool blues and greens to yellow and blue-purple. I darkened the shadows under the trees to increase the contrast and suggest the golden light of late afternoon.

When I incorporate familiar shapes with personal color choices, I’m inviting the viewer to see common things in a different light.

Banks of the Congaree #2 will be on display in my exhibition ABIDING TREES at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, SC, opening October 3rd. Click here for more details and a short video preview.

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Cottonwood Calm

Cottonwood Calm 14x11 inches Acrylic ©2008 Lucinda Howe $325

Cottonwood Calm
14×11 inches
Acrylic
©2008 Lucinda Howe
$325

Bright yellow cottonwood trees light up the Rio Grand valley between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico in the autumn. This painting reminds me of several trips to that area to paint with friends. I remember a lovely relaxing lunch under these trees near Embudo. The sunny colors in this painting make me happy and hopeful that I can go back to New Mexico again some day.

This week I’ve been reviewing my inventory of paintings and selecting work for an exhibition at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community opening in October. I think it’s a useful exercise to look back through several years of painting and try to identify threads of continuity. Perhaps because I’ve been writing about trees recently, I realized that trees are a common theme in my work. Wherever my plein air excursions take me, I’m often attracted by a tree line or a backlit silhouette. The shapes evoke specific places in my memory. With this in mind, I have titled my exhibition Abiding Trees. I’ll be writing more about the exhibition in the next few weeks. I hope you will plan to stop by Still Hopes and see it between October 3 and November 29, 2016.

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