Tag Archives: Water lilies

Palmetto Water Lilies

Water Lily Series II 24x54" Triptych Oil on 3 gallery wrap canvases ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,600

Water Lily Series II
24×54″ Triptych
Oil on 3 gallery wrap canvases
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$2,600

Paintings from my water lily series will be on display at Michael’s Cafe, 1620 Main Street, Columbia, SC, during the month of June.  I will be at Michael’s for Main Street’s First Thursday on June 2, 5:00-8:00 pm.  I hope you will stop by and say hello!

 

 

 

Posted in Oil Painting

You Be the Judge!

Water Lily Series 30x40" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,400

Water Lily Series I
30×40″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
On Display at the South Carolina State Fair, October 14-25, 2015 
Professional Division, Painting on Canvas Section (all the way in the back of the Cantey Building)

The Fine Art Exhibit at the South Carolina State Fair is a huge event.  The Fair opens Thursday, October 14, 2015 and the art is in the Cantey Building.

I went to the awards reception Sunday evening.  I was happy to have two paintings accepted in the Professional Division, Painting on Canvas section.  I extend my congratulations to the artists who won awards.  Here is the list of winners http://i.saffireevent.com/files.ashx?t=fg&f=2015_Fine_Art_Program.pdf&rid=SCStateFair

The wonderful thing about this exhibit is that it features work from some of the best artists in the state and awards over $20,000 in prizes.

But this exhibit is overwhelming!  The recent renovations to the Cantey Building look good and there is more room for the art.  However, I was only able to take in a small percentage of the art on display before I experienced sensory overload.  If you are going to the fair, I urge you to walk through the Cantey Building to see the art.  I’d like to make some suggestion to enhance your enjoyment  and prevent overload.

1.  It’s OK if you don’t see it all!  The art is there for your enjoyment.  It’s better to appreciate a few pieces than to see everything and remember nothing.

2.  Pick a category that interests you — photography, painting, sculpture — and spend some time in that section choosing a favorite piece.  Ask yourself why you like it.  Do you agree with the judge’s assessment (whether he awarded a prize)?  Who is the artist?

3.  Get to know the artist.  When you get home, Google the artist’s name and look for a website, Facebook page or blog.  Most artists have some online presence that will allow you to find out more about their work.

4.  Know that your interest is important to the artist.  You can show your support by buying the work, being a fan of the artist, and sharing with your friends.  Remember that ultimately you are the judge!

 

 

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Water, water, everywhere!

Water Lily Series III 48x36" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $3,500

Water Lily Series III
48×36″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$3,500

 

Wowie, zowie!  This has been a crazy week.  Here in South Carolina we’ve been inundated with record amounts of rain (13.5 inches at my house) resulting in flash floods, washed out roads, power and water outages and other miseries.  It’s going to be a long slow process of emergency response, detours, clean up, and infrastructure rebuilding.  I feel blessed to be in a suburb of Columbia that’s on higher ground.  Having my studio at the back of the house allows me to work at home.   We still have water and power, but many of our friends have not been so fortunate.

My featured painting this week is my second entry for the SC State Fair, one of my waterlily series.  I hesitated to post it because it seems like we have had way too much water this week.  However,  I’m assuming the show will go on at the fair, and I hope our waters will soon return to the calm of a lily pond.  Please join me in sending good thoughts and prayers to all who have been affected by the storm.

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Art at the SC State Fair

Water Lily Series 30x40" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,400

Water Lily Series I
30×40″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$2,400

If you live in South Carolina, you probably already have the SC State Fair on your calendar for October 14-25, 2015.  With rides, fried-everything food, vegetables, quilts, baby ducks, and country music, there is something for everyone.  And did you know that the fair is one of the largest fine art exhibits in the state?  More than 1000 artists enter the juried show each year.  Generous prize money in the professional division attracts some of the top artists in the state.  I’ve heard that this year the lighting and arrangement of the art has been improved, so it should be a fabulous exhibit.

I’m entering my Water Lily Series paintings I and III.    I hope you will stop by the Cantey building and look for my pieces.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

 

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Water Lily Series VII

Water Lily Series VII 16x16" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $640

Water Lily Series VII
16×16″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$640

This painting is the fourth in a series of water lilies on square canvases.  As I mentioned in previous posts, working in a series gives me an opportunity to learn more about a subject and experiment with variations on a theme.  Having similar blue and green colors, these pieces work as a group.

This set of four paintings on gallery wrap (1.5 inch deep) canvases with black edges can be displayed in a square grouping as shown below or as a long vertical or horizontal.  You might even display them diagonally along a stairway.  You will have the impact of a large piece of art with the ability to display it the way it works best in your space.

If you would like to acquire any or all of these water lily paintings, please email me.  Thanks.

All the Single Lilies Water Lily Series IV, V, VI, & VII Oil on four 16x16" gallery wrap canvases ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,295 for the set

All the Single Lilies
Water Lily Series IV, V, VI, & VII
Oil on four 16×16″ gallery wrap canvases
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$2,295 for the set

Posted in Oil Painting

Water Lily Series VI

Water Lily Series VI 16x16" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $640

Water Lily Series VI
16×16″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$640

This painting is the third in a group of four 16×16” canvases, each featuring a single bloom among the lily pads.  With the focus being on the large bloom, the leaves lose their round forms and become an abstract green background.

I work in a series because it provides a framework for experimentation.  As I become familiar with the shapes of the subject, I can stretch my imagination about technique and composition.  In this series, I’m using a limited palette of paints and matching canvas sizes.   I challenge myself to vary the composition and colors in each one while maintaining enough consistency that they can be displayed together as a group.

Posted in Oil Painting

Water Lily Series V

Water Lily Series V 16x16" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $640

Water Lily Series V
16×16″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$640

Why do water lilies fascinate?

As I continue my series of water lily paintings, I wonder why water lilies are so fascinating to me and many other painters.

Water lilies are mythological.  Their genus name nymphaea was inspired by the nymphs of Greek and Latin mythology who inhabited rivers and springs.

What interests me about water lilies is that they exist in both air and water.  The leaves form a scrim on the surface of the water, concealing what lies below in shadows while the flowers float and sparkle on the surface.  The notched oval leaves form an irregular pattern interspersed with reflections of the sky in a cool palette of blues and greens.

Although they are usually found in growing in still water, water lilies may be disturbed by ripples from breezes and water creatures.   I enjoy the challenge described by Ted Hughes in his poem “To Paint a Waterlily”, “…Now paint the long-necked lily-flower/ Which, deep in both worlds, can be still/ As a painting, trembling hardly at all…”

Posted in Oil Painting

Water Lily Series IV

Water Lily Series IV 16x16" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $640

Water Lily Series IV
16×16″
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$640

After completing several large pieces recently, I wanted to work on a smaller scale today.  In this piece, I’m continuing to exploit the vibration of blues and greens on a red ground in my series of water lily paintings.

Posted in Oil Painting

Water Lily Series III

Water Lily Series III 48x36" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lucinda Howe $3,500

Water Lily Series III
48×36″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$3,500

Standing in front of a big red canvas this week, intending to start another water lily painting, I was excited and nervous.  I enjoy the physicality of working on a large scale, but there is always a little voice in the background…what if I just waste a lot of paint, or can’t find a place to exhibit the work, or shouldn’t paint water lilies because Monet did it all?  You know the voice of the critic, right?  Many people hear this tune though the words may be different.

Well, I just had to brush that critic off my shoulder.  Put on Danielle LaPorte on the stereo to throw some sparks.  Opened the studio curtains and squeezed out paint.  Grabbed a big brush and got to work.

Once I got started, muscle memory of the water lily shapes kicked in.  I started by blocking in the darks in the water and the shapes of the flowers. Then I added the cool blues and greens of the lily pads to calm down all that red.   Although I stopped several times to return with fresh eyes, the piece came together fairly easily.   I paint in a series because repetition allows subject matter to become part of my visual vocabulary.  Then I have a foundation for experimenting with variations in formats and color palettes.

I hope the viewer who stands before this piece will feel calm and energized among the water lilies.

Posted in Acrylics

Water Lily Series II

Water Lily Series II 24x54" Triptych <br> Oil on 3 gallery canvases  ©2015 Lucinda Howe $2,600

Water Lily Series II
24×54″ Triptych
Oil on 3 gallery wrap canvases
©2015 Lucinda Howe
$2,600

For this painting in my water lily series, I have exaggerated the horizontal aspect by combining three canvases into a triptych.  I’ve also increased the contrast by adding more dark blues and purples in the water.

Posted in Oil Painting