Monday, May 29, 2017

"Ode of Monday's Anna"

Our favorite Yoga teacher, Anna, is leaving our studio to travel... Frank wrote a poem and I painted a caricature piece of the older folks in our class for a farewell card for her. (That's me and Frank on the left edge.)

(with apologies to real poets and English Majors)

Long have you been with us
Each and every Monday night.
Patiently guiding us on our mats
to do our yoga right.

You always put us through our paces
Rarely hard, but ever gentle.
‘Tho our comments and our antics
sometimes made you think we’re mental.

Your work bore fruit! An elite emerged!
Along the room’s back walls,
The proud “Orthopedic Ward” * are we,
Monday faithful one and all!

Eric, Ann, Donna, Barb
And our Lindas three,
Althea, Steve, Andrea, Hal
And all our company.

Perhaps you’ll miss our faces,
And the sound of creaking knees.
Grunts, groans and heavy breathing,
As you we try to please.

Maybe what you’ll miss the most,
The sound you’ll hear no more.
Of Frank and Hal bellowing out
Their ohms in stereo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Lagoons

 "Azalea Lagoon"
Watercolor - 6.75"x 21.5"  
framed 10.75"x  26.5"

I caught these azaleas blooming at this lagoon at Magnolia Gardens one fine spring day.  I decided to paint the scene using this narrow horizontal format to match my earlier piece "Lowcountry Lagoon, Gator Lurking" shown below.  The frames are not identical, but are similar in design and color.  I plan to hang them this weekend at the Charleston Artist Guild, 160 East Bay St, when I work there on Saturday, Nov 26.  Perhaps they would make great Christmas gifts, even for oneself!  Check my Online Store for more info.

"Lowcountry Lagoon"
Watercolor - 6.5"x 21.5"  
framed 10.75"x  26.5"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lowcountry Lagoon (Gator Lurking)

Watercolor - 6.5"x21"

Have you spotted the gator lurking at this lagoon at Charleston's Magnolia Gardens?  You had better believe he is not the only one nearby!  This was matted and framed in a 8" x 24" frame, and will soon hang at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St.  

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 My 2017 Art CALENDARS are HERE!!

This coming year's Calendar features paintings created for the "Edisto and Beyond Tour, the Annual Tour of  Historic Plantations, Churches, Graveyards & Historic Sites" sponsored by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society. The paintings are on exhibit at the Edisto Island Museum through December 31.

   I am honored to be the first artist of African descent to be selected as the featured artist for the tour.  The pieces created for the Tour were painted to honor my great-grandmother, Mollie Steward Manigault, who was born into slavery on Edisto Island in the 1850's. I tried to paint the tour sites as I think Mollie, a slave child, would have viewed them.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Hole in the Wall

 Journal Entry - Watercolor 8"x8"

     Recently I had the pleasure of attending an old school, "Hole In The Wall" party... What a hoot! What a much-needed uplift! Great band, lots of wonderful food, traditional seafood and chicken buffet, and alternative fare including thick sliced bologna and cheese, white bread, pickled eggs, pickled pig feet, old time red link sausage, Moon Pies, Honey Buns, NEHI Orange and Grape sodas, small Cokes and Pepsi's (no diet, please). Folks who came were all ages, but mostly in their 60's and 70's, some older, fewer younger. They showed up in stretch pants, tight jeans, dashikis, jumpsuits, big afro wigs, wheel chairs, walkers, canes and of course, High Heel Sneakers. "Security" guys in black T-shirts handled the awarding of door prizes, through random drawing, to at least 30 people - quart mason jars of (legit) Moonshine. There was even a Soul Train line. I thought I saw a James Brown cape on someone's shoulders on the dance floor. Dancing got so heavy at one point that one lady passed around the BenGay to those in need. There was a posthumous appearance by "Prince", who led a rousing rendition of "Purple Rain", complete with dimmed house lights and purple glow sticks waving throughout the audience. Everyone left there at 10:00 when the lights turned on - GRINNING.
If you want to comment here, USE NO NAMES, please... it was that kind of party."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Botany Bay Beach

 Watercolor - 18" x 14"

"Go straight to the beach," the greeter tells a visitor at the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area gate.  "It won’t be there in an hour. "  Botany Bay’s boneyard beach of dead trees is a focal point for visitors on Edisto Island. This once-thriving 
maritime forest is disappearing into the surf from the forces of erosion.

  This piece is presently on exhibit at the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Museum.
Hours through October are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 - 5:00

Monday, September 12, 2016

Seafood Market

Watercolor - 16" x 12"
     A few weeks ago Frank and I stepped into quaint and tiny Flowers Seafood Co. on Edisto Island, SC.  We have driven past it for years, and I had been meaning to check them out for a long time.  I photographed the exterior before we entered, gathering reference material for this painting.  Then we went in and I bought 3 lbs of fresh local shrimp and a pound of fresh scallops. (The scallops are long gone now, having met their fate while wrapped in bacon for dinner one recent evening.  Scrumptious!) 
     This piece is now on display, along with 13 others of my work,  at the Edisto Island Historical Museum,  8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, Edisto Island, SC, just off the main thoroughfare, Highway 174.  Look for the brown Edisto Island Historical Museum sign on the right, as you're driving towards Edisto Beach.