Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our Block

This painting was first shown in the 2007 "Changing Face of Charleston" exhibit at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. I want to include this in the upcoming "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" show, February 2009. I lived in the white house with red roof until I was age 7, when we moved across the street. It was a great block for me, as my relatives lived 6 of the 9 houses on the block, including my grandparents.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Peace on Earth

Here's my Christmas wish for us all - Peace on Earth! - not only among nations, but within each heart. After all, that is the reason for the season!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gus' Store

This store was located in my neighborhood on Ashley Ave at Fishburne St. My grandmother sent me there many time to pick up grocery items for her when I was a child. My dad was good friends with Gus. One day years after my dad had passed away, I was driving down Ashley Ave and I noticed the wreath on the door, so I stopped and took a photo. Later I saw in the obituaries in the local newspaper that Gus had died. This painting is based on that photo.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Well, it says right here..."

Watercolor, 12"x16"
This store is located on Rutledge Ave at Strawberry Lane in Charleston. This is another painting that will be in my upcoming show "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" in February at the Charleston County Library.

Monday, November 24, 2008

First Class Cuts

This Barber Shop is on Spring Street in Charleston. I've added some of the details. The painting is 12"x16". It will be in my upcoming "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" series.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Pool Hall

Alas, the old Ashley Avenue Pool Hall in downtown Charleston has been closed down for years. This is how I remembered it when I was a kid, passing on my walk to school.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Auzheal Merrell

I am sorry to report that Auzheal Merrell passed away yesterday. Thanks to all for your prayers, as I am sure they helped him to have a comfortable and peaceful passing.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Auzheal Merrell

This was painted from a 1976 photo recently given to me by Peggy Merrell Clement, Auzheal's daughter. At present, Auzheal has been hospitialized with various ailments. Please remenber him in your prayers.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Petroglyph National Monument

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

This is a view looking up Boca Negra Canyon at the Petroglyph National Monument, near Albuquerque, NM. The canyon was formed by nearby volcanoes that erupted 130,000 years ago. The sheet of lava hardened and eventually was undermined by erosion and eventually broke into these rocks and tumbled down the escarpment. Later, ancient native people pecked images onto many of the rocks, called petroglyphs. There are more than 25,000 cultural images that are still visible. These images possess deep spiritual significance for today's Pueblo Indians and other native peoples. I managed to climb up the trail to near the top of this canyon, but I had a time trying to climb back down!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bandelier National Monument

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
This was a highlight of the trip. We visited Bandelier National Monument, in Frijoles Canyon in the Jemez Mountains, about 55 miles from Santa Fe. It is the home of ancient cliff dwelling Pueblo Indians. A million or so years ago, volcanoes in the area spewed out lava that eventually formed canyons of porous rock, and leaving big "bubbles" . The rock was hard, but one could dig into it with some effort. More than 10,000 years ago, native people inhabited these "bubbles" and enlarged and smoothed out the walls and ceilings. We were able to climb into a couple of the dwellings on rough ladders. Some people also lived in a village on the canyon floor. The buildings in this painting were built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp and now serve as offices, gift shop, and visitor center for the National Park Service

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fountain in Taos

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

After we left Taos Pueblo Reservation, we spent a little while in the town of Taos. We visited the home of mountain man Kit Carson. Frank was particularly excited because he had just read a book about Carson in August, "Blood and Thunder". Then we sat in the Taos Plaza for a while later found another resting spot beside this fountain. We read that the altitude of the area (over 7500 feet) means the air has 30% less oxygen, and makes one tire easily when not accustomed to it, so we rested often, and drank lots of water.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Desert Flowers

5.5"x8" sketchbook, ink and watercolor
These desert flowers...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Taos Pueblo

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
We spent Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Taos Pueblo, NM at the Fiesta of San Geronimo. This is the most important feast day at Taos Pueblo Reservation. There were lots of visitors and lots of native vendors set up in tents selling jewelry, silver items, textiles and lots of pottery from Taos Pueblo as well as pueblos from throughout the region. We enjoyed huge Indian tacos on "fry bread" and a delicious cherry folded fruit pie. There was no place to sit, so we sat on the ground to eat.
About 10 or 12 "Sacred Clowns" were running through the crowds throughout the afternoon. We were amazed that they snatched little kids from their parents and ran carrying them to the river (stream) to sprinkle, splash or even dunk them in the water! Later a pole climbing event was scheduled, but we missed that. We did see the pole with various packages and items tied at the top, including a whole, slain sheep!
I was most fascinated with the architecture of the pueblo - adobe buildings stacked sometimes as high as 3 or4 stories. We were not allowed to take photos or even sketch, so I sketched this later that evening from my memory of the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Indian Vendors, Palace of Governors, Santa Fe

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

The Palace of Governors is a monumental adobe structure that housed the residence and offices of governors (Spanish colonial, Mexican, American territorial and State of New Mexico) from its construction ca. 1609 until it became the state history museum in 1909. Native American vendors line the portico daily selling authentic Indian-made jewelry, pottery and textiles. During the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 the Spanish were expelled from the area and this building was inhabited by the Pueblo Indians for 13 years, before they were conquered by the Spaniards. The Palace of the Governors Museum chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. This sketch was done while I sat in the Santa Fe Plaza facing the Palace.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Santa Fe River

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
Frank and I were amazed that is little stream is actually the Santa Fe River! Most landscapes we saw in New Mexico was brown/yellow/clay colored, except areas that were adjacent to rivers and streams, which were lush and green. The Santa Fe river runs right through the city of Santa Fe. This river enabled the settlement of this city starting in 1610 by the Spanish. The City of Santa Fe has been designated as the oldest capital city in the United States.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tower, New Mexico Museum of Art

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

The New Mexico Museum of Art was built in 1917 in the traditional adobe style. I thought I'd try my hand at a Georgia O'Keeffe style image. (...more like "Carolina O'Keeffe!") This view is from the inner courtyard at the museum. Just about everything I saw in Santa Fe was artistically inspirational to me - I wanted to paint everything!!! Now wonder Georgia O"Keeffe moved to New Mexico and never left!! Here is a link to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum if you'd like to check her out.

Monday, October 13, 2008

San Francisco Street

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

I sketched this while sitting in Santa Fe Plaza in the heart of downtown. Most buildings in Santa Fe are made of adobe, the beautiful clay-colored walls. There are oodles of shops, restaurants, and art galleries galore! And the clothes and jewelry stores! WOW!! Most days, I sketched for a little while wherever we were, and took photos so I could paint later that evening back at the Inn. We had lunch at a French Patisserie on this street at the left side of this sketch. It was so good (and the prices so reasonable), that we went back a second day! The French bread sandwiches were yummy...and the pastries!!! Ooo-LaLa!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Las Palomas Path

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
This is another sketch at Las Palomas Bed and Breakfast Inn. I found Las Palomas on Travelocity! The inn has about 53 rooms. We did not want at " cookie cutter" hotel, but rather we wanted to be immersed in "Santa Fe Style". Breakfast every morning was included, and was wonderful! Blueberry or strawberry waffles, crepes, cappucino, cut fruit, bagels, muffins, juices, coffee, latte, expresso...yummy!!
The Travelocity package also included a car rental for the week. We flew into Albuquerque, and drove to Santa Fe, about 65 miles away. We spent a week at Las Palomas, then drove back to Albuquerque, where we spent 2 days in a Hyatt hotel.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Las Palomas, Santa Fe

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
Well, we're back!! Frank and I flew in from New Mexico last night. What a trip!!! I managed to sketch and paint in my "Travelogue" every day during our trip. I'm proud of myself for that! I'll be posting these images over the next several weeks in this blog.
This is a view of our room at Las Palomas, a charming bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe. In fact, we were only three blocks from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and walking distance to Santa Fe Plaza. If you're ever in Santa Fe, I highly recommend staying at Las Palomas.

Monday, October 6, 2008

House Cleaners

12"x16", painted on Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
With my trusty digital camera, I happened upon these guys at work recently on Charleston's East Side. I painted this while staying with my mom on Sullivan's Island SC as she recovered from her fall. She has drastically improved!
As you read this, I should be on a plane on my way back to Charleston from Santa Fe, NM. Frank and I have been gone since September 27. I have made these last few posts in advance and scheduled them to be delivered while we were gone! Cool, Hunh!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Charleston Good Food Co

12"x16", Arches Cold Pressed Paper
This is another in my "Charleston Street Scenes" series. Great News! I recently found out that I will be featured artist in the Saul Alexander Gallery of the Charleston County Public Library for the month of February! This and other Street Scenes will be on exhibit!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Untitled ?

16"x12" - painted on 140 lb Arches Cold Pressed paper

I spent a recent morning in downtown Charleston looking for reference material to paint for my Street Scenes series. These two ladies were walking on Meeting Street in front of Kordonis Grocery. Do you have any ideas for a title for this? Respond by Thursday, Sept 25. If your title is selected, you will receive a set of my notecards!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


My mother recently had a fall down the stairs and broke her collar-bone and three ribs! In additon to that, she spent a few days in the hospital due to dehydration. Since then, she is recovering nicely. She is home and is diligently working with her physical therapists, and she plans on a full recovery.
I sketched this in her hospital room as she sat up in a chair. The sketch is with India ink pen in my small sketchbook. I later added the watercolor washes.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Collages - shoes

I framed small 2.5"x 3.5" prints of my shoe paintings as a collage, one in a gold frame, one in a silver frame. The exterior dimensions of these are about 7.5"x16".
These are available from Andrea's Online Sales Gallery store, or contact me by commenting to this post.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

This is a study I did last week at the Tony Van Hasselt outdoor painting workshop in Boone, NC. Of course, we were thoroughly rained out, so I painted this from a photo I had taken earlier this summer in Charleston's East Side. This is the detail of the bike rider in the painting.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Weesie's Teacup

This is the final painting in the "Weesie's Teacups" series.
Last week I took a watercolor workshop with noted artist Tony Van Hasselt in the North Carolina mountains at Boone. The workshop was supposed to be about outdoor painting, but it rained every day, due to Tropical Storm Fay. However, we still had a wonderful workshop indoors at Cheap Joes Art Stuff's art studio/classroom. It was a joy to be immersed in art with an old friend, and many new friends.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Noisette Blush Rose

I painted this for my cousins, who are having their family reunion here in Charleston this weekend. They are the descendents of Philippe Stanislaus Noisette who developed this rose in the early 1800's. Philippe was a botanist from Paris who was sent to Haiti by the French government to gather seeds and plants from America for development in France. See the news article for more info at this link.
Prints and notecards of this painting are available at my online store.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weesie's Teacups - Purple and Pink

Here is a pair of Weesie's Teacups. This is the third in the series. I loved the iridescence inside the cups. I have the teacup images as notecards in assorted sets of four available in my on-line store ...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weesie's Teacup, Aunt Martha's place Mat

This is a second in my Weesie's Teacup series. The placemat was given to me by my Aunt Martha, as she was getting her house closed and preparing to move to New York State with her daughter.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Weesie's Teacup #1

My cousin Weesie had a collection of teacups. After she passed away a few years ago, her daughters offered me a chance to select from some of Weesie's things, and I chose her teacups. My intention was to do a series of paintings of them. This is the first I did in a series of four called "Weesie's Teacups".

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I painted this in honor of my Daddy, who passed away 30 years ago this August. It is based on the statue of a sailor at the National Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. I took a photo of it last November when I was in Washington. Oddly enough, I recently discovered that there is a copy of the statue at the new Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, on the former Charleston Naval Shipyard. I also used photos of Daddy so this would look more like him.

I love my dolly!

This is a portrait of Lula on her first birthday.

Monday, July 28, 2008

"No Loiering" (sic)

One day I rode around in downtown Charleston and photographed corner stores. I came across this one on Charleston's Eastside. The "No Loitering" sign painted on the wall was misspelled, so I decided to use that for the title of this piece.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Play Here"

This store is in the area we called "Back The Green" in Charleston. It is owned by Teddy Foster who went to the same high school as I did. His father ran the store when we were kids.

Monday, July 21, 2008

King at Cannon

This another in my Charleston Street Scene series. This is 12"x16". When I was a child, my family lived in an upstairs apartment over a corner store, though not this store. There used to be lots of such stores in the Charleston peninsula, but their numbers are dwindling.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Riverfront Park Play

This is a scene from North Charleston's beautiful Riverfron Park, located on the old Charleston Naval Shipyard. The park also features a wonderful Charleston Naval Shipyard Memorial which is well worth visiting.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Caribbean Girl 4 - Framed!

This is the fourth and last in the Caribbean Girl Art Trading Card series. I offered them for sale on Ebay as trading cards, but they did not sell. So I decided to mat and frame them, each in a 8"x10" wood frame. I love them framed. I will place them in my online store, Andrea Hazel Watercolors.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Charleston Street Scene

This is another in my Charleston Street Scenes series. What corner is this in Charleston? Do you know? First correct response gets a set of notecards. Answer by commenting below. My friend Louise is not eligible - I already told her when she came into my studio. (Sorry Louise!)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Caribbean Girl 2

Here is another art card painting. (2.5"x3.5") It is based on a photo I took at the Gullah Festival in Beaufort SC several years ago. The dancers are the Marie Brooks Dancers from New York City. I shot a roll of film that day. I started painting years later, and oddly enough, I have created paintings from many of those photos.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Watermelon Man

I've started a series of Charleston Street Scenes. This is 12"x16", and I plan to frame it up to 16"x20". Let me know if you're interested. Can anyone guess what street this is in downtown Charleston? Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Miss Lula

I painted this for my husband for Father's Day. It is a portrait of his granddaughter Lula. It is based on a photo I took on her first birthday last month. He absolutely loved it!