Saturday, May 31, 2008

Charlie Mikell

This is a painting I did of my uncle Charlie Mikell. Some of you may remember him as the fabulous Fish Fry Man. He liked nothing better than cooking up a huge pan of red rice and frying up enough fish to feed 50 to 100 folks. Remember his hush puppies?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Maggie's Spa

Here's Maggie in her Spa! Actually she's in the kitchen sink!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Avery Institute in 1939

I painted this based on a photo I found in the Avery Institute Yearbook in 1939. They had a polio epidemic that year, and thus they did not hold a graduation ceremony. They published this yearbook instead! I have made notecards and small prints of this image and they are on sale at Avery in the gift shop. Avery Institute closed in the 1950's, but it is now the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.

Monday, May 19, 2008

CawCaw Afternoon

My husband Frank and I frequently visit this local County Park, the CawCaw Interpretive Center. CawCaw is a former rice plantation which is a sanctuary for birds and waterfowl. There are also lots of alligators! We take binoculars, our bird reference book, and sometimes I take my paints and brushes. I painted this while sitting up on a rice dike one afternoon. Frank had been off walking around checking out the wild life. When he came back to my spot, he look over my shoulder down into the canal and said "Oh my God!" There just behind me was a gator, floating around in the water, with his eye on me.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Drum Line"

This painting was based on photos I took a few years ago at a parade honoring soldiers returning from the Gulf War in downtown Charleston, SC. The drummers all attended Burke High School at that time. This painting is curently on display at Alluette's Cafe, 80 Reid St, Charleston. It is available.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bird Girl with Turtles

I spent an afternoon at Magnolia Gardens in late winter. This is my favorite spot to paint at Magnolia. After I had set up my easel, paper and paint stuff I noticed the turtles crawling out of the water onto the rock.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Painting with Friends

Two of my artist friends joined me for a day of "Plein Aire" (outdoor) painting at Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, SC. Artists Louise James and Carol Simmons and I had a great time. At first we were a little shy of the tourists streaming by, but after getting into our works, we forgot all about them. Here's my painting from that day. It is 10"x14" and is available.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Drayton Hall

This is Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC. It is the birthplace of my great-great-great grandmother, who, oddly enough, also painted in watercolors (in around 1800). The painting is 14"x20", and it is framed.