Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We're here at the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our vacation. We're staying in Kitty Hawk, but we've been moving around every day. I did this on-site sketch of the Bodie Island Lighthouse on Tuesday in my travelogue sketchbook, then I took photos with my digital camera so I could get the colors right and painted it later that evening and the next morning back in our room.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
That's Florence, SC, not Florence, Italy! Frank and I attended the opening reception for the South Carolina Watermedia Society Annual Juried Exhibition last Saturday evening. Here I am with my painting "Patience". I received lots on compliments from the other artists. When we entered, there were the dancers around the tall statue, which turned out to be a living person! The show will be up in the museum until November 30.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
At the outbreak of the Spanish American War, the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments consisted of 875 African-American soldiers. The two cavalry regiments also included 42 officers who, by law, had to be white. Buffalo Soldiers were the first to reach the crest of
My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War in
Sunday, October 4, 2009
In the decades following the Civil War, scores of African Americans served in the U.S. Army in the West.
The Plains Indians dubbed them “Buffalo Soldiers”as the texture of their hair resembled buffalo hair. Their
record in the infantry and cavalry, a record full of dignity and pride, provides one of the most fascinating
chapters in the history of the era. This painting is based on a historical photograph.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
On February 8, 1864, the 1st. SC Volunteer Infantry, Colored U.S., was re-designated the 33rd United States Colored Troops. Combined with two other regiments (one white and one black) the 33rd made their first assault on a fortification at Battery Gregg on
James Island, in . The combined forces began their attack on July 2nd, 1864 and captured the fort that day. In December, 1864, the 33rd participated with the 55th Charleston at the Battle of Honey Hill, a costly defeat for federal forces. In the final year of their service, the 1st S.C. was part of the union garrison of Massachusetts in Savannah and . They were mustered out of service on February 9, 1866 at Fort Wagner, above the graves of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Charleston .
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
The 369th Regiment, or the “
While the Great War raged in Europe for three long years,
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is the center piece of an an exhibit,"I, Too, America," that opens this weekend at Charleston's Gaillard Auditorium as a part of the Moja Arts Festival.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
8"x10" - watercolor and India ink
I can't believe it's been almost 6 weeks since my last Blog post. Sorry guys, but I've been busy painting - getting ready for an upcoming show. I am very honored to have been invited to participate with 4 other women artists in the Moja Visual Arts Invitational Exhibit at Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston. The show will be hung September 22, and will be up until October 30.
The theme were given comes from the first and last lines of the Langston Hughes poem "I, too"..."I, too, sing America... I, too, am America". Here is my artist's statement about this show:
“My marriage to Col. Frank Hamilton, US Army (Ret) in 2005 has brought me a much more personal awareness of military traditions and history and the sacrifices of many, particularly black soldiers. My mother had told me that my grandfather served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898, where he contracted malaria and survived. Other than that, we know very little about his military service. I have since discovered that he served in what was considered a Buffalo Soldier regiment. I decided to use the theme of this exhibit to honor my grandfather and others of color who also served America in the period from Civil War and through World War I, at a time when just being a man of color in this country was a liability. My pieces will depict soldiers of that era.”
The image above is not a painting from the show, but rather is an entry in the journal that will accompany the show on the same theme. The show artists as well as others will post entries and the journal will be on display at the show. (Though I thought I was finished painting for the show, I am seriously considering doing an entire painting based on this image. Do you think I should?)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
3"x4", framed in a 8"x10" frame
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Prints (unmatted) are now available of "Girl with a Gold Earring" either from my online sales store with credit card on PayPal or by calling me directly at 843-763-5279. The print size is about 12"x16". Cost would be $25 plus SC sales tax in SC and plus shipping. The original painting is up for sale too!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
A few folks asked about prints. I'm working on developing POSTERS of the images in this show. Would you be interested? The size of these individually signed posters might be about 13"x16", with the wording as shown above. They would be unframed, but I could offer them matted to fit a 16"x20" frame. What do you think?
Friday, February 6, 2009
This is my exhibit at the Saul Alexander Gallery in the Charleston County Library, through February 28.