Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Drummer Boy"

16" x 20" Watercolor
This is another painting that is featured in the Moja Visual Arts exhibit, "I, Too, America." The exhibit is a group show featuring five women who offer our visual interpretations of Langston Hughes' 1925 poem entitled "I, Too." The artists are Marty Biernbaum, Arianne King Comer, Jacqueline Johnson, Karole Turner Campbell, the show curator, and myself. The show will run through October 30 at Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC.


Friday, September 25, 2009

"Hellfighters Return"

16"x20" Watercolor

The 369th Regiment, or the “Harlem Hellfighters” was the first African American Regiment to fight in World War I. Although General John J. Pershing wished to keep the U.S. Army autonomous, he loaned the 369th to the 16th Division of the French Army. Supposedly, the unreported and unofficial reason why he was willing to detach the 369th from American command was that White American soldiers objected to fighting alongside the Black troops. The French had no such problem and were happy to accept the reinforcements. The African American troops' bravery earned the entire regiment the "Croix de Guerre", the French government's highest military honor. This painting is based on historical images of the return parade in New York City for the Harlem Hellfighters.


"Arriving in France"

16"x20" Watercolor

While the Great War raged in Europe for three long years, America steadfastly clung to neutrality. It was not until April 2, 1917, that President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. "The world," he said, "must be made safe for democracy." Quickly, Americans swung into action to raise, equip, and ship the American Expeditionary Force to the trenches of Europe. Among the first regiments to arrive in France, and among the most highly decorated when it returned, was the 369th Infantry, more gallantly known as the "Harlem Hellfighters." The 369th was an all-black regiment under the command of mostly white officers. This painting is based on a historical photograph.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Standing Proud"

18"x24" Watercolor
Former slaves from South Carolina were among the first Black soldiers to strike a blow for freedom durimg the Civil War. Long before President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ex-slaves from the Sea Islands along the south Atlantic coast were engaged in skirmishes with Confederate forces in the Union occupied area between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. These men eventually became the First South Carolina Volunteers - African Descent (SCV) and is credited as the first regiment of colored soldiers mustered into Federal service. They were known for their forage caps, frock coats and red pants.

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

Flower Girl

14.5"x 20" Watercolor

I just finished this painting yesterday. I had seen this child at a wedding last summer and I knew then that I had to paint her, so I took loads of photos of her there. This is what I came up with. I just love her hair!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Patience"

Watercolor 14"x20"

I was ecstatic to learn yesterday that my painting "Patience" has been accepted into the South Carolina Watermedia Society 32nd Annual Exhibition. This is the third or fourth time that I had entered this competition, and the first time selected for this prestigious show! The show will be at the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, Florence, SC, October 17 through November 29, 2009. Frank and I will travel there on October 17 for the awards luncheon and later that evening the opening reception.