Friday, October 30, 2009

Outer Banks Lighthouses

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse - Watercolor and ink- 5"x8"
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Watercolor and ink- 5"x8"
Currituck Beach Lighthouse - Watercolor and ink - 5"x8"

Aahhh!!! Vacation is behind us and all we have are great memories. Here's a peek inside my Travelogue of the other Outer Banks lighthouses I sketched on-site, then painted later back at our room.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Ink and Watercolor - 5"x8"
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

Florence Museum

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

Ribbon Girl

Watercolor - 14"x20"

Any ideas for a title for this painting? What does she say to you?

Friday, October 9, 2009

In Cuba

16"x20" Watercolor

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 San Juan Hill. Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders rushed from adjacent Kettle Hill to join the fighting on San Juan Hill after the Buffalo Soldiers were engaging Spanish forces along the crest.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898, where he contracted malaria and survived. This image was painted in his honor.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Resting in Camp"

16"x20" Watercolor

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

"Marching Into Charleston"

16" x 20" Watercolor

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 Charleston. 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 Massachusetts 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 in Savannah and Charleston. 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 Massachusetts.

This painting is another in the Moja Visual Arts exhibit, "I, too, America," at Charleston's Gaillard Auditorium through October 30.