Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ashley River View

6"x6" Oil on Wood Panel

This is my first attempt at palette knife painting, also my first painting on a wood panel. I primed the panel with gesso and let it dry a few days. While sitting out at Drayton Hall Plantation , used a brush to paint in the sky, then I used the palette knife to paint in the rest of this scene. As soon as I started it, I realized that I had never even seen a demo of someone painting with a palette knife! Considering all that, I thought it came out pretty good.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

"Blessed Sacrament Chapel Lights"
Oil on Primed Foam Core Board - 7" x 5 "

"Uptown in Downtown Charleston" 2011 Calendar

"Uptown in Downtown Charleston" 2011 Calendar
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I published my first calendar recently and promptly sold them all out. I have made them available online at Lulu.com. Click below to see them at Lulu.com. If you already ordered from me directly, they will be ready soon, and I will call you.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010





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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I've been pretty swamped this past month or so with the hustle of life, including my Painting class and assignments, and 10 days of babysitting with my 3-year-old-niece, Maggie, while her folks cruised with her grandparents. So I'm just now getting around to catching up with myself and posting on the Blog.

18"x24" - Oil

This portrait is of my childhood friend, Barbara, who has recently moved back to Charleston after many years away. I wanted to paint this to honor her and the major change she has chosen to make in her life. She's quite satisfied to be back in the Lowcountry, amid family and old friends, the salt marshes and good old smelly plough (say "pluff", like "tough") mud! I really enjoyed painting this portrait, and I'm even thinking of taking a portrait commission or two. Portrait inquiries are welcome.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Am

24"x18" - Oil

“The ultimate truth of who you are is not ‘I am this’ or ‘I am that,’ but ‘I Am'." – Eckhart Tolle

I've been wanting to express more of my spiritual side to my friends and family lately - spreading around the possibilities for inner peace. Tolle is my favorite spiritual writer/teacher. The model for this piece is my former student, the beautiful Virginia Pinckney.

Friday, September 3, 2010

St Augustine

5"x8" - Watercolor
5"x8" - Watercolor

Frank and I had a lovely weekend in St. Augustine, Florida. We went to pick up my painting "Ibises" from the St. Augustine Art Association show, "Nature and Wildlife". The city is so quaint and "Spanish" and it calls for meandering through old narrow streets, sitting looking out at the water, and walking barefoot... in that luscious St Augustine Grass. I sketched in my travelogue while sitting at Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th century fort. Here's is also a front gate scene I saw while walking on Bridge St. It all just struck me as being so lush and tropical.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"That Purple-lined Palace of Sweet Sin"

11"x14" - Oil

I found this line in a John Keats' poem "Lamia" and I thought it fit this painting. This was totally fun to paint. Purple is my next-to-favorite color. (So, what do you think my FAVORITE color is?)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


36"x48" - Oil

I finally finished the largest piece I have ever painted. "Dignity" will be on exhibit at Charleston's Gaillard Auditorium in the Moja Arts Festival Invitational Exhibit in September and October. The show's title is "I-8-Tee: The Exhibit" and its theme is Haiti. This is also my first attempt at social commentary, on the dignity of Haitians to rebuild their lives and their country. A former student of mine, now a nurse, agreed to model for me for this piece.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Facebook, anyone?

I've created an artists page"Andrea Hazel Watercolors and Oils" on Facebook. When I hit 50 "fans" I gave away a print. Right now, I'm up to 96 fans, and I've promised a "Giveaway" to a random fan when I get to 100 fans. Click here to get to my Facebook page. Click "Like" at the top, next to "Andrea Hazel Watercolors and Oils" to become a fan.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pumped !

11"x14" - Oil

I must have really felt like painting today! After cleaning off my oil paint palette early this morning, I put on an audiobook romance novel, and started pencil drawing on the canvas. Next thing I knew, I was squeezing out paint! When I looked up, this was just about finished! I will probably tweak a few little things after I stare at this for a while - but this is pretty much it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Untitled - Any Suggestions?

Oil on Canvas - 11"x14"
I'm feeling that estrogen again - painting "girlie" things - reflecting on my femininity. I love this purse, but I haven't had an inspiration for the title. Any suggestions? I included a photo of the framing. We're changing out our art at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on Friday, and I'm planning to hang this and the "Inner Soul" shoe paintings.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Hot Pink Inner Soul

Deep Down in My Hot Pink Inner Soul - 12"x16" - Oil

O My Hot Pink Inner Soul - 12"x16" - Oil

I bought these shoes at the Good Will store - just to paint them. It was fun to shop for shoes, just because I like them, not worrying about size or fit. I'll donate them back to Good Will and look for some other cute shoes to paint! I plan to show these paintings at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in July.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Quashie's Mural

Check out this blog by my brother-in-law Colin Quashie. He was commissioned by the University of North Carolina to paint a 50' mural to honor black North Carolinians who have contributed to society. They had a mural done in the 1950's to honor prominent NC'ers, but the only black guy in it was toting a bale of cotton. Quashie's theme is the Greensboro Four at the Lunch counter. This time, the Four are the chefs and are doing the serving! The mural will be installed and unveiled at Chapel Hill in July.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Good news about "Ibises"

Watercolor - 15"x22"

I found out today that "Ibises" has been accepted into the Judith Ryan Williams "Nature and Wildlife" Juried Exhibition, sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association. I saw a "Call for Entries" ad in an art magazine and decided to go for it. My daughter Allison and my grandson Nicholas will go with me to St Augustine, Florida in a couple of weeks to deliver the piece. The show will be on exhibit through August 28.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Charleston Side Porch

11"x14" - Oil

This painting is based on photos I took in the historic district of downtown Charleston earlier in the spring. I hung it at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. The wrought iron gate was the most fun to paint on this one!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rainbow Row

11"x14" - Oil

My friend Louise and I went walking downtown not long ago and came across this scene on East Bay St at Rainbow Row. I took some photos and later decided to paint it for my Old Charleston Oils series. I plan to put it in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery as soon as I get a space...that is, as soon as something else sells.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Meeting Street Gate, Charleston

11"x14" - Oil

This is one of the paintings I have on sale at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. I did this from a photo I had taken a few years back. Nowadays, the vines above the gate and the bench have been removed and the gate has since been painted light beige. I love the design of the wood and the hardware on it. It doesn't look like they picked up a couple of hinges at Lowe's, but some blacksmith spent some hours pounding and shaping them.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Award Announcement

I found out yesterday that my watercolor painting "Gift Shop" placed third at the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Art Exhibition. I'm thrilled because I've won several "Honorable Mention" awards in the past, but this is the first time I've placed in a competition.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Townes at One

11"x14" - Oil
This is our youngest grandson, Townes Hamilton Barber on the occasion of his first birthday in March. I painted this as the final independent project for my Painting I class. I really enjoyed working on capturing his likeness. Am I moving towards being a portrait artist? I feel that working in oil has burst painting wide open for me.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Portrait of Frank

18"x24" Oil on Linen

This is Frank at his favorite spot at home - on our back porch, in his Army T-shirt, with a big history book and checking out the birds at his feeders with his binoculars. All that's missing is the beer and the Cheezits. (They are next to him on the table.) This is another independent painting for my painting class. Then I'll frame it and hang it in our den. Comments welcome.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Figure in Oil

16"x20" - Oil

We had a model for the last three classes. I learned a lot about painting skin - as there was a lot of skin there to paint! This is our last class project. Next week, we bring in all our work from the semester - 4 class paintings and 3 independent projects. This was a great class. I learned quite a lot about painting in oil.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Charleston Iron Gate

11"x14" - Oil

This painting was hung Tuesday at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. We have to change out our art every three months, and our space rotates as well. If you're in town, come by at 160 East Bay Street and take a peek.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Batter Up!

16"x20" - Oil
Here's my niece Maggie playing Tee-Ball. I caught a photo of her about to swing the bat. I painted this as an independent project for my Painting I class at the College of Charleston.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

45 Church St

11"x14" - Oil

I thought I'd paint a few things for the Gallery - This time of year there are lots of tourists walking through who want a little "Grab and Go" piece of Charleston.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Self Portrait in Oil

16"x20" - Oil
This has been a real challenge. We worked on this only in class over 4 weeks, using a mirror on one easel while we painted on another. By the fourth class, I only worked on this for a short while, then went on to something else. I think it's finished now, but I may still do a little "tweaking". I like it - took a few years off my face, but I also look serious. My attempts to soften my face were only mildly successful. Feel free to comment.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tricolor Heron

Watercolor 22"x15"

I painted this Tricolor Heron, based on a photo I took at the CawCaw Interpretive Center. It is currently being shown and is for sale at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Miss Oriole

Oil - 24"x18"

Again I have to say --- I'm loving oil painting. It is so different for me after 8 years of nothing but watercolor. (I still love watercolor too, though.)
This painting is of one of a dozen or so Baltimore Orioles that have been camping out this winter in the bushes off our front porch. This is about the 4th winter they have visited us. Frank has them spoiled with fresh oranges and grape jelly every day. (Yes, I said Grape Jelly!) They come to the feeder that is outside our office window and chatter loudly for me to look up from my computer and peek. They're feisty, too. Only one is allowed in the feeder box a time or risks getting fussed at by another. The others have to sit and wait their turn.

This painting is the first independent project that I have to do for my Painting I class. There will be three others due as well. I'm almost done with the second, and I'll let you see it soon.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Elizabethan Gardens Gift Shop

14"x20" - Watercolor

Painting in oil is fun and I'm having a great time in my College of Charleston Painting class, but I had to do this painting as my "Watercolor Fix". This is based on photos I took at the Elizabethan Gardens Gift Shop, Roanoke Island, NC. Sometimes I just want to get into some texture and detail. It's therapeutic for me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Basket in Oil

16" x 20" - Oil

I finished my first oil painting in class today. I put in a neutral upper background and darkened the darks and lightened the highlights and added some texture to the basket. I'm liking painting in oil, but it is messy for me and I still feel clumsy with the bristle brushes.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Painting I

Basket and Picnic Cloth
16"x20" - Oil

I met with my Painting I class earlier this week at the College of Charleston. This is my first attempt at an oil painting, and this is what I did so far. I loved painting in oil, but it is very different than my usual watercolor, and is taking a little effort getting used to. The instructor said we will further develop the paintings we worked on in class this week. We'll see...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

"Believe, Receive"

Watercolor crayon - 8.5" x 8.75"

I sketched this out in my sketchbook while we on vacation at Edisto Beach earlier this month. I colored with my Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons, then smoothed and blended colors using a wet brush. It is based on photos I took at a funeral we attended in the Fall.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Watercolor 15"x22"

A huge flock of ibises landed in my mother's back yard. Her yard edges onto marshland. I grabbed my camera and shot some photos from the back porch. This is the painting I came up with from those photos. I plan to frame it and hang it in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery later this week!