Thursday, December 22, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas - in Gullah

Twas the Night Before Christmas - in Gullah -  
click this link and turn up your volume - Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2012 Calendar - "Charleston Paintings"

Good News! A limited number of my 2012 Calendars are now available for purchase. "Charleston Paintings - 2102 Calendar" features 12 pieces, all different from last year's calendar. See 10 of them on the site below. You can have it shipped to you, or purchase and pickup locally with your personal check to save shipping fees. Both options are shown in my on-line store. In addition for your Christmas shopping I'm offering matted prints and notecards. There is a secure checkout for credit cards using PayPal. Reply by commenting to this Blog post or give me a call if you have a question at (843) 763-5279.

Click on this link to see more...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mini Paintings

6" x 6" - Oil on Cradled Wood Panel

  Last year in my Painting II class, the instructor assigned us to do 30 small paintings.  We could do them on canvas, stretched or panel, primed foam core, wood, or other suitable surface.  I painted some here in the house and on the porch.  Some I went out to the plantations a couple of afternoons and painted using my little table top easel.  Some I painted from photos I took downtown and around West Ashley.  Afterwards, I framed some and put them up for sale at a sale with an artist group.  Some actually sold there. Some were much appreciated gifts I needed to come up with that I didn't have to go out and buy.  Four or five of them I painted on non-standard size pieces of foam core - bad move since I can't find frames to fit them.  So they sit in the studio.
     The Artist Guild Gallery wants us to do minis, up to 6"x8" for the annual Christmas Tree.  I sold one of those pieces on last year's tree.  This year's entries are to be turned in this Sunday... I didn't find the time to paint a new mini, but this morning I went into the bin and came up with three I can use on the tree.  Alas, there is now only one framed piece left in the bin, which I will keep as it is one I cannot part with. 
       So the point is... doing a pile of minis in a short space of time (we did 30 in 30 days) gave me a nice little stash to draw on, and I made some cash on them as well, as well as jump-starting some creativity in me.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Reception SmileBox

 My wonderful cousin, Peggy Merrell Clement, did the photography for the Reception last Friday at the Coastal Community Foundation.  Here is a link to the SmileBox she created for me. 
Select Full Screen, turn up the volume and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Summer Snowballs"

40"x30" - Oil

Yesterday I delivered 30 paintings to be on exhibit at the Coastal Community Foundation through the end of the year.  They will mostly reflect my personal view of the Charleston of my youth, some older paintings and some new - some watercolors, some oils.  The main piece is "Summer Snowballs", based on summer evening visits with my Daddy to my Uncle Henry's all-night shop on Smith Street.  He sold the best "Snowballs" - snow cones of crushed ice and tasty sweet syrups in various flavors.  His shop would light up Smith Street.  Here is a 1930's photo of Henry Middleton Manigault, (1888-1966).

My models for the painting were Nicholas Roper, 11, my grandson, and Maggie Hazel, 4, my niece.  Maggie served as the model both both little girls in the painting.  They represent me and my sister, Deda. Here they are at their modeling jobs outside the old store building.

The opening reception is this coming Friday, Oct 14, 5:00-7:00 at the Coastal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Ave at Huger St.  Come by if you're in town.  Here's a link to a story in about the award !  (Click, then scroll down the page.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"The Caller"

20"x24" - Oil

Join us for the monthly Featured Artist Reception at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St, Charleston, SC on Friday evening, October 7, 6:00 - 8:00.  Most of the other galleries in the area will also be open for the October French Quarter Art Walk.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Title Ideas?

Oil - 20"x30"

These three guys are walking on Charleston's Eastside.  Any ideas for a title?  This painting was done for an upcoming exhibit hosted by the Coastal Community Foundation next month.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Windy Gap

5.5"x16" - Watercolor- painted in my Travelogue 8/23/2011
(Click on the image to enlarge)

We just returned from a short trip to Weaverville, NC, near Asheville, where we acted as back-up babysitters with the grand-kids while their Mom performed her nursing duties and their Dad played drums with a quartet at Windy Gap.  The 3-day camp session served as the kickoff of the school year, as well as a spiritual retreat,  for 310 Covenant Day School high school students from Charlotte, NC.  The property is quite impressive, set in the mountains, and included a pool, a mountain creek, large lake, horses, go-cart track, zip lines, giant swing, basketball courts, Wiffle ball field, climbing wall, volleyball sand courts, a theater for worship sessions, large dining hall, lots of wonderful food, and great accommodations for adult staff and their families.  I'd go back in a heartbeat!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Smoky Mountains National Park

"Cades Cove"  Watercolor - 5"x16"
Me and my Grandson Nicholas
"Smoky Mountians National Park River" Watercolor - 5"x16"

We just came back from a wonderful trip to East Tennessee - Frank and myself, and daughter Allison and her husband Nate and grandson Nick. We went to Dollywood, Splash Country, a huge water park, and Smoky Mountains National Park.  Here are my Travelogue paintings of Cades Cove, a beautiful, pristine, and historical place in Smoky Mountains National Park.  We fell in love with the place.  Gotta go back!! (Watercolor 5"x16")

Friday, August 5, 2011

Home Shows

WOW! It's been too long since my last BLOG post...too darn busy!!  I had a private showing at my house of my art for an out-of-town visitor - former Charlestonian in July.  I'm having another one this weekend, I hope.  I set up the living room this morning. Here's a peek.  If you're ever interested in a studio tour/home show of my pieces, I'm open to it. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What an Honor!!!

 "Passing By"  - Watercolor 14"x20"

 I was recently informed that I won the Coastal Community Foundation Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist Award.  I had applied for it through the urging of my brother-in-law, artist Colin Quashie.  He thought my art would be a good fit for the intent of the award - to have art that reflects a unique aspect of Lowcountry culture.  I applied for it last year and I was not selected, but I received a letter from the Foundation commending me on my application.  They said I had been a very strong contender.  This year, my Painting III instructor at the College of Charleston read the "Call for Artists"  announcement in class, so I pulled out last year's application, tweaked it a little, and re-submitted.  The Foundation director called me a couple of weeks ago to say I had won.  Along with the wonderful honor, the prize purse is $5000.  I have already received $3000 of it, and I will receive the balance when I complete the painting I proposed in the application.  I have until September 15, so I'll be busy all summer on this and other "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" pieces.  They will have a show of my work later in the year.  So I've been walking around on "Cloud Nine" at the wonder and honor of it all. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

My First Video...

This my weekend project - an art video of recent paintings.  It was fun, but tricky in a lot of ways.  I learned a lot!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pink Azaleas and Pearls

24" x 18" - Oil
These azaleas grow profusely in my yard. They are a lovely fuchsia/pink color, growling on a bush taller than me!  I snipped off this piece and stuck it in an old wine carafe.   I gathered some personal items for this painting for a feminine feel – my cupid mirror, a gift from a dear friend Sandra, a dainty teacup and saucer that had belonged to a favorite cousin Weesie, a pearl necklace I found in an old jewelry box deep in my dresser drawer.  It's now on exhibit at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in Charleston.  It's also seen on my Etsy site.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Callas in a Brass Pitcher

18" x 24" - Oil on Canvas
I saw these Callas in Costco recently and I had to have them - to paint!!  I have really been enjoying setting up and painting still life pieces with lights, fabrics, and the various dishes, vases, and such that I have collected over the years.  This is painted on a stretched canvas in a lovely gold-finished wood frame.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


24"x18" - Oil
I haven't posted in a while - too busy with my Painting III class and other stuff.  I'm exploring Still Life Painting.  I picked these azaleas from my mother-in-law's front yard - the color is redder than the usual fuchsia colored azalea blossoms I have in my yard.  The cup and saucer are from my "good china" and I've had a vase so long that I have forgotten where I got it.  Azaleas last a long time in water so I didn't have to rush so much to paint them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Variegated Camellia Japonica

11"x14" - Oil
I submitted this to the Magnolia Plantation Winter Exhibit.  The exhibit is only of winter scenes and flora from Magnolia.  They have the oldest camellia gardens in North America.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Kinsey Collection

Frank and I spent the weekend in Washington DC getting to know our newest grandson, 3-week-old Arrow, son of Frank and Karoline Neville-Hamilton. While there, we visited the American History Museum at the Smithsonian and came across a wonderful exhibit of art and artifacts, the Kinsey Collection, the first private collection at the new African-American gallery.  Here'a a link to the CBS story about it.  Scroll down to look at the video.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Forgotten Communities

I happy to announce that I have been selected as a featured artist by the National Cultural Heritage Tourism Center for their "Forgotten Communities" Art Program.   The directors felt that my "Uptown in Downtown Charleston"  series fits the objectives of this art project.  Check out this link...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Community Baptist

7" x 5" - Oil on Canvas

I turned into a dirt street off Savage Road in West Ashley, Charleston, looking for Community Baptist Church.  I had seen a sign on the road, and I was looking for a local and quaint scene to paint.  This is it!  I parked in back of the building and wondered if I was trespassing.  I pulled out my stuff onto the trunk of my car and starting painting.  A neighbor came out to put out her trash, but she didn't say anything to me, so I kept at it.  I was probably there about an hour and a half or so.  I love being outside painting!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Last Call for 2011 Calendars

I have a few more "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" 2011 calendars in stock.  Call me, e-mail me or comment on this post if you are interested.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Autumn Back Yard

3"x5" - Oil on Foam Core Board
I painted this while looking through my kitchen window into the back yard on one of those few brightly colored autumn days we get in Charleston. Working this small helped to "loosen up" my painting a lot.