Wednesday, February 29, 2012

85 East Bay Street

11" x 14" - Oil on Canvas
This little painting sold last Sunday at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. We get lots of tourists there looking for small pieces of Charleston that they can tuck in a suitcase or in the trunk of the car.  It paid my gallery rent for the coming quarter - Yahoo!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Blue-winged Teal

11" x 14" - Oil on canvas

I saw these blue-winged teals at Magnolia Gardens feeding in a pond covered with duck weed and I had to paint them.  I must have ordered this "gussy" frame a while back - came across it while rooting around in my studio.  I put them together and loved it!  I hung it in my space at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery yesterday, but I 'm considering entering it in an upcoming wildlife and nature show.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


We spent last week at our favorite place, Edisto Beach.  I love it in winter - dead quiet.  This time of year they call it "Edis-Slow".  I did a little crocheting and painting while there.

We spent time in the Edisto State Park  - great maritime forest trails that are hard packed enough for riding our bikes.  We rode out to a favorite spot of ours - the Spanish Mount, a 4000 year old oyster shell mound.
I always feel the spirits of my Edisto Indian ancestors very strongly there - the people of my great-grandmother Mollie Steward Manigault.   I imagine them all canoeing up the creek to that spot and having a huge oyster throw-down.  I can almost hear the drums and feel the heat of the giant bon-fire they would have built on the plough-mud beach of the creek.     I found this video on YouTube that gives a good idea of  the Spanish Mount at Edisto State Park.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sweetgrass and Palm

I've been experimenting with painting sweetgrass baskets.  The first one I did sold a couple of days after I hung it in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.  I also used it in my 2011 Christmas card. I've painted 3 more since then.  The second, a mini 4"x 6" canvas, also sold.  The third and fourth are both hanging at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.  Run by there (160 East Bay St, Charleston) to see them in person.

Sweetgrass and Palm #1 - 11" x 14" - Oil

Sweetgrass and Palm #4 - 11" x 14" - Oil