Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Blake Street Tenement

30"x 40" - Oil on Canvas

This is a new piece that I submitted for the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Retrospective Exhibit, now showing at the City Gallery at Waterfront Part, 34 Prioleau St, Charleston.  The Gallery sits right behind the famous Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park.  This show is to honor this year's Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year, Charles Williams, a talented young artist from Georgetown.  All the past winners since 2004 of this generous and prestigious prize are also included in the exhibit and the museum is full with all our work. (I won it in 2011.)  The exhibit will be open through Sunday, October 27. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m

This is larger than my usual painting size, but I liked doing it so much that I have started another for this series. I like the abstract elements in this realistic rendering of an abandoned tenement house on Charleston's East Side. Perhaps if I paint more of them, another venue or exhibit or even sales will come.

PS - My 2014 Calendar of Charleston Paintings will available soon...look for a post about it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Where is this?

Watercolor - 14" x 20"

SO... Where in the Carolina Lowcountry is this???  Take a Guess!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An Invite!!

"Please join Coastal Community Foundation for a reception and exhibit featuring works by the 2013 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year,  Charles Williams, and by winners of the past decade." (including myself).
Hope to see you this Friday Evening, October 18, 5:00-7:00 pm at the City Gallery 
at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street,  right behind the Pineapple Fountain.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Garden of Dreams" Art Competition

"Living Witness"  -   12"x16" watercolor

Yay!! Found out yesterday that this painting has been selected into the 2013 Garden of Dreams Exhibition. This is the first year for this exhibition, which has been advertised nationally in The Artist Magazine. The show will be at the Charleston Visitor Center Nov 10-17, then at Magnolia Plantation Nov 18-21.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Reliable, Maryville, SC

12" x 16" - watercolor

This store stands on Magnolia Road at Fifth Ave in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC.  The area is also known at Maryville, a historically Black town.  Click here for a link to a story about it's history.  The building has recently been reopened as a convenience store.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Verna's Azaleas

Oil - 9"x12"
 A couple of years ago, I painted this in honor of my mother-in-law Verna Pequette Hamilton.. She loved these azaleas, an unusual shrimp color, that bloomed in her front yard and she had given me this cutting to paint.  Verna passed away yesterday peacefully in her sleep. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

"Living Witness"

Watercolor - 12"x16"

For the first time in my knowledge, we have found proof that my great-grandmother was born into slavery on a plantation on Edisto Island.  We knew she was born on Edisto, but we were told she was Native American.  Her photo looked like someone with Indian blood, perhaps African blood too, but her slavery was never acknowledged in our family.  She and her brothers practiced the Indian ways of making medicines and salves and were renowned healers in Charleston.  Her husband (1880's) was a white gentleman from a formerly wealthy family, but was ostracized by them.  He was descended from the Drayton family, founders of Magnolia Plantation.  In their honor, I painted this "Living Witness" based on slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation. Perhaps this old tree was in place there during slavery and can serve as a "Living Witness".

Friday, August 23, 2013

Lake City Exhibit

Oooo!  Oooo!   Oooo!  I saw this and immediately started salivating!!!  So it's back to Lake City in the Fall to see this world-class exhibit by black artist William H. Johnson (1901-70).  Looks like Lake City is becoming the happening place in the South Carolina art scene...Click here to see the article...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In a Charleston Alley

 18"x14"  -  Oil on Canvas

I'm barely plodding along in my painting lately...I did manage to finish this yesterday.  It is partly based on a photo I took in a stroll through an alley downtown a while ago.  I want to show the growth that is popping out all over Charleston, atop all our old ways, or perhaps nourished by them.  Any ideas for a title?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Street Porch

Oil - 11" x 14"

I finished this today - one of my Old Charleston Oils.  It will go in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery when we change out our paintings on July 14. I do so love spending time in downtown Charleston, looking for interesting-yet-typical Charleston houses.  I do pretty well with these at the Gallery.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

37 Smith Street

Oil (11"x14")

This is something new I completed for the upcoming painting-change-out at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St, Charleston, SC. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Standing Proud

Detail from my painting "Standing Proud" based on the popular historical photo of Union Black sodliers...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Market Street

(16" x 20")  Here's my latest watercolor piece.  After spending the last couple of years concentrating on oil painting, it's been fun to get back to watercolors.  Actually, I love painting in both mediums... Can you tell I like to paint detail?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

Whew! What a month - traveled to Kings Mountain, Charlotte, Lake City, then New York and West Point.
The Marymount College - Class of '70 Reunion was held at West Point, which is near the former Marymount College campus.   A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC where we saw the most awesome exhibit - Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity, featuring paintings by the Impressionist masters like Monet and Degas as well as actual vintage fashions from the 1860's-80's.
Ooooo... there were dresses, shoes, kid gloves, fans, men's attire, and even corsets - all vintage items... 
I was in heaven!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Oil - 8" x 10"

My friend and fellow artist Louise James and I spent last Tuesday painting in Lake City, SC.  I'm preparing for leading a "Plein Air" workshop on this site, The Pole Barn, on April 22 as a part of Lake City's first ARTFIELDS - An Epic Southern Artfest.  So looking forward to it!  We had a blast on the "practice run"!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"In Longitude Lane"

14"x11" - Oil on canvas
It's time to change out our paintings and rotate our spaces at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.  This piece is based on a walk I took down Longitude Lane in Charleston, just off East Bay Street.  Lots of folks think it is private property, but Charleston has several public Lanes and Alleys just perfect for strolling.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Shipping Out"

Watercolor - 10" x14"
I painted this to honor my father, Walter A. Hazel Sr, who was drafted while still in high school in 1944.  Daddy was never deployed overseas, but he served mainly in Norfolk, Virginia, including taking some training at Hampton Institute.  He was discharged after the war in 1946.
This is one of 17 of my paintings on exhibit at the Charleston County Library Saul Alexander Gallery (Calhoun St downtown) for the remainder of February.  The exhibit has been in place since February 1, and I am very delighted with the wonderful comments viewers have written in my guest book there.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to go and comment.  If you have not seen it, it will be there until Feburary 28.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Charleston County Library Exhibit

Earlier today Frank and I delivered and hung 17 pieces of my work in the Saul Alexander Gallery, Main Floor, at the Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston.  

Andrea Hazel - Watercolors and Oils
Honoring African American Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen
Uptown Charleston

This exhibit will be in place until February 28.  I hope you get a chance to stop by, see the show,  and sign my guest book.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuskegee Airmen in Walterboro

16" x 20" - Watercolor

This is my first watercolor painting in a couple of years.  It is inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen Monument located at the Lowcountry Regional Airport, Walterboro, SC.  Over 500 of the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained at Walterboro Army Air Field between April 1944 and October 1945 including individuals training as replacement pilots for the 332nd Fighter Squadron and the entire 447th Bombardment Group.

This painting will be featured at my upcoming exhibit at the Charleston County Library, Feb 1-28, in the Saul Alexander Gallery.  I am showing my watercolor series on black soldiers, Civil War through World War II, and some of my Uptown Charleston oil pieces.  I hope you get a chance to come by and and see it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Drum Line

"Drum Line"
Watercolor - 15" x 22"

Donated to
Burke High School Band

“Drum Line”

By the artist, Andrea Hazel and her daughter, Allison Brooks Roper

In memory of Allison’s father

Albert Nathaniel Brooks, Jr
1948 – 2003
Burke High School Class of 1966

January 14, 2013