Category Archives: Charleston SC

The Shape of Things

The crazy thing about being a somewhat realist painter is I am not painting things (people, birds, dogs, marsh grass, buildings) I am painting shapes. We are not a camera and the process of painting is kind of like magic. An painter looks at their subject and interprets what they see in to shapes. The size, color, shape & value of the shapes magically creates something we recognize. It always amazes when it turns out. Happy painting, happy seeing! Isabel

You can find this oil painting, Kite Flyer II 30″h x 15″w, at Sandpiper Gallery at Sullivan’s Island, SC

Marsh Madness

Edward Dare Gallery
Friday March 4
FIRST FRIDAY ON BROAD, Charleston, SC

Lowcountry Dock, 20×20 inches, oil on canvas, © Isabel Forbes 2011

I will be one of several artists represented by Edward Dare Gallery in Charleston, SC that will be a part of this exhibit. My painting Lowcountry Marsh, 24″x24″ oil on canvas, is one of the pieces in the show.

Postcards from Charleston

My last post was about my “Postcards” project. I’ve decided to expand on this idea and I have created some “Postcards from Charleston”. Both of these series are available at the galleries that represent me in Charleston & Sullivan’s Island. In fact both Edward Dare Gallery at Charleston, SC and and Sandpiper Gallery at Sullivan’s Island, SC are currently hosting a show for the holidays called “Postcards from Charleston” and “Postcards from Sullivan’s Island” through January.

I really am enjoying creating these small works (all of these paintings are 6″x8″) in between the larger studio paintings I create. The process of being able to create something in one studio setting and the challenge of keeping things simple keep me on my toes.

6″x8″ oil on canvas, Window Box© Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Basket Weaver, © Isabel Forbes 2010

6″x8″ oil on canvas, Market © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Charleston Porch © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Carriage Ride © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, St Philips Steeple © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Sweetgrass Rose © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Rx King Street © Isabel Forbes 2010

8″x6″ oil on canvas, Sweetgrass Artist © Isabel Forbes 2010

6″x8″ oil on canvas, Artist’s Hands © Isabel Forbes 2010

Several of these paintings have already sold, but if you are interested in any of them contact the galleries listed.
Happy drawing & painting!