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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

Have Studio, Will Travel

Paint NC Plein Air event

Paint NC Plein Air event

This Summer I had the pleasure of traveling to many places. As an artist I’m always looking at the landscape around me and marveling at the beauty and thinking about how I can translate what I see in to a painting.

Photography is a great tool but with the click of a button your image is captured and you are off to the next beautiful thing. Plein-air painting (painting on location) is more like a meditation on a view.

Adirondack Painting trip

Adirondack Painting trip

I travel with a back pack which holds my palette, paints, brushes and other supplies… a portable studio!  Once I set up to paint I know I have no more than 3 hours to capture my interpretation of my view before the sun has presented me with a whole new light and shadow pattern.

Mosquitos love me!

Mosquitos love me!

Adirondacks in NY

Adirondacks in NY

When I look back on the painting I created on site I can remember the smells, the temperature, the sounds and yes sometimes even the bugs. I could never get this with a photo.

November 21st Gallery East in Spartanburg, SC – 512 East Main St will be showing a collection of my paintings created en plein air and studio paintings inspired by plein air paintings. If you are in town I hope you will stop by. Some other surprises during the reception are also being planned.

Hope you enjoy some of the images below for this year’s painting adventures.

My early rising friends

My early rising friends

 

Early Morning St Regis Lake

Early Morning St Regis Lake

Early Morning & Boathouse AdirondacksEarly Morning & Boathouse Adirondacks

Urban painting at the Art Lounge

Urban painting at the Art Lounge

Lil Talbot FL

Lil Talbot FL

Ill Talbot State Park, Florida

Ill Talbot State Park, Florida

sunset painting

sunset painting

Early Morning Modoc

Early Morning Modoc

Modoc State Park, SC

Modoc State Park, SC

One Night in June

One Night in June

Last Light Lowcountry

Last Light Lowcountry

Lilly Pads Study

Lilly Pads Study

Where Has the Time Gone????

As I write this I see it has been MONTHS since I’ve posted anything.  Well, far from nothing has been going on.  It has been a busy Summer.

After my trip to Columbus GA to study with Bo Bartlett I was off to “Paint NC”.  This is an invitational plein-aire painting event hosted by Germanton Gallery in Germanton, NC

I turned around and bumped into myself while painting!
6×8 study to begin the day.

This event was followed by a trip to Clayton GA to speak with the N. Georgia Arts Guild. They were kind enough to invite me to speak about my artwork and painting process.

Once back home in Spartanburg I worked with the SC School for the Deaf & the Blind as an Artist in Residence to help the art classes prepare a piece of art for their “Very Special Arts” program. The kids at the school were really great to work with. They even taught me a little sign language.
Me & some of the students with their completed project.
May came and with it always comes the Spoleto Festival USA! This is an incredible performing arts festival in Charleston, SC. Several of the galleries hosted a Spoleto Sole and scheduled their artists to paint on Broad St so visitors walking from one performance to another could see some art being created. Edward Dare Gallery represents my work in Charleston so I painted near the gallery the first weekend of the festival.
June was a adventurous month with a trip to Jamaica to celebrate the wedding of Kent Cecil and Marisa Axelrod. This had to be THE most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. While in Jamaica I had wonderful opportunity to spend a day & a half with my former room mate from Ringling College of Art & Design, Janis Rankin. Janis is a wonderful watercolor artist and also manages a magnificent villa in the mountains of Montego Bay, Jamaica called The Anchorage Villa.  This place has breathtaking views of Montego Bay and also once the home and studio of the late Michael Lister who painted the people and places of Jamaica.
June also brought a great opportunity to work with a Wofford College art major. I was asked to work with a student who won an art Fellowship. Once a week we meet to discuss the paintings she is creating for a show in November. Teaching is a wonderful give and take experience, I’m getting alot out of this too.  Several times we’ve done some plein aire paintings, even in this blistering Summer heat!
July was the beginning of helping my Mom move in to a new phase of her life…. moving from a 3000sq foot home she’s been in for over 38 years to a 1000 sq foot retirement apartment at White Oak Estates.  The move is a big one for her but she has many friends already living there just waiting for her to move in!
In between all of this I have been painting so blog and website updating have taken a back seat.  Life just keeps happening so just keep on painting.
Happy drawing & painting!