Category Archives: Mt. Pleasant

Shem Creek Shrimpboat

“Days End on Shem Creek”, 9×12, oil on canvas panel, © Isabel Forbes 2009

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC is a wealth of great painting subjects. Sort of feels like stepping back in time. More and more technology is taking over alot of handwork so it is really fascinating to see fishermen mend shrimp nets, separate the days catch, clean fish and weight out fresh catch to sell. I always like to stop by Wando Shrimp Co. to buy some shrimp and fish to bring back to Spartanburg.
This painting is currently available at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island, SC.
This is a place I will return to paint over and over!
Happy drawing & painting…. & Happy Holidays.

Beyond the Line – Drawing for Painters Workshop

March 18, 2010 I’ll be teaching a one day class about called “Beyond the Line – Drawing for Painters”. The idea behind this class is to show painters why I think it is important to draw a “thumbnail” drawing before I begin a painting.
The drawing in picture #1 really is more about determining my values. This will help me to push back areas I think aren’t important and make sure I’m clear about my center of attention. A lot of time is spent with the painting so why not take 30 minutes and to get my head wrapped around what I’m about to tackle. I don’t always draw a value sketch and when I don’t I seem to fight with my painting more.
The picture #2 is my finished 11×14 oil painting on my easel. I really had some fun with this because many issues were thought out first. Give it a try and see how a value drawing can support your painting.
My one day workshop is March 18, 2010 at Burton Gallery in Clarkesville, GA 706-947-1351.
The building in my painting is the Sea Biscuit on the Isle of Palms, SC. The food is wonderful, but it is a small place and if you don’t get there early plan on waiting.
You can see this finished painting at the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island, SC.
Happy drawing & painting!


Painting Sea Biscuit- A short movie demo, click to see.

Village Tower Thumbnail Drawing

I’ve started a new oil painting. This is the thumbnail drawing I worked out before I started the painting. On Simmons St. in Mt. Pleasant, SC you’ll see this old watertower watching over the Old Village. I had an art studio just across the street from this tower and got to see the sky do some wonderful things to this tower. Finally, now that I’ve moved up to Spartanburg, I’ve decided to paint it.

The day I made some sketch notes for this painting a thunderhead was moving in. Past plane trails were also etched across the blue sky. A Redtail Hawk lives up there so I felt the plane trails could symbolize that for me. What interests me about this is not only the very cool old watertower, but also the fun design possibilities. Stay tuned for the up load of the finished painting… should be next week. Happy drawing & painting!