This is from a recent trip to Western North Carolina. This sketch is of two paddle boats on the lake where I stayed. It rained so much that when the sun finally returned I had a whole different impression of everything. Always looking for subject matter, I learned that (after leaving my paints at home), the WNCPAP painters were less than a mile away. Better planning next time.
This painting is underway and nearing completion. I have collected dolls for years and these are some of my favorites, from Jamaica, Charleston, and Lady's Island, SC. The one on far right is contemporary. The other two are antiques. I have more that are very unique, and handmade but unfortunately I don't know much about who made them or exactly where they actually came from. Just that to me they are works of art, an expression of women who sewed, just as quilts are. I was looking at Picasso's and Romare Bearden's "Three Musicians," for inspiration too.
This is the oldest tree at Magnolia Garden and Plantation. It is so old it has a concrete block built into it to shore it up. The sun made a nice configuration on the trunk for a brief moment. The Caladiums around the base added some color. This is always a wonderful place even in the heat of summer. Painting in summer here, is a challenge but must keep going.
This collage is based on a painting by Diebenkorn of a woman reading on the beach. Moving away from painting for a while, but finding that the process that created this collage is very much like the process I use in painting. Actually working on both at this time. A collage of a painting or a painting of a collage.
This bridge is always interesting to me as are most of the bridges that are part of the Low Country. Sitting on a bench and drawing at the foot of the bridge is one of the things I enjoy about visiting Beaufort. The historic district is right there, where I always see a new plant or view that may be potential subject matter. Great shrimp salad at Magnolia Cafe.
I can't say enough about the instruction in this outdoor painting class with Brian Rego and David Campbell. The knowledge and enthusiasm these guys bring is incredible. Great group too. We painted intensely for four days with wonderful and constant coaching, art history conversation, and technical knowledge of painting that made this experience a joy. Lucked out with weather too.
May has been a really good month. The show, Spoleto and all the art events in town. I previewed some collages for the first time on the Charleston Artist Collective website. I will be working on collage figures for most of the summer. Next week the last workshop for awhile with Brian Rego of Columbia, SC a perceptual painter. After that, outdoor activities will be mostly at the beach.
"Practice without goals may reveal your deepest purpose." This statement is from "Imagination in Action" by Shaun McNiff, a revelation of a book about the creative process. This week it was great to go into the studio and work on things with no preconceived ideas about how it should look. This collage is not completely an example of that. It was done earlier and is based on a Diebenkorn painting from the Matisse/Diebenkorn book. I'm doing some figures after theirs to have a starting point for these color arrangements.
Coming into the city at dawn can be quite beautiful. The Sargent Jasper on the left and the steeples of St. Michael's and (I think) St. Johns on the right. This is one of a series of photos I have taken from the James Island Connector. I have been trying to work them in to something. I want to post more pictures of Charleston. Although I wanted to blog about my paintings, there are just some things about living here that should be shared that may never make it to a painting. And this week I have been working on collage ideas.