Here are a few color pencil buildings I work on usually while watching tv or on a road trip so I can get ideas for color.
This home at 26 S. Battery is a favorite of mine. I wish I could go beyond the driveway to explore. The fountain, walkways and arching bay windows in front make it special. It has undergone renovations recently. It used to be a light blue but is gray now, which I don't like as well. It's for sale, I hope someone buys it soon. I'm sure I'll paint it again because the shapes are so interesting and I'm never satisfied.
This block has undergone huge changes but my old photographs provide a lot of inspiration. I have done several paintings and a collage of this building with the blue awning.
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 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.
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.
You know how hard it is to get a sunflower to hold its head up and look pretty. They really are pretty from any angle, but it it does remind me of other things in life that you just have to accept. Wabi sabi, embrace imperfection. This one is for Charleston Artist Collective. Still life is good to explore during the hot summer months. Thanks to everyone who attended the opening of "Beauty of the Ordinary." Go see the beauty of Wolf Kahns pastels at Ann Long Gallery.
This blog is dedicated to my husband, Joseph R. Trott lll, (Jody) who shared his love of his hometown with me.