This is a before and after. The question is what level of finish is desired? It could go a couple of different ways. After looking at the map of acceptable painting areas I was kind of excited about this one. It forced me to do something different. There are a lot of possible subjects, colors and compositions out there. I planned to paint shadows but they change so fast, it can be challenging.
Reflecting back on this experience, I wish I had painted the goat. Plein air season has started. For some reason Weebly is not cooperating tonight. This has been a good week for art. Looking forward to upcoming painting workshop with Peggy Root in Bluffton, SC. Will be trying bigger canvases outdoors.
This window is of a pawn shop on King Street that has musical instruments and other things for sale. Sorry about the glare. I am working on a series of storefronts, but there are some things still to be worked out. I think my lettering days are over. I have heard that it is not a good idea to have words in a painting. It makes it an illustration.
This painting is of a favorite color lavender house on Rainbow Row where the art walk does not take place. I didn't take pictures at the art walk but here's where I went. First Cecil Byrne Gallery on E. Bay had a juried show "Bringing Beauty Back" of mostly tourist subject matter, water, marsh, some figures. Demo from I Pad. Jane Hart had a small, unique pastel from her pathways series. They always have Oreo's. Next I went to CAG Gallery to see featured artist Tammy Medlin. So packed you could hardly walk through but that's a good thing. Her large, detailed painting of a carnival really stands out in my memory, will have to take a closer look next time I'm there. I stopped at Robert Lang Gallery to see Karin Jurick's (originator of daily paintings and online selling) paintings of people looking at famous paintings. They were smaller than I thought, but impressive. She does a lot of figures. Then I went to Valentina's Pottery at 50 Queen Street to see Ann Weld's (Urban Sketchers) landscapes. They always have wine and good food amidst colorful pottery. So much more but not wanting to stumble along cobblestone streets in the dark anymore. Queen St., get some streetlights! Next art walk, hopefully a longer review. Always much enjoyed.
This painting of Barsa Restaurant is almost complete. i first noticed this building while driving by and snapped a distorted pic of it. The colors are really nice. I actually have a picture of it before it was restored. There are some unresolved problems though and I will probably do a different view of it.
A friend just sent me an article on Painting Perceptions website about flowers with some incredible paintings by some famous and not famous artists. Have been saving up my florals for some later opportunity. Maybe a show called "Trott's Florals," as a nod to my in laws shop (now closed) at the corner of State and Queen, "Trott's Florist," serving high society SOB residents for decades.
This is my painting for the Charleston Artist Collective theme "contemporary." I did it a while ago standing on Legare Street, waiting for my friend to pack up. Not sure if it fits this category but hope it will do. The Post and Courier did a great article on Contemporary art in Charleston in Sunday's paper although it is still a broad definition. My other attempts to be contemporary did not work out this time but still working on it.
This little storefront on the way to Folly Beach was torn down a year or so ago. Over the years it went through many changes but at this time it was a T Shirt store. I found it interesting and maybe a little Hopperesque. Thrilled to get an HM at Charleston Artist Guild Member Show. Judges comment:
"Great graphical design elements combine with a muted palette makes this painting successful. Very well controlled edges."
Inspired by the show opening at the Halsey this weekend, Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston, I dug out my photos of the White Swan Laundry facade. I have painted a portion of it before but may rework it. Although storefronts are challenging due to their flatness, I still see potential. Time to rethink it.
This blog is dedicated to my husband, Joseph R. Trott lll, (Jody) who shared his love of his hometown with me.