Featured Artist… Nancy Carroll!

Fresh Peonies by Nancy Carroll 11x14" Oil

Fresh Peonies by Nancy Carroll
11×14″ Oil

Impressed. Just look through the many still life/landscape and figure paintings of Nancy’s. Try to pick only one. I think this is a stunning still life. The peonies are gorgeous, the background makes them even more delicate, soft and beautiful.

Whew! I have an affinity for pink peonies. They are my favorite. We can’t grow them here in Charleston, I think our climate is too warm from what I’ve read, but once in a while I’ll see them at Whole Foods and they are just beautiful!

Read a bit about Nancy, from her website nancycarroll-fineart.com:

Nancy is a second generation artist, spending her early years in Boston and summers on Cape Cod. After college, she sought to enhance her early love of art by studying at the Scottsdale Artist School, California Coast College, Laguna Art Institute, Fredericksburg Artist School, and Laguna Art Workshops. She has also pursued direct study under Master Chinese artist ShuQiao Zhou and noted landscape painter, Morgan Samuel Price. She has been acknowledged for her direct, rich, expressive style by both her art clients as well as juried representation in exhibitions with the Oil Painters of America, The California Art Club, American Women Artists, the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters and the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association.

Artist Statement 

Nancy paints still life, landscapes and figure. “No artist could live in California and not become enchanted with painting in natural light and from life” says Nancy. Painting in a direct post-impressionist Russian style of realism, where strong expression of form is critical, she has developed a definitive style of painting from life that is evident in all of her works.

Image via NancyCarroll-FineArt.com, used with permission…

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Something quick to make for dinner – I love this!


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Blurry photo… we were hungry, ha ha…

What happens when you plan on having something for dinner, but it doesn’t work out for whatever reason?

You throw a chicken breast on the grill (rub the chicken with olive oil first). Cook some brown rice (YAY Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice in the freezer section – takes 3 MINUTES in the microwave)! Drain and heat some black beans, cut up tomato and onion (or we used Pico de gallo, so nice and fresh!), a few shreds of Pepper Jack cheese, some steamed spinach, a healthy dose of lime and a tortilla chip or two (or three) for a little crunch, and the grand finale… sliced avocado – which totally makes this heavenly… and BAM! Dinner. Is. Ready! Let me tell you… this is so good, you’ll want it the next day! We had it the day before with shrimp instead of chicken. That was great too!

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Featured Artist: Donna MacDonald!

Ranchman by Donna MacDonald 20x28" Oil

Ranchman by Donna MacDonald
20×28″ Oil

Donna MacDonald is a fabulous artist from Canada. I had such a great time going through her paintings. How to choose just one? It wasn’t easy! The color in this painting is dynamic. Bold. The movement of his body is comfortable and confidant. Not easy to relay that information with the stroke of a brush!

Donna has some workshops coming up soon in the Calgary area of Canada, so if you’ll be in that neck of the woods, check it out!

Read a bit about Donna, from her website:

Born in Windsor, Ontario and now living in Calgary, Alberta, Donna is best known for her bold brushwork and impressionistic style. She has traveled to the U.S. to study with master painters such as Kim English, Jeffrey Watts and Carolyn Anderson over the last several years striving to improve her technical knowledge and to grow as an artist.”Although my subject matter is varied, I am most captivated by a strong sense of light.  I enjoy oil paint as my medium because  of its slow drying quality which allows me to show movement.

My hope is that the viewer experiences my paintings, as not just a literal depiction of a scene, animal or person but feels the sun and atmosphere of the day.” Her paintings have won numerous awards and she has been featured in the American Art Collector and Canadian Brushstrokes magazines.  Donna has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions and her work can be found in the Calgary Flames Rotary House collection as well as private collections in Canada, United States and South America.

“Painting has become a passion and a wonderful necessity in my life. Since becoming a full time artist, I have unexpectedly discovered that painting provides me relief from almost daily migraines which I’ve had for over thirty years.  I truly believe that I am doing what I was always mean to do and feel very blessed!”  As a way of “paying it forward” she contributes 10% from the sale of her paintings to charity.  This year HOPEthiopia, a Calgary based charity that works tirelessly for the betterment of the Ethiopian people has been chosen.  Their projects  include drilling water wells, building schools and providing dental and medical treatment.

Donna is currently represented by Different Strokes Gallery, Art Connection Calgary, Alberta, AyrSpace Gallery, Ontario, Leighton Art Centre, Alberta

Instructor at the Calgary School of Art

 Images via DonnaMacDonald.ca, used with permission…

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Palm Sunday in Charleston…


Palm Sunday - Charleston, SC

Palm Sunday – Charleston, SC

Enjoy your Sunday! Is there anything better than Spring in Charleston, SC?

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Ben Silver – Charleston, SC (photo)

Ben Silver - Charleston, SC

Ben Silver – Charleston, SC

Ben Silver. An icon in Charleston, SC. “Classic Style… has always been our business”. Ben Silver is a gorgeous building, with the classiest of clothing. It’s very “Charleston”! I love how the light hit when I took this shot, which must have been around Christmas time, judging by the wreath!

Next time you’re in the area, pop in and check it out!

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Featured Artist: Kathi Smith!

Stanley Shipyard Remains by Kathi J Smith 24x36" Oil Available at Greenhut Galleries - Portland, ME

Stanley Shipyard Remains by Kathi J Smith
24×36″ Oil
Available at Greenhut Galleries – Portland, ME

Kathi J. Smith. Wonderful paintings, nice and loose.  She leaves just enough to your imagination. I happen to love paintings that let you “fill in” the details. Just look at these brushstrokes. Also a nice sense of distance with the island and the dramatic clouds. Nice!

Read a bit about Kathi, from her website:

My work is reflective of places in which I find myself lost in the act of looking. Complicated spaces with an abundance of information intrigue me and I consider it my task as an artist to find order within them. I am currently interested in the role of landscapes in developing a sense of one’s self and, when conjured through sensations, how powerful the visual memory of a place can be.  Recently, I have been painting places relevant to my personal history; memories of my family’s homestead in Nova Scotia, my hometown in Western Maine, and the White Mountains where I currently reside. Concurrently, I have been creating bodies of work on location at artist residencies, in Maine, Connecticut, Virginia, and Vermont. These intense month long periods of working have resulted in further explorations of my sense of place, and the landscapes I have found myself within. All of the works are records of locations that I have spent a significant amount of time. Some are made from direct observation, while others from memory, all provide my sense of any given space.
Born in Maine, Kathi Smith is a New England artist and educator. Smith’s work reflects her landscape, in which she invites close observation of familiar-seeming places and their narratives. Smith’s reputation and career are rapidly growing. In the past three years, she has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, and four prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center and has been a Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. In July 2013 Artscope Magazine featured her in Kathi Smith’s New England. She maintains her studio practice in Ashland, New Hampshire and teaches at Plymouth State University. She holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Southern Maine, and a MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire.

Image of Kathi Smith’s painting via Greenhut Galleries, used with permission from the artist…

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House Plan: 263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans!

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

263 Bohicket Street. Elegant. Stately. This is a gorgeous plan that is 3,623 square feet of heated space (and if you include the unheated space it jumps to 4,245′) with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Leave it to Our Town Plans… they have such stunning plans!

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

There is a whole lot of living going on here, that’s for sure! A wonderful screen porch (look at the size of it!), that’s a dream come true all by itself! This plan is more formal in that it is somewhat open, yet it also gives you the separate spaces for a dining room and a living room or office. The kitchen includes a wonderful pantry and desk area which is nice for a laptop with recipes! The keeping room with the French doors and a fireplace, just looks like a wonderful place to be!

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

263 Bohicket St by Our Town Plans

The upstairs master has a wonderful terrace, wow, can you imagine! It’s nice that the master is one side of the upstairs and the two bedrooms are on the opposite side, separated by the staircase and the laundry room. Good planning, as always!

All images via OurTownPlans.com, used with permission!

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Jerry Weiss Exhibit at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, ME!

Morning on the Coast by Jerry Weiss 30x40"

Morning on the Coast by Jerry Weiss

The JERRY WEISS EXHIBIT begins tomorrow! There will be an exhibition of Jerry’s paintings at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine. This fabulous exhibit runs from March 26 to May 2, 2015. Included will be plein air landscapes painted in Maine and Connecticut, as well as figure work. If you’re anywhere near that area be sure to stop in and check it out. Jerry is well known for his magnificent paintings.

Image via Jerry Weiss, used with permission…

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Queen Street Grocery – Breakfast all day and an impressive menu…

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Queen Street Grocery in Charleston, SC. This photo looks like a painting to me. Great reflections and all kinds of things going on. You’ll be happy to know it was voted “Best Corner Store” – and from what I heard they serve some pretty tasty food… check out their menu!

Options… lots of different options and breakfast all day, woohoo!

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Featured Artist: Janet Broussard!

Secret Place by Janet Broussard 28x22"

Secret Place by Janet Broussard

Janet Broussard. Two things stand out right away in this painting. The wonderful light in the trees, especially against the gorgeous background color… wow!! Ooooh, that gorgeous clear water. Not easy!

Janet has some beautiful work, be sure to check out her many paintings!

Olives on the Side by Janet Broussard 9x12"

Olives on the Side by Janet Broussard

Love the olives and the background. Fabulous!

Read a bit about Janet, from her website:

Thank you for your interest in my work. I am happy to share with you my enthusiasm for painting; the joy of color, animating with texture, the chance to see a particular subject in a different way. 

The painting surface is just as important as the rendering of the subject matter. You see thick strokes of paint, thin washes, and fine lines cutting through the layers of paint to the panel. Some edges are smeared, some are precise.  All these techniques give the painting a sense of life and energy. 

Janet’s artistic talent came to fruition at an early age, winning her first award in fourth grade, for a watercolor seascape of California’s Bug Sur.  Constantly painting and drawing, with frequent milestones of recognition for her artistic talent, she followed her chosen path to the University of North Texas where she majored in Advertising Art. 

While working in a gallery and commuting to school from Dallas, she became immersed in papermaking, sparked by the tactile challenge of working with her hands.  Over the next sixteen years, Janet enjoyed success with her abstract collages, each one using a variety of materials including cotton fiber and found objects.  Corporate and private patrons alike enjoy her work in Florida, Colorado, Texas, and Mexico.

Always emotionally inspired by nature, Janet admired the beautiful light captured by the California Impressionists, especially Edgar Payne and George Wendt; she also admired the fluid strokes and spontaneity of the painter Joaquin Sorolla. Maynard Dixon’s southwestern landscapes appealed to her graphic sense with saturated colors and simple shapes that conveyed vast skies and distant buttes. The paintings by these masters moved Janet to change mediums and genres.  Leaving behind handmade paper and contemporary abstract ideas, she embraced representational concepts and began painting with oils.

After moving to Austin, she enthusiastically pursued landscape painting, and studied with such notable painters as Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Skip Whitcomb, John Budicin, and Don Ward. She paints small field studies outdoors to capture the essence of the scene, and then later uses these with photographs and observations to create larger works in her studio. 

Images via JanetBroussard.com, used with permission…

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