Featured Artist: Kate Sammons!

Self Portrait in Mirror by Kate Sammons 20x16 Oil

Self Portrait in Mirror by Kate Sammons 20×16 Oil

Kate Sammons. Her work will take your breath away. She paints beautiful Floral/Still Life’s, wonderful Watercolors and stunning Figurative works and more! Kate did a wonderful pastel, MY MOTHER, and it is just beautiful! All I can think is HOW? It’s a gift, for sure!

This painting, Self Portrait in Mirror is such an interesting composition. I love the key in her hand, there is a story there, and I love a story! An exquisite, interesting, “make-you-think” painting! I love that the door is open, so much interest!

Read a bit about Kate, from her website (and check out her fabulous paintings!). HINT: It’s very impressive! This lady has talent!:

“Kate Sammons was born in Seoul, Korea, naturalized as a US citizen one year later and raised in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Early in life she exhibited a flair for arts and crafts that developed later into a passion for art.In 2002 she graduated from the University of Ilinois with a BFA in painting before continuing on to study and apprentice at several studios to focus on representational painting. Sammons started her professional career in 2007, going on to exhibit work in galleries and museums around the country including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Butler Institute of American Art. Her paintings have been featured in magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine and American Art Collector, among others. With a blend of representation and imagination, her work is described as beautiful and refined with a lighthearted spirit that reflects her personality. Among the varied subjects she paints, she often returns to themes of humanity with nature that incorporate dreamlike imagery and personal emotion.

Sammons moved to Los Angeles in 2010, teaching art part time and creating studio work. Since then Kate appears locally at exhibitions like the annual California Art Club Gold Exhibition and the LA Art Show. In addition to seasonal shows, her art is available for purchase at several exclusive galleries in Palm Desert, Santa Fe, Denver and Orleans. From the beginning of her career, Kate has been dedicated to preserving the traditions of fine art, making originality and handcrafted quality the hallmarks of her brand. Her annual production is low as each painting is entirely unique in its identity and design. At the heart of Kate’s enterprise is a taste for art that is independent of popular conventions- timeless, distinctive and free in spirit.”

All images via KateSammons.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Live Oak Trees, Spanish Moss and Resurrection Ferns!

Live Oak Trees, Spanish Moss and Resurrection Ferns!

We live in an area where live oak trees were planted in front of each house (back in the 1930’s) – they are so beautiful. Each and every one makes the street we live on something extra special. I love … Continue reading

Simple Beauty – Botany Bay, Charleston, SC

Botany Bay - Edisto, SC

Elegant, empowering, yet delicate with the shadow that is so full of character. The peaceful ocean waves can put you in the zone, and the sculptural beauty of these trees is hard to believe.

If you haven’t been to Botany Bay in Edisto, SC, I would add it to your bucket list!

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Cistern at the College of Charleston!

Cistern at the College of Charleston

Charleston, SC is full of beautiful locations, one being the Cistern at the College of Charleston – so historic, stunning with those grand oak trees. If you’re ever in the Charleston area, the College of Charleston is a beautiful campus to walk through – bring your camera!

What is a Cistern? Here’s some info from the College of Charleston’s website:

The Cistern

The large, grassy oval adjacent Randolph Hall is called the Cistern. Constructed in 1857 to help control flooding due to heavy rain, as well as to provide water for fighting fires, the Cistern was later covered and planted with grass. Today, it is a favorite studying spot for students and the site of commencement in the spring.

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Bowens Island Sunset – Charleston, SC

Sunset

Can you believe it’s the first day of Autumn? Whew! Thank goodness! My favorite months are coming up, and I am looking very forward to them!

We all have favorite times of year, what is yours? I cherish the cooler, crisp weather – times when we can open windows and let fresh air in. I love the dramatic October skies, soon to come. Life goes by so quickly, you really do have to make a mental note to appreciate the present, but you can still have your favorite times of year😉

This photo was taken at Bowens Island Restaurant (Charleston, SC) – which I highly recommend. It’s not fancy, but whew, the seafood is out of this world!

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Featured Artist: Nick Paciorek!

Spring House Morning by Nick Paciorek 48x48 Oil

Spring House Morning by Nick Paciorek  48×48″  Oil

Nick Paciorek. An artist who isn’t afraid of color! I love his palette, his paintings are so interesting. I love the way he interprets a scene using bold color and great strokes. Nick paints pretty much everything – you’ve got to check out his website!

I love how these sunflowers are the star of the show, they are so uplifting!

West Broadway Reflect by Nick Paciorek 48x60 Oil

West Broadway Reflect by Nick Paciorek 48×60 Oil

Another fabulous painting (all are!) – I love the reflection of the woman in the window, there is so much going on in this painting, wonderful colors and shapes. Great light! This painting makes you feel as if you are among those out on those New York streets!

Read a bit about Nick, from his website:

“Chicago – the city, its colors, shapes and sounds – shaped young Nick Paciorek’s world and brought him where he is today: a renowned artist whose work is seen from coast to coast.

At age five when other kids were enthralled with the Major League baseball being played at Wrigley Field, Paciorek was awed by the colors and the brightness – in the field, the bleachers, the people.

As a teenager, Paciorek spent countless hours at art exhibits. He continually returned to his favorite, an Impressionism collection at a museum in downtown Chicago, impacted by the ability of an artist to control the world on canvas simply through color choice. It was then that Matisse became Paciorek’s central influence.

As an artist, Paciorek aligns himself with a new generation of Fauvists. He uses broad strokes of brilliant color for their emotional impact.

Each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color, a vivid interpretation of his subjects. For him, choosing the exact combination of hues for each painting is foremost.

Large cities with active skylines, busy streets and hard edges are one of Paciorek’s favorite subjects. He’s influenced by the relationship of one building to another and the immediacy of light hitting a building in a certain way. He finds that a particular street may represent the entire mood of a city.

Originally from Chicago, Paciorek’s education brought him to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He now maintains a studio in Providence.” Continue reading HERE

All images via Paciorek.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Charleston Window Boxes – And Ideas to Fill Them…

Charleston, SC Windowbox

Charleston, SC window boxes are stunning. I read in Southern Living that they’re so popular on the homes in the downtown area because many homes are built right up to the sidewalk leaving no room for traditional planting. Well, this certainly does the trick!

Here’s a great article from Southern Living magazine, they also give ideas for what to plant in your window boxes for both warm and cool weather:

Charleston’s Wonderful Window Boxes

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Featured Artist: Marie Channer!

Painting by Marie Channer

Midnight Run by Marie Channer  24×36″  Oil  – Available at Saks Galleries

The first paintings I saw of Marie’s were of horses. I couldn’t believe it. Such emotion and life! The painting above is so dramatic with the light on the mane and whiskers against that dark background and horse. Almost like a photograph. A stunning rendition of a beautiful horse – she captured the moment perfectly! Marie has some stunning paintings, be sure to check out her website!

Read a bit about Marie, from her website:

Marie Channer resides near Nederland Colorado. Her love for horses and the west gives her inspiration for her horse paintings and landscapes. She also enjoys painting dancers and recently has completed some Flamenco pieces.  When not in her studio, she enjoys studying Old Masters techniques, touring galleries and museums studying other artist’s work, or teaching a class about painting in oils.

All images via MarieChanner.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Wiscasset, Maine Sunflower!

Wiscasset Sunflower!

I couldn’t pass by this sunflower without taking a photo – this flower comes complete with a  bee. Good timing, thanks Bee!

Photo from the archives… Happy Sunday – Catch you back here tomorrow!

Sunrise Reflections- Monhegan, Maine

Sunrise Monhegan Maine

Can you imagine? This sunrise woke me up! I flew out of bed and was stunned! I ran outside (down 3 flights of stairs at the Island Inn to get outside in my PJ’s with my camera). The sunrise was bright red above the lighthouse, yet the water was the prettiest pink with a lone kayaker enjoying the show. I bet the sunrise was amazing to watch from the perspective of the kayaker!

Photo from the archives… Catch you back here tomorrow!