One majestic bird… by sculptor Darrell Davis!

Darrell Davis sculpture in gallery window...
Darrell Davis sculpture in gallery window…

Regal. Doesn’t this sculpture look regal? This is FLYING HERON by Darrell Davis. His work is amazing and he shows locally in Charleston, SC at Anglin Smith Fine Art. FLYING HERON stands an impressive 85″ high.. I love how dark this photo is against the light colored building.

Enjoy your Sunday!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       Bowens Island… always a treat!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   Keep your memory sharp… a game!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Charlie the gallery dog…

Charlie the gallery dog!
Charlie the gallery dog!

Charlie hopes to be back on duty at the gallery next week! For now he’s enjoying a little rest and relaxation while he recuperates…

Have a great weekend everyone!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…      Sorry, just couldn’t resist… the beast is back! (2012)

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…  Eat for a better memory… 7 ways to get sharp!

Art Walk ~ TONIGHT 5-8 PM ~ Charleston, SC!

"One Last Time" by Ali Cavanaugh [image]
“One Last Time” by Ali Cavanaugh [image]
Amazing painting, right? It’s even more incredible when you learn that this is a watercolor! This painting is by Ali Cavanaugh and will be shown along with her other work at Robert Lange Studios. The show is entitled ODYSSEY and it opens tonight!

"Heart of the Matter" by Karen Weihs [image]
“Heart of the Matter” by Karen Weihs
Also, some contemporary work by artist Karen Weihs at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art

"Saturday Night in Honfleur" by Kim English [image]
“Saturday Night in Honfleur” by Kim English [image]
And at Anglin Smith Fine Art some new work by Kim English just arrived and they are stunning! The way this man paints light is out of this world. It’s what makes him the highly sought after artist that he is. He has the uncanny ability to take an everyday subject and give it pizazz! Kim’s show opens tonight at Anglin Smith Fine Art, if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!

Three examples of art you can see tonight… realistic, abstract and something in between… It should be a great night for an art walk… hope to see you there!

Catch you back here tomorrow!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Coffee Shops… as American as apple pie! FUEL AMERICA!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Artist to watch… Peter Kalil!

Do you know what today is? Don’t miss it…

Image: Second Sunday On King facebook
Image: Second Sunday On King facebook

Just a reminder, if you’re in the Charleston, SC area, that today is SECOND SUNDAY ON KING. If you haven’t walked on King Street while its closed to car traffic, let me tell you it’s quite the treat. Music playing, tables and chairs set up in the street where you can dine at some of the restaurants along the way… sales of all kinds. LOTS of people! It’s so much fun, truly it is! It makes you realize what a cool city we have here! Second Sunday begins at noon, when they block the street to traffic.

When you finish on King Street take a short walk to Queen and State Street… pop in the Anglin Smith Fine Art Gallery and say hello!


Click HERE to print a parking voucher, good for two free hours in a city parking garage (or email and they’ll send you one)!

Hope to see you there!  Catch you back here tomorrow!

My post from one year ago… Port Clyde, Maine – Truly the way life should be!

My post from two years ago… Cancer Prevention Tip #12

Port Clyde, ME near Monhegan Boat Line


This shot was taken on the boat headed to Monhegan Island, Maine. So picturesque, isn’t it? It just takes my breath away every single time! This photo reminds me of a painting by Colin Page. He has probably painted this same area many times… have you seen his work? Whew, amazing! I love his JOURNAL… full of great information…

Daniel Kany recently wrote a review of his Greenhut Gallery show in the Maine Sunday Telegram – a must read! Colin also shows his work here locally in Charleston, SC at the Anglin Smith Gallery at 9 Queen Street. Stop by and see what he’s all about!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Charleston’s Fine Art Weekend and a fine example… the Wentworth Mansion by Jennifer Smith Rogers!

"Wentworth Mansion" by Jennifer Smith Rogers Image: Smith Killian

Are you an art lover? An artist? A collector, or just someone who loves to watch an artist paint? Well, this weekend is for you! It’s my favorite time of year, for many reasons… cooler weather, cooking and baking, and yes, CFADA’s (Charleston Fine Art Dealer’s Association) Fine Art Walk… The art walk is Friday night, watching the artists paint is Saturday morning… and I. LOVE. THAT. It never fails to amaze me. We are very fortunate to have such a strong and successful art community here in Charleston! Here are the details… if you see something you love you can bid on it Saturday night, all the money goes towards helping to fund ten high school art programs! Here are the details:

Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association

13th Fine Art Annual.  November 2, 4-5.

Friday night join us for gallery receptions followed by 20 artists painting plein air
Saturday morning 9am-12pm in Washington Park ( at Broad and Meeting Streets ) Art competition from the local high schools will also take place.
Saturday evening 6:30-8:30, at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art;

58 Broad St.  Meet and greet the plein air painters and bid on works
completed that morning.

Proceeds will go to fund ten local high school art programs of which

CFADA has contributed $180,000 over the last seven years.

TICKETS $55 can be purchased online at

AND, check out Jennifer Smith Rogers new painting WENTWORTH MANSION… love it! Go see her work at Smith Killian ( for those of you not in Charleston)! Whoa! See you at the art walk… catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… Betty Anglin Smith! October Skies show opens Friday!


Talk about spectacular paintings. Ohmygosh! I love Betty’s work. I love her style, her GREAT colors and fantastic subject matter. Most of the time what Betty paints is what she looks at from her studio, on the water in Meggett, SC. A setting that makes you think you’re back in time with the big old oak trees, the water, the cottage that has been restored beyond preciousness… the fabulous porch, the backyard, it’s a mecca of beauty! The most perfect spot for an artist to paint!

Betty’s paintings have presence. You notice them. They’re beautiful on brown walls :), they’re beautiful on ANY color wall! My husband and I are both big fans. We have so many favorites, well, Betty is just one of our very special favorite artists. You know how I’ve mentioned before that we just can’t buy a painting from someone we don’t admire, respect or at least like? Betty is the absolute nicest woman, she’s a blast to talk to, we love catching up with her about her painting trips around the country. Check out their (Betty and her triplet kids, two painters and a photographer, all amazing!) website, they’re in a gorgeous gallery downtown Charleston, SC. It’s like a movie set, a perfect backdrop for beautiful paintings!

If you’re in Charleston you simply cannot miss Betty’s show… OCTOBER SKIES will be in the gallery for the art walk on October 7, 2011… check with the gallery if you have any questions. Click HERE to go to the Smith Killian Gallery website.

A blip about the artist from the Smith Killian Website:

A native of the Carolinas, Smith has firmly established herself in Charleston’s artistic community. With a style consisting of large brush strokes and bold, vibrant colors, Smith has grown exceptionally accomplished at capturing the expansive marsh vistas, beaches and waterways that are an integral part of the Lowcountry landscape. Following the birth of her children, who incidentally are triplets, Smith enrolled in art classes at the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston, where she further developed her love of painting. “I really became serious about it immediately”, Smith recalls. “It was like a part of me that I had not been able to fulfill yet. I was lost in it.” For the past twenty-five years, Smith has dedicated herself to painting, and though her subject matter frequently reflects the Lowcountry landscape, her success has far outgrown the confines of South Carolina. Her work has been shown in prominent galleries across the nation, from New York, Washington D.C. and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, to San Francisco, and Carmel, CA. In addition, many of her pieces are included in some of the nation’s finest corporate collections such as Walt Disney World, IBM, and Johnson and Johnson. But despite being a native of South Carolina, her love of broad and encompassing landscapes, which are frequently the subject of her work, grew out of a trip she took to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late seventies. The tidal landscapes of the Lowcountry presented Smith with different challenges to the ones she encountered in New Mexico. Rocky Mountains, awe-inspiring canyons and windswept deserts were suddenly replaced with mile-upon-mile of flat marshland – a world seemingly void of the diagonal lines that artists use to balance a painting and add depth. Seeking out diagonal lines in a predominantly flat environment forced Smith to examine the Lowcountry more closely. It was then that she discovered that the lines were to be found in the colorful shifting clouds and meandering creeks. Using large brushstrokes and eye-catching colors, Smith has grown adept at capturing not just the physical nature of a place, but the feeling as well. Her paintings, whether they depict vibrant sunsets or the sweeping expanses of the Lowcountry marshland, give the viewer a sense of the immediacy of the moment as though Smith, working against the clock, was able to capture the essence of her subject. “I can’t emphasize enough just how much I want my work to look quick, impulsive, and spontaneous, like it just happened and flowed, as opposed to appearing overworked”, Smith explains. She adds that the bold colors she uses give the paintings an element of surprise “so that you are not looking at something you have seen a thousand times before. It is making you more aware of the colors that are actually in the landscape”, Smith explains. “These colors are there, I just exaggerate them as much as possible. I want my work to be expressionistic, whilst also remaining in the realm of reality.”

See you at the art walk! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… Jennifer Smith Rogers…

Jennifer Smith Rogers is a wonderful lowcountry artist to check out! Wonderful work, Charleston scenes with a fresh eye. She has the ability to capture light in a magnificent way. She is well known for her Charleston street scenes. Jennifer is in the Smith Killian Gallery. Stop by and see her work, or check it out online. A nice family, all talented artists (Betty Anglin Smith, Shannon Smith, Tripp Smith and of course Jennifer Smith Rogers)…
I’ll catch you back here tomorrow… for a special treat!

Artist to watch… SHANNON SMITH…

Fresh Catch by Shannon Smith

Charleston, SC artist Shannon Smith can catch the light in a painting like nobody’s business… whenever I see the sun behind the trees I think of Shannon’s paintings. Very versatile, this artist can paint anything! And she does!  If you aren’t familiar with Shannon’s work, check the Smith Killian Gallery . You will notice there are a few other artists with the last name of Smith. Betty Anglin Smith and her triplets, Shannon, Jennifer and Tripp – All. Amazing.

My sister and I took a workshop from Shannon a while back and it was SO INFORMATIVE. Just the opportunity to watch her paint helps so much! It was a great workshop and I highly recommend it! If YOU are in the market for a workshop in the May timeframe, Shannon Smith and Laurie Meyer will be giving one in ITALY… click HERE for more information. More than just a workshop, it looks like quite the adventure!
If you get a chance, check out my photo blog at – I’ll catch you back here tomorrow…
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