Featured Artist: Michelle Marra!

Dog Days I & II by Michelle Marra 52×60 (each) Acrylic

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Artist Submission: Petrea Noyes!

Maelstrom with Harpies by Petrea Noyes – Mixed Media 40 x 40″

Petrea Noyes. Her paintings are bold and full of life. They are also unique in that many of them are drawn using a digital tablet, then printed on a massive printer onto special canvas with special pigment-based ink (which will last longer than many of us) and while it’s still wet she uses other techniques to make it the end result (acrylics, paint bars, etc.). Read about her process! She’s a very cool woman judging by our emails back and forth.  Continue reading “Artist Submission: Petrea Noyes!”

Featured Artist: Barb Sohn!

Early Morning, Loon Lake, Murphy’s Point by Barb Sohn 20 x 40

Barb Sohn. An amazing artist from Canada. Her paintings of islands grabbed my attention on Instagram – there is nothing like a vacation to an island (of any kind) – and she captures them so perfectly! I love the bright colors in her paintings! Don’t you feel like you are getting ready to go out on the water in a boat when you look at this painting… Nice!

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Featured Artist… Judith Carducci!

Tessa's Hearth by Judith Carducci
Tessa’s Hearth by Judith Carducci

Judith Carducci is an amazing pastel artist – I adore how she did this interior above. The golden glow of the fireplace and the portions left somewhat unfinished but so very cool!

Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci
Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci

For those of you who have been to Monhegan, ME, you will instantly recognize this view – spectacular, right? Pastels are a medium I’m not really familiar with, I just know when I see something I like, and I like this… be sure to check out more of Judith’s work, as well as her upcoming workshops!

Read a blip about Judith from her website:

Critique - a self portrait by Judith Carducci
Critique – a self portrait by Judith Carducci

When I was a child, my art teacher had me copy “Holbein Heads” – drawings by the great Hans Holbein, portraitist to the court of England’s King Henry VIII. That was the beginning of my lifelong fascination with portraiture and my enduring respect for Holbein’s genius. Even now, my teacher’s voice, as she showed me the fine points of his skill, echoes in my ear: “Look for the lost and found!” 

This self portrait of the artist on a coffee break, in intense concentration assessing the work in progress (values? edges? gesture? composition…?), is also my homage to Holbein, his strength of characterization and his use of color (especially in the simple rich green background). And it is nostalgic for me – a reminder of my love and gratitude for my teacher.

ALL IMAGES via JudithCarducci.com


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       Thanksgiving… Thank YOU! I am grateful…

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   Bowens Island Seafood Restaurant Menu!

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Featured Artist… Paul Wright!

Club Girl by Paul Wright
Club Girl by Paul Wright

Impressive isn’t it? Loose and fabulous! Look. At. Those. Eyes. Don’t they just draw you in? Don’t you wonder what she’s thinking? There is a story here, what is it? It’s fabulous when a painting can keep you locked in so your eye doesn’t just wander outside of the painting. This guys work is amazing! He has wild and fabulous brush strokes… and… you should see his portraits! Unbelievable! Paul Wright is an artist from the UK who’s work is wildly popular!  There is a great article to read by Darryl McCarthy – it gives you a bit of a glimpse more about the artist… an excellent read!

This is the opening image on his website (as I write this)… I encourage you to check out Paul’s work, it’s amazing!

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Read a blip about Paul from his website:

After training as an Illustrator, I have spent the last 14 years developing a painterly language through which I seek to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. Whilst I appreciate the importance of the individual being recognisable, the subjects are glimpsed rather than exposed, their inner selves hinted at but ultimately inscrutable.

Though I often work on a large, potentially imposing scale, the work remains approachable through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette. The spaces the subjects inhabit are often indeterminate, providing an atmosphere that allows for ambiguity of psychological state. The subjects retain their integrity and yet a sense of intimacy is evoked

The Red House by Paul Wright
The Red House by Paul Wright

Images via Paul-Wright.com


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       RECIPE: White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Kale!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   Charleston Chocolate Cake Just Got Better!

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Workshop with Ken DeWaard… this October!

Ken DeWaard at Bowens Island 2012
Ken’s visit to Charleston 2012 – Bowens Island…

Are you looking to take a workshop from a well known, award winning, super nice, patient artist? Well look no further, if you’re going to be in the Newnan, GA area (about 30 miles SW of Atlanta) October 24-27, 2013 then this workshop is for you!

"A Waterman's Life" by Ken DeWaard - won ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD at Plein Air Easton!
“A Waterman’s Life” by Ken DeWaard – won ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD at Plein Air Easton!

Ken is a cool guy, very down to earth, knows his stuff AND he is willing to share what he knows… It doesn’t matter what the painting is of, Ken can tackle it and create a TO. DIE. FOR. painting… He has a way of capturing a scene that makes it so special! I love this guys work!

"Acacia, Night on the Town" by Ken DeWaard - Won Best Architectural painting at Easels of Frederick, MD!
“Acacia, Night on the Town” by Ken DeWaard – Won Best Architectural painting at Easels of Frederick, MD!

Ken captures the feeling of all the places that he paints! He has a great website, be sure to check it out, blog too! ! He lists all the plein air events that he participates in and includes images of all his work! Impressive!

Here is the information on the plein air workshop “Essence and Design”… it’s not until next month, so here’s a heads up…

CONTACT MILLIE GOSCH at milliegosch@gmail.com to make your reservation (or if you have any questions)!

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O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Charleston Photo: Mebkin Abbey…

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Artist Carol Marine…  [note: this post is from two years ago…]

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Images via KenDeWaard.com

Fabulous Frocks of Charleston – a great window shopping painting?!


This is a cool bridal gown shop located in Charleston, SC – it’s high class isn’t it? To me, it looks like a painting… a painting perhaps by Hai-Ou Hou who has been popping out some pretty spectacular paintings in her “window shopping” series

FABULOUS FROCKS OF CHARLESTON – This shop is different than all the others… this is a bridal consignment shop! How smart is that? You wear a dress one day and then you have it cleaned and stored in a box… unless you have children who may want to wear it, why not pass it along, collect some money and put it towards something that you can use now? Fabulous Frocks doesn’t take any wedding dress… it has to be less than 5 years old, accompanied by the actual receipt and has to have cost at least $2000. – check out their website for more info.

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