Featured Artist: Lea Peterson!

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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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Paris Preview with Rhett Thurman at the Sylvan Gallery… tonight!!

"Beloved Cliche, III" by Rhett Thurman
“Beloved Cliche, III” by Rhett Thurman

The Sylvan Gallery on King Street in Charleston, SC is having a Paris Preview with artist Rhett Thurman. If you’re in the area you won’t want to miss this!

Visit Rhett in her studio tonight (September 5, 2013) at 241 King Street from 5 – 6PM for a preview and sale of her latest work… and then…

Meet at the Sylvan Gallery at 171 King Street for a reception, preview and sale from 6 – 8 PM!

It’s always nice to see where artists paint, what their space is like… and of course to see Rhett’s new work!

If you aren’t in the area… check out Rhett’s older work as well!

I t ‘ s  S T U N N I N G !

From her trip to Monhegan…

"Room with a View" by Rhett Thurman
“Room with a View” by Rhett Thurman

as well as her Charleston paintings!

"Queen Street Grocery" by Rhett Thurman
“Queen Street Grocery” by Rhett Thurman

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O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Charleston Restaurant Week September 5-16, 2012!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Husk Restaurant in Charleston, SC is the top new restaurant in AMERICA!

All images via TheSylvanGallery.com!

[featured show] Robert Abele – One Man Show, Addison Art Gallery!

"Corn Hill" by Robert Abele
“Corn Hill” by Robert Abele

Robert Abele is having a one man show at Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA tonight! If you’re in the area… don’t miss it!

TONIGHT, August 31, 2013 from 5:30 – Click HERE for a preview of the shows paintings!

From Addison Art Gallery website / Facebook:

Robert Abele was born in Bronxville, NY in 1969. He has spent his life making images of the New England landscape. Connecticut, New York and Cape Cod are a few of the places close to Robert’s heart. His paintings are done from life, plein air, in the tradition of Corot and Monet. Responding to the changing effects of light and atmosphere, he captures quick nuances and shifts in line and color. Robert studied art in New York at the School of Visual Arts, graduating in 1993 with a B.F.A. in fine art. Marilyn Minter, Juan Gonzalez and James McMullan were a few of the professors that affected Robert’s early development as an artist. Robert’s work has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post. Often regarded as a painter’s painter, many of his works have won national awards.Robert is inspired to paint what he calls a vanishing history of America’s past. This ongoing passion to preserve the gentle New England coast is his muse, and his dialog with this subject matter continues to challenge him.

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Image via AddisonArt.com

[featured artist] Monique Lazard!

"Ensign Island" by Monique Lazard
“Ensign Island” by Monique Lazard

Monique Lazard shows her work at Camden Falls Gallery located in Camden, Maine. Nice work! Oils and watercolor and a variety of subjects. I enjoy the feel her paintings give… water… a sense of calm, a treasured location and nice light = a great painting!

"Leaving Rockland" by Monique Lazard
“Leaving Rockland” by Monique Lazard

This is a sweet painting. The light hitting the tip of the building is fabulous as is the water. Nice deliberate brush strokes. I love the story about how Monique got started… I think we should all give art supplies to kids… imagine how many would be fabulous artists like Monique one day!? Check out Monique’s website, it’s full of fabulous paintings!

Read a blip about Monique from the Camden Falls Gallery website:

Monique recognized her calling as an artist on her 10th birthday when she received her first set of watercolors from her uncle, Ray Bertrand, a WPA Muralists and art teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her formal studies began as an undergraduate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  She received a BA degree from the California College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

She began her career as Fashion Illustrator for Liberty House department store chain in Oakland, California. She became Art Director in 1979 for the Nob Hill Gazette in San Francisco, and in 1984 moved to NYC becoming Art Director for numerous fashion publications within Fairchild Publications. While living in NYC, she also enjoyed teaching fashion illustration at the Parson School of Design.

In 1992, depleted from the fast pace of NYC, she made a fresh start in the quaint mining town of Telluride, Colorado, working as Art Director for the Telluride Magazine. While in Telluride, Monique also taught figure painting in watercolor at the Ah Ha School. It was during this period that she began to shift her emphasis to painting, spending hundreds of hours hiking the Rocky Mountains with watercolors in tow.

Monique continues to learn and grow as an artist. She is continuously painting with other artist and attends workshops and classes at the local Art Centers on the Main Line and in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brynn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Bowens Island Restaurant Menu!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… House Tour… Day 2… Sullivan’s Island!

All images CamdenFallsGallery.com

[featured artist]… Kristine Pallas!

"Tasting in the Vineyard" by Kristine Pallas
Kristine Pallas

Vineyards… what’s not to love? Oh how I would like to surprise Fred for our 22nd anniversary and have a wonderful dinner beneath this magnificent tree overlooking the vineyard. Wouldn’t that be something?

I always like to see what it is in a painting that draws me in. In this case it’s the overall feeling that I get from it. Peace and quiet, good wine, maybe a bit of cheese and a hunk of good bakery bread. Silence. The sunlight peeking through the tree dancing on the slats in the back of the chair… and on the ground like fireflies… I think I need to get my paint out so that I can start making some money to make this dream a reality… ha ha… This would be a nice surprise!

Kristine’s paintings all have a good vibe coming from them… here is one more example. She’s got such great style! Check out her website if you get a chance!

"Clouds at Vineburg" by Kristine Pallas
“Clouds at Vineburg” by Kristine Pallas

LOVE the clouds and the looseness of the tree… I truly enjoy plein air paintings, you really can get a feel for what the artist is seeing at that moment in time!

Read a bit about Kristine from her website:

Kristine Pallas About kp

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O N E   Y E A R   A G O:  A Few Photos… Nikon Coolpix P510

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O:  Artist to watch… Frank Bruckmann!

Featured Artist… Michelle Hero Clarke!

"Cove, Monhegan" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Cove, Monhegan” by Michelle Hero Clarke

I adore Michelle Hero Clarke’s style! It’s fresh and loose and so very fabulous. I see a bit of a Charles Sovek likeness to her work (especially her architectural paintings), at times a little Eric Hopkins (the swirls in the water and some of the clouds)… which make this a style uniquely her own. Her paintings are fresh and have great movement.  You really get a sense of the place… Michelle has several paintings of Monhegan, and let me tell you she captures the feeling perfectly… be sure to check out her website, it’s full of wonderful paintings!

"Monhegan Woods" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Monhegan Woods” by Michelle Hero Clarke

I love this “Monhegan Woods” painting… it so reminds me of walking through Cathedral Woods, the beauty, the peace, the silence… ahhhhhh! Just by looking at this painting I feel happy! That’s what art should do. Make you happy, or make you feel something!

"Clouds and Rock" by Michelle Hero Clarke
“Clouds and Rock” by Michelle Hero Clarke

Another stunning piece… I love how she did the rocks, the water… ahhhh, I want to have this kind of style!

Read a blip about Michelle from her website

Painting landscapes provides me with a way to respond and record not only my observations of a place but my subjective experience of it as well. In my artwork I am primarily interested in capturing the essence of places as I perceive them, rather than documenting a photo-realistic scene. All of my artwork is done “plein air”. I paint on–site, and always from life rather than using photographs as references. I find this method the most effective in that it allows me to fully immerse myself in the sensations of the moment.  When painting outside, the biggest challenge for me as an artist is dealing with the potential for rapid change. Light, color, and subject are all in a state of flux. A cloud can move, changing the shadows and intensity of colors, or a dense fog may roll in, obscuring what had been my subject but creating new opportunities.  Responding to these constant changes gives a sense of urgency and immediacy to the act of painting, which I find very energizing. I rarely go back into my paintings and rework them in the studio.  I like to keep the images fresh, authentic, and representative of how I experienced being in that place at that time.  I emphasize elements that strike me; the movement of the water,the interplay of colors, or the thoughts and feelings that I have in response to a particular visual experience.  Each painting I make enhances my appreciation and awareness of the richness of life around me, and I try to share these vivid moments through my artwork. 

The media and materials I use consist of a mixture of alkyd and oil paints on handmade wood panels which I will sometimes layer with primed canvas but often just seal with an acrylic wood varnish.  For larger work, I may use stretched canvases as they are lighter weight and easier to carry in the field.

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All images via Michelle Hero Clarke’s website: www.mheroclarke.com

O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich that is HEALTHY? Whoa!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…  Artist to watch… Phillip Frey!

Featured Artist… Jacobus Baas!

Jacobus Baas Schooner or Later DW
“Schooner or Later” by Jacobus Baas

Jacobus Baas, amazing painter, and a founding board member of LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association). These schooners are amazing, that goes without saying… but the water with those reflections is over the top! The sleekness of the ships against the glassiness of the water is so beautiful! I would say that Jacobus approached this painting masterfully.

"Spruce Head Blues" by Jacobus Baas
“Spruce Head Blues” by Jacobus Baas

This is absolutely the sweetest painting, “Spruce Head Blues’ (Spruce Head, Maine) – so very nice! Take a look at Jacobus’ website, he’s got some amazing paintings!

Read a blip about Jacobus from the Dowling Walsh Gallery website – they always do such a great job with their website… check it out! Click HERE to read the full biography including some fabulous articles!


Jacobus Baas was born in the Netherlands in 1945 and spent his early years in Rotterdam, surrounded by rich landscapes and cloud-laden skies made famous by the Dutch Masters throughout history. Jacobus arrived in the United States in his early teens with an interest in art already indelibly imprinted.

Fascinated with surfing, he spent most of his after school hours in the ocean but never abandoned his passion for art. After graduating, he traveled extensively in Europe and enjoyed all the Old World had to offer, especially the art. The desire to create deepened.

Returning to the United States, Jacobus decided to channel his creativity in a new direction, one that would enable him to use his artistic ability and also provide some financial stability. He began to design and make jewelry. His unique and original works captured a following and contributed to his success as a goldsmith. He opened his business “Jacobus Goldsmiths” in Laguna Beach and is still in the same location since 1975. This afforded him the freedom to pursue his first love, painting. Since 1978, Jacobus has exhibited his paintings along side his jewelry at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. The paintings were strictly done in the studio, but in 1994 he began painting on location during a trip to Santa Fe. “It was like discovering a new world!” Jacobus exclaimed. On subsequent trips to New Mexico and Hawaii, he produced vibrant color-filled landscapes that inspired him to begin a remarkable series of work that continues to be widely acclaimed and admired.

A founding and current board member of LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association), Jacobus divides his time between California, Hawaii and Maine. In addition to many one man shows, he has participated in many group exhibitions in concert with LPAPA’s venues, including the Laguna Art Museum.

Jacobus found the satisfaction he had been seeking as a plein air artist. “Painting has become my full time passion, there is no time to make jewelry. The act of applying paint to a canvas has always been intriguing to me. To transform a two dimensional surface and give it a feeling of space with carefully arranged brushstrokes, using the right colors and values is pure magic. Every time I paint on location, with each brushstroke I experience that magic again, and hopefully the viewer will experience it as well in the finished painting.”

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Images via Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine

Featured Artist… Lisa Mitchell!

"Golden Fields" by Lisa Mitchell {image}
“Golden Fields” by Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is a fabulous plein air artist who shows her work at South Street Art Gallery. “Golden Fields” is part of the People/Places/Things exhibit that runs from  8/3 – 9/1/2013. If you’re in the Easton, Maryland area be sure to stop in to see it!

I am loving the warm colors of the foreground and that wonderful light hitting the barn… to me, those two elements make this a fabulous painting!

Lisa has a wonderful blog that shows her art as well as all kinds of painting tips – a good one to check out! Read a bit about the artist from her website, I see she’s taken workshops from some pretty fine artists:

Lisa Mitchell received her formal art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, concentrating her studies in Illustration and Graphic Design. Lisa found employment as an Illustrator creating storyboards and comprehensive illustrations for several leading advertising agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region. She then began a twenty year career painting children’s portraits in her home based studio and has expanded her focus to include landscapes, figures and still life subjects. 

Lisa is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, (WSLP). She is a past President and Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society. She is now one of 5 “Signature” Member jurors for the Maryland Pastel Society, a Signature member of theMaryland Society of Portrait Painters, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Educational Workshops Attended:

Lisa continues her art education by attending international conferences as well as national workshops and has studied with nationally known artists such as, Doug DawsonBob Rohm, Richard McKinleyKenn BackhausKim EnglishSusan OgilvieDavid LeffelSherrie McGrawand Peter Fiore. She attends open figure painting sessions each week at the Zoll Studio of Fine Art.


Lisa offers ongoing pastel and oil landscape painting instruction Tuesday mornings at the Zoll Studio of Fine Art in Lutherville, MD.

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