When I originally painted this scene, there was construction going on behind me. Lots of jackhammering and backhoe digging. I loved the scene, but the noise was a huge distraction. It was also a very traffic-y street with a red light, so I frequently had a full street of cars blocking my view. So, I did this toned down version once I got home. State Street, West Columbia, SC- a really cool part of Columbia, SC! I gotta say, Columbia is a much smaller city that Charlotte, NC but it has a much cooler vibe and is much more artsy. I like it a lot! Lots to paint here! PS- that's my car, a Honda Pilot, on the far left.
The burned out, waterfront buildings along Front Street, Georgetown, SC. I've had photos of this fire for a long time. Finally decided to paint this unusual scene. The clock tower is behind the burned buildings. I might have to make that more clear in the painting. The fire was in 2013. Painting is 16x20 oil.
A man approached me just as I was about to start painting and told me there were much better painting scenes around the corner. So… I put my stuff down and took a walk around the corner, but didn't see anything I found interesting. So, I came back to my original spot and painted. Later a woman approached to tell me the yellow house was NOT a historic house- and was I aware of this fact? She wanted to make sure I didn't think I was painting old, Charleston history…. because I wasn't! She informed me that The Yellow House was built in 2006. But the red fire station building was built in 1880's or 90's- after the big earthquake. She was very serious about her Charleston history.
Both 11x14. Winter scene in my neighborhood. The bottom ( bluer) painting was done outdoors on location. I touched it up more than this photo shows. I tried to re-paint scene with warmer colors, but still like the blue one better.
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I'm a life long painter and enjoy painting landscapes and still life. I paint in both oil and acrylic. I paint what I like- sometimes going in phases of different subjects and styles. I like to try new ideas and subject matter. That keeps it interesting and challenging for me. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and see my work at several galleries in New Bern, NC, Fort Mill, Columbia and Georgetown, SC. Thanks again for taking a look!