Southern History – Original Watercolor
In 2013, my husband Paul was national president of the Associated General Contractors of America. For our Charleston, South Carolina meeting, the AGC wives executive board went on a historical tour via a horse drawn carriage. Charleston is beautiful and very inspiring to me as a painter. We saw many sites of great old world architecture and learned about the locals and the great south. I took a picture of this buggy coming towards us.
Painting this piece was also a very interesting painting experience for me. Something seemed off with my drawing of the horse coming forward. After studying it for an hour and I could not identify the problem. Here’s what happened. In a prior workshop, a student had asked me to paint one of my demonstration flowers to a more finished level. I couldn’t find the photo I painted from so using a similar one, I carefully painted the shadows I saw in the photograph on top of it. Surprisingly, it looked like it was in 3D. So on “Southern History” I took a deep breath and painted the shadows on the horse concentrating boldly and not worrying if anything below was different. The main horse seemed to come to life. The judge who gave me an award said you could truly see the artist in this painting.