"Paint Your Own Work of Art at Hampton Plantation" Painting Class Instructed by Katherine Schneider Scheduled by Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

A painting class instructed by artist Katherine Schneider has been scheduled at Hampton Plantation Historic Site for Saturday May 17, 2014. The class geared toward beginning students, has been organized to reduce the pressure of drawing and focus more on color and painting techniques. At the end of class participants will be able to take home their unique painting of Hampton Plantation created on site. All materials provided with registration fee.  

For information and registration please contact Hampton Plantation Historic Site online at: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/hampton or by phone (843) 546-9361.

Hampton Plantation Mansion
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458

Plein Air Painting at Hampton Plantation - First Day of Spring 2014

Charcoal Drawing by Katherine Schneider
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
March 20, 2014
Beautiful weather on the "First Day of Spring" made for a wonderful afternoon at Hampton Plantation.

As I worked on my charcoal drawing, the afternoon sun filtering through the ancient Washington Oak cast soft shadows on the Spanish moss as it swayed in the afternoon breeze.












Hampton Plantation Historic Site Park Manager Mr. Dale Purvis and his daughter came over to visit and see my afternoon's artwork.
 
Mr. Dale Purvis, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site Park Manager
and his daughter Miss D. Purvis, age 3

Upon viewing the drawing, Miss Purvis commented "It's a pretty picture of my house".  I couldn't ask for a better review of my artwork "Hampton Plantation - Spring Breeze".  

"Hampton Plantation - Spring Breeze"
by Katherine Schneider
Charcoal and Pastel
11" x 14"

A Plein Air Painting of Cypress Trees In a Managed Wetland at the Santee Coastal Reserve - March 2014

It was a great day to be plein air painting on location at Santee Coastal Reserve WMA in the SC Lowcountry.

Just a sheet of paper, paint, brushes and lots of sun
were all that was needed to record my
impressions in a painting of moss draped cypress trees
on a warm winter day at Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. 


Bright, sunshine, and no bugs - rare for this area of managed wetlands, pristine marshlands, and tidal creeks - made for an enjoyable day after weeks of cold, wet weather. 

I had lots of company with the "locals" also enjoying the sunny day, as I worked to paint my impressions of spanish moss swaying in the afternoon breeze in the cypress trees. 


Nearby, an anhinga (snake bird) paused to dry it's wings in the sun. 




An anhinga dries it's wings in the late afternoon sun
before flying off to roost in the trees of the
Washo Reserve.




This small alligator seemed to be grinning
as it warmed itself in the afternoon sunlight.
It blended so well with the muddy bank, I didn't see it
until  I passed close by on the dike footpath.


Even the natives were mellowing in the sun….Although I didn't see this alligator resting on the edge of the path, my presence nearby didn't seem to disturb it. The resting reptile didn't move a muscle as I walked quietly on my way. 



Sketching Under the Oaks and Woodpecker Sightings at Santee Coastal Reserve WMA Feb 2014

The recent "polar vortex"and ice storm caused downed trees and limbs among the habitats at Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. The staff has been busy restoring the wildlife management area (WMA) to it's pre-storm condition.


"Smoke, Light and Shadows"
charcoal/pastel on paper
11"x14"

My drawing today, depicts burning debris in a clearing near an avenue of live oaks. The lengthening rays of the setting sun cause interesting patterns of light and shadow through the smoke…

A Pileated Woodpecker landed on a branch above me
while I sketched
at Santee Coastal Reserve WMA
As I sketched, a large pileated woodpecker landed on a low hanging branch over my head. Suddenly bark chips rained down on me from the bird's energetic efforts to dislodge insects from the branch. In full battle mode, I withstood the flying debris to aim my camera skyward and take reference photos of the moment. 

The sight of a male Downy Woodpecker landing nearby searching for food
made my afternoon painting at Santee Coastal even more memorable
A few minutes later, a soft chirping alerted me to the presence of another woodpecker nearby - a male Downy Woodpecker had flown to the tree directly behind my sketching spot. This smaller bird was a bit more wary of my presence, but still provided a few nice photos of his evening's activity looking for food. Both bird encounters have provided inspiration for future paintings.

Paintings and Drawings of the Santee Coastal Reserve by Katherine Schneider on View at the Santee Gun Club

Paintings and drawings by Katherine Schneider
of the Santee Coastal Reserve
on display in the historic Santee Gun Club House
2014
Recent artwork of the Santee Coastal WMA by Katherine Schneider is on display at the historic Santee Gun Clubhouse. The works created onsite over the past year include paintings and drawings of the diverse habitats and wildlife in the SCWMA and the Santee Delta.



Katherine Schneider and her painting "Shifting Shadows"
created on location at Santee Coastal Reserve
February 2014
The artwork has been created and displayed to promote conservation awareness and appreciation of the Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area a diverse ecosystem made up of 24,000 acres "including a variety of habitats including upland forests, freshwater, brackish and tidal wetlands and agricultural fields.



The property is composed of Murphy Island, Cedar Island, The Cape, Washo Reserve and adjacent upland habitats. Murphy Island, Cedar Island and The Cape are former rice fields managed for the benefit of breeding migratory and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. Loggerhead sea turtles nest on Murphy and Cedar Islands.




The exhibit "From Dawn to Dusk: Paintings and Drawings of the Santee Coastal Reserve" is on view Mon.-Thurs. 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Santee Coastal Reserve Clubhouse, 210 Santee Gun Club Rd. McClellanville, SC. Phone (843) 546-6062.

Painting On Location at the SCDNR Santee Coastal Wildlife Management Area - February 2014

The Santee Coastal Wildlife Management Area of the SC Dept. of Natural Resources is a great place to visit this time of year. The weather is cooler, the bugs are more manageable, and with the deciduous leaves down for winter, more expansive vistas are visable in the hardwood forests. I'm continuing to explore the many inspirational locations this diverse ecosystem provides... Here are a couple of areas I've been inspired to paint out in recently



An umbrella shields my canvas from the wind as I paint evening light
on a rice trunk gate at the SC Santee Coastal Reserve.











The Washo Reserve is a scene of seasonal color and migrating wildlife.

Installing Artwork for the 29th Annual First Federal People's Choice Art Exhibit, Charleston SC. 2013

Members of the Charleston Artist Guild Exhibitions Committee had a great time hanging artwork for the 2013 First Federal People's Choice Art Exhibit in Charleston, SC.


119 Exhibiting Members of the the Charleston Artist Guild have selected work to be included in this year's 29th People's Choice Art Exhibit sponsored by First Federal Bank. In addition to the judges awards and a Purchase Award, the artists are vying for the "Peoples Choice Award" determined by  popular vote from visitors to the show.  



If you're in Charleston, stop by the exhibit and cast a vote for your favorite artwork. The 2013 People's Choice Art Exhibit is open to the public Oct. 4 - 17, from 9 am - 4 pm at the Broad St. First Federal Bank Building, Charleston, SC.

Artist Katherine M Schneider's Painting "Gift of the Sea" Wins Award in the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2013

Katherine Schneider
 is presented her art award by
David Scheffler (left) and Russell Buskirk

Katherine Schneider was awarded an Honorable Mention for her oil painting "Gift of the Sea" at  the Awards Ceremony and Artist Reception for the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Fine Art Exhibition this evening at the Charleston Visitors Center.



The 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition showcased 90 artworks selected for the Show by a three member panel of judges from 345 submissions by 120 artists. This year the juror of awards for fine art is Jonathan Clancy, Phd - Program Director of American and Decorative Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York City.


Dr. Clancy wrote in his comments about Schneider's painting "Gift of the Sea" - "The use of light and color in this painting is striking and well done."

Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition 2013

 If you're in Charleston, SC May 23 - June 7, 2013, come by the Charleston Visitors Center to see the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Fine Arts Exhibition.

Charleston Visitors Center
site of the
2013 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
The Juried Exhibition, sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and co-ordinated by the Charleston Artist Guild, is a highly regarded event in the festival's Visual Arts schedule.


I'll be the artist in attendance at the show today May 28th from 9am -1pm. I would enjoy talking with you and showing you the wonderful artwork selected for the exhibition from artists throughout South Carolina. 120 South Carolina artists submitted 345 artworks for consideration by a three judge panel.

The judges selected 90 artworks by 60 artists for this years exhibition. I am honored to have two works selected for the exhibition.   Hope to see you there.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2013
Juried Fine Art Exhibition
Charleston Visitors Center
Charleston, SC
May-June 2013