A new painting of St. Michael's Church by Charleston Artist Katherine Schneider

I enjoyed painting historic St. Michael's Church in the early morning sun as the bells from the steeple chimed the time as they have for centuries.

St. Michael's Church, situated at the "Four Corners of Law" in Charleston, is the oldest church building in the city. Both President George Washington in 1791 and General Robert E. Lee in 1861 attended worship services at St. Michael's during visits to the city. Although the entire steeple sank 8" as a result of the earthquake 1886, the steeple clock remains the oldest functioning colonial tower clock in the country.

"When Morning Gilds the Skies - St. Michael's Church Charleston"
Oil on panel
11"x14" unframed
Price: $475.00
When the painting was on view at a recent exhibit, a comment was made that "angels" could be seen in the brushwork of sky above the church. What a wonderful impression to be seen in a painting of a church building that has withstood wars, fire, earthquakes and  hurricanes throughout it's long history in this city by the sea.

Katherine Schneider Exhibits at the Oil Painters of America Charleston Paint Out 2011

43 painters including Charleston artist Katherine M. Schneider enjoyed beautiful weather as they gathered in historic Charleston, SC for the 2011 Oil Painters of America (OPA) Paint Out Saturday.

View of St. Michael's Church, Charleston
by OPA member Katherine Schneider
The artists chose to paint at a wide variety of locations in downtown Charleston ranging from historic churches such as St Michael's Church painted by OPA member Katherine Schneider to harbor vistas, historic homes and waterfront parks.

OPA member John Hulsey and his wife Ann traveled from Kansas to participate in the Charleston  paint out.

As the artists completed their plein air works, the paintings were delivered to Lambert Gray Gallery where they were hung for the evening Exhibition and Reception.

Oil Painters of America "Great American Paint Out 2011" Charleston, SC

Oil Painters of America (OPA) artist members and guests will be painting "en plein air" (on location) in historic downtown Charleston from 10:00 - 4:00 Saturday November 12, as part of the 2011 Oil Painters of America "Great American Paint Out".

This year's event in Charleston is being organized by OPA members Sally Reynolds and Hilarie Lambert and is hosted by Lambert Gray Gallery and Studios 54 Broad St. Charleston SC. A reception will follow at the gallery 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Several artists including Katherine Schneider will be painting along historic Broad Street during the morning and afternoon and welcome visitors to stop by and see what's on their easels.

OPA member Katherine Schneider paints en plein air (in open air) in historic Charleston ,SC

"Katherine M Schnieder - Fine Art" New Website for Charleston Artist Katherine M Schneider

Check out the new online site for the artwork of  Katherine M. Schneider at "Katherine M Schneider - Fine Art".

At the new website "Katherine M. Schnieder - Fine Art" landscapes, plein air paintings, portraits and drawings are available for viewing and purchase as well as information about the artist and upcoming events...

 WWW. Katherine M Schneider - Fine Art.Com

Katherine M Schneider Presented CAG Signature Art Show Award

Katherine Schneider
Signature Art Show Award Winner
Katherine M Schneider was awarded an Honorable Mention for her painting "Old Boardwalk on the Creek" at the 2011 CAG Signature Art Show in Charleston, SC.

Over 100 artworks by 36 distinguished artists were juried into this year's annual  fine art competition at the Historic Charleston Visitors Center.
"Old Boardwalk on the Creek"
Oil on cradled panel
The show judge, John Hull made the following comments about Schneider's painting "Old Boardwalk on the Creek". "This painting demonstrates good colour and a strong composition. The push/pull with dark in the foreground and lighter values to the back accomplishes a nice pattern for the viewer. There are pleasing little red notes for impact."

Spring Paints Bright Colors in Lowcountry Gardens

After an unusually mild winter, bright skies and warm weather has caused an early bloom of colorful Spring flowers in the SC Lowcountry.

Colorful flowers and a red tin roof make a charming Lowcountry scene in the late afternoon light.

I was out painting when I saw this wonderful scene of blooming azalas, "naked Lady" lilies and purple wisteria in the yard of a historic home in an old fishing village by Jeremy Creek.

"Springtime in Charleston" A plein air painting of the Joseph Verre House

A bright red Japanese maple and intertwining vines of pink roses and confederate jasmine blooming on the garden gate of the Joseph Verre House were the inspiration for this plein air (on location) painting .

Charleston's historic colonial homes are graced with some of the loveliest, intimate garden spaces in the country. While they are often planted to be enjoyed all year long, it is in the spring that they outdo themselves with colorful blooms.

"Springtime in Charleston"
Plein air oil on panel
Size: 11" x 14"

Plein Air Painting at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Winter blooming Camellia japonica
After an unusually long cold spell this winter, warm sunny days have finally retured to the Lowcountry.  The Gardens at Magnolia Plantation are full of winter beauty, with of hundreds of camellias, Japanese cherry trees, plants and bulbs filling the grounds with colorful blooms.  As I painted under the moss draped live oaks, I was impressed by the timeless beauty of the historic Magnolia  Plantation House in the garden. 
My plein air painting
"Timeless Elegance - Magnolia Plantation"
Oil on panel
Price: $475.00

 I also enjoyed the challenge of painting on a larger plein air easel similar to those used by the 19th century Cape Cod outdoor painters. Their easels were designed with a wide leg base to withstand high winds and  harsh winter weather conditions. 

This style of easel also accommodates a larger paint box allowing more space for paint and supplies. It was interesting to paint with the different gear... both the pochade paintbox with tripod and Beauport style easel are useful and have unique qualities for painting on location.

"Timeless Elegance - Magnolia Plantation" an oil painting of a Lowcountry Plantation by Katherine Schneider

"Timeless Elegance - Magnolia Plantation"
Oil on panel painting by Katherine Schneider
This time of year the world famous collection of camellias is in full bloom at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens along the banks of the Ashley River near Charleston, SC. Painting on the grounds of the Manor house is a pleasure anytime of year, but even more now when the weather is mild and the amazing variety of  blooming camellias add bright bursts of color to the muted tones of  the winter garden.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens "Winter Garden Art Exhibit" 2011

The paintings of Katherine Schneider have been chosen to be included in the 2011 Magnolian Plantation and Gardens Winter Garden Art Exhibit and Sale in Charleston, SC.

"Antique Camellia japonica"
Oil on canvas
10"x 10"
The annual exhibit of selected artwork from regional artists is on display in the History Room at the Plantation from 10 - 4 pm daily during the Winter Garden Festival Jan.31 - March 31, 2011.
"Ashley River Moonrise"
oil on canvas
6"x 6"

For additional information about Magnolia Gardens check out their website: http://www.magnoliaplantation.com