Charcoal Drawings...Works in Progress

Charcoal is a good medium to use in developing artistic ideas on location and in the studio. I like the easy way drawing with vine charcoal enables me to adjust values and compositional elements when I'm doing field studies. 

Here are two charcoal drawings I've recently completed. Although I'm using them to develop the subjects into larger paintings, charcoal drawings such as these are often valued as collectable artworks on their own merit. 

"Cabin in the Oaks"
Katherine Schneider
Vine charcoal on paper

"Evening Shadows"
Charcoal on canvas

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Exhibit "Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor"

"Fighting Stallions" by Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876 - 1973)
at the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens
Pawleys Island, SC
A retrospective exhibit of select works by Willard Hirsch (1905-1982)  "Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor" is on view in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens from Jan. 26- April 1, 2013.

View of "Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor" exhibit
Rainey Sculpture Pavilion
 Brookgreen Gardens

The exhibit, traveling from The Gibbs Museum of Art in Charleston SC, presents a variety of modeled, carved, and cast works from Hirsch's career spanning 50 years. 
Robin R. Salmon
Vice President for Art and Historical Collections and
Curator of Sculpture
for Brookgreen Gardens

admires Hirsch's red oak carving
"Joshua at Jerico"
circa 1950
(Collection of the Gibbs Museum of Art)

An opening reception held at Brookgreen Gardens on Jan. 25, 2013 was a opportunity for admirers to preview the exhibition and meet the sculptor's daughter, Ms.Jane Hirsch.

Susan Polack, Jane Hirsch (the sculptor's daughter), and Jane Fluet
discuss Hirsch's work near a model of Hirsch's
"Cassique of Kiawah"

A heroic size bronze casting of the figure representing a Chief of the Kiawah Indian tribe, the "Cassique of Kiawah" was installed in 1971 at Charlestown Landing State Historic Site Charleston SC.

Cheryl Reilly (board member) and Karen Korszeniewski (president) of the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park meet a new friend by Hirsch's beloved figure, "The Little Dancer". 

Pamela Belser, Alberta Lachicotte Quattlebaum, and Becky Sparrow 
enjoy the evening of art and good company at Brookgreen Gardens, January 25, 2013.