Charleston is a fascinating city. We drove from Myrtle Beach down highway 17. We stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and visited Atalaya, the home of Anna and Archie Huntington. Archie was a philanthropist and writer. Anna was a twentieth century sculptor known for her realistic animal sculptures. They built the modern castle on land that had been a rice plantation. It’s a fascinating work of art. Anna loved all animals and she was a breeder of Scottish Deerhounds. There were also stalls for the horses, and even pens for the occasional bear. Anna would only use live models for her sculptures. It’s difficult to get a proper perspective of the house without being there. It’s like a giant labyrinth.
We entered Charleston over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that crosses the Cooper River. It’s quite impressive. It is a cable-stayed bridge that’s 575 feet high. The total length is 13,200 feet!
After settling in at the hotel we went for a walk to see what was nearby. Old Charleston reminds me of New Orleans. It’s a beautiful city with lots of old churches and historic buildings. The harbor park is beautiful and you can see Ft. Sumter in the distance and the USS Yorktown across the bay. We had dinner at Old Towne Grill & Seafood. It’s a Greek restaurant so of course we ate there. The owner was actually visiting Greece so I didn’t get to practice my Greek. The food was incredible! The avgolemeno soup was the best I’ve ever eaten. (No offense to my Annoula). I bought a large jar of their spices to bring home. Dan had moussaka and I had the gyro plate. We got Greek potatoes as our side. We did not leave hungry! I almost forgot the mention the dolmathes for an appetizer, along with a delicious Greek white wine.
We ended the night at the market. On Fridays and Saturdays they have local artisans and there were three buildings full of paintings, jewelry, stained glass and many unique items. Oh and the pralines…..well I bought a pound of them. They told me they would be good for 14 days! We’ll see if they make it home. I bought this lamp, can’t really explain how they put it together. The lighthouse painting is done on reclaimed tin from the area by an artist named James Trimm. He paints only with his fingers and fingernail.
What a great first day!
I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
I wanted to share some art from our Wears Valley trip. As usual Deliah was making art every day. She will work for hours on a project. A true artist at age 6! She bought a blank puzzle and used neocolor water soluble crayons. The puzzle is 16×20 inches.
The last two images are artist trading cards that Robin created. These were her first ATCs and they turned out great. I have been using the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch cards as happy cards or inspiration cards. I keep a couple in my purse to leave in random places. I feel that whoever finds the card needed to see its message.
Congratulations to my fellow artists! Beautiful work.
Today we worked on glow in the dark rocks. Pretty cool art. Robin bought the glowin the dark paint and Ashley fished rocks from Newfound Gap. Deliah painted and they turned out great. Then we had activities and all worked on collage. Robin created her first artist trading card. Again we had a wonderfully creative day. The Smoky Mountain muse was generous once more.
It was a beautiful sightseeing afternoon. Of course Gatlinburg was a bit crowded as it is July 4th. Lunch at Boss Hogg’s BBQ satisfied our bellies and a little nap made everyone happy.
The afternoon art is one artist trading card and the first page in my new travel art journal. Enjoy!
We left Nashville June 30 headed to Wears Valley. It’s a family vacation in a beautiful home on 8 acres near Townsend Tennessee and Great Smokey Mountains. Dan and I will leave Wears Valley July 7 and drive to Myrtle Beach for a week. From there we are driving to Charleston for a few days. As any good artist will do, I packed more art supplies than clothes! It is my goal to make happy art. I plan to create at least one piece a day. Today I had my two fellow artists Deliah and Lanie. They started working on mini books. They are 6 and 7 years old. And I might add that they are both wonderful artists!
So here are today’s mini creations.
Artist Trading Card 2 1/2 x 3 1/2
Below is a mini book 2 x 2 inches. Both pieces are mixed media.