Monday, August 10, 2009

Cheraw State Park Artist-in-Residence

I was honored to be selected by the SC State Park System to be an Artist-in-Residence for one week in 2009. The Park Service offers this program to painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, weavers and other artists that they may capture the natural and hisotorical resources of the parks. Applications are available from mid June and must be postmarked no later than October 31st. You can obtain information by calling 864-638-5353 or email; oconeestatepark-at-scprt-dot-com.

Last year, artists had 10 parks to choose from. While most were upstate, my top three picks (Cheraw, Givhans Ferry and Poinsett) offered the opportunity to further my current low country theme.

Here are some plein air tree studies done during my week there. The watercolors are 5 x 7, the tree on yupo is 8 x 10.

Cheraw is a lovely park. I had full run, golf cart included, and an air conditioned cabin. In return for this week, I am required to provide a painting within a 3 month time period. My challenge is deciding what scene I want to paint :) To read more about my week, see my blog posts here


  1. Congratulations, Pam! I'd LOVE to do a residency somewhere...

  2. Sounds like a wonderful experience! We have a similar program here at Everglades National park, but it's for 2 weeks. The images you captured really give me a sense of what the park is like; I can see why you might have trouble deciding on the subject for your painting!

  3. How fantastic. Good for you. I adore the second one.


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