Stopping for Beauty

This is a small house on Store Creek going out toward the St.Pierre river, on Edisto Island. For years it has been close to falling down, but someone has restored it and that hammock is now swinging. This weekend, Edisto Island gave me back her best. And some of that beauty is for you!

Edisto Island. Simple and beautiful.©C.HutsonWrenn2014

Edisto Island. Simple and beautiful.©C.HutsonWrenn2014

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Creative Thinking. 5 factors from John Cleese.

Yep. Make your life more creative…….

Click here. Really. John Cleese on the 5 factors.

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Edisto Island. One Dirt Road.

I am on the island this week. I am breathless with beauty. This is all I can say.

©2014 C.Hutson Wrenn

© 2014 C. Hutson Wrenn

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The Hero’s Path. Life lived as a Poem.

This is a repost from November 2, 2010. I needed to re-read this today. Life is a poem. Everyday is new. The great adventure does continue in my life. How deeply grateful I am.

Charleston Through an Artist's eye

We have not even to risk the adventure alone/ for the heroes of all time have gone before us /The labyrinth is thoroughly known/ We have only to follow the thread of the hero path/ And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god/ And where we had thought to slay another/ we shall slay ourselves/ Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence/ And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.
– Joseph Campbell

Many of you have followed my adventure for the last sixteen months, when I moved from my house into Rosy, the RV, on an island just south of Charleston, a place that called to me one night six years ago, on a moonlit beach. My fullness feels so round and complete today…

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Prince Williams Parish Church, now Old Sheldon Ruins

41"x 30" oil on canvas ©2014 C.Hutson Wrenn

41″x 30″ oil on canvas ©2014 C.Hutson Wrenn

This painting was commissioned by Rick Parler of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose family is from Barnwell, South Carolina.

Located north of Beaufort, South Carolina, just off Hwy 17 at Hwy 21, Sheldon Church has lain in ruin for more than 120 years. Its gable roof, pediment, windows, and interior have disappeared, but the classic simplicity of its design still remains. One of the first Greek-Revival structures built in the United States, Prince William’s Parish Church, erected 1745-55, was once one of the most impressive churches in the Province. During the Revolution, the Patriots are believed to have stored gun powder in it. In 1779, when the British General Augustine Prevost invaded the Lowcountry, the church was burned by a detachment which according to tradition, was commanded by the flamboyant local Tory, Andrew Deveaux. Rebuilt in 1826, the church was again burned by Sherman’s men in 1865.

Its beauty remains evocative. It was my privilege to paint it.

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An Artist’s Way

Charleston Through an Artist's eye

What everyone forgets is that passion is not merely a heightened sensual fusion but a way of life which produces, as in mystics, an ecstatic awareness of the whole of life. – Anais Nin

This quote begins the journal I am keeping now, begun on Easter morning of this year, the 4th of April. I am a Moleskin devotee, and believer in ‘morning pages’, the brilliant concept of Julia Cameron in her amazing book, The Artist’s Way. Write three pages, by hand, first thing upon waking, every day, she suggests. It mines the creative space between waking and sleeping. If an artist does nothing else but this, I genuinely believe that the connection will be made to one’s creative spirit. It opened up my world. What surprised me was how close creative energy was to God energy – that creative energy was just that, from the great Creator…

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U-turn, a painting

40"x 24" oil on canvas. A painting also to honor the long leaf pine forest of the Carolinas

40″x 24″ oil on canvas. A painting also to honor the long leaf pine forests of the Carolinas

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What’s this?

Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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