Artist Candace Whittemore Lovely, an Impressionistic painter and Copley Master, is known for her pleasing views of American scenes, especially landscapes of treasured locales and people at play in idyllic locations. Critics have called her the “Grand Dame of Boston Painters.”
Her grandmother used to tell her that the cure for everything was salt water—whether it’s sweat, tears, or the sea. This could be why her paintings are often set in coastal landscapes, or perhaps it’s because she feels happiest when she is near the water.
Candace’s artistic gift of draftsmanship and realism breathes life into her paintings, arousing the senses so much, some people swear they can smell the salt air ascribed within the canvas. She delivers charm and healing through her romantic perspective. She chooses her subjects and compositions with care, traveling to the Virgin Islands to capture tropical multicolored spring blossoms and to Nantucket to paint delicate rosa rogusa blooms. When she’s at home on Hilton Head Island, she takes full advantage of the ripening sea oats, which are then trumped by September’s yellow asters.
This month’s cover features “Morning Watch,” a beautiful young woman watching the sun rise over the ocean.
In 1990, Candace was commissioned to paint the official White House Portrait of First Lady Barbara Bush. Today the portrait can be found hanging in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. After the final sitting, Candace told the First Lady, “You’re Lovely, and I’m Bushed!”
When Candace was a young girl, she recalls one of her favorite Little Golden Books, Nurse Nancy that came complete with Band-Aids and candy sugar pills. After eating all of the candy pills, Candace asked her mom for more. Her mom replied, “No, that’s not what life is about,” and handed her a box of crayons. Unlike the pills, there was always an endless supply of crayons.
About a year ago, Candace began coloring again, creating masterpieces using only primary colors. Candace created a series of coloring books entitled The Impressionist Way, which teaches people to see form and color. The images in her coloring books are from her original paintings. Each page is presented in values of blue, some light and some dark. It’s up to you to add highlights and colors. That’s when the magic happens.
Candace’s coloring books can be purchased on Amazon and found in the local Barnes and Noble on Hilton Head Island. In addition, you can learn from the Grand Dame herself. You can color with Candace Lovely at The French Bakery in Hilton Head on April 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m. She will teach another class in May for Mother’s Day. Seating is limited and the cost is $30. You can reserve a spot by calling 843-342-5420.
Today’s technology has allowed Candace to expand her artistic vision of nature’s coastal beauty in various mediums. She uses an online distributor to sell affordable, high-quality reproductions in a variety of new products ranging from note cards and prints on a giclée canvas to indoor/outdoor pillows, silk scarves and iPhone covers.
To purchase or view more of Trish Biddle’s work log onto www.trishbiddle.com
or visit her Facebook page.To purchase Candace Lovely’s artwork and gift items, visit her website and shop online at www.candacelovely.com. You are invited to visit her studio by appointment. Please call 843-681-6632 for more information.