“A Southeasterly View,” by Denise LaRue Mahlke, reminds us of those days of summer that are perfect. A cloud formation dominates the pastoral scene, billowing upwards to the heavens, while shades of pink delicately fade into lilac.
It most surely is morning, and perhaps, the southeasterly view from an old farmhouse window. Under Mahlke’s summer sky, the fields glow emerald, and you can almost feel the warm summer wind as it blows across them, whipping the clouds into gorgeous foam. This painting marries stillness and movement so beautifully, so effortlessly, urging us to pause and enjoy those perfect, ephemeral days of summer.
If you live in Charleston, and you are beginning to crave wide open spaces, its a great idea to head out to Johns Island, located approximately 15 minutes from Downtown Charleston. Drive by picturesque Southern farm-houses, dense forests, pastures and fields. Johns Island boasts several stables where you can trail-ride for the afternoon. There are also a multitude of farms, including Field Farm, Legare Farm, and Sunnyside Farms, some that are open to the public.
For a special treat, visit the Angel Oak, a live oak tree that is one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi. Bring a picnic and enjoy the majestic beauty of this 1,500 year old tree. Father out on Wadmalaw Island, you can visit Irvin-House Vineyard and Firefly Distillery. Also on Wadmalaw, it is worth your time to visit Charleston’s Tea Plantation, home of American Classic Tea, where you can see the inner workings of the tea factory and tour the tea fields.
“A Southeasterly View,” is on display at M Gallery of Fine Art SE in Charleston, SC. For more information, visit http://www.mgalleryoffineart.com. For inquiries regarding this painting, call 843.727.4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.