Minervaville, Summer Evening

"Minervaville, Spring Evening", monotype, ~12 x 20", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Spring Evening”, detail, monotype, ~12 x 20″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I’ve spent the last two days making monotypes up at Phil Garrett’s King Snake Press in Greenville. The collaborative experience always gets my creative juices flowing.

This year (I print with Phil almost every year) I’m working on compositions that pivot off of the small paintings, especially images that have to do with the Minervaville/Congaree area of Lower Richland.

This one was several prints in on the first day but was a break through piece where the application of ink began to echo the application of paint with the palette knife.

I knew it was going to be a good day today when there was a small kingsnake hanging out in the rafters over the door when I walked in. A good omen. Happiness and bliss!

For more on the monotype process, check out this description of just what a monotype is.

Fall Marsh

"Fall Marsh", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Marsh”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I drove on a small highway through the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge today as I made my way home from the coast. The landscape of the marsh reminded me of a photograph I had taken during the fall a couple of years ago of a similar area on Edisto Island.

The tide was very high, pushing up into the edge of the land, creeping up below the trees and making the whole tidal zone a watery world. I had to pull it back out to paint.

Do memories of places pop into your mind at times? How do you go about capturing that experience??

Savannah Summer

"Savannah Summer", oil, 6 x 4", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Savannah Summer”, watercolor, 6 x 4″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The view from my daughter’s patio in Savannah, across the fence towards the carriage house. The deep shade of the old trees casts shadows across the fence, yard and wall beyond.

Can you believe summer’s half-way gone?!

Daily painting on left; block-in stage for large painting on right.

Daily painting on left; block-in stage for large painting on right.

July is one of my favorite months in the studio, but also one that begins that little tweak of dread…the end of summer! This week we are half-way through. And I’m not even half way through!!

What’s Coming Up

I’m very excited to announce two upcoming solo exhibitions for the fall – one at USC-Aiken in September/October and one at the Sumter Gallery of Art in November/December. I’ll be sending out more details as the summer progresses. If you’d like to be on the mailing list for those two exhibitions, just drop me an email and I’ll make sure you receive an invitation.

What’s In The Studio Now

I’m experimenting a little bit with video. It’s short. It’s rough. Actually it’s very rough and completely unedited. But you can see just how jammed the studio gets in the summer as I work on the bigger paintings. You can even see the first block-in on a larger painting. To check it out just click play or click the link to go directly to YouTube.

Upcoming Workshops

There are a few spaces left in my September 12-14 workshop, Structure & Surface, which really delves deep into what makes for a strong, dynamic composition as well as introducing students to using painting knives to really speed up the painting process and capture a lively surface quality in their work.

For some quick tips to hold you over, check out my 7 Tips to Jumpstart Your Painting

For more information just click on over to my workshop page.


With the help of my FaceBook community, I’m working on selecting three pieces for a set of greeting cards/note cards. Be sure to take a look and let me know which ones are your favorites. I’m planning on having those ready for order in the next few weeks.

Enjoy Your Summer!


Minervaville, High Summer Clouds

Minervaville, High Summer Clouds

“Minervaville, High Summer Clouds”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Coming back into the thick, dense air of the Carolina summer is a big change after the brief respite of my trip to Canada.

The storms of the last several days have sent clouds soaring over the roads and fields, towering with unshed rain that makes the green of the fields below just that much more intense.

Debert Beach Haze

"Debert Beach Haze", watercolor, 4 x 8", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Debert Beach Haze”, watercolor, 4 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Yesterday we drove over to Masstown, Nova Scotia and went out along the Beach Road where my sister used to live. Debert Beach, at the end of the road, was beautiful at low tide with light bouncing off of the rocky beach and a haze over the water. The water at the river’s mouth was an incredible pink from the mix of sediment that had travelled downstream.