“Heathwood Fields, Early Morning”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Heathwood Fields, Early Morning”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

I’ve spent the week painting with a group of Heathwood Hall high school students this week, pure pleasure!

We focused on painting the landscape outside with a painting in the morning, turn the easel at lunch, and a painting in the afternoon.

It was wonderful working with fellow artists Scotty Peek, Brian Rego, and Dylan Critchfield-Sales. But I loved seeing the students explore their campus in a new way.

Heathwood sits just outside the city in the midst of huge fields edge by pine woods running down to the Congaree River. So picturesque views abound, but we also painted the quirky corners of the campus.

When you paint the world around you, you get to know it in a new and intimate way.

Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Painting definitely gives “new eyes”.