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Maria Cherry Gallery


Southern American Realism

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art from down south

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM Comments comments (482)
I plan on in the near future to take a trip down through Mississippi and do some painting.   I've always thought my best work just lie there waiting for me to find and paint.  It's been years since I've done any paintings there and was at the time just starting.  It is truly Americana.... the feed stores, sawmills and train tracks grace all the little towns.  I can't wait to get back there,   I think there is enough material there to last me from now on and never paint anywhere else..we'll see

H.R. Lovell Art on Facebook

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (247)
You can now follow us on face book on the H.R. Lovell Art page.  Its basically the art and some of the stories about each painting and some of the people involved and how the painting came about.  A lot like the website but maybe more detailed in the description and stories behind them.  Also some input on some of the people who have collected my art over the years.  It's been fun reliving some of the stories and thoughts about some of the paintings.

New 9 color giclees'

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM Comments comments (151)
Our giclees' are now printed on a 9 color printer instead of the original 7 color format.  This gives for closer to original color than ever before.  I'm really excited about the color and quality of the new process.  We also offer giclee' printed on canvas now.  If there's any questions about this process, feel free to email at [email protected] or message on the comment section of the website.  They are not listed on the site itself, but anything that is on the website is available on canvas now.   Call or email for pricing.  They really look great as I've ran a few already.  Plus there is no need for glass on the canvas giclees'.   We also offer stretching on subframe if needed.
After a two year break I am back painting again and will soon have some new original work on the site and also will be updating the website.

South Over Charlotte

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (251)
While driving down River Road right past the Allen house Friday.....I saw my first flock of geese this year flying south.  It so reminded me of the flock of geese flying over the gallery in Charlotte one fall afternoon while we were sitting on the porch.  I was so struck by it, I went in and grabbed my sketchpad and sketched it out.  Later turned it in to what I think is one of my better traditional watercolors, "South Over Charlotte" .  Its funny when you see something that reminds you of one of your seem to remember the time....the music you were listening to....and everything about what inspired you that day to do a painting.  Its like you were there all over again.  Sometimes I just scroll through my paintings and just reminisce about the times and memories each painting brings back.  When you spend weeks, months or even a year on them, they become a part of your life..  Friday afternoon, I was back in Charlotte on the porch watching my next that over the gallery.

Its been awhile

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (425)
It's been awhile since I've picked a paint brush up....two years to be exact.  I have finally started on a portrait for a friend.  I thought this might be a good warm up to get me back in the groove. Luckily, I don't seem to have lost any rhythm or skill levels..The only thing that really bothers me is that I don't seem to have the drive or motivation that I've had for 35 years as I thought I would.  Maybe it's just the layoff and I need time to get myself back into it.  Or maybe the millions of strokes I've made over the years have finally taken a toll on me.....knowing each stroke had a reason and a purpose for being there.  I never wasted many strokes even if it took a year on a painting.  Its part of the process.  Maybe it's time to call it a career and just hang out.   I still think I have a painting or two left in me.....and still have some paintings that haven't been started yet...such as "Fields of Gold" and the Bill Monroe tribute painting.  When I paint I'm usually so wrapped up in it that I don't sleep or eat ...only enough to get by.  Its always been that way from the smallest painting to the largest.  Even if I sat down to paint on "Waiting for Tomorrow" knowing at the end of the day I was only have about a couple square inches done...I still had butterflies in my stomach.  It was that exciting!
Maybe it will all come back.  For now I plan to leave the website up.  I have so many visitors daily from all over the world that I feel obligated to leave it up.  I still do the printing for the giclees' , hopefully that will get me going again.
I'm 66 now but that really has no effect on my painting. I can still lift a brush and my sight is still good.  I run two miles a day and bench press 225 and workout daily.  I just need to get focused and maybe find some new subject matter to get me going again.  Trying not to make this sound like an obituary as far as my painting goes but who knows, maybe its just time.  I will still post anything to do with the art and if and when, I paint anymore....and leave the website up for now.  Hope everyone still enjoys it......having loyal visitors and comments from all over the world everyday.  This is really rewarding to know people are still enjoying and visiting the site.  Stay tuned.....

contact info

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (389)
For anyone trying to contact me, here is my email address:  [email protected]   feel free to email me at anytime and I'll get
back to you as soon as possible!  H.R.

H.R. Lovell

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (360)
Just picked my pencils up and did a preliminary sketch for the first time in over a year.  It feels comes the big test......can I still paint?  hope so, because I need to get this portrait painted.  And then I'll be back doing new original paintings....hopefully the best work is still in front of me, I think so....time will tell

Back to Kentucky

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM Comments comments (255)
Its been awhile since I've painted anything... fourteen months to be exact.  Next week I'm going up near Scottsville Kentucky and check on Janice and Rose, the little menonite girls I've painted...they will be breaking ground and getting the crops out.  I'm thinking of doing a series of paintings around the countryside...maybe starting in the spring and going through the months showing all the different seasons and the work that goes on during those months from molasses making to milling flour....and of course some of the people involved.   Just a thought.   It is so refreshing there its hard to leave and not capture something on canvas.  Any thoughts?

New Gallery 4223 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Az

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (140)

This is the new Maria Cherry Gallery located in Scottsdale, Arizona!  We haven't been on the site much (blogging) because we have been in transition moving all the artwork to the new gallery in Scottsdale from Charlotte, tn.   Including my work, we will also be representing two other amazing artist...Barbara Allen who specializes in wildlife art and landscapes.   William Walls who does landscapes and historical scenes.  Both paint in watercolor and are former students of mine.  To all the people on the west coast who frequent our website, you can visit the gallery now and see all the original paintings that are listed on the "Artwork Available" page.  We will also carry giclee' prints representing most all of our work.  Maria has relocated and will run the gallery there.  It is with a sad note that I will be closing the gallery of 15 years in Charlotte, Tn. ... What memories!  I will be painting at my studio at home where I painted for the first 30 years and shipping most of my work to Scottsdale.  I also intend to commute and spend time at the gallery there, too.  I will truly miss the gallery in Charlotte but didn't see the need to keep it with no work there to show anymore....and it was time to move on.  We will update the site and put up pics as we get things rolling.  We will also have a grand opening probably sometime in January of 2012.  We will also post that date when come on by and visit Maria at the gallery!
the address is 4223 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale     see you there!

New works

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (221)
I've been working for the last two months on some comissioned pieces so I've put some of my other projects on hold but will soon be working on them and posting progress reports.   One of the commissioned pieces is an old house built in and around the 1850's ....really a neat place and one of my better watercolors....I will be posting it on the site in the next couple of days along with more early sketches and some more scrapbook material.