Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Joy in the Morning

Pastel, 9x12 on UArt

The marsh in late summer is a blaze of green especially in the morning after rain.  The whole vista is an exuberant celebration of joy and wonder.
To express this view and make it believable requires the use of judicious touches of purple and orange.  I also added a few strokes of red/brown which makes the green-on-green marsh grass come alive.
To purchase this painting, please click on the link - "Joy in the Morning"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Late Summer Estuary

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

In this view of the salt marsh estuary, I have used a familiar scene and changed the composition and elements to create a different mood and scene.  This began with a couple of pencil sketches from which I developed this color/value study.  
In the late summer, the salt marsh is almost blindingly green. I need to mute some of that green, but I find that using the complement of green, red, to reduce the "greenishness" of the marsh is too harsh.  In this study, I have toned down the green by using its near complements, orange and purple. 
To purchase this painting, please click on this link - Late Summer Estuary

Friday, August 19, 2016

Marsh Nocturne

Pastel, 12x9

As the moon rises over the salt marsh, it floods the world with soft, blue light.  The heat of the day and the bluster of the passing showers are forgotten, and the tall pines stand silent watch beside the still waters.
To purchase this painting, click on the link - "Marsh Nocturne"

Monday, August 1, 2016

Nocturne in Blue

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

The full moon paints the dark clouds with light from within.  As Moses wrote, this is "the lesser light to rule the night" (Genesis 1:16).
This painting began as a study in composition.  I am trying to incorporate Edgar Payne's composition patterns that work with the unbroken horizontal lines of the Florida beaches.  My first efforts have been with what Payne calls the "steel yard" composition which is a balance between large and small vertical elements on opposite sides of the painting.  In order to simplify the elements, I selected a moon-lit night scene.  I wanted the clouds to form the two important structures and the reflection of the moon to serve as the fulcrum on which the elements are balanced. 
"Nocturne in Blue" - sold the day it was painted.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Estuary Summer

Pastel, 14x18 on Wallis

The clouds have passed again today without rain, but there is a possibility the clouds on the horizon could build and come in later.  The summer has stretched into a succession of long, hot days taking some of the green freshness from the marsh grasses.  As the sun lowers in the west and the shadows lengthen, the slanting sunlight brings out the bronze and reds hidden in the grass and sets the marsh ablaze with contrasts of colors and values.
As a design decision,I added the egret in order to create an object of interest to capture the passing viewer's eye, draw them into the painting, and hold their attention while their peripheral vision takes in the rest of the painting.
To purchase this painting, click here - Estuary Summer.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Marsh Evening

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 21 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

When evening falls across the marsh, the shadows grow long and purple creeps into the clouds.  The few last rays of sunlight gild the grass as their final gift to the day before making way for the peacefulness of the night.  
This painting is available.  To purchase or make an inquiry, click on "Marsh Evening"

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Late Walk

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 20 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

As the evening colors begin to show over the broad beach at low tide, a few visitors have come to share their evening in peace and wonder at the end of the day.  The wet sand of the retreating tide leaves a tableau on which the scattered clouds cast their fading reflections.
This painting is available - $110 unframed, with $12 shipping. To purchase this painting, click on the link to "Late Walk."