Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marsh Vista, Study 1, Ps. 107:8

Pastel, 7.5x10 on Wallis

This painting is a composite of a number of views of the salt marsh near the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.  I have tried to capture the sense of space and calm that this vista inspires drawing my attention to the beauty of God’s creation.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalm 107:8
I executed this painting with different values of pure primary and secondary colors - very few grays were used.
I took a new photo and updated the image, October 28, 2015.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cedars with Color - Revisited

Pastel on sanded Gatorboard - 11x14

This painting was started from beneath the Beach Blvd. bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.  It was raining, and the colors of the salt marsh were spectacular.  The part of the scene that attracted my attention most was the stark contrast between the dark, gray-green cedars with the marsh grasses and coastal shrubs that the rain had turned to brilliant green and gold.
I originally completed this painting in November 2011.  It received so much attention recently on Facebook that I had to give it another look.  I have retouched parts of it, and brought it out again. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Alpine Plantation - Gray and Breezy

Pastel, 12x9, Plein air

The First Coast Pastel Society held their monthly paint-out at the Alpine Groves Park.  This old plantation house has been restored, and the view of the back door and porch intrigued me with the dark oaks behind it and the huge dead tree covered in grape vines in the foreground.  The weather was overcast, cool, and a little breezy - altogether a perfect day for painting.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lake Ray, September Colors

Pastel 12x9 - Plein air

When I started this painting in the early morning, the sky was a slate-gray overcast.  As I worked, the clouds broke in patches.  The gray became lighter and the shadows lost their depth and mystery, but the colors remained gray and muted.  A light breeze kept the lake from being smooth making the reflections vibrant and soft.

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