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."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stillness

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 19 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

Over the salt marsh, the rain clouds begin to build at the end of the day.  The sea breeze from the east dies away and the clouds begin to move in from the west.  In that stillness, the setting sun paints the clouds with gold and and lavender and mutes some of the bright green of the marsh grass.
Image was replaced 7/14, afternoon.
To purchase this painting, please visit my web page: click here "Stillness"

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Storm Front

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 18 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

The summer storm clouds come in lines across the salt marsh.  Between their lines, the sun paints splashes of brilliance that blaze in contrast against the shadows on the marsh and the dark clouds.
To purchase this painting, please visit my web page by clicking on "Storm Front"

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Rain Coming

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 17 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

In the summer, the late afternoon rains move in suddenly from the west chasing everyone off the beach.  The sky is reflected in the wet sand left by the retreating tide.
To purchase this painting, please follow the link to my Web Page: Rain Coming.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Piling Up

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 16 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

In the heat of the mid afternoon, the clouds begin to build and pile on one another with the promise of rain.  The tide is high and the storm's majesty is reflected in the still water.  The heavy haze masks the details and mutes the blazing colors of summer.
To purchase this painting, click here: "Piling Up"

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Tern Yet?

Pastel, 11x15 on Wallis

This royal tern was standing with a flock of gulls waiting for the tide to come in, and for some reason all the gulls flew away.  The tern looked at me as if to say, "Is it my turn to go?"  That's where the idea for the title came from.
The sun was low and behind clouds, so there was no direct light on my subject and no distinct shadows were cast, but the electric blue of the high, mid-day sky overhead made the reflections come alive.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dutton Morning

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 15 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

As the rising daylight chases the last purples from the deep shadows, the sunlight streaks through the pine trees bringing life to the marsh with its brightness.  For a few moments, the color of the passing dawn lingers in the clouds and reflects on the still water.
To purchase this painting, please click on my web link: "Dutton Morning." 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Day Begins

Pastel, 6x9 on UArt

Number 14 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

As the first light begins to show in the clouds and a few visitors venture out to the fresh, wet sand, the day at the beach begins.  I conceived this painting as an exercise to show that even a nearly cloudless sky can hold interest and challenges.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lifting

Pastel, 9x6 on UArt

Number 13 of '21 in 21' Cloud Challenge

Before the afternoon thundershowers roll in, the smaller clouds of the early morning start to lift and scurry away. I wanted to catch some of the color and confusion as the heat of the day begins to take control of the salt marsh.
To purchase this painting, click on Lifting.