Pastel 12x12 on UArtThe wind builds and moves the dunes, but the bushes and grass that grow on them are left behind as the dune erodes beneath them. As the dune is cut away, the old, gnarled bushes create unique drapery and shadow against the mid-day sun.
This painting received the Judges Special Award at the 2018 First Coast Pastel Society Show. Thank you Chris Ivers for that recognition. Here is what Chris said when granting this award:
"Simple yet well thought out composition was the main element that attracted me to this lovely painting of the sand dunes. A calmness falls over me from the artist’s rendition of the warm, gentle sky and sloping white sand while the subtle greenery leads me throughout the painting. Adding to everything is the wonderful use of gray violet in the shadows that kiss the sand to cool some areas for the eye to rest. This painting beckons to follow over the dune to what I imagine as a beach and a peaceful sea. I congratulate the artist for taking me to this lovely place deserving of this extra award."