Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marshes in Spring

Marshes in Spring, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $100
This is my first attempt at capturing the colors and textures of salt marshes.  The marshes on Jekyll Island were just starting to show the first hints of green after the winter.  I always think spring greens have sort of a sour taste, so making them look right without putting my teeth on edge is always a challenge.  For this painting, I started with an orange underpainting.  I think it helped capture that sense of transition from winter colors to spring colors.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ocean Sunset

Ocean Sunset, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6"
One of the things I love to do is watch the sun set over water, whether it is Lake Champlain where I live, or over the ocean.  The way the light and colors play on the water is just amazing and endlessly varied. This painting is from my trip to Jekyll Island.  I really struggled to get the colors of the painting in the photo.  This is pretty close but not exact (this is clearly something I need to do more work on). 

Note:  This painting is available starting April 29 via E-Bay auction through Daily Paintworks.  Click the icon at right to bid.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oyster Beds at Low Tide

Oyster Beds at Low Tide, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6"
This is another painting of the beaches on Jekyll Island.  I love the way the oyster beds and marshes look as they emerge from the ocean at low tide.  Also, I was surprised at how many of the dunes were covered with great masses of prickly shrubbery instead of the wispy grasses I usually associate with ocean views in the southeast. 

Note: This painting will be available via E-Bay auction starting April 26.  Click on the Daily Paintworks icon at right to bid. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sand and Surf

Sand and Surf, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6"
I just got back from a trip to South Carolina and coastal Georgia.  It was so wonderful to see all of the flowers and greenery and to take in the smells of spring. I also got a chance to visit my parents and sister who live in the South.

This painting is of one of the beaches on Jekyll Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia.  There are great stretches of white sand beach on the east side that come up against oyster flats and marshes on the west side. This beach is at that interface.

Note:  I am posting this painting on Daily Paintworks on April 24 but instead of a fixed asking price, I am trying out their E-Bay auction function with a starting bid of $75. Click on Daily Paintworks icon at left. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Crimson Glory

Crimson Glory, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $100
Autumn foliage seems the brightest and the most intense on dark, cloudy days.  A bit of rain enhances the intensity.  On those days, the foliage seems to glow from within.  When the sun comes back out, a lot of the life goes out of the colors. It's a pretty amazing effect.

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Note:  I will be away on vacation for the next two weeks - so no posting until after my return.  Also, any purchases will be shipped as soon as I get back.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $100

I love walking through the forest in late fall when most of the leaves are gone.  Leaves fly around and drift to the ground.  On sunny days, the blue sky contrasts beautifully with the colors of the falling leaves.  When I was a kid, I used to try to catch the leaves before they could reach the ground.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bee Boxes

Bee Boxes, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $100
This is a painting of the bee hives that the apple growers bring in when the apple trees bloom.  I love the buzz of thousands of honey bees among the flowers.

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