Looking North

“looking north” 8″ x 10″ oil on panel – SOLD

Someone asked me yesterday how I choose where to paint… after all a marsh is just a marsh, right? For me, it is always about orienting myself towards the best light.  Sometimes, the clouds are better, sometimes it’s the glow on the horizon, sometimes I am looking away from the sun to a more dramatic sky that captures my attention.  The light or maybe the lack of light is what pulls me in.

Often times, the view looking northwest is more interesting if I am wanting clouds.  We joke that Tybee is in a sunshine bubble and clouds and rain can be heading right for us and then at the last minute swerve and go north or south of us.   This day I was struck by the blue greens in the sky and reflected in the water. Everything had a warm glow, from the sky to the water to the marsh.  Landscapes like this always feel welcoming and happy to me.  Like a warm embrace from a friend.   It is a peaceful composition with the long horizontals of the marsh, the channel and the island on the horizon.  Even the clouds stretch across the sky on a long horizontal plane.  Nature always orchestrates the mood here, I just try to paint it as best I can. 

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I am a landscape painter living and painting on the Georgia coast. Painting and writing is a way to reach out and share my observations, my experiences and my inspirations with you. It is how I tell my story and the story of the wild, beautiful landscape where I live.

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