“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.