Meditations On Painting the Southern Coastal Landscape
Author: Dottie T Leatherwood
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.
It’s damp out this morning. Humid and warm. The tide is coming in and filling our little marsh. I could sit out and do nothing but just watch. Little crabs scurrying around for higher ground as the water trickles in. Frantically digging their dens and throwing small, perfectly round mud balls out onto the bank. […]
Sometimes it’s the little things, the unexpected view of the commonplace that calls to me. Down low among the grass, eye level with the marsh hens and just a breath above the water, the world becomes smaller. Intimate. Familiar. Ceremonious. All encompassing. I hear nothing but the sound of the water as it swirls and […]
It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon. I am watching the sun throw shadows across the marsh. Everything is bathed in its warm light including the few clouds moving to the east. It makes me so sleepy and relaxed. Our two dogs hold down opposite ends of the couch, curled up sleeping. The squirrels are running and […]
“For the artist, there is no insignificant thing.” ― Marty Rubin There is a small wooded area on the island where we live. One of the last wooded spots that, through some miracle has escaped development. It’s not a beautiful spot, by most people’s standards. No creek or marsh, no great ocean view. Nothing of significance. But […]
For a change, this morning my mind is blank. Empty. I think I am in that in between moment. Life Limbo… Between a week of vacation last week and a week ahead of normal everyday life. Between living in the moment and the reality of everyday life, full of to-do lists and appointments to keep. […]