Saturday, January 25, 2020

January 24, 2020 - A New Year, Two Views

All images are photographed late in the evening for posting the same night we paint them.  We strive to reproduce the color of the paintings here as close to our originals as we can, but some variation is probable.  The paintings are labeled with our initials preceding the date label and title.  The date label is Month/Day/Order Painted. 

All of these paintings can be purchased on our website.  This link will take you to the page where they're posted... Salt Marsh Studios.

Marc's Day

It rained.  We had a shortened day yesterday so we had to be out early enough, sunrise, to get our paintings done, basically by noon.  We did, and it wasn't that bad of a day to paint with all of the moisture in the air.  The moisture was falling constantly, so we found ourselves underneath a bridge crossing Turner Creek to find dry shelter from it.  Everywhere we looked was very horizontal, not a lot of compositional variety to work with.  I used the acrylics again, that was an experience.  They would NOT dry!  I had to wait until last evening to even sign them because they were so wet.  Today I'll be painting with them again, but am also bringing along some Utrecht heavy body, fast drying, acrylics if I run into the same issue again.  

MH-1/24/1- A Foggy Start
Although a two value painting, the large mass of the tree line and marsh, only broken by sky and sky reflection in the high tide water, it was a nice piece to paint to study close value relationships.  If the acrylics had dried faster, I could have use that to my advantage to create some layered paint for atmospheric effect.  As it was, I had to stall just to overpaint parts of it for what I did get done.

MH- 1/24/2 - Quiet Flow
The title is exactly how it felt painting this one.  The clouds, changing and evolving slowly, the high tide of Turner Creek, all flowing along quietly.

MH- 1/24/3 - Johnny Mercer Bridge
For this last one I was standing in the same spot trying to see another compositional idea in front of me.  This is just to the right of the last painting, the bridge over the creek that carries traffic on Johnny Mercer Blvd over it.  I loved the large dark shape broken by the stark light values of the sky and holes through it.

Dottie's Day

I had a teaching lesson from noon until four, so, for the second time this month, I had to get three paintings done before 11:30.  Five am wakeup calls have never been my favorite things, from the time I was a child and went to work with my dad, my working days when I was in my twenties living in Atlanta and had to leave early to beat the traffic, or when when my kids were young and I had to get them up and out for school.  I'm more of a six am girl.  :)  But every once in a while it's not too bad, especially if I am heading out to paint. 
The drive through the marsh, leaving Tybee got me excited.  I much more prefer sunshine to rain.  But there is something about a gray rainy day over the marsh that I love.  It is such a serene, peaceful scene simplified down to just sky, grass and water with no variation in color or value.  If there had been a place to pull over and paint, I would have loved to.  By the time we got to the bridge, the rain had turned to showers and the clouds were starting to show more personality. 

DTL - 1/24/1 - Rainy Morning
A very simple, almost meditative view from the boat landing looking across the marsh.  The winter marsh has such a rich color in the rain that you don't get when the sun is out.  The air was heavy with rain still so the trees had that wonderfully misty quality to them.  The clouds, however, were starting to move and light was beginning to break through.  I tried to capture a little of that movement and the reflections in the water below.

DTL - 1/24/2 - Rainy Day Reflections
The rain had stopped for the most part, and the sky had settled down into layers of gray.  I liked the stillness of the water and the dark reflection of the trees.  The distant treeline on the opposite shore, looked almost ghostly in the background.  Once again, a very peaceful, serene setting.  The mood of the landscape always has such an effect on my mood.  On days like this it's hard to not feel the calmness in your soul as you paint the calmness in front of you.

DTL - 1/24/3 - Swept Up
The last painting of the morning and the clouds had stolen the show.  They were moving quickly as the morning rain was leaving.  I was struck by the drama above the marsh and tried to quickly block in the contrast of the dark raincloud with the bright white clouds behind it. Even with the energy in the sky, the muted color still gives it a sense of peace, I think.

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