Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ardent Sky

Ardent Sky
16"x12", 2011
An original oil painting on hand-gessoed hardboard; sold professionally framed; ready to hang.
The palms at the edge of this quiet inlet grow over the upper recesses of the old oak canopy where amongst the branches hang yellowish-green leaves and beards of Spanish moss.  A backdrop of the setting sun creates an ardent sky, filled with foreboding clouds filtering out the last rays of daylight… almost primeval, for the hand of man has transfigured it little.

This region of coastal Florida has attracted artists forever... and is home to many artist groups and communities. The area is a wildlife artist’s dream: to paint in secluded exotic and pristine ecosystems teeming with tropical flora and fauna... and is my new challenge for a series of larger studio paintings… as we are just upriver from where the famous Florida Highwaymen lived and painted in a style sometimes referred to as the Indian River School.

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