Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Along the Banks

Along the Banks
11"x14", 2011
An original oil painting on hand-gessoed hardboard;
Professionally framed in a wide 3" faux gold-leaf plein air frame; ready to hang.
In a place of a singular silence, towards late afternoon sometimes the only sound you can hear is the movement of the water, broken only by the familiar calls of evening birds coming to the water to feed. Here you can see an American Egret standing motionless in the shallow water along the opposite bank, hunting for that occasional passing fish.

Trailing gray mosses eerily hang from almost every old tree to make this turn on the path breathtaking; and can only be described as uniquely sub-tropical Florida - complete with palms rising majestically above dense hammocks off in the distance.

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.