Saturday, July 23, 2011

Shallow Waters

Shallow Waters
12"x16", 2011
An original oil painting on hand-gessoed hardboard;
professionally framed; wide 2" antiqued gold frame; ready to hang.
In the shallow waters close to shore, these egrets find it attractive to feed in the lilies and quiet waters; as the hot afternoon wanes on. Lazy winding rivers in the Florida marshlands are a familiar backcountry scene, complete with tropical palms ascending gracefully above dense hammocks.

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.