"At The Beach" was painted on another beautiful early afternoon looking out towards the Gulf in SW Florida. The warm light was incredible and enhanced by the yellow, orange, and red ground foliage. A path of hot white sand opens up the painting leading the viewer to an unseen beach experience just over the drop off. The cool shadow and back-lit tree are the only major dark attracting a lot of attention and ballancing the work. Of course, I had to record a brilliant "sparkle" as the intense Florida sun reflected on the water in this contre jour' piece.
"Palm Rhythms" was painted on a beautiful SW Florida morning. I loved the textural qualities of the palms along with the musical pattern their overlapping provided. Of further interest was the mid-morning sky in the background that still held some "reddish" warmth at the horizon and more patterns.
To this point I've shared only back-lit paintings from my recent painting trip. This work has an almost face-lit quality. The challenges are different but Florida never disappoints.
"Morning Shadows" was the first painting from my January painting trip this year to SW Florida. It was painted early enough that I had lengthy shadows from Queen Palms across the light sand road. It was a gorgeous morning of course. This work was the first attempt at a little different approach in which I was shooting "From The Hip." The point was that I wanted more reference material this trip compared to "finished" plein air paintings. In the end, I was quite pleased with the result and it stands on its own without all the "fuss."
"Morning Shadows" is available at Gardner Colby Gallery in Naples, FL. (239) 403-7787