Friday, July 06, 2007

"Seabrook Inlet'

Anthony and I spent a glorious early morning last summer watching the sunrise over the inlet at the south end of Seabrook Island, SC. I took a photograph but it doesn't do the scene much justice. It does, however, remind me of what the scene felt like, so it helped my painting memory quite well.
I kept this loose and abstract, focusing on the shapes, colors, and textures. I strayed away from reality to communicate what I love about the low country. That morning we saw dolphins swim up the creek within feet of us...it was incredible. So peaceful and quiet, with nary a wave and an unforgettable salty, marshy smell. The tall marsh grass is so beautiful to me, and the smell of marsh funk takes me back to my days living in the low country.

As for the technical side, this is pure watercolor on 300-Lb Arches Cold Press, a half sheet (15"x22") with Ox Gall added to the water for enhanced flow and spreadability. I used a limited palette of Permanent Rose (Winsor & Newton), New Gamboge (Daniel Smith), Cobalt Blue (Holbein), Sap Green (MaimeriBlu), Viridian (WN), and a touch of Italian Venetian Red (DS). This was more of a learning experience than a "finished" painting, but it is a record of where I am starting from with semi-abstract landscapes.

5 comments:

Circe said...

Me likey.

Very Whistlerian..only his nocturnes had less color. I dig it.

Much better than your previous landscape.

I think you have issues with trees. Try communing with the spirit of Bob Ross.

The "happy" word of the day is: Transmogrification.

Circe2020 said...

And someone owes me a friggin Watercolor my dear!

Perhaps a New Orleans one..or something based on a photograph of mine...particularly the cemetary pics.

Shannon R. said...

Thanks, Circe. I think you should consider changing your name lageally to Circe after you get married...depending on the surname. Just a thought.

René said...

I took a photograph but it doesn't do the scene much justice.
It does, however, remind me of what the scene felt like,
so it helped my painting memory quite well.


There is only one solution for that, .... paint on location!!

Although this is a nice piece of work,
I bed it's gonna be a hole much better when done on location!!

Just give it a try.

Shannon R. said...

Hi Rene! You are so right...thanks for the comment! I am starting to try plain air painting...very difficult but the energy in the piece is totally different. Just like working from a live model is different from working from a photograph...the time frame prevents the overwork and keeps it fresh. That is what this piece lacks, IMHO.

I really like your work...I especially like your plein air pieces like "Friday Morning at Zevenaar," your watercolor sketches, and your abstracts!