Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sylvan Glow - a study, a larger piece and a friend

Sylvan Glow Study, L. Daniel, 6 x 8, SOLD

This glowing tree in St. Simons Island, GA was so captivating that I had to paint it twice. The top piece was first. My challenge was to capture the glowing quality of the foreground tree as well as the glowing road behind. AND it included Spanish Moss to just make things more tricky. :)

It was a study in temperature. Observing the relative warms and cools was important to getting it to work. Several days later I went back in the same kind of light to try it again (see larger piece below). This was a very helpful exercise to really understanding the light and color. 

Sylvan Glow, L. Daniel, 12 x 16
in St. Simons Island, GA

Alyson Tucker and Laurel waiting for ferry on Sapelo Island.

This is my fabulous painting buddy from St. Simons Island, Alyson Tucker (and me on right). We have fabulous painting adventures whenever we get together, and this year was no different. We painted almost every week day I was there, and I SO appreciate that she is always ready to go anywhere, anytime! Thank you for a great visit, Alyson!!!! 


Audrey Hackman said...

Laurel, I have been following your paintings for quite some time on the DPW site. You are such an inspiration to me. I have noticed touches of brighter color and light in your more recent paintings--which I love.

Marian Fortunati said...

I always love seeing your work and watching how you develop larger pieces from smaller studies...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

what fun you are having!
You do trees so expertly, Laurel.
Always beautiful color harmony, too.