Sunday, May 31, 2015

Docked Shrimp Boat - Georgia Coast

Docked Shrimp Boat, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Commercial shrimp boats are constantly trawling the horizon on the Georgia Coast. Their complicated rigging is quite distinctive, not to mention the commotion of birds, dive bombing for the refuse. It's a huge industry and the harvest is enjoyed in most local restaurants. This shrimper was "in" for service and I was able to paint it at rest. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ocean Sunrise - Georgia Coast

Ocean Sunrise, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Early morning on the beach is always a surprise and delight. Some days the sun rises like a "red rubber ball" and other days it is soft and shrouded in the cool blues of cloud cover. On this particular morning it was the latter (my favorite actually), and I was happy to be out there, setting up in the dark, full of anticipation. Right on time, the sun slipped up the horizon quietly and subtly, and ever so elegantly. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunlit Steeple Door - Georgia Coast

Steeple Door, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Christ Church on St. Simons Island was first built in 1820, under giant oak trees covered in Spanish moss. It's location is famous for being the spot where John and Charles Wesley brothers preached in the early 1800's. (Soon after, the brothers went back to England and founded the Methodist Church.) In the civil war, the church was partially destroyed by Union troops, and then rebuilt in 1884. It is a beautiful place inside and out, a treasured landmark on the island, and it's also where we worship when we are in town!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beach Bridge - Georgia Coast

Beach Bridge, 12 x 16, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Recently I have been getting the urge to add people into my paintings. I'm not exactly sure why, but with this painting it was overwhelming. When I got it home (finished but with no figures), I decided to go for it. I got my brushes back out and added the suggestion of a few beach lovers into the scene, working from photos I had taken. It changed everything. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Roadside Sales - Georgia Coast

Roadside Sales, 8 x 10, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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This veggie truck is always set up at a busy intersection in Brunswick, GA; and I have wanted to paint it for a couple of years. On my recent visit, I finally pulled over, found a safe place to stand across the street, and was able to paint to my heart's content. I had so much fun with its bright green color and watching its hopping sales activity!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lovely Lane Shadows - Georgia Coast

Lovely Lane Shadows, 10 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

This little chapel on St. Simons Island has seen many a wedding celebration and the setting could not be more picturesque! It's particularly beautiful as the afternoon shadows drape its story-book facade. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

River Road - Georgia Coast

River Road, 8 x 16, oil on panel, L Daniel © 2015

I was able to stick around and paint for a week after my workshop on St. Simons Island. The weather was perfect - sunny but not too hot - and ideal for being outside. It felt like a real gift... to get out and enjoy the adventure of plein air from sun up to sundown. This is one of the paintings from some of my off-roading that week! :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quiet Pond - Georgia Coast

Quiet Pond, 8 x 6, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

"Beware the Alligator" is what this title should really be! The whole time I was painting, a local alligator was swimming back and forth in this pond (his home), keeping a close watch. I think we made a non-verbal commitment to each other stay put and not venture past territorial lines. This was not hard for me. I had no intention of getting any where near the boundaries of his comfort zone. Believe it or not, I was actually able to forget he was out there, and I was safe for another day of painting. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dune Shadows - Georgia Coast

Dune Shadows, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015
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Slumping sand dunes and soft cast shadows always grab my eye... there is something so peaceful about the horizontal-ness of it all. This was a windy morning (though you can't see that in my painting), so using an umbrella was impossible for this little sea-grass study. Painting small and fast was the order of the day. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marsh Sunset - Georgia Coast

Marsh Sunset, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

Everyone was exhausted as Day Two of my workshop ended. But like I said before, these students were ready for adventure. We all dug down deep, found a little more energy, and went out for a sunset painting. Set up in a line along the marsh, we painted fast and furiously in anticipation of that last bit of light. Painting the sunset is a challenge. In the last minutes, each second offers a new and delicious combination of colors. Anticipating the changes and knowing when to stop is always the trick. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

River Sailing - Georgia Coast

River Sailing, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

I just returned home from the Georgia coast, where I taught a workshop on St. Simons Island. My students were fabulous - very fun, completely "on task", and game for anything. This is my demo from the first day in the workshop. That sailboat came 'round the corner on the river just in time to be added in, as a sparkly accent on the horizon. I love those little serendipities in life! :)