The summer storms come every afternoon right now. They come fast, rain hard, thunder and lightening and then it is beautiful afterwards. Today, the dark clouds hovered behind the tree line... must have been storming in Seabrook! Not a drop here! But the sun was starting to set and the afternoon sun glow was on the marsh.
5 x 7 oil on canvas panel, painted en plein air, unframed Today is a typical hot summer day in Charleston, though there was a great breeze on the dock! I sat out there and painted my neighbor' dock. I titled it Bobby's Dock though it's owned by 2 families. It was about noon and the sky was a light hazy blue and it was close to high tide.
5 x 7 oil on panel, Framed. A special studio painting!
On this night, we kayaked out into the marsh at high tide. It was a beautiful and peaceful time.
The summer nights are still long and the tide was perfect.
When we got back to the dock, the clouds were glowing in pinks, purples, yellow and the marsh grass
was aglow as well. I ran in to grab my camera. Definitely a Toogoodoo 365 painting but also a special studio one. I have been struggling with a different painting and I was able to redeem myself with this one.
Plus it was the first time I was able to use my new easel!
iPhoto image that I used as a reference.
My new wall easel! It gives me so much more room in my tiny studio.
5 x 7 oil on canvas panel, unframed This morning, there was a cloudy haze across the creek, almost fog like but not quite. But wait, there's no smog out here, so yes, it was fog. By the time I set up to paint en plein air, it was almost 10 AM and most of the foggy haze was gone except for the way back of the field. The summer greens were starting to brighten up and the birds came out.
I set up to paint the dock across the creek in low tide with the water coming into the marsh area. There were some dark clouds building fast and before I knew it, there was lightening and the scene changed from this to a complete wash out. Couldn't even see the dock! Then it stopped and was beautiful again but the creek had come into the marsh already. So I stuck to my original plan of painting the dark clouds and reflecting into the mud.
Airstream On The Toogoodoo
June 27, 2015
Toogoodoo 365 Series
Then I painted a second one. (I think I'm avoiding getting back to my large boats in the Charleston harbor painting). Just across and around the creek from us is this adorable Airstream trailer. Do you still have one of these? Every time we go by in the boat, I take a photo and say I'm going to paint it. So yesterday, I took the photo and here it is! Just adorable. I may need one of these!
Old trucks have always intrigued me. Don't know why? I don't like driving them..... I just like painting them! This is my second old truck to paint, the first being
a watercolor many years ago now. Since I saw this one, delivered and not moved
(very much or far) for a while now, I have been wanting to paint it. It is part of the
Toogoodoo 365 Series
because it can be found on a property on the banks of Toogoodoo Creek! Fair game... right? Old Friend 1 (click here to view) was fun and challenging,
with the light filtering through the trees and the old glass on the truck. I waited for a day that I had time to paint this one with the same lighting. I love the old still shiny black with the faded black, rust spots,
sun highlights.... and with the great sun we had on this day, it helped to make the "black" truck shine in a sea of green in the yard.
under and this morning, there was a canopy of darkness leaving the sky with clouds. The summer greens are strong and vibrant and the all the colors reflect in the water. Lowcountry sunrise in the summer!
Toogoodoo 365 is a project I have been thinking about for a while.
This project is/will be 365 daily paintings comprising of either quick paints, studies or even studio paintings. I have put this project off over and over again as I have not been able to get myself started on Jan 1 (again)and then I thought, why not paint the daily creek paintings as I can, log them and end up with