“Fall Light, Wavering Place”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Light, Wavering Place”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Fall has reached the South with that beautiful golden light that saturates the landscape.

This past week I painted at Wavering Place in Lower Richland county, a beautiful place that is deeply rooted to the landscape of place.

It was a beautiful day with an added feature that’s unusual in the area, smoke. We’ve had wildfires in the mountains of SC and NC and the smoke has blown all the way to the coast.

Here in the Midlands the smoke added a haze not unlike the usual fall humidity, something we don’t have this year. With the morning light, a haze made the distant treeline melt into the background.

Wavering Place

Wavering Place

We set up along the dirt road, adjacent to a large open field. With the sun behind us there really wasn’t that much of a shift in light from the morning to the afternoon, just longer shadows.

Painting at Wavering Place.

Painting at Wavering Place.

With a gentle breeze the day passed quickly and I remembered just how restoring it is to be outside. Painting from observation is one of the most connecting and grounding activities there is.

It’s in being outside painting that we can lose ourselves, and, ironically, find ourselves at the same time. As Thoreau said in Walking, “Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.”

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