Dawn Clouds

Dawn Clouds

“Dawn Clouds”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Dawn Clouds”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

 

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The first morning light gives a silvery light to the clouds in the western sky and reflect across the flooded marshes. Full high tide and morning light make a beautiful duo. All other colors are muted in comparison to the opalescent morning light.

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

“Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The last blaze of intense light on a late winter/early spring afternoon on Edisto Island. The marshes along Fishing Creek are subdued, without their summertime glaring greens.

This one is about 30 minutes before the time in Evening Light, Edisto Island. Here, the sun is still above the horizon, shooting light between the fingers of land out over the distant marsh.

Fall and spring are some of my favorite times on the island, quieter with a changing palette of color. Lots of lavenders, roses, mango oranges, and silvery greys.

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Edisto Palmetto

Edisto Palmetto

“Edisto Palmetto", oil, 7 x 5", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Edisto Palmetto”, oil, 7 x 5″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Edisto’s been on my mind a lot lately. The island took a hard hit from Hurricane Matthew, as did the other Sea Islands between Charleston, Savannah, and St. Augustine.

I was just down there in September to teach a plein air painting workshop so the sounds and smells of the island are still fresh. This painting was the first one of the workshop, done at a friend’s house along St. Pierre Creek.

This old palmetto was nestled among a cluster of other palmettos and small trees at the base of a large pine. The late afternoon light caught across the fronds, creating a zig zag of light.

I’m hoping that both trees are still there, but hurricanes have a way of giving nature a great big ol’ hard pruning, part of the natural cycle.

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Early Morning, Scott Creek

Early Morning, Scott Creek

“Early Morning, Scott Creek", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Early Morning, Scott Creek”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The early morning light over Scott Creek is always gorgeous, rain or shine. On this morning the sky was clear and filled with the warm light of fall. This is one of my favorite times of year, and there’s no where more beautiful in the fall than Edisto Island. Watching the sun come up over the water means all’s right with the world.

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Steamboat Landing, Dawn

Steamboat Landing, Dawn

“Steamboat Landing, Dawn", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Steamboat Landing, Dawn”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Edisto Island’s Steamboat Landing is a very quiet place at dawn. Even the water in the river is still without a breeze moving across its surface.

I taught a plein air workshop down on the island this past week and had a wonderful time with some lovely people chasing the light across the island’s marshes and creeks. We headed out yesterday  morning before dawn so we could be all set up to go as the light came up.

The site was, as its name implies, an old steamboat landing, the primary connector to the mainland and Charleston as recently as my grandmother’s childhood. With the “new” bridges the landing became obsolete and was taken over by the state natural resources department for use as a public boat landing. A pier for fishing juts out into Steamboat Creek making the perfect place to set up shop to catch the sunrise.

Looking northeast along the creek’s bend meant the sky was aglow while the trees and marsh were still in deep shadow, a stark silhouette against all of that light.

It’s so worth it to get up early and watch the sunrise, whether you’re a painter or not. There’s something so moving about the return of the light every day.

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Morning Rain Over The Marsh

Morning Rain Over The Marsh

Morning Rain Over The Marsh

By Mary Bentz Gilkerson
“Morning Rain Over The Marsh", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Morning Rain Over The Marsh”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Watching the early morning rain move over the marsh is both beautiful and meditative. The wide open skies and vast space of the Lowcountry marshes mean that a whole range of weather can be happening in one single panoramic view. Endless possibilities for subjects.

And it doesn’t have to be a sunny day to paint. Sometimes the grey days, the ones filled with a light drizzle, are just as interesting. The soft light of a grey day makes the closer colors more intense while the ones further away are muted by all the moisture in the air.

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