Early Fall Afternoon

Early Fall Afternoon

“Early Fall Afternoon”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Early Fall Afternoon”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to paint outside. The light is spectacular and the temperature has usually cooled down enough that the paint isn’t melting on the palette. Literally!

The day that I painted this one had almost every imaginable lighting condition over the course of just a couple of hours. With a fast moving front pushing in, the clouds raced across the sky.

Winter Mist Rising

Winter Mist Rising

“Winter Mist Rising", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Winter Mist Rising”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

A mist rises over the hayfields in the cool of the evening after a warm afternoon. Here in the Deep South we can have a 30-40 degree difference between day and night even in winter.

As the cool air hits the warm earth, especially out in the open fields, mist rises and moves across the land like smoke, creating blue and lavender blurred lines.

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Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows

Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows

“Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

 
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The clear light of fall afternoons creates strong patterns of light and dark, sunlight and shadows.

This small stand of trees is the only one along this stretch of Minervaville Road. In spite of their small size they cast long low shadows across the road and over into the soy bean fields on the other side.

Just beyond, the huge expanse of fields is brilliantly lit, flooded with orange, gold autumn light.

The shadows below the trees are deep purple, casting patterns of violet and gold that say fall to me as much as the changing colors of the leaves.

Mivervaville Evening, Summer

Mivervaville Evening, Summer

“Mivervaville Evening, Summer", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Mivervaville Evening, Summer”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The last of the light along Minervaville Road on a late summer/early fall evening. Bands of distant storm clouds catch the  last of the sun.

The deep blue greens of high summer are giving way to the warm greens that signal the change of seasons. Before long color will start appearing in the leaves along with a chill in the air…maybe!

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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