I have been thinking about your last post and the seasons changing in Charleston. You reflected on that day and how perfect it was. I have to say I have had SO many wonderful days this summer. Perfect in temperature, splendid time with friends, lovely days on the beach, meaningful conversations and many days enjoying my garden. We are leaning in towards fall and this painting is a reflection of the warmth and love I have for summer. I put a sailboat in this painting as I have always found them so beautiful and love to watch the many boats that pass by on my shoreline walks or sitting on the beach. The seem slow and peaceful to me. I experimented with some gold leaf and really like the shimmery affect it gave, much like the way the sun dances off the water. Here’s to summer, sunshine & good friends.
p.s. The gold leaf looks MUCH better in person than in this photograph
When I saw your pictures of the shells from your visit to Martha’s Vineyard, I gathered the shells in my house that I have collected on the beach here. I noticed the subtle variety of lines and wanted to study them in a grid format. I am not sure why a grid, but it just seemed like an interesting composition to explore. I started by simply making lines and deciding which patterns looked better with others, then with a soft graphite pencil drew the lines dark while shading with the paper blending stump (I got this at the art store for under a dollar and this really makes a difference to move the graphite around the drawing paper). I would like to talk about pencils in a future post, so will save that nugget of information. I then added it to a map with similar colors and lines. I enjoyed studying the texture of one thing for an extended time. I will probably try this again with other items in my garden. Thanks for the prompt!
ps- I really liked this envelope I made so wanted to snap a picture for those who wouldn’t see this part of our work!