This painting was made from a photo taken in Baldwin County, Alabama. Painting a cotton field is almost a requirement for artists of the deep South.
This large version of the beach near Port St. Joe, Florida, was made using a plein air painting as a reference. I found that enlarging smaller paintings is more challenging than I expected.
A friend posted a photo of beautiful bird eggs in a nest perched in a shrub.
She was happy to let me use it as a reference, and in later weeks posted images of the baby birds and finally the empty nest.
The series depicts the anticipation of birth, nurturing, and finally the release of the young into the world.
The Baton Rouge Plein Air group painted at Cinclare Plantation in Port Allen, Louisiana at the tail end of the sugar cane harvest. It was a cloudy, humid morning, and we spent quite a bit of time looking for a paintable scene. There were several white houses along a gravel road that led to another cane field. The structures appealed to me, but it was the color of the leaves and the road leading to a neutral colored field that made an impression on me. Fall color appears late in the season in SoLA, and as long as there is not a lot of wind, it hangs around for a few weeks. Knowing the trees would be stunning just as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I blocked in the shapes, pushing the color where I believed it should be (and because it’s what I do) and waited.
Finally, the sun appeared, throwing light on the yellow, orange and red foliage. The clouds disappeared, and I was able to put some blue in the sky. Happy Day!