When it cleared

I woke up this morning to a dense fog that descended over Sanibel during the night. It took a few hours until it cleared but then we had this — beautiful, clear light. I found a spot at the end of the dock where I could rest my sketchbook and palette, which allowed me to paint standing up. Saturday seems to be pretty busy on this channel, with boats going in and out, but it was quiet enough for a mother and baby dolphin to venture into the canal just below where I was standing. Another bit of magic for today.

16 Comments on “When it cleared”

  1. gaelle1947 says:

    Brilliant scene and brilliant execution!


  2. What a lovely experience again! You must have the dolphin lucky charm with you on this trip. I wish you many more lovely experiences during the rest of your vacation.


    • I think I do have the dolphin lucky charm. The other night I was out with my sons and there were two or three chasing fish right at our feet in the water. My son took some amazing videos. Thanks for the good wishes. Hope you have a Happy New Year.


  3. loisajay says:

    Do people stop to talk or watch you paint when you are outdoors? I would be totally mesmerized..


  4. Sadje says:

    Beautifully done.

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  5. jjbrynteg says:

    I love how you have captured the light, especially in the green bushes on the left. Thank you for sharing your holiday, your paintings and sketches are so evocative that I almost feel as if I am there with you!


  6. Judy Sopher says:

    Comparing the photograph with the painting shows what you can really see by painting on the scene. Beautiful depiction of the water. And the foliage. And done standing up-I envy you.


  7. wow i too like such paintings😍
    u r sok creative😊

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  8. Ginny says:

    I really enjoy all your sketches, but this one comparing the sketch with the photo shows how much detail you include and how much you leave as an impression for the viewer to fill in. That is especially helpful as I either get too detailed or too “unfinished” without enough detail. Thanks so much for all your wonderful posts. Enjoy Sanibel!


    • Hi Ginny, Thanks so much for writing. I guess I never think much about the simplification process, unless I am teaching a workshop. I just do it automatically. But yes, there is definitely a lot of simplification going on in every scene. I always try to extract the elements that will describe the scene in the fewest brushstrokes, in other words how to get to the essence of whatever I am looking at quite quickly. This usually starts with values — where are the lights and the darks? And then colour —- where are the warms and the cools? And then the details go in last. Of course lots of practice helps immensely. Hope you have a happy new year with lots of sketching opportunities in 2019!


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