All original paintings: animal portraits, landscapes, angels, wildlife, florals, and plein air paintings. Realistic and impressionistic art. Artist owns all copyrights (even if you purchase a painting).
CELEBRATING GOD'S CREATION THROUGH ORIGINAL WORKS.
Went down to the lake. I wanted to paint the pier, which has no water left under it at all. Last week it was a gorgeous array of new lime green grass, and bright yellow orange weeds. But now we have bull-dossers and front-end loaders all over the place. They are digging up all of the muck, and dredging out the area. It was heartbreaking! This is usually a beautiful wetland with alligators, ducks, and all kinds of birds. Now we have heavy equipment instead of wildlife.
So I went back and did this same cypress tree that I painted last December. You can really see how the water in the boat channel is almost gone. It just looks like a little stream now. Just past it is what used to be under water. Now we have grass, shrubs, and young trees starting to take over.
(See below for comparison.)
I am currently doing a series of these historical paintings of the drought. Thanks for stopping by!
I am still amazed at the low water levels of our very large lake. Lake Okeechobee is the second largest fresh water lake in the US. But now it doesn't look like much. Mud, sand and new lime-green grass everywhere. All of the bright green areas used to be under water. I am fascinated by the brilliant colors. (Click here for a comparison of this same area back in November of 2006.)
I have been doing some of my paintings on watercolor paper. I love the overall texture, but I haven't gotten used to the wavy bumps. I'll go back and straighten up the horizon line on this one.
"Eagle Bay 3" 8 by 10 inches Acrylic on watercolor paper
This is Eagle Bay now, with out very much rain in 5 months. All of the bright yellow green areas used to be full of water. There were no birds around either, which is unusual. It is raining off and on today, everyone is so grateful!
Yesterday's post shows the same area just before the drought had set in.
I painted this from memory. Lake Okeechobee is even lower now. All of this area used to be knee deep! Now the mud and grass go almost back to the horizon. Oddly beautiful. Sad and unbelievable, yet the colors of the tender new grass are so brilliant.
I have worked on this painting a little every day this week. I have had so many interruptions that I wasn't sure I would ever finish it! Got up early this morning and stole a couple of hours. Smile.
I was studying the effects of the light and of the wind, and kept trying to show both. Florida gets miserably hot, and then the wind picks up and the rain clouds roll in. The animals head to the barn. But just before the sun hides behind the clouds there is a wonderful array of contrast on everything. That is what I was trying for, but I didn't capture it until this morning. Enjoy!
This Great Egret reminded me of all the unseen wildlife all around. These birds are gorgeous with their long plumes. The title refers to so many things we miss everyday that declare the Creator's love for us.
"Over the Dike" Pein Air painting 9x12 Acrylic on hardboard
Did this painting back in November. Lake Okeechobee looks very different now. The sand bars and the mud are everywhere. The lake hasn't ever been so low, at least not that anyone has record of. I hope I can get out and paint it soon, I've been so busy with getting final exams ready and grading final projects at school that I haven't painted much lately. I am so ready for summer! smile.
This painting started as a sky-scape. Just studying the shadows in the thunderheads we had this week. We are in a severe drought, so the storms are a welcomed sight. We had half of a tree in our driveway yesterday! Took all day today to clear it.