Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Tide

Revolted this morning and took an hour for me :) I had in mind to create a fresh, airy watercolor like one of my favorite artists, Charles Reid, does.

Well, my heavy pigmented self came out instead :)  Fun to be out plein air painting none the less!

The tides have been especially high the last few days.  There's a full moon tomorrow and it's really pulling some force with the sun on our ocean waters! Spring tides happen at the time of the full and new moons and high tides are extra high and low tides can be extra low. 

The marsh grass is greening but last season's dead purple shoots are all you see at high tide.  Beautiful colors in the marsh these days - especially at low tide.

13 comments:

  1. I wouldn't worry about looking like someone else Pam. Your paintings keep gaining in strength in both color and value. I much prefer them to watercolorists who steer clear of tonal variation or any dark tones at all. And I really do see a lot of progress.

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  2. My first thought when I saw this was, Wow, this is gorgeous! So I think you should keep doing it your way and not worry about the Charles Reid style :)

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  3. Thank you Ken and Rhonda!! You are helping to silence my inner critic :)

    Today the lighting chanced a lot during this brief hour. Clouds would come and go and make a dramatic difference between the foreground light green grass and the rest of the marsh. The darkened marsh grass stuck in my mind so I added another layer of wc. Then there is the cataract issue. Everything looks dull to me. But, overall, it's fun to be a rebel and ignore work :) The devil made me do it... ha ha!

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  4. When you have your own beautiful style stick with it! This is really nice. It has lots of depth.

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  5. Beautiful strong colours indeed PJ! And lovely contrasts. It really does give a lot of depth and takes one right to the back of the scene, I think it's beautiful, so there!

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  6. Pam, This is just beautiful! I love it! You make me home sick for the Low Country. I am in the North for the Summer but still watching what you are doing and can't wait until next winter to work with you again.

    Cathy Cohen

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  7. Thank you, Freebird!

    Maree, thanks! You made be chuckle :)

    Cathy, Thanks! Send some cool days down here in August :)

    Overall, I think it's the muddy foreground trees that stick in my craw. I mixed too much in the palette. Thank you all for your voices!

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  8. Why in the world would you want to paint like Charles Reid when you can paint like Pam Johnson Brickell?!!

    Nothing against Charles or his style—I just like yours better!

    Nice work in this piece. It doesn't read as muddy or overworked on screen. I love the light lavenders and pinks to pull the eye into the background. Sweet!

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  9. Laure. You've got me laughing at your tone. Thanks, I needed that :) Straightened me right out! I love having art friends!!

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  10. I like the way the palms are dark against the marsh--looks mysterious. Nice painting.

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  11. WOW Pam, this is so beautiful! Your art is stunning!

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  12. Thanks, Lisa! As is your calligraphy!

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