Friday, June 3, 2011
There's nothing quite like making a trip to the beach with all of my painting gear! It is workout for sure but it is always worth it... This early morning scene was lovely in every sense of the word and as usual, I was refreshed and revived just by being out there... The breeze on my face, the laughter of the seagulls as they flew overhead and the sand all over my painting made for a great day... I donated this 8x10 oil on canvas for a great cause...
This painting was done on a very hot May afternoon with my friend Laurel..We were located very close to the beach in lovely neighborhood on St. Simons behind the village..As we were busy painting a man drove up in a pick-up truck wanting to know what we were painting. When we told him, he was absolutely dumbfounded that we would paint flowers when we were so close to the beach! He shook his head in disbelief as he drove off.. We laughed and laughed as this was a great bit of comic relief on a very hot day of painting...8x10 oil on canvas.
This is the Pink Chapel in West Point Plantation on St. Simons Island...It has a very interesting history beginning with Colonel William Hazzard, a Revolutionary war hero who owned all of West Point. He had a son named Thomas who killed a well known resident of the island which brought about ostracism for the entire Hazzard family. The Hazzards decided that they did not want to endure the ostracism any longer by attending Christ Church with everyone else, so in 1838, they built their very own chapel. Through the years it has turned pink by the growth of a fungus known as Pink Lichen. The island folklore is that it turned pink because of the blood shed caused by Thomas Hazzard. I painted this in the early winter. The original was an 8x10 oil on canvas which has sold but I have prints..
This is Brunswick's Court House which is a lovely bit of historical architecture. There have been many business transactions, court trials and even weddings here.. This day, I was taken by the busyness as everyone walked in and out doing their business.. I sat up and painted and had a marvelous time talking and getting to know the locals. When you see this building, it really does take your breath away because of its beauty and charm. This is on a 20x24 canvas and is for sale..