Long Shadows, Long Light

"Long Shadows, Long Light", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Long Shadows, Long Light”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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When the sun is moving in a low arc across the southern sky in late fall/early winter, the late afternoon shadows across the bare earth are long and extended, interrupted by long streaks of light from the setting sun.

Tomorrow marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and return of increasing daylight. I’m celebrating!

Late Evening Mists

"Late Evening Mists ", oil, 6 x 4", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Late Evening Mists “, oil, 6 x 4″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Just a few minutes later than yesterday’s painting but the mist has moved and the light’s dimmed. It’s endlessly fascinating how just a small passage of time can profoundly change and alter the patterns of light and dark in the landscape.

Evening Mist Rising

"Evening Mist Rising", oil, 6 x 4", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Evening Mist Rising”, oil, 6 x 4″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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This is the time of year when thick mists rise as the sun starts to go down and the cooler air hits the warmer ground.

They seem to come up suddenly and out of now where, like some strange supernatural thing. I grew up hearing stories about the wil’ a the wisps, mists that would come up out of the swamps and “get” you.

Really they’re just the result of the huge differences in temperature we have here in the South in the cooler months. The temps can get up to 70 in the day, heating up the ground. And then when the sun and temp drops suddenly in the evening, warm moist air rises off the ground.

I know the logical explanation, but I love the old stories of the wil’ a the wisp and swamp miasmas.

Minervaville, Winter Evening

"Minervaville, Winter Evening", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Winter Evening”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Light. Wind. The movement of air across the surface of the landscape. The light is fleeting and changing as clouds skip across the sky with the breeze blown up by a front coming through.

Pockets and openings, what I call sky holes, in the clouds, let streaks of light play across the fields at sunset.

Evening Road

"Evening Road", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Evening Road”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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As the sun sets behind the tree line the differences in color and value diminish everywhere but the sky.

And the sky is a riot of color. The pearly pale blue of a winter evening sky is totally different from a summer one. And while our temps this week may not be wintry…the skies certainly are.

Goals & Planning

goals and planning

We’re moving towards the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Hard to believe!

We tend to associate the beginning of a new year with new goals and plans.

I’m working on a few things around that right now and would love to hear your questions and concerns around the topics of GOALS and PLANS.

 

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