Summer Evening Sky

"Summer Evening Sky", oil, 9 x 12", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Summer Evening Sky”, oil, 9 x 12″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Stormy weather makes for great cloud bands. And when they’re hit by evening light it’s a real treat. These were multiple layers of clouds which made it even more interesting.

Weston Road, Spring Greens

"Weston Road, Spring Greens", oil, 10 x 20", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Weston Road, Spring Greens”, oil, 10 x 20″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The planted fields of Lower Richland remind me of the expanses of marsh between the slightly higher ground down along the coast. The huge flat areas of green capture light and the passing shadows of clouds in the same way.

The contours of this field are anything but precise and geometric. Instead, like the marsh, they follow the edge of the higher ground, leaving the fertile bottomland for planting.

I did the study for this painting just as the new plants were coming up, dark green, between the last season’s remains. The linear pattern of the rows dominated the field with intermittent green breaks.

Weston Road Fields, Spring

"Weston Road Fields, Spring", oil, 10 x 20", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Weston Road Fields, Spring”, oil, 10 x 20″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I worked in the studio today on a little bit larger piece, one based on a couple of the smaller dailies from back in early spring.

I’ve painted these fields on Weston Road in almost every season and almost every light that I can imagine. And the spring light is still one of my favorites. There is just so much contrast between the colors!

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Summer Evening Clouds

"Summer Evening Clouds", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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

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Trailing clouds leave streamers of color across the evening sky. It’s one of my favorite times of day to paint, I think because it’s one of those transitional times, a space between one defined period and another. All of the rain we’ve been having has made for some spectacular evening skies.

Marsh, Tidal Pond

"Marsh, Tidal Pond", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Marsh, Tidal Pond”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The high tide creates a deep pond on the edge of the marsh, one that’s filled with life and smells of brine and puff mud, two of my favorite smells on earth.

 

 

Minervaville, Summer Evening

"Minervaville, Spring Evening", monotype, ~12 x 20", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Spring Evening”, detail, monotype, ~12 x 20″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I’ve spent the last two days making monotypes up at Phil Garrett’s King Snake Press in Greenville. The collaborative experience always gets my creative juices flowing.

This year (I print with Phil almost every year) I’m working on compositions that pivot off of the small paintings, especially images that have to do with the Minervaville/Congaree area of Lower Richland.

This one was several prints in on the first day but was a break through piece where the application of ink began to echo the application of paint with the palette knife.

I knew it was going to be a good day today when there was a small kingsnake hanging out in the rafters over the door when I walked in. A good omen. Happiness and bliss!

For more on the monotype process, check out this description of just what a monotype is.