Fall Marsh, Low Tide

"Fall Marsh, Low Tide", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Fall Marsh, Low Tide”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Last weekend I spent lots of time watching the tide change over the marsh and creek on Edisto Island, my favorite place in the world.

This is the same stretch of marsh as the painting I last posted, but at low tide, there’s very little water in the marsh. The landscape becomes a field of variations in sage greens and golds with a distant blue in the ocean beyond the dunes.

The way that the grass shifts in color based on the time of day and direction of the light is just endlessly fascinating!

Marsh, Fall High Tide

"Marsh, Fall High Tide", oil, 5 x 7", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Marsh, Fall High Tide”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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Fall brings a special light to the Carolina coast, a more indirect one that illuminates instead of bleaching everything out.

One of my favorite things to do, is quite literally, to watch the tide change. The marsh in front of the house I rent in the fall floods at the high tide and becomes a grassy expanse at low tide.

The color of the grass dramatically changes depending on where the light is coming from.

Taken altogether, it means I don’t have to go far to find something to paint.

Scott Creek, Fall High Tide

"Scott Creek, Fall High Tide", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Scott Creek, Fall High Tide”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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The early morning light casts the marsh grass on either side of Scott Creek on Edisto Island in dark muted earth greens.

The morning light was flickering on the breakers  and the water covering part of the marsh at high tide. What is flooded now will be dry later at low tide.

While the grass is muted now, the moment that the sun strikes it later in the day, it turns bright green.

Minervaville, Fall Sunset

"Minervaville, Fall Sunset", oil, 4 x 6", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Minervaville, Fall Sunset”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I love the evening skies in the fall and winter, but particularly the fall. It seems like the shift in light comes on suddenly somewhere about October 1st and the sun heads to the south, leaving low angled raking light that suddenly drops below the horizon and disappears.

The fields and trees, even when still green, are taking on a more dusty, faded green, a warmer color that’s a precursor of the reds and yellow of late October and early November.

The Ridge Way

"The Ridge Way", oil, 11 x 14", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“The Ridge Way”, oil, 11 x 14″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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A beautiful breezy day in Ridgeway, SC painting plein air at Magnolia Lodge Farm.

The sky was finally blue, giving me all the justification in the world to pull out my cobalt blue and declare the color fall.

The landscape in this part of the Midlands is very hilly, almost mountainous, a far cry from the relatively flat plains of Lower Richland. You can see that in the way that the land drops just behind the foreground here.

Enjoy the fall weather!

There are still a few spots in my November monotype workshop so head over to the workshop page to sign up if you’re interested. Until next time!

House on the Ridge

"House on the Ridge", oil, 6 x 4", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“House on the Ridge”, oil, 6 x 4″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

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I spent the afternoon painting with friends up in Ridgeway at Magnolia Lodge, Tom Hall’s latest project, and a very cool one it is combining art, nature and food.

I got two done before the light began to disappear and enjoyed the landscape and the company.

The sky was a breathtaking blue and the leaves just teetering on beginning a fall display. More to come later!