“Dunes at Sunrise”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Edisto, Dunes at Sunrise”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

As the sun popped up over the Atlantic, the fall morning light filtering through the clouds painted the dunes in the full array of color. 

I took the photo that inspired the composition back last October on Edisto Beach, early in the morning, but actually started the painting during a demo during a free workshop back in April.

Something kept tweaking me to work on it some more. Once I added in the sprawling vines covering the tops of the dune the composition felt right.

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