“Summer Morning, Tybee”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Summer Morning, Tybee”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson


Summer morning on the Southeastern coast…

Have you ever been in a sauna?

That’s what it feels like after the breeze dies, the humidity rises, and cicadas pulse in the heat.

While the morning started cool, pleasant, and breezy, by 11:30 the air was still and the sauna was going full blast.

It’s the afternoon thunderstorms that are to blame. They tend to build and hit between 3-5pm, all. summer. long.

But as uncomfortable as the humidity can be, it creates beautiful rich atmospheric effects.

All of that moisture in the air made the distant shoreline here a blue-green haze.

The other thing that’s unique about this time of year, the color of the light.

It’s white for most of the day, but especially in late morning/early afternoon.

Which just adds to the sense of building heat.

White light, soft color, humidity, and the buzzing of cicadas…that’s a Lowcountry summer morning.

You can get a taste of that in the video below!

On this morning I was painting with a friend at Battery Park on Tybee Island, right on the edge of the marsh, looking towards Ft. Pulaski in the distance.

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