Lazaretto Creek, Winter Sunset

Lazaretto Creek, Winter Sunset

| LAZARETTO CREEK, WINTER SUNSET | Oil on panel, 8 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
| LAZARETTO CREEK, WINTER SUNSET | Oil on panel, 8 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Lazaretto Creek at sunset. At this spot you can see out over this huge, massive, expansive area of marsh, water and sky. 

The next island over is a small thin line at the horizon.

And at this time of year that horizon takes on that mango color that says Southern winter light…

So y’all.

My studio is a mess right now, chock full of paintings from the January 31 day challenge, as well ones from a couple of trips to Edisto and my regular painting practice.

Some will definitely end up in the “Rework Bin”, but I’m working in the studio right now putting the finishing touches on my favorites. 

A collection release is coming! 

There will definitely be some Lowcountry mango sunsets in there!

Rice Fields, Winter Light

Rice Fields, Winter Light

| RICE FIELDS, WINTER LIGHT | Oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

| RICE FIELDS, WINTER LIGHT | Oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

I painted this on a breezy afternoon with scudding clouds and gorgeous flickering light out over the old rice fields at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge.

The Savannah Wildlife Refuge in January

The Savannah Wildlife Refuge in January

I spent January painting outdoors in the Wildlife Refuge, at Fort Pulaski, and on Tybee Island for the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge. It was great to have a moveable office in some of my favorite places to engage nature in the Savannah area.

~Mary

PS – Who else feels more grounded when they get out into the natural world!?!

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon

8 x 10″

Oil on panel 

From The Lowcountry Collection by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, inspired by sights and scents of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical rich area full of captivating odors – salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of puff mud…

$750.00 (unframed) + $20.00 shipping

 

Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

“Winter Sunset, Minervaville”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Winter Sunset, Minervaville”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping

Today is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night.

Winter Solstice.

I love the winter light, but not the cold, so I’m celebrating the return of the light.

And lots more beautiful winter light before the return of spring.

Evening Light, Edisto

Evening Light, Edisto

“Evening Light, Edisto”, oil, 12 x 16”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Evening Light, Edisto”, oil, 12 x 16”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

The SC Sea Islands are magical!

Just imagine broad wide open marshes flickering with reflected light from a myriad of tiny creeks running through them. Skies so wide open you can watch storms roll in from miles away.

And then there are the hundreds of live oak and moss covered back roads looping around those marshes, opening out to fields full of rich produce.

I’m heading out next week to paint plein air on one of the most beautiful of the Sea Islands, Edisto, just south of Charleston. This paradise has changed very little over the last 50 years, escaping much of the over-development of other coastal areas.

I grew up spending my summers on “The Island” and really look forward to sharing one of my favorite places on earth with other painters.

I’m looking forward to sharing some of next week’s paintings with y’all too!

You can find more paintings of Edisto Island here.

Below the Corn

Below the Corn

“Below the Corn”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Below the Corn”, oil, 4 x 6″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

It’s an odd feeling to drive a narrow road between two cornfields with the sea of green stalks rising up over you. Almost overnight the corn in the fields is taller than the car, almost taller than me.

The line of trees in the distance rises up out of the corn, but looks like it’s lifting itself up to clear the stalks.

$235 (unframed) + $10 shipping and handling in the Continental US