Golden Fall, Botany Bay

Golden Fall, Botany Bay

“Golden Fall, Botany Bay”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Golden Fall, Botany Bay”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

The golden fall light paints the marshes of Botany Bay with rich color beyond the usual green.

Fall takes its time arriving in the Lowcountry, but the gold and haze are characteristic. Heat and lower angled light.

Botany Bay is a state heritage/wildlife management site on Edisto Island, protected and open to the public.

The “Boneyard Beach”, where the trees killed by advancing salt water have fallen, is dramatic and the main attraction for most visitors.

But my favorite sections are the pine and oak woods on the edges of the old fields, and wide open marshes.

Dawn Light, Edisto

Dawn Light, Edisto

“Dawn Light, Edisto”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Dawn Light, Edisto”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

I love the pre-dawn early morning light.

I’ve stayed in a house right on Scott Creek on Edisto Island several times in October, right during some of the most beautiful weather we have here.

Watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee on the porch is one of the real treats of being there.

Just before the sun comes up the light is all blue and dark. Then that first streak appears.

Fave moment of the day.

And that blue says fall to me.

That rich cobalt blue that happens between October and March, filling both the water and the sky with the taste of blueberries

The color of a flock of bluebirds rising from a fall field, the salty smell of the sea.

Under Summer Clouds

Under Summer Clouds

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

Under Summer Clouds

4 x 6″”

Oil on panel

It’s ironic that under summer storm clouds colors look more intense without the sun to bleach them out. The humidity doesn’t cloud the atmosphere as much either so the greens of the trees and new growth of cotton are vivid and rich.

$235 (unframed) + $10 shipping

 

Summer, Morning Storm

Summer, Morning Storm

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

Summer Morning Storm

5 x 7″

Oil on panel

A sudden heavy burst of rain moves across the summer hay fields…

$325.00 (unframed) + $15.00 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.

Early Fall Afternoon

Early Fall Afternoon

“Early Fall Afternoon”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Early Fall Afternoon”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

$475 (unframed) + $15 shipping and handling

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to paint outside. The light is spectacular and the temperature has usually cooled down enough that the paint isn’t melting on the palette. Literally!

The day that I painted this one had almost every imaginable lighting condition over the course of just a couple of hours. With a fast moving front pushing in, the clouds raced across the sky.

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