Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

5 x 7″

Oil on panel

These red cedars line the edge of the marsh at Lazaretto Creek, Fort Pulaski.

I’m fascinated by their tenacity and resilience.

They grow and thrive at the edge of the marshes and shore, turning and bending with the winds and storms.

Forms and shapes are a record of their surviving life’s challenges.

We can do the same. Stay resilient, my friends!

$325.00 (unframed) + $15.00 shipping

 

| Winter Light, Fort Pulaski | $325

| Winter Light, Fort Pulaski | $325

 

| Winter Light, Fort Pulaski | 6 x 6”, oils, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping

 

 

The temperature of a Southern winter is variable. 80 degrees one day. Then  a stiff cold wind and a high 40 degrees color the next.

But it sure is hard to beat the gorgeous winter light. The last light across the marshes along Lazaretto Creek at Fort Pulaski.

 

| Light through the Clouds, Tybee| $325

| Light through the Clouds, Tybee| $325

| Light through the Clouds, Tybee | oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
| Light through the Clouds, Tybee | oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping

Breaking light through the fog and mist on the south end of Tybee.

This is the one I started painting on a very foggy January Saturday afternoon. Luckily had the same light again the next day since the light faded before I was done.

We’d had a very warm day and all the warm air hitting the the cold water made for some fantastical light and effects.

| Lazaretto Creek, Winter Sunset | $600

| Lazaretto Creek, Winter Sunset | $600

| 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

$600 (unframed) + $20 shipping

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…

| Rice Fields, Winter Light | SOLD

| Rice Fields, Winter Light | SOLD

| 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.

Red Cedar, Dunes

Red Cedar, Dunes

“Red Cedar, Dunes” oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Red Cedar, Dunes” oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Red cedars standing strong deep in the dunes.

Cedars are one of the few trees/shrubs that thrive directly on the beach.

And one of the things that lets them thrive is their resilience.

They bend and shape themselves to the flow of the wind, each becoming a unique sculpture.

A standing sentinel on the beach.