Sunlit Forest

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 2012
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 in. (81.3 x 61 cm)

Collection of Little St. Simons Island

Aiming to capture the glorious effect of early morning sunlight in the maritime forest along North End Road, I set up my easel early and began what turned out to be one of the more challenging paintings I have done on the island. In this scene, the interior of the forest is flooded by sunlight streaming in from the open marsh immediately to the east. The resulting jigsaw puzzle of partially backlit and silhouetted maritime vegetation—especially palmetto fronds—demanded my extra attention and time before they would become convincing elements on the canvas. As much as I wanted to paint this work entirely on location, the briefness of sunrise and the complexity of the subject matter required me to complete it in the studio.

Begun on location August 2, 2012, but painted mainly in the studio the following October, Sunlit Forest now hangs in the museum room of LSSI’s hunting lodge.

The location of the viewpoint is a few yards off of North End Road near its intersection with Myrtle Pond Road. (Google Maps: 31.27605, -81.29639).

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