Painting Palmetto Shadows

Palmetto Shadows 14 x 18 (c) Mary Hubley
Palmetto Shadows 14 x 18
Palmetto Shadows Study 5 x 5 (c) Mary Hubley
Palmetto Shadows Study 5 x 5

These spiky shrubs are palmettos – kind of like a palm tree without the trunk. They’re everywhere here on my Florida island, growing wild and taking over great dunes of sand.

I started by creating a quick oil painting study on a small scale – my study is only 5″ x 5″; big enough to get the gist of color and composition.

Then I spent a few weeks painting Palmetto Shadows in a slightly larger size – 14″ x 18″ … Usually it doesn’t take me that long to paint something that size, but these palmettos are just so darned complicated! The more detailed, the more time it takes to paint and get right. This is the result . Palmetto Shadows edges on realism, yet it’s soft and impressionistic, and pulls me into the peace of deep woods laced with shady palmettos in the sand.

See these and more at maryhubley.com. I’d also love to sell you a painting! Just contact me for pricing.

–Mary Hubley

 

 

 

The Path

This is a new painting that’s in a semi-abstract style. This landscape shows a stormy day at the beach, with a path leading you toward the back. Grasses blowing. Subtle pops of orange and blue.

I call it “The Path”. I have been creating lots of paths in my landscapes lately. I’ve always known that a path is a fabulous way to draw the viewer into the picture. It’s a way to naturally move the eye from the foreground and lead it inward. It beckons the viewer to come closer. Stay a while. Explore the painting. To further pull the viewer in, I added my little “pops” of color, added at the point of interest at the end of the path.

Beach Landscapes
The Path 24 x 30

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