From the first time viewing this painting, it has inspired and influenced me. This past May, real life brought these Twachtman paintings back to the forefront of inspirations. While doing the demo this was also shared with the student, as an Ambassador at the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Event. The coincidences continue to reveal themselves today too. The scene up in Apalachicola are at the dock of Mill Pond, which is fed by the Apalachicola River. Mill Pond is where many of the working boats of the area dock, and the river leads them to their catch in the gulf. All a very still, and brackage water area, lined with rivers of grass. The Plein Air Study painted that day, a 6x8 oil on linen, had to be kept simplified as demonstrating how to capture a plein air scene to a first time painter that signed up for this community event, Paint Stations with An Artist. So the goal in instructing the how to's for this beginner, was to keep the scene very simplistic, and what better model than these Twachtman's.
All learned from studying Twachtman's exercise, to applying it myself from the plein air field study to the studio, seems the perfect reply to this mission to grow as an artist to meet the next season in life. The journey is indeed the destination and it continues. From my first ticket bought to attend the Plein Air Convention & Expo in 2013 to going again this year as faculty. The honor of being a part of the Forgotton Coast team last year as an Ambassador, and this year will be an artist in residence supporting the "Save The Shotguns" PEARL the first week in April. More on that to come. Hope to see you out and about, this newest paintings debut at the Venice Art Walks opening night for 2017 January 5th 5-8 pm. 14 Galleries and Studios in Venice come together 1st Thursday each month January - April. Meet the artist, enjoy a snack and splash of wine too. There is more information on each of the artwalks at my events page at my website. Click on the image here: