Did you see the beautiful colors in the morning sky on Marco Island today? There was a wonderful soft quince color at the horizon, turning to a gold, then a soft green-grey fading up into the light blue of dawn. Gorgeous! Check out the Marco Island Sky here on the Sun Times Website. The beach is on the western shore, so even you look very early in the morning you may not see what I see looking into the Eastern sky where the sun rises, but you'll still get a great view of the beach! It's not easy to paint the light of the sky in a natural, airy way, and very easy to have it look false! JM Turner was a master at painting airy, voluminous skies. Check out some of his skies here. He kept his methods to himself, and left few notes, so we don't have a lot of information about how he worked. I study the properties of both natural light and paint properties in the hopes of portraying natures glories in a way that makes our hearts sing.
Yesterday took an unexpected turn, and I had to leave the studio for most of the day. Just had time to finish "Hot in the Sun", another painting inspired by Marco's own Resident's Beach.