The Show Goes On

Most of us would agree that the spring of 2020 started off bad and then got worse. Eternally optimistic, I’m choosing to be hopeful that out of so much anguish can come something positive. I have to believe that no matter how bleak, there is still beauty and kindness in the world. Anyone crossing the bridge onto Edisto Island will recognize this scene. It is the north side of the bridge that faces Charleston. It is still a vista that inspires. There is so much change that I’d like to see, change that is so necessary. But where there is beauty, I hope it will remain. Thank you to Bruce Hornsby for the title idea.

Very Low Tide

8×16 Oil on Canvas, Unframed

There is always something remarkable to see in the Yacht Basin at Edisto Beach. I have to remember to walk softly so I won’t frighten away the heron, storks and egrets that are often feasting in the plough mud at low tide. I stand on the dock to paint and because I’m pretty slow at it, the tide goes out and I find myself standing at a slant because the dock has dropped to ground level. One of these days, my easel is going in, and I’ll have to go after it. The bottom of the creek bed reveals the Edisto Oysters.

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Twilight at Edisto from Sue’s Dock

18×24 Oil on Canvas, Framed

A plein air painter often needs permission to be on private property to paint. I’m grateful to Sue for so many reasons, but one of them is her insistence that I use her dock to paint from whenever I wish and this is why so many of my paintings come from the Yacht Basin area between Edisto Beach and the state park. Time and tide work together, creating something new to paint with each visit.