Occasionally, I hit it big in the realm of house-sitting. When this happens, I pack up my paints, brushes, and crazy creek so I can spend the weekends painting dockside. There is really nothing like salty air and views of the Carolina marshes to energize and inspire you. The paintings featured in the image above are examples of color studies and timed paintings I often practice to get back in the swing of things. My favorite author, Pat Conroy, says it best,
“Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.”
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
I could not agree more, Mr. Conroy.