I painted this outside over 4 days in a glorious spot
The tides in Kennebunkport, Maine are huge, rising and falling 10 feet from high to low. Lucky for me, the low tide was always at the same time each day, so I could work on this painting over a few days. The tidal flat was mud for about 200 yards, with a small stream of water flowing through it. I saw grass and cattails and lots of ochre rocks.
The light was changing all the time.
One of the challenges in landscape painting is that the colors change so rapidly through the day. For this painting I sat in the same spot at the same time (6 AM) for 4 days, and watched the light change each day. What was blue became green as the sun rose. The plants turned from light yellow to green. Water rushed in from the ocean, and back again from the tidal flat.
I think I got it.
I tend to keep struggling with a painting until it feels right. On day 3, the water came alive. On day 4, the trees and the marsh grass fit into what was happing. I’m especially proud of the way I captured the light blue from the early morning sky reflected in the tidal water.
You are buying an original painting
I paint using gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Arches Hot Pressed 300 g/m2 Watercolor paper. The painting is 7" x 10" and is signed on the back.