On location, out in nature, artist Jill Berry works with oil paint and a palette knife to produce her impressionistic landscapes. She shares insight regarding her INSPIRATION and INTERPRETATION of the local environment in NW Florida.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Gulf Coast Environment
"How much is that painting in the window?", I hope someone asks soon, of my shrimping boat (Joe Patti's, 18x24, Oil). [p.s. from Dec. 2010, the painting is sold, now]. I like this image, it appears the birds in the painting are about to launch out into the real sky. I don't usually add birds, but on this day they became an undeniable part of the atmosphere as they greeted the seafood boats with their fresh catch. The is behind Joe Patti's Seafood- a famous local hot-spot. Usually, it's so busy, you wait for your number to get called before choosing your fresh seafood. They have a large gourmet market also.
I can not fathom what all those whose livelihood comes from these waters will endure, since the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
For me, it is a place of beauty, a nature reserve, a place to air out my brain, a spa, a workout gym- a place of recreation, an unpredictable swim- the waves might be kind, or they might beat you up a bit. But until today, it hasn't been advised "No Swimming" because of oil. Walking along the beach and scooping up oil-globs with my water bottle,trying to keep the birds out of them and my back-yard clean for one more day... that was a crude awakening.
Oh! I do have some happy news- three of my paintings have found a new home! So the Gulf Coast economy (at least on a personal level) has a bright spot. I had "Crepe Myrtle" among others, with me to take to my Interiors outlet when the Dentist bought it right out of the trunk of my car! Bright side to going to the dentist too! Marketing is not my strong suit, but one thing's for sure- if you don't show them, you won't sell them