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.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Protecting the Coast
"Lookout @ Fort Pickens", 11x14 Oil. Our US southern coastline and Pensacola's harbor was at one time protected by men, forts, and canons. On this day at Fort Pickens, it was the stairway-to-the-sky effect that I decided to capture.
I start with a generous palette, within each color family- warms and cools, transparents and opaques.
Of course, I had to climb the stairs in case their was a more paintable view from on-high. Above shows the Gulf of Mexico. (You may have seen this location on the news last week- it's where they tried to save a baby dolphin, a victim of the oil spill.)
Also visible- the intercoastal waterway and shore of the Naval Air Station- Pensacola. So if I had been traveling by boat, I could have been home in just a few minutes. But then I would have missed the lovely drive down Pensacola Beach.
1898-1947 Battery Worth's mortars could lob 700 pound projectiles in high arcs to penetrate ships.