The weather in Key West was sultry and soft before I headed North. Clouds would build up every afternoon, just threatening to rain, but not doing it. Word is, after I left the rain started for real. This scene is the little lagoon behind the Sugarloaf Lodge in my neighborhood. I have painted this scene many times before and I never get tired of it. The water is ever changing and those clumps of mangroves continue to grow.
In this oil painting I wanted to incorporate those little flecks of light and activity that I like to use in my acrylic painting. It was a soft day and I chose soft color and edges to reflect the mood.
This painting is 24" x 30" and a little too large for me to finish in one plein air session. But I had a good handle on where I wanted to go before the light change was too drastic to continue painting.
© Maggie Ruley 2013
oil on canvas
24" x 30"