Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sultry and Soft

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.
Sugarloaf Lagoon
© Maggie Ruley 2013
oil on canvas
24" x 30"


  1. Wow Maggie, this is one sweet looking painting. Quite a lovely scene and I love all those soft sparkles of light. A new favorite of mine :)

  2. Thanks Helen, have a great day.

  3. Dots all there isMay 29, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    You klnow that everything you do - I LOVE - but boy does this have a special place in my heart - it is BEAUTIFUL Maggie. I have loved watching your style evolve and change over these many years (too many to count on hands and toes) , You are a treasure.

  4. Thanks Dots! Very kind words indeed. Talk to you soon.


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