8″x10″ | Oil on canvas | In studio
Autumn Marsh, plein air study.
They say creative breakthroughs are experimental and they don’t come from too much intellectual analysis so with this in mind I chose the thing that was dark and challenging water and mud – now how to make that interesting? The composition of this was charming so this was a quick fire sketch on location.
Find Dutton Island by heading North on Mayport Road turn left on Dutton Island Road, and follow it all the way to the back. Go PAST the first Dutton Island pull off. Continue westward and follow the road through the gate (will be open by 8:00, no fee) until it goes over a bridge over a creek. The marsh scenes at the bridge are stunning and there are other views of the intracoastal and a kayak launch down a dirt road beyond the parking. On the North end of the island there is an area to park, and a dock with a gazebo that goes out over the creek. Lots of great trees, wildlife and stuff to paint.