Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ocean Dreams IV

Ocean Dreams IV
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Sometimes, when walking on the beach at sunrise, the water seems to be on fire with the color of dawn's sunlit sky. It only lasts a few moments and I feel so grateful when I am there to see such a colorful show. Like a gift that I want to hold on to forever. So I'll add this painting to my Ocean Dreams series, a series about light and color on that watery horizon that I think about when I think of being at the beach.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

sketchbook :: more Autumn leaves

Have I mentioned just how stunning the color has been here this fall? I just had to paint a few more colorful leaves from our yard and finished the page with a scene of fall color that I captured with my camera on a recent drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But you don't have to get out with all the "leaf-lookers" on the Parkway to find Autumn beauty, it's everywhere this year. Cheap Joe's blog, The Sketchbook, has a nice post with wonderful photos of local scenes celebrating this year's fall color.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Postcards From Autumn III and IV

Postcard From Autumn III
watercolor
3.5 x 5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Postcard From Autumn IV
watercolor
3.5 x 5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
sold

Here are two more in my series of small, Autumn themed paintings. The color continues to be stunning here this fall season. And those candy colors are so much fun to paint.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Postcards From Autumn I and II

Postcard From Autumn I
watercolor
3.5 x 5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
Postcard From Autumn II
watercolor
3.5 x 5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
sold

A friend recently asked if I would consider doing a few small, Autumn themed, watercolor paintings. What resulted were six postcard-sized pieces inspired by the beautiful fall color we have been experiencing here in our Southern mountains. I was just as challenged working in this small size as I am when working in a large-for-me format. The experience helped me realize how good it is to occasionally leave my comfort zone, what ever direction that happens to be.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

sketchbook :: autumn leaves

Autumn is such a glorious season that seems to scream for attention. But finding time to create has been challenging for me lately. So many things that I want to do yet so many things that I have to do, and the days fly by filled with "have tos".
Refusing to ignore Autumn's colors any longer, I took a trip around the yard to collect a few leaves and snap a few photos.
And to avoid a point of total frustration over lack of time, I took an hour for sketching in my journal.
Because, if I didn't do it now, all the glorious color of Autumn may be gone the next time I pause to look. And after that brief hour's pause spent with my sketchbook, I felt so much better.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Come Away

Come Away
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here I am revisiting the marshes of the South Carolina Low Country, if only in my imagination. Sometimes the light creates such a wonderful glow on these watery landscapes. I would love to be there. Now. But when I can't get away, I am inspired to paint my favorite coastal landscapes instead.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ocean Tide Study IV

Ocean Tide Study IV
watercolor 
6 x 6 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

One more tide study. This was another with early morning light on the water. I love that glow of sunlight illuminating the wave from behind and the challenge of trying to capture that with paint.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Store Creek Marsh

Store Creek Marsh
watercolor
11 x 14 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Beautiful marshes grace both sides of Highway 174, the road onto Edisto Island, in South Carolina. This painting is inspired by the view from The Old Post Office Restaurant, which also happens to be right next door to With These Hands Gallery, where I have art on exhibit. I enjoyed playing with the bands of color in this composition as well as further exploration with various ways of expressing trees in watercolor.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ocean Tide Study III

Ocean Tide Study III
watercolor
6 x 6 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I simply never tire of painting the sea. Not yet, anyway. My intent is to paint several of these small studies in preparation for a few larger works. And I am still having fun with these small captures of light and water in motion.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

sketchbook :: looking out my back door

We had a good deal of rain this past weekend. I made this sketch while sitting at our dining table, looking out the back door, watching the sky through the trees darken with approaching rain clouds.

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