Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Sky

Earth Sky III
watercolor
11 x 14 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I loved the simplicity of this composition, with the meandering path moving up and over the hillside, and the way it seemed to continue the movement of the clouds in a summer's sky.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Earth Sky

Earth Sky I
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Since finishing my Water Sky series I had in mind to do a series focusing on the earth and sky. These two paintings are the beginning of that exploration. I am looking for a similar interaction of the elements of earth and sky that I found so prevalent with water and sky. 

Earth Sky II
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I have always enjoyed watching the sky and the many varied cloud formations, whether subtle or dramatic. What is the relationship of earth and sky in terms of color, light and texture and how does one affect the other in a painting composition? Naturally, the sky is the light source in a landscape. But what else? With these paintings I chose to make the movement and shapes of the clouds a part of the composition that echoes the shapes of the earth. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Water Sky series :: the finish

Water Sky IV
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

The decision of whether to post these all together or in separate posts was resolved by creating one large post in order to wrap up this series of paintings. I may have my need to paint the ocean out of my system - for a while. With this series I explored the the relationship
of the elements water and sky in terms of color, light, and texture. Of course, watercolor seems the perfect vehicle to explore this very watery subject. And when you remove the subject itself, what remains are the graphic elements, minimalist bands of color and texture. 

Water Sky V
watercolor 
11 x 14 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Sometimes the sea is so painfully blue and it will extend onto the wet sand creating a symmetry of sky and earth from the horizon outward. 

Water Sky VI
watercolor
11 x 14 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

And then there is the variety of color. Ever changing color with the movement of the clouds, sun and water, all working together, each a part of the other and part of the whole. 

Water Sky Series 2016 ©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

My aim with this series may have been too expansive. Something as simple as water and sky has so many variables that it is difficult to narrow the focus. Because of this I approached each composition as minimally as possible, a simple horizontal line dividing the space, and then what happens where those two elements meet, on either side of that line. So yeah, it is likely that I will return to this theme at some point, because there are still mysteries to be solved.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Water Sky III

Water Sky III
watercolor
8 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

This is the third painting in my Water Sky series where I explore the interaction of the color, light and surface of water and sky. I am interested in where these elements meet, and how the appearance of one is related to the other, with only a thin horizon of separation. This particular scene was captured looking out over St. Helena Sound on a bright and very windy day. The clouds and the water were both in constant motion and it was this movement, along with the depth of blues, that I wanted to express with paint.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Blue Ridge June

Blue Ridge June
watercolor
6 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

As much as I love the coastal Carolinas, there is really no place I'd rather spend the month of June than right here at home in these Southern mountains. There is a soft gentleness to the days where the thermometer rarely rises above 80F and the nights are cool enough to snuggle under a warm blanket. We live without air conditioning in our little house and love the sounds of summer coming in the windows. Bird song throughout the day and katydids along with bull frogs sing throughout the night time hours. And when we venture out to the Blue Ridge Parkway it is views like this that remind us just how beautiful our home here really is.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Along HWY 174

Along Highway 174
watercolor
6 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

There are beautiful views along every turn of this scenic highway that leads to Edisto Island, SC. With this painting I was inspired by the softness and color of the marsh punctuated by the shadowy trees and the sky-clear water at high tide.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Across Jason's Lake

Across Jason's Lake
watercolor
6 x 8 inches 
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

This small study is inspired by the view of Jason's Lake as you meander along Rabbit Road at Botany Bay on Edisto Island, South Carolina. There is a stillness to that place that I love. And the mystery of so many stories it has to tell.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Daybreak Singing

Daybreak Singing
watercolor
8 x 12 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I love the colors of the sea and sky at the first light of morning. There is nothing quite so magical as that soft pastel glow when the sun is just beginning to rise above the watery horizon. And the new day's possibilities seem as limitless as the ocean.

Friday, June 10, 2016

sketchbook :: Edisto 2016 - water

Water. You know it's one of my favorite subjects and naturally I spent some time while at Edisto painting the subject of the surf. This was the final result of my exploration, watercolor pencil and watercolor on a 9 x 12 inch Canson watercolor block.
I began with a couple of small, quick sketches while sitting on the beach. This was with paper from a 6 x 6 inch Fluid watercolor block that I dipped into the surf until it was saturated with salt water, then very quickly sketched the sea and sky.
Working from the small surf sketches I painted larger impressions on the 9 x 12 Canson watercolor block.
Each time, I focused in a little more from my previous sketch.
...and more
...until this. I enjoyed working without expectations.
And for the last of my Edisto sketches, this is one from an afternoon spent at St. Helena's Sound. It was windy. Very windy out on the beach, yet the sky was gorgeous. As I tried to capture the movement of the water and those wonderful clouds my sketchbook paper would fly up. You can see at the top where I was trying to hold the page down and left a print of my hand in the wet wash of sky. 

And if you have read through these posts all the way to here, thank you! I hope to be back to my regular routine soon as I have new projects in mind as well as series in progress to get back to. Settling back into my working schedule is a little more challenging this time around as we are also in the midst of a big home renovation project. I am happy we are getting it done, but yes, I will be even more happy when it's completed!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

sketchbook :: Edisto 2016 - still life

Continuing with my Edisto sketches, this post focuses primarily on the still life studies that I did while there.
Our most important criteia for a cottage rental is that it have a large screened porch with a good sized table. Four artists all together need room to spread out!
Especially when so many treasures are collected.
More each day.
I enjoyed having the time to fill my sketchbook pages with these found objects.
I especially like the old, weathered sea shells. The markings tell such interesting stories.
Onions from the local market became the "challenge" subject that we all painted at least once. Of course, many fine meals were shared that were created with produce from King's Market at Edisto.

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