Coastal Landscape Paintings - I
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cumberland Island Path to the Beach

"The Southern coast of Georgia allegedly possesses one third of the globe’s healthy salt marsh, creating a vast amount of deep and wide open space. This spaciousness holds a tremendous allure and mystery for me.

After many years of finding landscapes difficult to paint, I finally felt these distant simple shapes could make well designed compositions, and these paintings are part of a twelve year long series. Rather than just documenting the landscapes as they are, my paintings are meant to portray a mood. Therefore I use a somewhat monochromatic color scheme with muted earthy colors and purposefully keep the values close in range so as to not distract from the mood.

Aside from the poetic beauty of the land, these marshes have their own spirit and vitality. There are incessant changes with the ebb and flow of the tide, the ever changing light with the time of day, atmospheric conditions, and the seasons. The salty smells, the tingle of balmy breezes, the squawking of sea gulls, the violent and fast lived thunder storms all excite and seduce me. I feel such a strong connection to this mystical land, and this connection is what I hope to share through my paintings."

To see more of Janet Powers' lush landscapes and other original fine art, visit our gallery web site: the Gallery on Newcastle

See the News page for information on Janet Powers' Spring and Fall plein air workshops and also her coffee table book of coastal Georgia marsh landscape paintings.