|8x22 pastel on marble dust board|
This is a plein air painting that I did on my trip to Assateague Island, a year ago. Even though it has already sold it may help me as continue to work on the colors for the long painting I posted yesterday. The colors I have chosen to use are a little more neutralized. than what is on this painting.Just as a side note, Assateague Island is possibly one of the most magical places in the USA.The island contains over 37 miles of pristine beach, no building are allowed. More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, inland pine forest, and salt marshes and is best known for the Chincoteague Ponies. Legend has it that the feral ponies on Assateague are descendants of survivors a Spanish galleon that sank on its way to Spain during a storm in 1750 off the east coast.
Assateague has been saved from the masses of tourists that could plague this kind of beautiful place. You wonder what has saved it? Giant mosquitoes and black flies! Still I go every year and paint and swim there.... when the wind is off the ocean of course!