Monday, March 7, 2011

Assateague Island and possibilities for new work

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!


Leah said...

Don't forget the horseflies!!Aaahhh... memories of long days spent blissfully on Assateague Beach... starting with sunrise and ending with sunburns.

SamArtDog said...

Magic ponies and B-52 mosquitos. I remember this painting of that gorgeous place. I love seeing it and am so glad you posted it again.

loriann said...

Hi Sam,
Yes Assateague is amazing. I hope to go back there soon, but for now I have to settle for my past plein air work. Good news, soon I will be able to be outside painting..yay!

brian eppley said...

Sweet piece! No joke about the mosquitoes. Years ago my friend drove through a puddle and the windows were down. Abandoning ship was as bad as staying onboard!

We just organized a group trip to the area 2nd week of October. This piece inspires me. Thanks for posting it again. Looking forward to your plein air stuff.

Double "D" said...

Hi B,

This is a beautiful piece and nice to see it again.
300 wild ponies ... would be cool to show a couple in another version of this.

I'm so glad that the healing is improving and there's some excitement in your voice.


Jul said...

Sounds like an amazing place! I can see why you choose to paint there.

loriann said...

Hi Brian,
The second week of October is a great time to go there. You could possibly have enough wind to be free of bugs. Who knows I may see you there.

Hi PB, You may see ponies one time soon. Right now I have been including the sika deer that I love. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Jul,
It is amazing. I hope to go there again soon. Thanks for stopping by.