An Original Oil Painting on canvas by Riley Geddings,
Florida Landscape Artist
Artist's Narration of this Painting
"Wilderness Dawning" ... quiet, calm, and serene is a scene in the back wilderness of south Florida ! I do have a penchant for Florida's wildlife, trees, and especially sunsets and sunrises.
This "Wilderness Dawning" painting was very enjoyable for me to paint. As I was painting this oil, it "dawned" on me that it should be very far away from the busy and crowded areas that man has ruined in the name of progress ! The sun is rising again in this wilderness as it has done millions of times before, bringing with it a brilliance of light that beautifies everything in its path !
I have given the viewer the typical "s curve" of art, even if one can't see it. It starts in the upper clouds, swings down and around the yellowish sunrise area, then across the distant trees on the horizon, curving down near the Heron on the log, and ending in the foliage under the Cabbage Palm tree.
I have positioned the sky colors to begin the white and yellow dawn of sunrise on the extreme left in order for the light to strike the edges of the foliage and trees on the right. The sky gradually darkens with oranges blending with reds, the purple to darker cerulean blue. Notice the lighter blue area of the sky which has been illuminated by the light-filled white cumulus clouds. Other sparse clouds are those left over from the dampness of the night atmosphere.
The water on this large pond is flat calm due to the fact that there is no wind, not even a gentle breeze to stir it. The nice thing about this clam surface is that it mirrors the reflections quite well. We can see that happening with the distant trees on the horizon - the details of which seem fuzzy because of the morning humidity in the air distorting our vision.
Moving closer in the center one finds a lonely island containing a sampling of small foliage holding on. Farther to the right is the beginning of a sawgrass plain with a glimpse of a distant wading Heron.
Now let's move closer and to the right where we see a land mass with two Cabbage Palms and a scrub-oak tree reflecting nicely in the water. Then, slightly to our left, standing stately on a fallen log is a Great Egret waiting for a fish to come near. On our extreme lower left is a thicket of typical Florida foliage with two more Cabbage (Sabal) Palms standing as sentinels over the other Great Egret fishing in the shallows just to the right of my dated signature.
Last but not least - look in the center of the painting one sees my favorite faithful bird, the black-headed gull (Larus Ridibundus) hovering and searching for an early morsel.
Specifications of this Painting
The actual size of this painting is 20-inches by 16-inches, primed, high-quality canvas on board.
High-quality, artist-grade oil paints.
Brush and knife.
The colors you see on your computer screen will vary and will not do justice to those in the actual painting which are bold and beautiful !
A free solid wood, gold finish ... a perfect frame for a perfect painting !
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"CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION" signed and dated by the artist, R.Geddings. This will certify your painting !
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