Edisto Beach Trip: Day 3 – Grove Plantation Trees Part 2

Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees Part 2

Part 2 is a continuation of the Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 1, click here.

 

 

Moss draped Live Oak in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Fuzzy

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I was attracted to the scene in my Fuzzy piece primarily because of the tree’s character.  I liked the missing limb that resembles an eye and how the many limbs spread out like some kind of crazy hair.  And, of course, the Spanish moss draped all over it is icing on the cake.

 

 

Majestic Live Oaks in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Shady Grove

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I created my Shady Grove piece in the shade provided by their big, beautiful trees.  I was attracted to this scene by the way the limbs near the top of the frame shoot out in random directions and by the highlighted Spanish moss that hangs like silk from the foreground to the background.  I also liked how the remaining golden hour light was amping up the colors of the grass, leaves, and the flora in the field just beyond this section of the yard.

 

 

Moss draped Live Oak in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Grove Grounds

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If you like (or can appreciate) big, old, magnificent trees like the one featured in my Grove Grounds composition, then you’re sure to enjoy a stroll around the plantation.  It’s almost like a living exhibit.  I was captivated by how much additional life the tree supports.  For example, the vines with their bright leaves, the tan and brown moss that looks like some type of covering, and, of course, the plentiful Spanish moss.

 

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Limbs, leaves, and moss at The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Covered

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Covered is yet another piece where there is no ground for a frame of reference.  It was composed using the same technique as the other similar works (i.e., I pointed the camera up into the canopy created by the many limbs).  I was primarily drawn to this scene by the prolific amount of Spanish moss (especially how it is so thick in some spots that it causes the limbs to fade and become dreamy or soft) and the way that the Spanish moss and background leaves interact with each other going across the frame (ranging from just colors to distinct leaves).

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

Discover behind-the-scenes details, aesthetic decisions, artistic visions, and compositional choices for my pieces in The Artist’s Story posts.

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