During the second full day of my SC AIR trip, I was headed back toward the car after hiking through the trails of the Dingle Pond Unit. While I searched for another scene like the one in Dingle Pond Color Flow, I discovered an equally exciting but completely different type of opportunity. The abstract lines, colors, and patterns in my Water Colors piece come from what lies beneath the water running through the area. The grains of sand and colorful sediment show a pattern of flow and movement as the force of water drifting across this spot randomly redistributes the tiny particles. The work was composed in a manner that allowed the shades to follow that same current from the darker bottom to the lighter top as if the water had an ability to influence the direction the colors flowed.
I came across the fern in Sprung on one of the hiking trails in Dingle Pond Unit the second day of my SC AIR trip. The curvature of the leaves from left to right provide an impression of smiles stacked on top of each other, which gives the piece a joyful feeling. If I was a fern, I’d be happy to finally be unfurled and able to soak up some spring sunshine. The coating of white hairs, like a type of down, speaks to a new beginning with thoughts of a bright future. The high level of detail allows surface texture, veins, and individual hairs to be seen.
On the second full day of my SC AIR trip, I continued to explore the Santee NWR units. I wasn’t sure what I would find, but was delighted when presented with the scene in Dingle Pond Color Flow. Though I didn’t have the magic light associated with a sunrise or sunset, the lighting was still quite special. The oranges and reds in the water were similar to other areas I’ve been where plant decay produces fantastic color combinations (e.g., my Swamp Reflections piece). Normally, afternoon light is simply too harsh for my tastes, but thanks to some passing clouds, the diffusion was enough to allow a composition to be found. Getting the colors from trees and sky reflecting off the water as well as all of the light from the background trees to coalesce with the foreground colors required a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image. It has an inviting sense of warmth and feels like a place where you could easily spend time relaxing and taking in the beauty and wonder nature has to offer.