This is painting number four, in my series of six small oil paintings called “Scenes from Hilton Head Island.”
Since I can’t think of anything more specific, these next three pieces will be named “Hilton Head Marsh #1, #2, #3.”
They are a contrast to the first three which were all beach scenes.
The photos from these marsh paintings were all taken on a bike ride we took through the Pickney Wildlife Preserve. It’s actually its own island which the government owns.
But it’s right next to Hilton Head Island, so I thought that was close enough to be included in my series.
I love the contrast of how these next 3 paintings are of a setting that is completely untouched by man. This preserve is basically one road that winds to the end of the island. Other than a few signs at the beginning which remind you that there’s no bathroom on the island, the road is the only other man-made looking element you’ll find.
If I had to choose between the two different sides to Hilton Head, my preference is this marshy side. The beach is nice, but I don’t really like how crowded it is with people who are paying money to sit around in their swim suits.
I also find the ocean a little frightening. It is too out-of-control for my personality that desires to be physically safe at all times.
I love the serenity of the marshes. And I love how the grasses reflect the light.
So stay tuned for the next three paintings in which I’m trying to capture the elements of the marshes that I love.
Hilton Head Marsh #1, #2, and #3 are next on my agenda!