The Gay Fish Company is a long time shrimp dock and store on Lady’s Island, South Carolina. Parts of the movie Forrest Gump were filmed here and it is a low country institution. We got there early on an overcast day and set up to paint. No sooner was I set up than all the shrimp boats moved out on the rising tide. I was left with an empty marsh to paint. Luckily, there was one old boat stuck in the mud and slowly melting into the marsh. Here is my version of the Tiderunner. In better days, the Tiderunner was once featured in the 1991 movie Prince of Tides .
I kept my painting of the empty marsh and I may add a couple of boats leaving the scene. They were moving too fast for me to paint, but I got some photos with my iPad.
My painting partner this day was Daryl Urig. Daryl is an outstanding artist and knife painter. Check out his work at darylurig. com
I have been working on this painting off and on for the last week or so. It’s strictly a studio piece, worked up from a photo I took from the deck of a cruise ship as we pulled into Catalina Island on a picture perfect Sunday morning.
Before starting to paint, I photo shopped my reference shot, flipping the upper 2/3 of the photo from left to right so that the hills seemed to converge on the large sailboat on the right. I hope that gave my picture a definite center of interest.
This painting is a result of an early March trip down a backroad in Okate, off Route 170 to a plein air session with the Low Country Plein Air group. We ventured down this road to a cottage on the river. My painting that morning was not successful, but I was taken with the early light along the road with some young pine trees catching the early light. I added the old Chevy truck which I had seen earlier in Bluffton.