Riley Geddings Original Paintings
- Florida Wilderness
20" x 16" x 2"
- Oil on artist board
- Florida Wilderness" was completed in March, 2012 and is a work in oil using 100% knife !
This tropical scene displays a sun about to set deep in the Florida Everglades over a secluded
wilderness pond, a haven for Florida wildlife.
The clouds are many and varied, typical cumulus absorbing the beautiful colors of the sun and
denotes fair weather ahead. The actual sky, a nice cerulean color, appears high and wide
because of this flat land.
Notice the pair of spoonbills flying over the pond, trying to decide where to land in the shallows
in order to glean a few morsels of crustaceans. The mirror-calm pond of this lowland is a great
reflections maker too. Out in the distance on the saw-grass plain, is an "island" of Florida foliage
with three Cabbage, or Sabal palms reaching for the sky.
As we turn our attention to the foreground, we notice subtle water reeds along the pond edge,
and just to the right of a small bush, standing on a fallen dead tree, a stately heron is waiting for
an unsuspecting fish to become its supper !
The large tree on the extreme left is of the live oak variety and is adorned with Spanish moss.
This moss is not a parasite, as some think, but rather an air plant that will not harm the tree.
The distant trees along the horizon are intentionally painted light, without much detail as to denote
atmosphere in the tropical air.
No brush has touched this painting, I have painted it using nothing but the knife. I certainly hope
that you enjoy this unique painting as much as I did painting it ! Thank you for looking !