An Original Acrylic Painting by Riley Geddings, Florida Landscape Artist
Description by Maggie Geddings,Writer, Published Author and Poet
Description of this Painting
"Glades Inspiration" ...
This title was chosen because Riley finished this painting just prior to our taking a 6-day-cruise on the Tampa-based cruise ship "Inspiration".
He certainly was "inspired" when he created this latest masterpiece - an acrylic on board - completed in early 2011. Once again, Riley opted for a dramatic scene from deep in the wilderness of our unique south-Florida area ... where our eyes are automatically drawn to that beautiful sunlit sky ...
probably very late in the afternoon. Those gorgeous sunset colors begin to gather in the somewhat cloudy sky ... typical of the firmament above our
tropical State of Florida. Perfectly blended are the lemons, yellows, oranges, reds and deeper mauves and purples ... first class job, Riley ...
Claiming center-stage is a smallish island - blending our vision of the saw grass plain leading to the horizon with the shallow waters of a lowland pond
in the foreground. On this island are four stately Cabbage Palms - aka Sabal Palms (Florida's official state tree) - raising their majestic crowns of palms
heavenwards. Below these palm trees one can envision a few small creatures taking refuge in the dense shrubbery - native Florida nocturnal wildlife -
beginning to stir as they prepare to venture forth for some nourishment when the sun goes down. A similar island is created nearby on the right - also the home for more Sabal Palms and underbrush. On the opposite side of this peaceful scene, one espies the edge of a thicket of typical foliage and trees
abutting the reed-clad shoreline of this lowland pond in which one can see the reflections of that beautiful sky.
Now then ... what about our avian friends ... In the foreground is one of Florida's native birds - the Snowy Egret (with fluffy feathers) - whilst in the background are several Great White Herons - wading and searching for their last meal before the sun goes down. Still in flight - joining them for dinner -
is another such Heron - gliding in on silent wings ready to seek out a Bream or Perch. Finally, we once more see Riley's customary "hallmark" hovering silently overhead - the inquisitive Black-headed Gull (Larus Ridibundus). Well done, Riley ....