• Rob Reep

Back to Dauphin Island

Today was my first full day at Dauphin Island, Alabama. I’ve come here to recharge my batteries for the most part, but also to take the opportunity to get some fantastic ideas for new paintings from an area of the country I don’t see on a weekly basis.


This morning I took a quick walk along the beach just to get myself awake, then spent some time knocking out a little quick color study of the ocean waves kicking up along the shoreline.


After some fun in the sun and water, and a sandwich for lunch, I decided to not sleep the day away, and instead took my plein air kit out for a spin. I’ve known for sometime that I was going to bring back at least one boat sketch, so I was able to get that completed here on day one.



Overall both paintings were an ok start to the week. I’ve brought with me 14 panels, so I have my work cut out for me before the week is out. These two paintings however ended up with a nice balance of color, although I was disappointed with my execusion of detail. Both are 5x7s by the way. I’ll hopeful get in a better groove over the next few days.


On a side note, this place has a special spot in my heart. A little photo I took many years ago on a family vacation from this very beach on Dauphin Island was the inspiration for my first oil painting. I was still in high school at the time, probably around 16 or 17 years-old. Now, on the cusp of 31, it’s nice being back here, especially as an artist with my own studio and paintings that have been in galleries. I can’t help but think of all of the paintings I’ve thrown in the trash in the past decade, or how many times I have stepped away from painting for weeks or even months simply because there was no inspiration. I almost tear up thinking about them all now, because in the end I persevered, and today I’m an employeed artist. If you would have told 16 year-old me, a kid that really didn’t even draw, that summer Dauphin Island well over a decade ago that I would be a landscape painter, he would have likely thought you were crazy. Yet, here I am. It’s been a journey. For all of those trashed paintings, there are a few that I produced in which I still stand in awe of to this day. I hope there are many more ahead than are behind me. Lord willing.


Till my next post,

Rob



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