An Overcast Morning on the Island


Chaucer had eminently the habits of a literary man and a scholar. There were never any times so stirring that there were not to be found some sedentary still.

Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

I awoke to an overcast morning today, and decided that maybe I should concentrate on still life subjects, since the landscape is subdued under diffused light. This particular still life is almost completed, and I have begun another, focused on the carcass of a blue crab.

It dawned on me that plein air painting does not mean fairweather painting. The French Impressionists painted under overcast skies as well as sunlit. So, looking across the lagoon at a boat anchored under heavy skies, I decided to give this one a start.


The humidity factor is slowing down the drying time of water colors, so I am not able to crank them out as quickly this morning as I have the past couple of days. But still the painting is very relaxing, and I am enjoying immensely this daily experience in such a perfect paradise..

Thanks for reading.

2 Responses to “An Overcast Morning on the Island”

  1. Skeeter Murley Says:

    You’re right about plein air not always being sunny, clear skies. I watched a show the other night about Claude Monet, and his first impressionist paintings in London. The sky was so filled with smoke & haze that his paintings represented a dark, almost gloomy landscapes.
    Sounds like you’re having a blast. Good for you!


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