Edge of the Marsh

Impressionist oil landscape study by artist Steve Allrich.

Edge of the Marsh
12"x12" | Oil on panel
Steve Allrich

A favorite Cape Cod painting spot, about a quarter mile from the Bay (just to the right). The far side of this marsh teems with tourists in the summer; this side, not so much, which is part of the reason I like it so much. 

This is a pretty simple composition, with most of the activity confined to the triangular-shaped clump of trees and brush. There was an intense blue shadow in the foreground, which I painted out because it weakened the design (there are still traces of blue peeking through the grass). Also, the cast shadow on the marsh grass to the left seemed too blue until I put in the patch of blue sky.