Lowcountry Lamentation

May 28, 2022
"Lowcountry Lamentation," oil on canvas, 16x24, Michel McNinch, artist, Irmo, South Carolina
Lowcountry Lamentation, oil on canvas, 16×24

My first painting from a recent trip to Savannah is a moody one. The storm had just raged through and a few clouds were lagging behind. The ground was wet, and the fresh water smell on the salt marsh was distinct. The sun was still hiding behind the lingering clouds. “Lowcountry Lamentation” seems to fit the mood.

There are three more paintings from this trip taking their turns on the easel now. Oddly enough, they are from the following day, which was filled with blue skies and breezes. Here comes a new collection – from Savannah this time.

Stay tuned…

For those of you who came to see the rest of the story, here is the beginning. From intial sketch to blocking in, this painting was moody. I think I was too. Going to Savannah was a happy occasion. I delivered a large painting and saw my family. We had superb time together. But lingering just like the storm was my grief from the loss of my friend Mary. She lived in Savannah, and I had hoped to see her when I made my trip. She was already gone. So, “Lowcountry Lamentation” is a combination of the marsh, the storm, and the artist all rolled up in one.

Here are a couple of the progress shots of how the painting developed.

"Lowcountry Lamentation," oil on canvas, 16x24, Michel McNinch, artist, Irmo, South Carolina
Initial Charcoal Sketch
"Lowcountry Lamentation," oil on canvas, 16x24, Michel McNinch, artist, Irmo, South Carolina
Blocking in values of dark and light

Thank you for your interest in my painting practice. It is nice to be able to show you the work right off the easel.

Michel

P.S.  If this painting connects with you, please let me know in the comments below.

My studio is at Stormwater Studios in Columbia, SC. To learn more, the link is just below.

https://www.stormwaterstudios.org/artists/michel-mcninch

10 Comments

  1. Roxanne on May 28, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Very powerful scene. Can feel the loss and sadness.

    • Michel McNinch on May 28, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you, Roxanne.

      • Alice Cottingham on May 29, 2022 at 8:48 am

        Your loss is palpable. And “lamentation” is an evocative word.

        • Michel McNinch on May 29, 2022 at 10:07 am

          Yes – lam·en·ta·tion

          the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.
          “scenes of lamentation”

  2. Ellen on May 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Moody and poetic and beautifully painted.

    • Michel McNinch on May 29, 2022 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Ellen. You know my work more completely than anyone. My true friend. Thank you.

  3. April on May 29, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Did you sketch in with paint or charcoal?

    • Michel McNinch on May 29, 2022 at 10:01 am

      For me, always charcoal.

  4. Virginia Donovan on May 29, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Very powerful, Michel… on many levels… Thank you for the progress photos too..7 Take care..

    • Michel McNinch on May 29, 2022 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, Virginia. I know we share the loss. This painting helped me understand how I was feeling and showed me a way to move forward. I see similarities with your new Edisto paintings. “Let’s dive in.” : )

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