Description Rest Stop ... an oil painting completed in March, 2011. This impression art work gives the artist carte blanc to express his mood and feelings as he paints ! Some real, perhaps, and some quite unreal !This scene depicts three sailboats at anchor on the lee side of an island in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Based on the appearance of the sky, we find that these three sailors have decided to take refuge in the safety of a small island's windbreak (the leeward side) for fear of gettingcaught in a stormy sea of wind and waves ! The island is lush with foliage and palm trees, the surrounding water is colorful, displaying reflections of the sky with its clouds denoting a possible storm approaching. The time is mid to late afternoon, not bright, but veiled by clouds of uncertainty. Where are the birds normally here in mass - soaring, hovering, roosting ? Today, we can see only two seagulls as they approach the craft with curiosity. Another sign to our three sailors that a possible storm is on the horizon. The sun, with its mighty brilliant light, is trying to spread its glory across this remote area, but is slowly becoming enveloped by the pending atmospheric conditions. The water, on the other hand, is gloriously reflecting the limited blues of the sky, the fading white to yellow, orange, and darker red of the colorful clouds. The boats are resting and securely anchored, wafting gently by the slow roll of the Gulf waves. Some are catching an occasional glitter of bright color from the fading sunlight, and some are obscured by the dark shadows of the clouds.
Riley Geddings, Tampa Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Riley Geddings is a popular Florida landscape artist, residing in Carrollwood Village, Florida, U.S.A. He is happily married to his wonderful English wife, Maggie, who supports and encourages him in all of his artistic endeavors.
Riley also maintains "theartcove.com" website as webmaster. He always appreciates your comments and feedback - just use any "contact" link.
Riley Geddings was born in South Carolina but his parents moved to Florida when he was two weeks old !Since then, Riley has lived in this great state of Florida for the majority of his life.
His style of painting has developed in part with the study of the painting techniques of many varied artists, from tutors and even in-depth study of the masters ! One group that he holds in high esteem is the now famous Florida 'Highwaymen' of the mid 1950s era.
As a boy of 12, Riley started painting with watercolor, then in high school, he studied art for two years under a great art teacher who saw his potential and gave him top grades. He has never forgotten her advice - "paint exactly what you see" - and he does !
As a young adult, Riley studied oil painting under a noted art teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also spent many hours watching famous artists on television to learn all the painting techniques as possible. From then on, he has been self-teaching himself, and states "Some day I hope to become the great artist that my wife, Maggie thinks I am now !".
He considers himself very fortunate to be living here in this wonderful State of Florida, the natural beauty is endless and the scenery provides perfect ideas and unlimited subject matter for his paintings. Most of his work is inspired from actual scenes in Florida and he captures as much authenticity as possible in his paintings.
He is featured on dozens of well-known international art and artists internet web sites, and during the past few years, Riley has become well-listed and is now one of Tampa's emerging artists. He has produced many commissioned projects for art lovers in the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Spain. Riley's clients have come to realize that the paintings they have commissioned will become treasured family heirlooms. In addition, he has been involved in large commercial projects as the exclusive artist !
In his younger years he served our great Country well in the United States Coast Guard !