I finished a new painting in my Portraits of Rivers series. This one is "Rivers of the Gulf of Mexico".

This new one is acrylic on unstretched canvas and would be 24" x 30" when stretched.

This is my second version of this map, the first one I completed in 2016.  This earlier one is acrylic on canvas and is 18" x 24.

Rivers of the Gulf of Mexico, 2016
Rivers of the Gulf of Mexico, 2016

Here are some pictures of my creative process from sketching the map, making a base coat and adding the first dark tones in the water, and then getting about half way through the water layers and the first round of coloring around the coastline.

I especially like this design because it helps me to see my continent as a place without artificial divisions. These major rivers that touch the Gulf spread out organically across the land and offer me lots of nooks and bends to play with as I design my composition.

The swirling eddies of water offer a sense of dynamic energy which is a nice contrast to the deep, steady expanse of green that this version called out for. I wanted a little color to highlight the land around the Gulf of Mexico and then I just wanted to get lost in green. Photography hardly does this painting justice as there are at least 7 different kinds of green layered in there.

Rivers of the Gulf of Mexico, 2021
Rivers of the Gulf of Mexico, 2021

I'm really feeling these rivers flow!

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