Lauren Maurer Artworks

July 7, 2010

Bomb Island – a new Lake Murray watercolor painting

Filed under: bomb island, lake murray, lake murray watercolor painting, purple martins — laurenmaurerartworks @ 12:29 am

Bomb Island, also known as Lunch Island or Doolittle Island,  is the summer home to many thousands of purple martins. Each summer, a huge flock of Purple Martins fill the predawn and evening skies, establishing their seasonal roost at Bomb Island, located in the middle of the lake. The island is the site of the first official sanctuary in North American designated solely for roosting Purple Martins.

The island got the name Bomb Island from the days of it’s being a practice target for World War II pilots, nicknamed “Dolittle’s Raiders”, who later became famous for their attack on Japan which helped to bring an early end to the war.

I wanted to paint a local painting for the South Carolina State Fair, and as this is a pretty well known landmark here on Lake Murray, I chose one of the photos that we took there this summer to paint from. Hopefully I am juried in again this year!
11×14 watercolor on cold press



  1. Nice painting, and I like your dresses, very fun and colorful? Are you a secret fashion designer? Enjoyed visiting your site.

    Comment by Mary Anne Cary — July 7, 2010 @ 1:14 am

  2. Thanks, Mary Anne! Alas, I have no fashion design talents of my own, I paint vintage dresses from a few shops on Etsy…. deargolden,landof1000dresses, and adelainehomesewn!

    Comment by Lauren Maurer — July 7, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

  3. I love your treatment of the skies; beautiful mix of colors!

    Comment by Kerri Settle — July 8, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  4. Thank you Kerri! Coming from you that is a HUGE compliment- you are the master of painting skies 🙂

    Comment by Lauren Maurer — July 9, 2010 @ 12:48 am

  5. Beautiful painting, and thanks for the history lesson. I drive by the lake every work day and see so many potential paintings. Love your work!

    Comment by Mary Rogers — July 14, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  6. LOVE this, don't know how I didn't see this one till now!

    Comment by — August 14, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

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