Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Sunmmer Blues, Edge of a Cloud daily painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn

Edge of a Cloud, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on Board, 7" x 5"

Enjoy the beautiful blues and dramatic clouds of summer. Open your heart to the beauty of this wild land.  It is unique in all the world.    


Five Sisters, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Five Sisters, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 7" x 5"

These five palms look like they've grown up together. Are they really a group of siblings?  


Hurricane plans, and Passing Through, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Passing Through, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 7" x 5"

Today's painting, Passing Through is of a stand of palms during one of our frequent rainy moments.  

Summer rains have come right on time and have already spread heavy rain across our region.  While the wet season brings life-giving water to the parched Everglades, they are less welcomed by humans, since they can bring flooding, violent storms, and hurricanes. If you live in south Florida like I do, it's time to make sure your hurricane plans for 2017 are in place. 

Brett, the first tropical storm of the season was named yesterday. Even though it may be a while before you need a strategy, since the strongest storms come later in the summer, it's best to have your lists made and your plans ready early.  

I've written about hurricane preparedness for artists before.  If you need a refresher, here's a link to a blog post written some years ago.  You can also find official up-to-date information at the FEMA and FL State sites. Both sites are full of information that will help to keep you and your family safe. Meanwhile, the skies and clouds are magnificent!  


Back in the Glades daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Back in the Glades, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on canvas, 5" x7"

I've re-worked the "en plain aire"  tips page,  but have found mosquitoes to be a huge deterrent to painting outside right now.The invasion of the salt marsh variety is the worst I can remember. They are fierce all day, even when there's a breeze!  Apparently, they don't carry Zika! 


Just another Summer Day daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Just another Summer Day, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 5"x7"

The rainy season is underway in south Florida, with rain for at least part of each day.  Still, we have moments of gorgeous sunshine before the clouds come back in.  Just Another Summer Day was done before the clouds closed in again.  

It it was a pleasure to attend the Center for the Arts exhibition Whimsy this week. It's not a large show, so there's plenty of space for each painting to breath, and there was no medium requirement so each artist was free to interpret "whimsy" in their medium of choice.  Congratulations to the prize winners!  Stop in and take a look!


Burrowing Owl, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Daddy!  2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn

Marco Island has a bumper crop of burrowing owl pairs this year.  This little guy was sitting on my front porch all alone for a while, then brought his girl friend along to visit.  Now they have a burrow across the street, and only come to visit when the construction trucks get too close.

Most burrows are neater, but this pair is big into decoration!  They've collected a lot of debris to surround and enhance their new home.    Apparently it will attract insects for them to eat.  Babies in the nest just yesterday, but too skittish for a photo yet! 


Blooming, Daily Painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Blooming, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn

My mother assigned the small plot of earth between the front and side doors to me at age 6.  I was allowed to pick out a flat or two of small plants at the garden shop and purchase some seeds each year.  She must have helped with the weeding the first few years, and I've had a garden ever since.  

Painting flowers is a nice change from everglades art.  I've never really concentrated on painting flowers, but always have fresh blooms in the house.  Sometimes they're purchased from the grocery, but sometimes I'll pick a little something from the yard. The deep magenta center and the yellow-white edges of this hibiscus are showy enough to stand alone. 


Out in the Glades, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn

Busy getting my home studio set up.  What a job trying to fit everything in!  Still, it will be much easier to have everything in one place. 

I was able to donate the rolling walls to the ASCWF's Cooperative Gallery at Coconut Point.  What a pleasure to meet the gallery director who was resourceful in finding both a friend and a truck on short notice.  I'm delighted they'll be put to good use! 


A Little Bloom, Daily Painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

A Little Bloom, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn

I've got a number of small vases for single blooms, and while I'm getting organized at home you may see quite a few of these small flower paintings. 

A Little Bloom is a painting of one of the ground orchids I have in my yard.  It's been blooming like crazy and may do it all summer long. 


News! Early Morning Light, an Everglades Painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn

11x14, 2017

On May 1, 2017, I closed my studio/gallery at the Esplanade, and am choosing to work out of my home studio for a while.  This will give me more time to paint, more time to visit the Everglades - the source of my inspiration for painting - and more time to do some artistic exploration..

I'll still be self-representing, but am changing my business model.  Blogging will most likely have a place, with the goal of posting a daily painting often.  Sometimes I will have something to say, other times you'll just get a painting.

If you are getting this email, you will be getting a new post with a painting in your mail box more frequently. There will be a link to my website where the painting will be for sale

My blog is independent of my once-a-month newsletter, which will still be my main way of communicating with you.  You can reach both the blog and my past newsletters from my website, here

There is an unsubscribe notice at the end of both the blog and my newsletter in case you no longer wish to receive mail from me. 

Please forward to anyone you know who might be interested in having a painting in their mailbox.  More to come - later! 


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! 

Wishing you
a perfect mix of
the sparkle of Christmas,
the joy of giving,
and a big dose of love.
Merry Christmas!


The studio will be closed from
Dec 24, 2016 to January 3, 2017
reopening January 4, 2017

Monday studio classes will start
January 9, 2017


Classes and more! Daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

 Floral, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7" x 5"

If we haven't spoken via newsletter, email, or social media, Happy New Year! I'm going with hope rather than despair, since it's so much more satisfying!     

It's been a busy time with the increase in traffic and the studio now open six days a week from New Years to Easter.  I've been slow to blog, spending more time on social media.  You can read my January newsletter on my website, and sign up  to receive it once a  month if you want. 

I will teach a three day workshop at the Art Center in March and hope to see you there.  More information here.  

In the meantime, at the request of visiting artists, I've been teaching at the Esplanade studio on Monday mornings.  The classes are structured with a single subject each week so you can take just one, or keep coming for as long as you are able. January's subject is the landscape. We'll paint "water" next Monday. Come along!  February will be all about color. There's a new "page" at the top of the blog with more information. 

You will hear from me from time to time here on this blog, and I may start posting the daily paintings again.  We'll see!  


Holiday Open Studio

This guy is from my very first Snowman Extravaganza in 2011, but there are over a dozen for you to choose from this year.  Stop by for Open Studio and Christmas Cheer!  


Dream Boat, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Dream Boat, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"

I'll be traveling for part of November, so blog entries get a little iffy. Part of my trip will be on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Barcelona to Miami.  It's a true get-a-way, and I'm ready for a rest. Meanwhile the studio will be opened from Wed thru Sat as usual for this time of year.  It is well stocked and well staffed so you won't miss me!   It's not too early to start your holiday shopping--not crowded, and you'll get personal attention. 

I've kept the blog since 2007, and am thinking that maybe it's to focus on other social media rather than continuing to journal online.  If you receive this blog and enjoy it, please let me know in the comment section below, or if you are more likely to use other social media, let me know that, too.  It will help in my decision making and choices for the future. This will not affect my once-a-monthly newsletter.  

If you have any interest in my class for the first week in December, sign up here right away.  I know it's a busy time of year, but if you can't make it now, perhaps I'll see you in March for Color Confidence.  


Owlish, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Owlish 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"

I've been working on the second book in the Owlivia series.  This story is about Bully Billy, and will be out before Christmas if all goes well.  In the process of creating the character, I've tried out several different personalities.  This chunky little character is cute, but didn't make the cut into the book.  


Bloom, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-AmmSanborn

Bloom, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 8" x 8"

This bloom was left over when the rest of the bouquet had past, so I took it to the studio with me one day.   Instead of painting it in the little vase,  I set it in a garden, so it will have flower friends surrounding it forever.  
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