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

1/19/18

Beach Walk daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Beach Walk, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn 
Acrylic on Canvas

A wonderful class of beginng acrylic painters began learning at the Art Center last week. We discussed materials—brushes, supports, additives and acrylic paints—and they approached their first acrylic paintings with enthusiasm. I don’t know how many will continue with the medium but it was fun to share basic information with such an enthusiastic group. 

Wish I could have attended the Artini event last night. Sure sounded like fun! 

If you are in the area, the first ArtFlicks  movie, America Rising will show at the Marco Movies, 10 am on Tuesday. Hope you’ll be there. 





1/2/18

Deep In, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn




Deep In, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 16x20

Happy New Year. 

It's a bit cold today on Marco Island, and most likely a lot colder for you in the north.  

When I started this blog some years ago, blogging was new and my stream was a journal of my artistic efforts and the daily life of an artist. I'm going to give it a try again despite the variety of other internet options.  We'll see whether it's sustainable--both in the writing and your interest-- in the coming year.     

I'll work in the studio today since it's overcast and the light is rather flat.  I'm waiting for a frame for a commission, and about to start a large beach scene for a client who plays bocce on the beach and wants a painting.  Ideas have been stirring around for the last month and it's time to get busy and see how the composition looks on canvas.  

Classes will start here in my home studio next week, so I'll spend some time preparing for that as well.  
  




7/28/17

Lemonade in the Garden abstract daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Lemonade in the Garden, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn 
Acrylic on board, 7"x5"

My lemon tree in the garden is full of almost-ripe fruit. I'll be making lemonade by next week.  The colors in my garden prompted this little abstract. I hope you enjoy seeing something a little different from me now and then!  





7/26/17

Almost Home, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Almost Home, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn 
Acrylic on board, 5" x7"

The sailboat in the distance in this painting has been to the Bahamas and is now approaching it's home harbor of March Island.  Hope it misses the summer storms and makes it home safely.  

7/18/17

Palm #3 daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Palm #3, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on cradled board, 4" x 4"

Another palm.  These small paintings are fun to do on cradled board.  It's a multi-layered process, first covering the block with a textured gel, then doing an abstract color layer, then finding the palm in the paint, sometimes completely changing the background, and finally the highlights. 

They can be hung just on a push pin or set on an easel.  You can find a small spot, maybe half hidden, like on the wall under a lampshade.  Every time you turn on the light, you will get the delight of finding a little gem.   



7/14/17

Three in the Sun, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Three in the Sun, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on archival board, 7" x 5"

When the sun comes out in the rainy season, there's high humidity and it's very hot.  Still, sunshine is always welcome.  It makes for Everglades landscapes with strong value definitions in the palms.   

7/10/17

Rain on the Beach, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Rain at the Beach, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on archival board, 5" x 7"

If you're not careful, your walk on the beach could end up a drenching--because in South Florida, when it rains, it pours. Still, the light is fabulous, and everywhere you turn you can see something magical.  Just the place for a landscape painter to be! 

7/7/17

Textured Palm #2, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Textured Palm 2, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on cradled board, 4"x 4"


You may have seen these textured palms if you visited my studio at the Esplanade.  I'm now working at home, and they are still fun to do.  The paintings are done on a 3/4" cradled board and can be hung on push pins. They're just lovely on a small easel, too.  Hang three in a row to add color to a skinny spot in your home.  

I've got a few more and will show them in the next few days, but if you want special colors let me know.  

7/4/17

Textured Palm #1, daily painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn, Everglades artist

Textured Palm #1, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
4x4", acrylic on cradled board

Happy Independence Day!  

You may have seen these textured palms in the studio.  They are on a 3/4" cradled board and can be hung on push pins.  I've got a few more and will show them in the next few days, but if you want special colors let me know.  Have a fabulous holiday.  

6/30/17

Bright Side Daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Bright Side, 2017, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 5" x 7"


The Everglades grasses welcome the passing summer storms that soak them to their roots. The bright green of new growth can be seen at the base of each clump and will soon overtake last year's dry remains.

6/27/17

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.    

6/23/17

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?  



6/20/17

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!  



6/16/17

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! 

6/15/17

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!





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