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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.