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


Summer Lilies, Daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Summer Lilies, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 5"x7"

There are almost always fresh flowers in my home. Most are just the grocery store variety, but they bring fresh color and life to my table.  Sometimes I just can't resist giving them a longer life through paint.  It makes a nice change from the Everglades.  Hope you enjoy this small bouquet done with the leftovers on my palette.  

Don't forget if you'd like to join me in some Grand Everglades Adventures, you can do so here.  


Bright Bouquet, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 12"x 12"

Explore Tigertail Beach with me!  


Burrowing Owl Painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Whooo? 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 5” x7”

The burrowing owls are just so cute and a delight to watch. I’ve done several paintings of them, one as a commission and some just to enjoy. Babies are being spotted in many of the burrows, keeping Mom and Dad busy supplying food and attempting to keep them corralled. They have adapted to living with people quite well but prefer the sand and space of open lots rather than those with more landscaping or in the Everglades. This painting is available if you’d like to take her home.

Grand Everglades Adventures Videos are available here


Grand Everglades Adventures- #5 and Wisely, daily painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn

Wisely, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn 
Acrylic on board, 7” x 5”

Here’s another burrowing owl painting. I can’t resist painting them this time of year when they are close to the burrow and the babies are just newly out. Their little peanut shapes, often silhouetted as they stand on a T stake, makes them an irresistible subject. 

Coming along on my Grand Everglades Adventures?  The newest video, #5, Process 2 is  here.


Gardinia, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Gardenia, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 7”x5”

It’s time to do a little gardening. I’ve been pulling a few weeds and cleaning up the beds in the early morning before it gets too hot. I put in three more plumbage for the second time around, hoping they’ll come around to liking it in a spot they don’t seem to. 

But the gardinias are glorious and the scent heavenly. I’m enjoying a fresh one each morning, some to admire and some to paint. 

How does your garden grow?  


1000 posts and an abstract daily painting

Out and About, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 7” x 5”

I’ve been writing blogposts since 2007, and today's my 1000th!  Blogging was new when I started back in 2007, and something to be tried.  The word means "web journal" and that's how I used it, writing 100-200 posts most years, about the activities of an artist and things I've learned on my art journey and want to share.  

Blogging started as a way to connect people all over the globe. In art, blogging grew out of the Daily Painting movement's need to get work in front of collectors regularly, and I'm a daily painter.  I've met some wonderful art friends and collectors over the internet even though there are some I will never meet in person.  Blogging has  widened my world. 

I almost gave it up a couple of years ago but it is too much a part of me, my history.  I write a few times a month to keep in touch.  It seems less formal than my monthly newsletter, and it gives me the opportunity to show you the small paintings I still do several times a week.  

So do you follow any bloggers?  Who are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below.  

Are you coming along on my Grand Everglades Adventures?  There are four videos so far, and you can see them here:

Grand Everglades Adventure #2 - Marsh Trail
Grand Everglades Adventure #3 - process of painting

I'm still learning some of the technical aspects, so be patient with me!


Grand Everglades Adventure #4 Video and Reflections, a daily painting

Reflections, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"

When looking at reflections, if the subject is dark, the reflection is lighter, and if the subject is light, the reflection is darker.  But every now and then nature surprises us and there won't be much difference.  Sometimes you see amazing and unexpected light effects. That's why its important for a landscape painter to get out and see for yourself.

Follow along on my Grand Everglades Adventures thru video!  Grand Everglades Adventure #4 is a visit to Briggs Nature Center, an off-site boardwalk of the Conservancy of SW Florida..  If you want more information about the boardwalk and what you might see, click here

If you missed one of our Grand Adventures, the click on the links below.


Limiting your palette and Dancing in the Glades daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Dancing in the Glades, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board. 7” x 5”

The wind was blowing in the Glades on the day of this daily painting. I found a place there was no smoke and no evidence of the fires.  It didn't take long to get the feeling for the spot.  I'll work on a larger version in the studio.

In my Monday morning class we've been talking about limited palettes.  I most often use a double primary palette with some "visitor" colors, usually a neutral. Lately I'll just squirt out another color when I want it, sometimes upsetting the harmony of the painting. 

Time to return to the basics.  I've returned to a palette of red, blue, and yellow many times over the years, but would like to experiment a bit more.  I'll try several options in the next couple of weeks.  Perhaps I'll try magenta, Indian yellow and Phalo blue.  I'm also interested in doing a painting with the Zorn palette. 

Color changes will shake up my color strategies and force me to watch my values! What's your favorite limited palette?  Let me know below.  

Next /Grand Everglades Adventure Coming soon,  Links to the first three are below. 

Grand Everglades Adventure #4 coming 4/14


Grand Everglades Adventure - Process, and Daily Painting, Sunset Drama

Sunset Drama, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x 7"

Happy Spring and Happy Easter!
The soft yellow-greens of this time of year and the abundance of flowers ready to bloom are so appealing. It's the end of our dry season, and unfortunately this fire season this year is a difficult one. The fires haven't threaten Marco Island, but the smoke is prevalent and wide swatches along US 41 show the effects of the burns. I hope that the animals are finding ways to safety.

I've seen more deer than usual, perhaps because they've been disturbed. Soon the regrowth will sustain them again. The rains of summer will be most welcome.

If you're coming along on my Grand Everglades Adventure, the videos are below. Please share with anyone who may be interested!  You can get them directly by inserting your email in the box above right.  

Grand Everglades Adventure - Invitation to come along


Everglades Grand Adventure and a daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Neighbors, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"

Today we visit the Marsh Trail.  I was delighted to paint with internationally recognized artist Mark Mehaffey, but I didn't get a photo of us, or even him! Hope I'll have another chance as he was a delightful plein aire companion.    

Your next Everglades Grand Adventure video is right here!   You'll be able to see the finished painting at an Exhibition at the Historical Museum in Marco of next year.  If you missed the first video in this series, you can see it here.

I used a cad red tone as the foundation for today's daily painting.  It's available on my website, here.  


A Few Flowers daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

A Few Flowers, 2018, Jo-Ann Sanborn 
Acrylic on board,  5” x 7”

There's something special coming.  If you haven't received an invitation to join me, yours is right here!  You can follow this blog as I post videos and information about our Grand Everglades Adventure.  Hope you'll come along!  


An invitation! Higher Ground daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Higher Ground, 2019, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

keep reading for some exciting news! 

Wet Paint Live

I'll be using this blog for something different in the coming months.  I've been asked to have an exhibition of my paintings at the Marco Island Historical Society in Marco of 2019.  I'd like to take you along as I prepare for the show.  Your invitation is right here!  

You'll be able to follow along right here!  


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. 


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.  


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!  


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.  

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