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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!