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


Quiet Morning

There's a ghost orchid that can be seen from the boardwalk in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary off Immokalee Road. The ones I know of in the Fakahatchee can only be seen after traveling into the swamp, so this is a great way to see one without getting wet. Unless it rains again, of course! The ghost orchid is hard to find if you don't know where to look because there's only a small bit of almost invisible root if it's not blooming. In addition, they're quite rare, and only found in the Everglades. If you want to see it, go right away since I'm not sure how long it will be blooming.

Nice quiet weekend! My husband and I assembled and found space for a drawing table for the studio. Phew, too many parts! We followed the directions, though, and managed to get it all together after backstepping only a few times and without a major fuss. It's going to be a big asset since I've been working on some drawings for a children's story. I warmed up yesterday with this small painting of --what else--the Everglades! The palette knife gave it a nice underlying texture and a pleasing final result.

Quiet Morning
8" x 6" (20.4cm x 15.3cm)

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