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

10/1/08

Tamiami Trail, Daily Painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn

Today's scene is one that I've painted before, right along the Tamiami Trail, or Route 41 between Marco Island and Everglades City. The palms have rearranged themselves a little since the last time I was there, and there's a couple of new little ones coming along. I'm returning to this site because a commission client wants something similar to a past painting of this area. I never paint exactly the same painting twice, but will return to an area with a fresh eye. Since the light and the mood is never the same, each painting is unique. The Tamiami Trail , State Road 41, goes from Tampa to Miami. Completed in 1928, the Trail has just had it's 75th birthday. Traveling the road is you'll see a fascinating mix of old and new, wilderness and over development. Think Route 66 only in Florida. The Trail is designated as a scenic highway and is well worth a drive even at today's gasoline prices. My favorite part, of course, is the drive from Marco to Miami, which is mostly undeveloped Everglades wilderness area. Each of the links above will give you a little more information about the Trail.

Watch carefully if you drive along. In addition to the alligators and soaring and wading birds, you might be lucky enough to catch a rare sighting of the hairy, bipedal Skunk Ape. The Skunk Ape is the most southern of the Bigfoot family. There's some footage of the creature here and you can learn more about this unusual creature at Skunk Ape Headquarters.

Tamiami Trail
7" x 5"
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2 comments:

bonnieluria said...

JoAnn- this is really a beauty in its' composition and how it pulls you right in.
I laughed when I read your comment about the dirty brush on the previous post.
That's what makes your paintings look to be of " an Era ", rather than modern.
I have to remember that trick.

You are an emissary of the Everglades- always much to learn here too.

JoAnn Sanborn said...

The Everglades are a truly remarkable place. Sort of an addiction for me--each sight makes my fingers itch for the brush!

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