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


Plein Air Painting

Everglade Garden is hardly recognizable from my last post, but it's a revised version of the last painting displayed. I've given the palms a background and set them into the landscape so they're not floating anymore, but I'm still not happy with the finished product. I've spent hours on this little painting, and it's still not a go. Funny how some paintings just seem to paint themselves and others are such a struggle!

Here in South Florida we're fortunate enough to be able to paint comfortably outdoors all year long, but in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere the world is waking up to Spring. Whether you're an artist or not, it's time to renew your acquaintance with nature and the outside beckons.

I'll be teaching a four day workshop at the Marco Island Center for the Arts next week, and it's not too late to sign up! The class is Acrylics and the Florida Landscape. We'll spend half of each day inside, learning the basics of composition, values, color, and beyond, and half a day outside painting at various sites on the island and in the Everglades. It's a lot of fun and we have a great time. Everyone learns, including me. Today's photos are from last years class. Hope you can join us! There's also a list of tips for painting outside on my studio blog.

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