My Personal Alligator Alley, Oil on Canvas, 16×12
While looking for a spot to paint at the Loxahatchee Wild Life Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida I saw these two trees that were way out on this small strip of land that was surrounded on two sides by marsh water. I loved the arch of the trees, the deep shadows and the perspective of the path that went way out into the distant horizon. While setting up my easel and getting everything ready, I suddenly realized that number one I was the only human being in sight out here in the wilderness and secondly there are alligators in these waters. After just a bit of panic I decided that I would face the danger square on and sacrifice my safety for the sack of my art. I really like this painting and it probably worked because I had to stop thinking so much and just paint (it only took 1 1/2 hours), or face the reality of possibly be eaten by some hungry alligator. Who says it is easy to paint in Florida!
While everyone out there was planning on how and where they were going to spend their Black Friday, I felt the need to take a road trip and contemplate the subject myself. So I got in my car and drove along the ocean to help clear out some space in my brain, when I came upon a site that I just had to paint. It is a spot that surfers use to get out to the waves in a hurry since it is located so close to the ocean and the parking lot. I like it because it implies the water but you can’t see the ocean. All you can sense is the ocean’s call. I never stick birds in my paintings because it always seemed a bit corny but this was the one moment it seemed right. I love the key hole that the sea grapes create and how it helps to draw you in and makes you wonder what is awaiting you on the other side.
So on my journey to find out what I will do on my Black Friday I came up with the best alternative that I could come up with. While everyone’s at the mall I will be out in nature peacefully painting and recording its beauty without a sole around me.
Surfer’s Call, Oil on Canvas, 16×12
The weather is beautiful here in south Florida right now and today was exceptionally nice. Had a great morning painting at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve. Days like today are a reminder of how lucky I am to be able to paint in this type of environment. Hope you enjoy my painting as much as I did painting it. Happy winter!
Plein Air Provence Painting Workshop
June 24 – July 1, 2005
I would personally like to invite you to join me on an incredible art & cultural adventure in the heart of Provence. The plein air painting workshop I am offering will include very personalized painting instruction while exploring the south of France in the region around Arles and St. Remy.
This is more than a painting workshop but an educational adventure into the life of one of the greatest painters of the modern era. The paintings that Van Gogh produced when working in Arles and St. Remy amounted to an immense breakthrough in his style and in the history of Western art.
Just imagine painting in the same locations where Van Gogh painted some of his most important works, like the “Langlois Bridge”, “The Olive Grove”, the “Café Terrace At Night” and more. The workshop will be base in St. Remy at the Villa Glanum, which is located across from the asylum where Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted some of his most famous works such as “Starry Night”.
The daily painting excursions will be coordinated and accompanied by our French program coordinator. Because she is a local, knows the area and speaks French, we will be able to experience the South of France from a truly insiders point of view.
Please see the accompanying brochure that includes a detailed daily itinerary. Early booking savings of $200 per person expires November 20, 2014. Space is limited so, I encourage you to enroll as soon as possible to ensure your place by contacting Mary Lee Kenny at The Travel Gallery-American Express, 561-745-1553. I hope to see you in Provence!
I had a very busy summer with traveling to Italy, Key West and now leaving for my Plein Air Maine Workshop but I did manage to get a few little paintings completed back here in Palm Beach. The first one is at Riverbend Park in Jupiter, Florida and the other is at Grassy Waters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Two of my favorite spots to paint in around home.
Enjoyed a week of play in Key West. Drank a little, ate a lot, and painted in one of my favorite places in Florida. Am hoping to spend a month there next year and I am looking into giving workshops while I am there. Here are just a few Key West watercolor paintings.
This recent watercolor was made from a number of reference photos I took while in Key West in July.
Love the way the bananas grow. I tried to limit my palette to just to eight colors, with a palette divided into warm and cool. Was a fun experiment and thought it was a fairly successful interpretation of what I had seen. Also like the “looking up” perspective.