Tuesday Paintings House of Refuge Beach

Last Tuesday, not yesterday but Tuesday of last week, we painted at the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, a narrow strip of land called Gilbert’s Bar. It was a nice breezy day and I decided to paint the beach instead of the buildings. The limestone rocks alone are an interesting subject. Even though I had time for a second small painting I still painted the rocks and ocean instead of the buildings. So here are mama and baby paintings from last Tuesday.

House of Refuge Beach - 11x14 oil on panel
House of Refuge Beach – 11×14 oil on panel
Mini House of Refuge Beach - 5x7 - oil on panel
Mini House of Refuge Beach – 5×7 – oil on panel

Met some friendly beach walkers and one dog that was mostly interested in digging to China.

 

Pastel Demo and more Tuesday Paintings

Recently I was asked to do a demonstration of my method of painting with watercolor and pastels at a local art club. It was a fun morning and well received. Here is the painting I did for them that I started with a watercolor underpainting.

Savannah - 12x16 - pastels
Savannah – 12×16 – pastels

and here are more plein air Tuesday paintings:

11 Maple St. - 9x12 - pastels
11 Maple St. – 12×9 – pastels

 

Port Salerno - 9x12 - pastels
Port Salerno – 9×12 – pastels

 

Lyric Theater Building - 9x12 -oil
Lyric Theater Building – 9×12 -oil

 

Sewells Point Morning - 9x12 - oil
Sewells Point Morning – 9×12 – oil

 

Ancient Oak - 8x10 - oil
Ancient Oak – 8×10 – oil

 

Palms at Indian Riverside Park - 12x12 - oil
Palms at Indian Riverside Park – 12×12 – oil

Pearce Homestead Paintout

Back in November I went to a paintout at the Pearce Homestead in Ft. Basinger, FL. The property sits on the western side of the Kissimmee River. It was a beautiful day and there was a pretty good turn out as far as I could tell.

These two paintings we done from the dock of the boat house.

Kissimmee River - 12x16 oil on panel
Kissimmee River – 12×16 oil on panel
Kissimmee River Bank - 6x8 oil on panel
Kissimmee River Bank – 6×8 oil on panel

Vacation

Here’s what we did on vacation. Mokie was worried at first but quickly acclimated, especially at the hotels.  She even thought the elevator was fun in one hotel we stayed at. But she loved the cabin.

First of all, we had never been to Lake Lure, NC before and it is a really pretty place to go. We rented a cabin on the lake and even enjoyed the rainy days.

Lake Lure
Lake Lure – 9×12 – watercolor on Fabriano cold pressed paper

Above is a watercolor that I painted after we got home, but one of the following sketchbook pages is of the same scene that was done on location (as all the sketchbook paintings are).

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-1 – Pine Gables view from Canoe Rack – watercolor and ink

It was really thrilling to see this mountain the first thing in the morning. It’s a good thing I painted it then because the rest of the week it played hide and seek with me. One day it completely disappeared!

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-2 – Pine Gables – The Fishing Pond – watercolor and ink

This little fishing pond was next to our cabin.

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-3 – Pine Gables – The Duck Pond – watercolor and ink

The Duck Pond was sort of behind the Fishing Pond. The Duck Cabin is built right over the water. Most of the time that we were there, no one was in residence.

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-4 – Pine Gables – view facing SE near canoe rack – watercolor and rain

This is the same scene as the first picture posted. It was drizzly so the rain made some nice marks on the painting.

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-5 – Mokie on the couch – rainy day – pencil

Mokie was tired from all the painting and it was a rain day.

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-6 – Inside the Fishing Cabin on a rain day – watercolor and pencil

It continued to rain, so here is the kitchen end of the cabin.

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sketchbook-lake-lure-nc-7 – Pine Gables – View from the Meadow – watercolor and ink

There was a large meadow on the property and this mountain was usually visible. Across the roadway there was an area with pear trees and sometimes there were deer to bark at.

That’s all I was able to do there, but I did take lots of pictures and will be posting more from the trip – especially the Flowering Bridge.

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Orchid for #WorldWatercolorMonth

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Miltonia – 5×7 – Daniel Smith watercolors on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico hot pressed extra white

Already bending the rules a little, this is a watercolor sketch done near the end of June – but posted in July!

One of the main goals of watercolor month is to raise awareness of the need for art education and supplies for students through the Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I’ve put this link in my sidebar so you can check that out too.

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“A Trip Down the Loxahatchee”

“A Trip Down the Loxahatchee” by Jim Snyder will debut on Nov. 21 when the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum holds the “Lighthouse River Rendezvous.” The annual fund raiser will unfold along the river, at the foot of the museum, on  Saturday evening starting at 6:00 pmhttp://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/jupiter-events-november.php

This coffee table book is made up of paintings and photographs by local artist of the Loxahatchee River and will be for sale in local gift shops.  Some time ago Jim asked me if he could include this painting in the book and of course I said yes.  It’s a small pastel painting that I did on location.

Loxahatchee River
Loxahatchee River

 

 

Marsh by the Gate

Today on my bike ride I stopped by the gazebo at the front gate and painted a small (5×7) watercolor of the marsh there.

Gate Marsh - 5x7 - watercolor plein air
Gate Marsh – 5×7 – watercolor plein air

I used Fabriano hot pressed 140 lb. paper and not very many colors. Manganese blue, Quinacridone gold, Quinicradone sienna and green gold – all Daniel Smith.

Sort of an abstract, scribbled sketch. 🙂

 

Cows

The Cow – Robert Lewis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart:
she gives me cream with all her might,

To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray,

All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass

And wet with all the showers,

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers.