For all the snowbirds that go north just a little too soon. During June and July the most magnificent tree flowers down here in south Florida. Often called the Flamboyant Tree, or Flame Tree, the Royal Poincianna tree shows off it’s orange flaming flowers throughout Central and Southern Florida.
Last Tuesday was especially fun. My group painted at the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation in Palm City, FL. We had painted there before and will paint there again. So, I decided to paint one of the mini horses. It turns out he is an ambassador for ERAF and that’s understandable. Using pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, I captured his sweetness and also have published the image on Amazon as one of my arty-tees – both a tshirt and a hoodie.
It’s been a long time since the last post because I tend to get behind on the photography end of things. If the paintings are small enough they are scanned.
It seems that the pastels have been neglected lately, so after thinking about it, the issue was with the bulkiness. So going back to another post where I had evaluated the colors used in a plein air painting by John Pierce Barnes [https://doreenelepore.com/2012/06/02/john-pierce-barnes/] I decided to expand on that selection of pastels yet keep it within this cigar box. The box is about 8″x10″x2″ deep. It’s lined with some foam that was laying around and there is another piece that lays on top to minimize the jiggling.
Here is the palette that seems to be working for me.
This is working out great for plein air because it’s much lighter to carry and an added bonus is that I don’t get mesmerized by too many colors to look through for the exact right stick. I’ve been using my old half julien easel that holds a few supplies like a travel watercolor box and some brushes.
Here are the paintings that are done with this palette.
This painting is a bit different for me – done in gouache on a panel called “Aquabord” made by Ampersand. I laid out my colors on a wet paper towel on my oil palette/easel so they wouldn’t dry out. Then I used both painting knives and brushes to paint. The nice thing about the gouache is that it can be reworked by rewetting, it dries fast and you can mix watercolors in if you are missing a color. Since painting this I’ve used just white gouache with my watercolors in my sketchbook and really like that effect too.
If you want to frame without glass you can coat with Renaissance wax, an archival sealer.
The location was Shadowood Farm in Palm City, Fl. Its an organic farm and everything is grown in raised beds. [Rabbit prevention] Next time I go there I’ll try to paint the garden but this time I couldn’t resist the pond.