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.
In the not too distant past, on a Tuesday of course, just before Christmas in fact, a friend and I decided we should go paint the red bridge on Jupiter Island. It was a beautiful day and there were plenty of people passing by. The bridge is located at the end of a bike path and connects the island to another smaller island called Harbor Island, that the local garden club maintains. My inclination is always to paint the bridge even though there are plenty of options over on Harbor Island. The only disappointment was that since the last time I was there, they painted the bridge a duller red than the true red it was for years. I’m hoping that they go back to the old color soon. It’s just not as brilliant as it once was. In spite of that though, my painting was sold before it dried.
These two plein air paintings of the St. Lucie River were done at the Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie, FL. One is smaller. I was on a huge boardwalk. Several other people painted from the giant size picnic pavillion. It was a breezy, pleasant day with jumping fish.
Recently we, my plein air group, went to the Indiantown Marina. I had no idea how interesting it would be since this was my first visit there. The marina is mostly a boat yard, with rows and rows of dry docked boats. The boat I painted was called Topaz. I took pictures of many other boats and hope to paint them in the future.
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.
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.