Once you get to the Seminole Inn and hop on the tour bus you get a bumpy ride past the FPL plant and arrive at the swamp in the middle of nowhere but is actually close to Lake Okeechobee that you can’t see from there. The tour follows a windy boardwalk through the ancient cypress swamp that is host to otter eating gators, many tree frogs and assorted rarely seen vegetation.
Toward the end of the boardwalk tour I captured several shots of the most beautiful area of the swamp where all the cypress needles had turned the land into a carpet of red. It would have been even more stunning if the sun were out that day.
More beach paintings! This time I’ve included a picture of each painting in their frames. These are small works, all 6×8 – oil on panel, and look great in wide white molding frames – the width of the molding is about 3 1/2 inches.
The brilliant blue is compliments of Gamblin – go to www.gamblincolors.com and click on Torrit Grey to see the paintings that were submitted. This year all Torritt Grey participants (remember the Torritt Birds http://hobesoundartist.com/2012/09/29/torrit-bird/) received a free tube of “Cote d’Azure” along with another tube (mine was white). The backstory is that their master paint maker, Matt and his wife Liz went to France for their honeymoon and the water inspired this color. The color is perfect for Florida, hope they keep making it!
The paintings are all down at a small, new boutique in Hobe Sound; Juno Shoe Girl on S. Dixie Hwy. The shop has a beachy theme and my beach paintings have sold well there. You can find more information about Juno Shoe Girl here: http://junoshoegirl.com/
My apologies for not keeping up with my blog however I started the year way under the weather and it really put be very far behind in every aspect of my life. Plus, there have been way to many non art activities that I’ve been forced into by people who don’t appreciate my time nearly as much as I do.
But the good news is that there have been more sales that I’m happy to report and hopefully, I’ll get back to painting soon.
Each year the Gamblin paint company cleans their filter and makes paint out of the pigment they collect. They put it in a tube and when you buy their paint, you receive a free tube of this random grey paint. The color can be different every year. They call it Torrit Grey. (I believe Torrit is the filtering system.) Also every year Gamblin paint company holds a contest and you can see the rules for yourself at their website: www.gamblincolors.com. There is a link there to see past shows and winners.
Basically you must paint with the current year torrit grey paint and you can use any white and a black.
My Torrit Bird paintings were painted with just the torrit grey and white – Gamblin’s Flake White Replacement.
Even though they allow you to enter 3 works, I only entered the top bird – he was my favorite.
This painting was done in Ft. Pierce as part of an invitational paint out. The last time I was in the neighborhood, this building was completely renovated. It wouldn’t be my choice as a painting subject anymore because all the character was removed.
The title is from that song by the B52’s – “Love Shack”. Of course being in Ft. Pierce it was probably more likely a Drug Shack.