This summer my main interest was in painting clouds because that’s when they’re at their best here.
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.
Here is a plein air painting recently done on a Tuesday, of course.
This church is at the center of Hobe Sound, FL and is different on every side. So, I need to go back 3 more times at least to paint the whole church. It was a clear beautiful day and I was happy with this small charming painting.
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.
Met some friendly beach walkers and one dog that was mostly interested in digging to China.
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.
and here are more plein air Tuesday paintings:
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.
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.
These trees are piney and I don’t know the name of them but I like the way they lean toward land as if the breeze showed them which way to grow. This is at the northern end of Hobe Sound Beach.
This painting isn’t huge but consumed a lot of paint. The paint was thickly applied with a fully loaded brush. It’s a high key painting with hardly any darks.
The only way to get to Barley Barber Swamp is to be taken there by bus. It’s located in the middle of FPL property in Indiantown, FL. This link tells you more about how to get there if you’re local: http://www.treasuredlands.org/blog/news and this one tells you more about the swamp: http://www.barleybarber.org/
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.