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.
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.
“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 pm. http://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.
It’s rare to get free publicity, at least for me it is, but one of my paintings will be in the next issue, July/August, of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. (not on newsstands yet) http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/
The magazine is one of those well done, high quality, shiny art magazines that is aimed at collectors.
My painting is part of a photo essay on painting in parks, which is something I love to do. One of my favorite parks is a local one, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the painting is one of several I’ve done of the Loxahatchee River. You’ve seen it here before, but here it is again:
You can see other paintings that are part of the Painting the Parks program on the Fine Art Gallery page.
This pastel painting hangs in the dining room framed in gold. The glass is reverse painted in black with a gold leaf border. This view is from the front entrance of The Arbors, where I live. It was done some time ago and is still a favorite of mine.
This lake is located within the community that we live in. It actually doesn’t have a name, as far as I know. Out in the middle there is a small raft that turtles and the occasional alligator sun themselves. Turtle Lake seems like a good name.
The pastel painting was started with a water color underpainting. Just using the maroon color in the land masses and a rosy pink in the sky and lake enables me to then quickly put in the middle values. You might notice that I didn’t use any green. Honestly, I just felt like not using green so this is probably considered a tonalist painting.
STORIES BEHIND THE FACTS. This project is made possible by Anne Marie Toccket, Carlos Camacho, Arielle Teer, Ben Sarah and Albie Fishbein-Brewer, David Zak, Fitz Fitzgerald, Ceci Ebitz, Abi Beddall, Mark Dixon, Nate Kling, Erin Tobin, Joe Herbstritt, David Bernabo, Steph Herbstritt, Sondi Stachowski, Anne Cortese, Christine Waller, Donna Sommer, Theo Keller, Jim Price, Chris Donadio, Brennan Kaye, Andrea Johnson, Michael Wacht, Jackie Heilman, Chris St. Pierre, Teresa Martuccio, Jason Clearfield and Rosanne Spolski.