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.
Two of my plein air paintings were selected to be in this invitational show, which is already hung at the Elliot.
If you are in the area, hope you get a chance to swing by. 🙂
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.
Here’s what we did on vacation. Mokie was worried at first but quickly acclimated, especially at the hotels. She even thought the elevator was fun in one hotel we stayed at. But she loved the cabin.
First of all, we had never been to Lake Lure, NC before and it is a really pretty place to go. We rented a cabin on the lake and even enjoyed the rainy days.
Above is a watercolor that I painted after we got home, but one of the following sketchbook pages is of the same scene that was done on location (as all the sketchbook paintings are).
It was really thrilling to see this mountain the first thing in the morning. It’s a good thing I painted it then because the rest of the week it played hide and seek with me. One day it completely disappeared!
This little fishing pond was next to our cabin.
The Duck Pond was sort of behind the Fishing Pond. The Duck Cabin is built right over the water. Most of the time that we were there, no one was in residence.
This is the same scene as the first picture posted. It was drizzly so the rain made some nice marks on the painting.
Mokie was tired from all the painting and it was a rain day.
It continued to rain, so here is the kitchen end of the cabin.
There was a large meadow on the property and this mountain was usually visible. Across the roadway there was an area with pear trees and sometimes there were deer to bark at.
That’s all I was able to do there, but I did take lots of pictures and will be posting more from the trip – especially the Flowering Bridge.
“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.