All of us artists participating in the Canaveral Seashore Paint Out painted one evening that week at JB's Fish Camp as customers looked on. Of course, I was immediately attracted to the bright red umbrellas! Painting all the people who we're milling around was definitely a challenge, but I was happy with the way it turned out.
It was the pink umbrella that first caught my eye in this scene along the banks of the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach. Then I noticed the young woman playing so joyfully in the water with her little dog. When they took a break and sat down to rest I quickly painted them in. As she was leaving I thanked her for being my "unwitting model." She told me her mother had just undergone a radical mastectomy that morning and that she'd traveled from GA to care for her for the past 10 days. This was the 1st time that she'd had an afternoon all to herself and the 1st time she'd ever taken her dog to this beach... and I just happened to be there to capture that moment of release and relief...
This sweet little yellow house just touched me when I saw it. I loved the shapes and shadows, as well as the Aderindack chairs lined up I on the porch, very inviting. Reminded me of the kinda house Edward Hopper might have liked to paint too.
While painting this little ice cream shop on Canal St. in New Smyrna a Beach I got a craving for ice cream myself... "When you're done with the painting," I told myself. Well, when the time came that was as good a reason as any to put my brushes down and call it done!
This nocturne painting was done in the lovely little garden patio courtyard behind The Third Wave restaurant in New Smyrna Beach. Even with a headlamp on my forehead it was still difficult to really see what colors I was putting down... I only hoped it would look as good in the daylight as it did in the dark! (Luckily, I think it did!)
A photo of the painting in progress taken with my camera flash.
For my afternoon painting on the 1st day of the Paint Out, I chose to do this historical house on the Canaveral National Seashore property. I liked the idea and challenge of relating the geometric shapes and shadows of the house to the square format of my canvas.
Set my easel up at the end of the Canaveral Seashore National Park this first morning of the Paint Out and played around with reflections and shadows. Had to move it back a few times as it's apparently a very popular place for fishermen and kayakers launch their boats!
Before the sun set completely on the same evening as I painted The Garden Party, I got one more little beauty in. The light in the sky was fading softly into pinks and purples, reflecting in the river as I did this one, like changing notes of color behind the palms... thus the title.
This little painting sketch was done at the kick off party held in the garden behind Clay Gallery for the Canaveral Seashore Paint Out in New Smyrna Beach, FL last week- a chance to warm up my brushes for the week of non-stop painting ahead!
This is my other piece in the Paint the Town Bradenton exhibit, a beautiful old wooden boat housed in someone's yard. I've long admired it, however there are usually a bunch of cars parked in front of it... but not today! Don't you just love the turquoise blue and rust orange paint peeling off the bow? So much good stuff in Cortez!
Truth is, I can't recall ever having had the blues in Cortez! It's such a charming, quirky, unique little fishing village with the most amazing subject matter for paintings everywhere you look... not to mention some of THE BEST seafood around! If anything, it can be a bit of a sensory overload.
Feeling ambitious, (this is a Paint Out week after all!) I decided to challenge myself this morning with studying the reflections in the water. Figured why not? I'd either sink or swim!
Fortunately, for as ever-moving and complex as reflections can be, I think I managed to stay afloat pretty well in the end. Will be submitting this one (along with another Cortez boat painting) to the
Day #1 of the Bradenton Paint Out (and day # 28 of the Daily Painting Challenge) found me on Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island- which really wouldn't be different than any other given Sunday, except that today I was surrounded by a bunch of fellow plein air painters! Loved the good company! Also loved the dune shadows (of course) and footprints in the wet sand after a night of thunderstorms... Evidence that a few others had enjoyed an early morning walk on the before we arrived with our easels.
This week I am one of 30 artists participating in the "Paint the Town Bradenton" Paint Out. It kicked off Saturday morning with a Quick Draw in which we had 2 hours to start and complete a painting within the perimeters of the RiverWalk Park. This was my entry. As a side note, when I laid in the color for the water I actually second guessed myself... but yes, it was in fact that brilliant a shade of blue!
By the time I was able to paint this afternoon it was pouring down rain... again. So I managed to get my painting for the day in between helping kids with homework and starting dinner. Sometimes the quick ones turn out to be some of the best ones!
Day #23 of my Daily Painting Challenge found me hanging out in the shade with a couple of cows again. Was working on simplifying their shapes in this one, as I have a tendency to get lost in the details sometimes. Must come from 20+ years of trompe l'oeil mural painting. Anyway, I'm enjoying these pastoral scenes, a departure from my beach paintings.