These are two back-to-back studies I did capturing the subtle changes of morning light and shapes of shadows cast on the sand. I find the more I do of these small, quick studies- ideally kept to just 1 hour or less- the more intuitively I am able to paint. Recently I came across a quote somewhere that struck me. I'm paraphrasing here, but it was something along the lines of:
When I am painting I am rarely ever alone... the voices of all my teachers seem to constantly be whispering in my ears. But sometimes, when I manage to get in "the flow" those voices fall away and then it's just me and my canvas.
I live for those moments.
Here is the first one, "Summertime," framed. Both are available through my gallery in Palmetto located at 419 10th Ave W.
I'll be teaching a 2 day workshop in Tequesta, FL next February 8th & 9th on painting small, quick studies, if interested please contact The Lighthouse Art Center to register.
This past May I had the honor of being asked to teach as a "Florida's
Finest Plein Air Painting Ambassador" at Apalachicola's Forgotten Coast Paint Out festival.
My students, most of whom were fairly new new to oil painting outdoors, were wonderful, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the other artists at the event better... and don't even get me started on the oysters! ;)
The only real downside was that the rigorous teaching schedule (three 2 hour one-on-one sessions a day for 5 days) didn't leave me with a lot of time (or energy!) left to paint for myself during the week, which was a little frustrating considering everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE you look there is amazing subject matter all around Apalachicola! Shrimp boats, marsh grasses, boat yards, old docks, overgrown cottages... the list goes on... Needless to say, I'll be back!
The above paintings are a few of the demos I did and a couple I managed to squeeze in in-between students.