Finally, I’m home again! Spring is springing and I’ve been getting some painting and some gardening done, so yeah! Often while on Anna Marie island I would plein air paint the sunsets, which were spectacular. I’m thoroughly enjoying simplifying the shapes and colors. This will be posted for sale soon.
One of the first sunny days I landed in St. Augustine, I grabbed my easel and painted this noble guard. There are four lions guarding the bridge; they’re made of imported Carerra marble and are stunning in their majesty. This sketch took about two hours.
12 X 20”, acrylic on archival canvas.
One of the most intriguing things about St. Augustine is its history. Throughout the city there are ancient, original doors guarding homes, gardens, courtyards and businesses. I wonder - how long have these beautiful doors been guarding this courtyard? 300 years? More?
12X12” archival canvas, Work In Progress.
Making some progress on this piece. Studying waves is a science unto itself, but very interesting and challenging. And that turquoise!
12X12”, acrylic and mixed media on archival board.
Aviles St. in this old (1565!) town of St. Augustine is full of ancient doors and doorways of all shapes and sizes. This one in particular drew my attention - the colors, the shadows, the sunlight - all combined into a wonderful composition just begging to be painted.
There is so much life going on at the beach. I’m surrounded by sun bathers, dune buggies, bicyclists and hikers. Everyone is happy, including me. This mixed media painting is 12X12” on archival board.
When I set up this morning it was the shadows and contrast that intrigued me. I’ve painted enough palms in the last few weeks to finally have the hang of their shapes and fronds. That’s the Gulf of Mexico beyond the old pier, where it’s too dangerous to swim due to the riptides. 12X12” on archival board.
It’s always wonderful to get back to some plein air painting. I love when people walking by stop and comment while giving encouragement. The Gulf of Mexico was wild today, with 3 - 4’ waves and lots of surfers in wet suits (it’s got to be cold) trying out their boards. I loved this jetty jutting out into the ocean, and the way the waves angled off of it. This is a WIP/Work In Progress, but it’s getting there.
12X12” on archival canvas and board.
I wish I knew enough about palms to guess how old these two are. They’ve (obviously) bent in the wind and are guarding the inlet into Sarasota Bay. The Bay, I recently learned, is only about four feet deep and full of grasslands and wildlife.
There is something about these two palms that I find irresistible. The day was warm, about 75, and as I painted many encouraging and kind people stopped by to watch. Makes me think there is hope for humanity! While I was there a fisherman caught a Man ‘O Ray in his net, which he returned to the sea. I love the contrast between the decaying manmade cement wall and all of the ocean’s organics.