Friday, May 20, 2016

1654 A Little Windy Painting, Plein Air Alla Prima Coconut Palm by the Ocean

I did this back in April, just now got around to posting it.  We were at the Jetty park by the inlet to the ocean in Ft. Pierce.  It was a lovely breezy day, just looking at the painting again makes me remember sitting there painting this.   I am ready to go to the beach again!

Its done with my palette knife so it has lots of nice textures.  

Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite,
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

1653 Reaching for the Light Plein Air Alla Prima

Painted here today, I liked how the palms were trying to get to the light, its still nice out, not too hot yet, there was a light breeze.  Its at the Richard E. Becker Preserve.  The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

1652 Red Fig Ficus Plein Air Alla Prima




Very windy day today,  I had to hang on to my hat and sometimes the easel.  Those are whitecaps in the inlet, it was that color, a beautiful teal blue. This is out at the causeway park, I was going to do one of the historic buildings there but the water was so pretty I wanted to paint there.  I have been doing some paintings at home and left my favorite knife there.  So I had to use a big one I had along, it has a 3 inch long blade with a rounded tip.  It worked well for making the big leaves of tree.

The tree is some kind of ficus, has pretty bright red figs.  I tried one one time and it wasn't sweet. 
Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite $300.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

1651 Sold Hidden Cottage, Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD  Painted this on Thursday, lovely day, I parked myself under a nice oak tree, cool and shady. Its 8 x 10, oil on masonite.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

1650 Winds at the Jetty Plein Air Alla Prima

Lovely day at the beach today, strong breezes 25 mph winds.  It looked like none of the fisherman were having any luck and we didn't see too many boats. The painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite, $300.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

1649 Boston Avenue Sky Vine Plein Air Alla Prima


Lots of fun painting this today, saw three different kinds of lizards and a bunch of different bees. Flower is thunbergia grandiflora, common names are sky vine and clock vine.  Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

1648 Coming in for a Landing Plein Air

I painted this at Round Island, added the American Egret.  Its 5 x 7 inches oil on masonite. 
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Saturday, April 02, 2016

1647 American Egret at White City Park Plein Air


I did this a few weeks ago, added the bird, felt like the painting needed something.  It was a perfect day, not too hot or cold, just right.  In the summer this is covered with pink water lilies, now everything has the new spring leaves.  The bottle brush trees are blooming, that is one on the right.

The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite,
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

1646 Boston Ave. Back Yard, Plein Air Alla Prima

This is a little shed in the back yard, the owner let us come paint today, we had lots of fun.  I was attracted to the sunshine coming through the banana leaf stalks, it was glowing bright red. There is Queen's Wreath growing on the shed, its a lovely vine that looks a little like wisteria if you don't look too close!

Perfect day, nice breeze and shady, we kept looking at the sky, there were some storm clouds but they blew over without raining on us.  I am surprised I came up with a painting, a big storm came through around 4 am, woke me up, winds and rain.  I was worried we would be rained out and had trouble going back to sleep and then waking up again! 

The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite lots of thick, juicy texture.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1645 White City Park Vista Plein Air Alla Prima

Painted this one today all by myself, I thought it was Thursday couldn't imagine why my group didn't show up!  I'll be back here tomorrow too.  Its the North Fork of the St. Lucie river, one of my favorite spots.  Used to go boating a lot with my dad here.  Its 8 x 10, oil on masonite, $300. 

Friday, March 04, 2016

1644 SOLD Fingernail Bromeliads plein air oil painting

SOLD Forgot to post this last week, went over painting at my friend Julie's house, she had these growing there and I had to paint them.  Bromeliads are one of my favorite plants, I can grow them easy!
The painting is  5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite,

Thursday, March 03, 2016

1643 Round Island Bridge Plein Air Alla Prima


Perfect day at Round Island Park today, I must have seen 20 manatees.  Below is a photo of a manatee and my warm up sketch. 
The painting is 8 x 10, oil, painting knife painted with lots of texture.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

1642 SOLD Burgundy Oxalis Blue Pot Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

I did this one yesterday, its in the herb garden too, the pot is filled with burgundy oxalis and green ones too.  There is a pepper plant to the right.  5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite. 



Below is an ink sketch I did before the painting. 


Thursday, February 18, 2016

1641 SOLD Beautiful Day at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD  It was a wonderful day at Heathcote, I painted this in the herb garden.  I would love to know what that silvery light blue stuff is in the top front of the pot, it smelled yummy.  The painting is 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite. 



Below I made a collage, there is a photo of what is there, an ink sketch, the painting and then one of the metallic pretty green bees in an azalea. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1640 Chilly Day at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this today, it was chilly out, it was in the 50's.  Nice in the sun though! I saw a humming bird, it was a very nice day.  The painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite, to purchase, just click on the paypal button,
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

1639 Rojo Congo Philodendron Plein Air Alla Prima

 I painted this at my friend Julie's house, had a time picking out something to paint, there are cool plants and views everywhere. We had a good turnout of my group, the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast, 18 showed up.  Saw some old friends and some new members too. 

I had to do some hunting to figure out the name of the philodendron, its a Rojo Congo. I always liked them, I have one in my yard too but not as big as this one.  My clean up was easy, its all palette knife, didn't get a brush dirty!

 Painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

1638 Nice Morning at Little Jim's Bait and Tackle Plein Air Alla Prima

Perfect day at Little Jim's Bait and Tackle, not too hot or cold.  Had a good time painting it.  Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

1637 Cloudy Day at the Beach Plein Air Alla Prima

My painting from today, its oil on canvas mounted on masonite. Its 8 x 10 inches. Very cloudy out, looked like it would rain the whole time we were there. It waited till I got home, then started to rain.
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Friday, January 08, 2016

1636 Sea Grapes Aglow Plein Air Alla Prima

I did this yesterday at the jetty park, it is 5 x 7 inches in acrylic on canvas mounted on masonite. Mostly painted with the painting knife. These are the same paints as yesterday's. I liked how they handled on the canvas better than on the plain masonite.  But I like oils the best.   I loved how the sea grape leaves had the sun shining through them like stained glass windows.  
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Thursday, January 07, 2016

1635 Coconut Palm at the Jetties plein air, alla prima

I did this today at the jetty park, it is 5 x 7 inches in acrylic on masonite. Mostly painted with the painting knife. They are Golden Open acrylics, I got them from the company to try them out. I liked them a lot, very bright colors. These are just the three primary colors and white. These acrylics stay wet longer, in today's conditions regular acrylics would have dried very fast. Normally I paint in oils but this was a fun change.
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Friday, January 01, 2016

1634 Plein Air Oil Painting at George E. LeStrange Preserve Lake

I probably should have posted this one before yesterday's painting, I did this one before Thanksgiving, but it wasn't quite finished. I finished it yesterday. Oil on masonite and 8 x 10 inches. 
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

1633 Plein Air Alla Prima at George E. LeStrange Preserve


I did this painting today
at George E. LeStrange Preserve. Oil on masonite and 8 x 10 inches. Last painting of the year! Happy New Year everyone!
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

1632 Silk Floss Tree at the Causeway Plein Air Alla Prima

Went painting here today with an old friend, we had lots of fun catching up!  Weather was funny, I thought we were going to get rained out, it was totally cloudy and drizzly when I left home.  Then it cleared up nice and the sun came out.  It started getting cloudy with misty rain and wind and we decided to pack up.   I did some heavy editing of the scene, left out building, fence and lots of bushes and palm trees. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

1631 Bamboo at the Richard E. Becker Preserve Plein Air

Last week I saw this grove of bamboo, this is just a small corner.  I wanted to paint it so yesterday I did.  Much better weather yesterday, not too hot and some blue skies.  I had a lot of trouble picking the view to paint, there are about 10 other nice views in the same place!  I just need to turn a little ways and there is a possible painting.

Interesting facts about bamboo, its the tallest grass on earth and fastest growing plant in the world.
Bamboo can be used as a building material and young shoots are edible. Bamboo is more difficult to compress than brick, wood or concrete.  It is harder to pull apart than steel.  It rots a lot slower than many other woods.  I have read that it is about 35% more efficient at converting carbon dioxide into oxygen than most other trees.  I think we should grow more bamboo!

I heard its invasive.  Maybe if the conditions are just right.  My dad planted two clumps of bamboo some 50 years ago.  I was a small child.  There are still two clumps, there are more stalks but its hardly taking over.

The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Saturday, December 05, 2015

1630 Richard E. Becker Preserve Plein Air Alla Prima

I found a new place to paint, its one of the county's newest preserves, Richard E. Becker Preserve - 3398 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce . There are lots of nice views, it rained the whole time we were there but there was a nice gazebo to keep us dry. I changed the weather in the painting, the real sky was grey and the water was like lentil soup brown. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Friday, December 04, 2015

1629 SOLD Seahorse

SOLD         Was a commissioned painting, oil on archival mat board 5 x 7 inches.

Friday, November 13, 2015

1628 Crinum Lily at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, plein air alla prima

I did this one yesterday at Heathcote, it was a really nice day, started out gray and turned sunny.  The arbor is at the entrance of their rain forest, this is looking at the way out to the palm garden.  I am very fond of crinum lilies, they have this amazing fragrance that makes me think of home whenever I smell it.  My mother used to grow them and I have a few the yard.

The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas mounted on masonite.
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Thursday, November 05, 2015

1627 SOLD Banana Trees at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima




SOLD  I had fun painting this today at Heathcote's butterfly garden, it was very pretty there today as usual.  Lots and lots of butterflies, saw zebras, giant swallowtails and the caterpillars from the pipevine swallowtail in the dutchman's pipe vine.  Saw some others, I think a cloudless sulpher, big yellow one. The flowers are lion's ear and verbena. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas that is mounted on masonite. 

 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1626 The Girl With The Pink Sneakers Plein Air Alla Prima

Went out today, did some heavy editing of the scene, the girls were there, the one had the bright pink sneakers so I put them in.  The trees are pretty much all there too. But the sky and water weren't blue, they were gray, it looked a lot like it would rain.  I painted till noon and when I was packing up the sun came out and it looked more like my painting.  Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas, mounted on masonite.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

1625 SOLD Red Hibiscus

 SOLD  Nice bright red hibiscus.