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 SOLD Silk Floss Tree at the Causeway Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD  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.

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.





Friday, October 23, 2015

1624 Soiree on the Sandy Trail

Sandy trail in the outback.  Its 5 x 7, oil on masonite.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

1623 Rain at the Causeway Park Plein Air

 Did this one today, top has the rain drops still on it and second one the rain has dried off.  That is the inlet to the ocean in the background.  Lots of fun watching the sky change today, Bottom is two photos of about the same area, First was around 9:30 and next was 11:30.  Painting is 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1622 Savanna Slough

White herons in the Savannas, this was one I did awhile ago, put aside to dry and I just added the birds today.  Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

1621 Cabin in the Savannas Plein Air Alla Prima

Painted this one last Thursday at the ranger's station,  Its 6 x 8 inches, oil on canvas.
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Monday, October 19, 2015

1620 Savanna Ibis Plein Air

Another nice day at the Savannas Recreational Area off Midway road.  The ibis are very friendly, hoping for handouts.  Every time I moved a little they looked up expecting a treat.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

1619 Silver Morning Savannas Plein Air Alla Prima

Nice morning to paint in! This was at the Savannas Recreational area in Ft. Pierce.  Its oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

1618 SOLD East Beach, Plein Air Alla Prima


SOLD I painted this Tuesday, in Stuart, I was in the shade of one of the bridges, nice and cool breeze.  Went painting today in the Savannas Recreational Area, sold this one and the cypress painting.  Very nice days!  Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches. 

Friday, August 07, 2015

1617 SOLD Tree of Life Plein Air

SOLD I haven't had much time to post, had a disaster with the plumbing, everything was stopped up. Slowly getting things fixed!

At the same time I got prepared for the Art Mundo show,  my  show is in the Underground, reception is on August 12th. 5 to 8.  Hope you can come see!  The show will be up till the 28th of this month.  

Art Mundo is at 111 Orange Ave, Fort Pierce, FL http://www.artmundo.org/

I painted this back in June 2014 at Blue Cypress Lake.  I tweaked it a little, brightened up the birds mainly. They are in an old cypress tree.  Its 5 x 7, oil on masonite,

Saturday, July 11, 2015

1616 Path to the Beach Plein Air

Did this at South Beach on a nice day awhile ago. Its 8 x 10 inches oil on masonite.
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Friday, July 10, 2015

1615 Mottled ducks at Indrio Savannas

I saw these two ducks at Indrio Savannas the last time I was painting there.   They were blending in pretty well, I took a couple of photos and painted from one of them.  They were too far down the trail for me to lug all my gear, the camera was plenty.  The painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite.
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Thursday, July 09, 2015

1614 SOLD Royal Poinciana at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

SOLD  This is the royal poinciana at Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Commissioned painting
Its 8 x 10 oil on masonite. One of my favorite subjects to paint from one of my favorite places to paint at.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

1613 Look there's an Osprey!

These kayakers were just starting their ride by Round Island.  I worked from one of my photos I took when I was there last.  I love going there, almost every time I am there I see some manatees.  The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite. 
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Saturday, July 04, 2015

1612 Lilies in the Savannas Plein Air Alla Prima

I did this one earlier this year probably back in May at the Savannas Recreational Area on Midway Road.  Its always nice to paint there.  Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.
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Friday, July 03, 2015

1611 SOLD Garden Corner at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD This is another one I did back in March and finally getting to post it. It was painted at the scene in the gardens.  Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

1610 Oak in the Azaleas Plein Air Alla Prima

Did this one back in February at a friend's house.  She has lots of beautiful azaleas, its a fun place to paint!  Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

1609 SOLD Monstera and Cycad, Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air

SOLD I did this one back in March this year, put it aside as I wanted to tweak it a bit which I did. Mainly just brought out some of the values, put some darker darks in and some lighter lights in to give the painting some more contrasts. Can't recall the flowers name now. Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1608 Water Oaks in the Savannas

I did this earlier this year, I love it when the grass gets that golden tan color.  The colors aren't showing as well as I would like on my monitor, it is brighter in real life.  Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

1607 SOLD Sunny Garden

SOLD Did this awhile ago, it feels like this morning did to me.  It hit 100 degrees F. and then clouded over,
went down 20 degrees this afternoon, 80 felt cool!  I remember having fun with the colors and textures.  Its oil on masonite, 5 x7 inches.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

1606 South Causeway Park Plein Air Alla Prima Ft. Pierce

Nice day at the causeway park, I left out the fence.  Its oil on masonite, 5 x7 inches. 
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

1605 Storm clouds over the Savannas Plein Air

I did this earlier this year, it was starting to get cloudy out.  Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite
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Friday, June 26, 2015

1604 Savanna's Trail

This was in a bunch of un-sorted  paintings.  No idea when I painted it.  It feels like now to me, warm and humid out, with the possibility of a shower in the afternoon.  Nice lazy summer day! 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite,
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

1603 Hot out at the Inlet State Park Plein Air Alla Prima

This was from the same day as the last painting, just now getting around to posting it. I was sitting at the same place, just looked in a different direction.  Its oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

1602 SOLD Sunny Day at the Inlet

SOLD   
I painted this last friday at the Inlet State Park, its 5 x 7, oil on masonite.  Very hot out but there was a nice breeze.  There is a shadow from the frame on the right.  My clients had invited me to come paint as they were down on vacation, we all had a nice time. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

1601 Breezy Morning Indian River Painting

Nice breezy morning on the Inlet.  This one I did earlier in the year, put it aside and didn't post it for some reason.  Or at least I don't think I posted it, LOL!  The birds were done at the time of the painting, I didn't feel the need to tweak it at all.
The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite,
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1600 SOLD View of the Savannas Bridge Plein Air

SOLD I have been going through my paintings, they had gotten out of control, some I have put aside to tweak, others I had never put on the blog. Then there are a bunch that have been to shows and never got re-filed. This one  is a plein air, I painted it earlier this year.  I had put it aside because I wanted to brighten up the bridge a bit and add the bird.  So it is still considered painted en plein air, as most is from life.  I won't call it alla prima any more as it wasn't painted all at one time.

I painted it at the Savanna Recreational area, off Midway road.  Its a lovely area, usually lots of birds and tortoises, sometimes you get to see an alligator.

 This one is 5 x 7 inches , oil on masonite, lots of textures

Thursday, May 07, 2015

1599 SOLD Commissioned Painting

 SOLD  This is a big one, I have been working on it since the beginning of March.  Its 3 x 5 feet, oil on canvas.  The client liked my palm on the frontispiece of my blog and wanted a painting with the palm on the St. Lucie river instead of the ocean.  I worked from my photos and his to compose the painting.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1598 SOLD Lovely Day at the Inlet State Park, Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD  Beautiful day today, nice breezes and bright blue sky and water.  The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

1597 Indrio Clouds Plein Air Alla Prima

This was the second one I did yesterday, it was so nice out I felt like doing some more painting.  I liked the way these two cypress trees looked.  The cypress trees by the lake are in different Spring stages, no needles yet on some, some just starting out and some all leafed out.  They are one of the trees that shows the seasons in Florida. 
This one is 5 x 7 inches , oil on masonite, lots of textures.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1596 Eagle's Roost and Indrio Savannas plein air alla prima

Painted this today, fellow and his dog Clyde came up and he said he liked the painting but I needed to paint the dead tree across the lake.  I said it would be a half inch tall.  He said, "Yes but its where the eagles sit!"  I thought I would give it a try and I think it went pretty well, used my knife.  The whole painting was painted with a painting knife, no brush at all.  Beautiful day, I got there at 9:30 and there were no clouds at all.  Then all of a sudden all these little puffy clouds started showing up.  When I finished painting the sky to the west was full of clouds, looked like rain.

The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite,
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1595 Cool and Shady at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Chinese Fan palms at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. This one is a studio painting, I worked from a photo I took at the gardens. 
Painting is oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1594 SOLD Satake Palm at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD Painted this at Heathcote today in their palm garden.  The Satake palm is the one closest to us in the painting.  Its labeled so that is how I know what it is!  It looks like a little Royal palm but has interesting colors on the trunk so that is why I wanted to paint it.  That is the gift shop in the back and then they have some nice plants for sale between the shop and my palms.

Weather is perfect, nice breeze going through the gardens and its always shady in the palm garden. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite,




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

1593 SOLD Azaleas at Heathcote Plein Air Alla Prima

SOLD  Painted this today at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. It was about perfect, not too hot or cold, lots of pretty flowers blooming. The only hard part was deciding where to paint. Painting is oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches.



Friday, March 13, 2015

1592 Look A Manatee, Florida Oil Painting



Went to Round Island a couple of weeks ago and saw these guys fishing. The one pointed to a manatee and said,"Look A Manatee!" The manatee submerged immediately. So I painted the background on site and put the fellows and the manatee in today. Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.


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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

1591 SOLD Big Blue Flower Pot at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein air Alla Prima

 SOLD  I painted this Tuesday before last at Heathcote Botanical gardens here in Ft. Pierce. I love pottery that has that gorgeous blue shiny glaze!  The pot is out by their herb garden.  Just now getting around to posting it, I have to get back into the habit.  This one is 5 x 7 inches , oil on masonite, lots of textures. $100.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

SOLD 1590 Spring Colors at Heathcote Gardens Plein Air Alla prima

 SOLD I have been back to Heathcote Botanical gardens here in Ft. Pierce.  I have still been working on the giant commission painting.  This one is 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite, lots of texture.$100.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1589 Starburst Clerodendrum Plein Air Alla Prima

I did this today at Heathcote Botanical gardens here in Ft. Pierce.  I have been working on a giant commission painting at home lately.  So I wanted to do a little one today, fast and loose, this one is 5 x 7 inches much different than what I have been working on the last 3 or 4 months!  Its oil on masonite, lots of texture.
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