Tuesday, January 23, 2018
A group of watercolor artists gathered at this church to do some plein air painting. This is the painting I created that day. I knew in advance that I was going to do a painting of this church so I went prior to our painting date and took some photos. On the morning of the day I planned to go to the church to paint, I decided to create the base drawing on my watercolor paper in advance before leaving the house. This way I could take my time and not feel rushed when I arrived to paint. With plein air painting you only have a few hours to paint before the sun completely changes the colors and shadows. The Altamonte Chapel was designed by a Boston architect and built in 1885 on Lake Brantley, 4 1/2 miles from its present location in Altamonte Springs. A little bit of history I picked up while talking to a person that worked at the church.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
While visiting Sedona in February I was able to paint along Oak Creek and capture a view of Cathedral Rock; which is a famous landmark on the Sedona, Arizona skyline. Cathedral Rock is carved from a redbed sandstone formed from coastal sand dunes near the ancient Pedregosa Sea. This was my first time painting the red rocks of Sedona. The early morning and late afternoon sun offer the best opportunities to see extravagant colors created by the light reflecting off the rocks. You have to paint rather quickly because the light will change the colors of the rocks fast. I highly recommend a trip to Sedona if you haven't been there before.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
A few years ago I visited the Charleston S.C. area and spent some time drawing and sketching the shrimp boats of Folly Beach. The boats seem like majestic castles sitting on the water in the tidal flats along the Folly River. There, they are protected by the storms that authors could write about in their maritime novels. Seeing a shrimp boat at dock means the captains and the crew may be taking a little time off until their next adventure. After they have rested and they head off to sea again the dock will be empty, waiting for the next boat to return with their harvest. I looked at my sketches for years before I recently completed this painting. I enjoyed capturing this scene because the crew had deserted the vessel and was replaced by a flock of pelicans. A perfect place to dry-out from their morning dip in the ocean.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The beginning of March was the 10th Annual Wekiva Paint Out. Over 30 artists got together to paint the Wekiwa State Park and the Wekiva River area. The proceeds of the sales of this event are donated to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful. This painting was created at Lake Prevatt in the Wekiwa State Park. One of my favorite places to paint because it is directly behind the cabins where the artist stay. I can get up early in the morning and take my paints down by the lake and start painting as the sun comes up over the horizon. I've created over two dozen paintings from around this lake. I also take a lot of photos and use this subject in my studio when I teach my painting classes in Sanford, FL. Wekiwa Springs is a first magnitude spring that forms the Wekiva River. There are more than 42,000 acres of protected land around the federally-designated Wild and Scenic River basin. This is truly a great place to paint.