Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Morning Glories at the Beach

Every once in a while I find Beach Morning Glories while walking through the dunes to the ocean. They are one of many types of plants that can survive the combination of heat, salt and sand. I painted them with some sea oats that are also survivors of this type of habitat. I've enjoyed creating many beach paintings with sea oats but very few with these delicate flowers. Mainly because I don't see them nearly as much as I do the sea oats. Also, because they are in the area next to the sign that says "Stay Off The Dunes". I put in the seagull to help guide you through sea oats as they blow in the breeze. Don't you wish you were at the beach now?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Altamonte Chapel

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

The Barn On The Hill

Growing up on a farm in the midwest gave me lots of opportunities to see barns in the rural areas of Ohio. I still frequent this area to visit with family and friends. I like to travel the backroads looking for barns and other interesting scenery to paint. This is a barn I probably drove past over a hundred times because it was located between two different farms that I worked on with my family. It sits on a small hill overlooking the road and a small valley. I like to find barns that have a tile footer at the base. This is seldom used in new construction. New barns are constructed out of steel and aluminum. When I paint barns; I find the older structures are much more interesting and have more of a story to tell.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Memorial Day at the Beach

I've been taking my paints with me to the beach a lot lately. I can paint while sitting under the comfort of the umbrella. I worked on this larger painting back in the studio using my sketch as a reference. It is always fun to sketch and observe the different people at the beach. When painting people I try not to get too much detail in the faces at such a small size. As they get further back in the distance, the smaller and less detailed they become. The different colors and sizes of umbrellas make the painting fun to view and more interesting. Are you ready for the beach?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Catherdal Rock


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

Saguaro Sunrise

During a recent trip to Arizona I found my first sighting of a Saguaro Cactus. They were much larger than I ever imagined. I had seen them before on many Western movies. It took me way too many years to get to Arizona but when I finally did I had to take some time and do an early morning watercolor painting of these species. These cactus can grow to over 70 feet tall and live for over 150 years. Maybe I'll be that tall someday, if I live to be over 150.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunrise at New Smyrna Beach

A recent Plein Air event took me to New Smyrna Beach, FL to paint with twenty other artists to support Cape Canaveral Beach National Park. I don't get to the beach often enough in the early morning to watch the sun come up, so I took advantage of this event and did a series of sunrise paintings. The morning sunrises provided me with various atmospheric opportunities to paint the sky. I enjoyed painting the sun shining through the clouds as well as the way light lights up the sides of the clouds. One morning I was able to catch the end of a thunderstorm that passed by earlier that night. I was on the way to the beach and thought I might not be able to paint because of the storm but was delighted to see it had moved offshore. You can check out some of the artists and their paintings at http://www.friendsofcanaveral.com/paintout/2016po_pix/

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Folly Beach Shrimp Boat


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.