Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

What a wonderful site is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. This view is from across the inlet looking north from New Smyrna Beach. It stands today as one of the best preserved and most complete authentic light stations in the nation. It was completed in 1887 and is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Florida at 175 feet high. Across the inlet are a few scattered homes and a couple of marinas. I was intrigued by the way the landscape was divided into three different sections, the sky, the water and the beach. Each section was to be it's own element. The "Z" composition brings you from the bottom left to the middle right and then pushes you back to the left again where the lighthouse is the exclamation point of the painting. A nice trip through the painting and up the 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tower. Are you ready to make the trip?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Painted Lady

I recently went with a group of artists to paint in conjunction with the Lake Helen Holiday Tour. Each artist had the opportunity to choose a home to paint that was a part of the tour and to do a painting of it on location. I found this old victorian style house that was mostly white but the lower area around the porch was painted in three different colors. I soon learned that the owner of the home was in the process of painting the house the original colors. This style of colorful architecture is called "Painted Ladies" and comes from the San Francisco area. A rare find in Central Florida. Though the owner had not yet finished painting his house, I decided to finish the Painted Lady in this watercolor painting. One of the people coming by on the tour saw the painting and purchased it for her home. It must have been the combination of colors that attracted her to the painting.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Florida Cracker House

This painting is of a newer home on Lake Howell in Central Florida. The design is of course based upon the old Florida style homes. A large open porch around the house makes it an ideal place to have a nice quiet rest and sip on a cool glass of lemonade. Of course it wouldn't be Florida without the palms in front of the house, hanging moss in the oak trees, and also the staghorn fern hanging from the oak tree too. You can sit on the back porch and have a great view a Saturday morning regatta on Lake Howell. What could be nicer than that?