Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Bar at Wekiva Island in Florida burned down on Oct 7, 2013. The fire that destroyed this popular Longwood bar may have been caused by a malfunctioning power strip. The owners asked if I would do a painting of the bar for them. I had taken some photos of the bar on previous years when I participated in the Wekiva Paint Out. The bar was always a popular spot for artists to go to as well as patrons during the paint out. I don't know why I didn't paint the bar before. Probably because of the canoes that were stacked on the top of the building. I was afraid that it would be hard to understand what they were if you had never been there before. I worked from my reference material to rebuild the bar in the painting. I changes some architectural angles and added people to add life to the scene. The bar may be gone but the canoe rental, chairs and a view of the Wekiva River are still there. What more do you need? Yes, you can still buy beer there too.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I enjoyed getting an early start this morning on Lake Maitland. August is typically a hot month and I sometimes get up early, run the boat for a few minutes, do a quick painting and head back home well before the mid day sun burns through the clouds. As I was painting the sunrise; a scull rowing boat passed by. A scull is a rowing boat used in the sport of competitive rowing. It is designed for a single person who propels the boat with two oars, one in each hand. This rower was out enjoying the early morning as was I. Nothing is more spectacular than watching the sunrise. Painting the sky and the reflections in the water is a challenge I like to give myself often. I really liked the way the sunlight created a sparkle on the water this morning. Don't you think the scull and rower created a dramatic focal point to the composition?