Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bar at Wekiva Island

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.