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.