Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Florida`s Forgotten Coast - A Studio Painting"

"The Working Lady" 16x20 oil on linen

I tried painting this rusty old bucket a couple of times when I was up in the Apalachicola area for the "Forgotten Coast" Plein air event, and for one reason or another, I never was able to even get started. One day, the wind was so strong and gusty, that it kept changing the direction of the boat that was tethered only on one end. The second time I tried to paint this great old workboat, some guy in a little canoe, attached a line to it and proceeded to move it just as I began my painting. I guess this was destined to be a studio effort. I wish I could have painted a field sketch to assist me with the studio painting, but my photo reference was adequate and recent enough to rely on some memory of what I saw that day in Eastpoint.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Student Art Day - Florida`s Forgotten Coast Plein Air event"

The Florida`s Forgotten Coast Event included a Student Art Day. On Wednesday May 12th, all of the artist participating in the event were assigned an art student to assist with their painting. The students were given a gift package with paints, canvas panels and brushes. It was a fun day, that included painting, then lunch with students and artists and community at the Gulf county Welcome center in Port St. Joe. This is my assigned student Sara, and I, as she begins her 8x10 field study.

Here Sara is well into her painting, and it is looking good. I let her use one of the two easels that I brought on the trip. In my little sketch on the right, I demonstrated a possible solution on how to start her painting. I thought she turned in one of the strongest pieces in the student show. There were some fine efforts by many young art students.

Looking on as Sara puts the final touches on her oil painting.

"Downtown Books" 16x12 oil on linen
This is a great looking little bookstore in downtown Apalach. My painting does not do it justice. I would like another shot at painting this in an afternoon light.

"Summer Camp" 12x16 oil on linen
This painting was painted in Carrabelle one really hot afternoon.

"Port St. Joe Bay" 12x13 oil on linen
This was another two and a half hour effort.

"A peaceful place" 9x12 oil on linen

This is another one of the small paintings I painted at a area called two-mile, near Apalachicola.
"Resting Place" 9x12 oil on linen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Florida`s Forgotten Coast" Invitational Plein Air Event

"The Old Apalach Marina" 11x14 oil on linen
These are just a few of the paintings I painted during the ten day event.
I will post more photos later.

Painting the "Old Apalach Marina"

Here, I am inside the old marina that is no longer in use, and the walkways around the old boat slips are a bit unsteady.....but I felt safe enough to paint for a couple of hours, hence the title of the painting, "No Trespassing".

"No Trespassing" 12x9 oil on linen

Painting the Old Laundry in Apalachicola

"The Old Laundry" 12x16 oil on linen

"Scipio Creek Workboats" 16x12 oil on linen

This is me painting an old boat on Scipio Creek

Great morning on Scipio Creek

"The Forgotten Coast" event was a lot of fun. I met many new talented artists, and new friends. We had a wealth of beautiful coastal scenes, and interesting small town locations to paint from. This was my first time participating, and it was a totally enjoyable experience. The local population is very supportive of the arts, and this event, and are extremely friendly. Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and Mexico Beach are definately destinations for great plein air subjects.