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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gulf View, Alla prima 6x8" Oil painting

I painted this during the Tarpon Springs Plein Air Paintout last week. The location of this scene is in Howard Park before you cross over the causeway to the beach. Because of all my teaching commitments, I could only paint during one day of the three day event. I was worried I wouldn't have enough time to come up with a painting I liked enough to enter, but I was pleased when I finished this. I like the way I got a lot of color in it and used atmospheric perspective to get a sense of depth. Contact me at jennastarfriedman@gmail.com if you're interested in purchasing this piece and I will set up a Paypal page for secure payment. Thanks for viewing my work!
Gulf View, 6x8" $250, framed in a beautiful wide gold wood frame.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Morning Stroll, Sand Hill Cranes

I saw these two sand hill cranes strolling the PHCC campus one day and luckily - for once - had my camera with me. The sand hill cranes are not afraid of people it seems, and they calmly walk around, usually in pairs and sometimes with a couple of chicks. I painted this in pastel recently.
Morning Stroll, Pastel, 8x10, matted and framed.
Thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Tern and Gull

I paint with watercolors all the time but rarely post the images here. Here's one I just finished. I was playing with different textures when I painted this. I like the way the birds are looking in opposite directions.
Tern and Gull, Watercolor, 5x7"
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Key Vista

I recently completed this painting which I had started en plein air at Key Vista Park. I really like the colors I got into this one, which you can see more clearly by clicking on the picture. I got it mostly finished that day in the park, but I usually like to look at my work a few days or more later, before completely finishing it off. I feel I need to look at it away from the actual scene with some objectivity to judge whether it's a good painting. In the heat of the moment (literally and figuratively), and after a couple of hours of observing the subject intensely, it's often hard for me to see whether I've said what I wanted to with the painting. Of course the trick is knowing when to stop -- I've ruined very many pieces by adding "just this one more thing!"
Key Vista, Oil, 14x11"
Thanks for looking -- and paint on!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Here's our plein air group (West Coast Plein Air - Florida) ready for lunch. We're painting at Anclote River Park this month. We have to find places near the water during the summer months because of the heat. Last Friday was delightful - there was a steady cool breeze coming off the Gulf that kept the 90+ temperature bearable. This is one of our favorite places to eat after a morning of plein air painting - Miss Vicky's on the River - the food is great and you can't beat the location!
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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Brackish Pond

I painted this little painting of a pond area on Honeymoon Island. It's right near the beach but inland a bit from the water. There's not a lot of shade on the beach and this was one of the few places that had some large bushes I could crouch behind. Even with my large plein air umbrella, it's so hot that I need to be in a shaded place also.
Brackish Pond, 6x8, Oil. Thanks for visiting!
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Palmy Day

Here's a little plein air of a path in Port Richey Waterfront Park, which is a few blocks from where I live. I just finished it recently. I'm going to try to get a few things posted to catch up a bit with this blog. I love to paint and just want to spend my time doing that! I'm always way behind with the photographing and posting of my work. Palmy Day, 5x7, Oil
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Sunday Drive

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Country Road

Our plein air group painted at this farm/ranch for a few weeks during strawberry season and then were asked back for a day event during blueberry season. It's a "pick your own" operation and the fruit is top quality - very nice ranch owners who appreciate art also! The JG Ranch is located near Brooksville FL. and well worth checking out during harvest times. I painted this on the road that leads into the farming area and it turned out to be one of my favorite paintings yet. I think it's even more colorful and lush than my camera seems to be able to pick up.
Country Road, 14x11, Oil
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bayou Marsh

Our plein air group has been painting this month along Bayou Drive - a favorite location in Hernando County. I painted this from the side of the road. It's great when I can pull over the car and paint right out of the back of it. I fantasize about being one of those artists that travels around the country in an RV, just going wherever and painting every day. On second thought, I think I'm more the clean room in a hotel with room service kind of traveller. Wait - it's a fantasy - ok I'm back in the RV meandering the back roads with my dogs and a couple of good friends.
Bayou Marsh, 9x12" Oil
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Safe Harbor

A pastel painting of one of my favorite views in Phillipe Park, Safety Harbor FL. My plein air group went there several months back. I only recently completed this painting and entered it into the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay's juried show, "Possiblities in Pastel IV". This show was juried and judged by Doug Dawson, who spoke briefly at the Opening on Friday evening. He said he makes his decisions based simply on whether he likes a painting. Yes, art appreciation is very subjective isn't it?! If you like this painting, you can purchase it for $250 by contacting me at jennastarfriedman@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting my blog.
"Safe Harbor" Pastel, 11x14"
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Sunday, May 08, 2011

West Coast Plein Air Painting Sites May 2011

Hello painters - We will be painting along Bayou Drive in Hernando County for the month of May. Long views and salt marshes along the Gulf; the closest public restrooms are in nearby Bayport Park. Meet at 9:30 on Friday mornings (5/6,13,20 and 27) on Bayou Drive near Pine Island Drive.


Monday, April 04, 2011

Plein Air Paint Out at the JG Ranch

We are on to do a paintout at the JG Ranch on Saturday, April 30 from 10am to 2pm. The owners have really enjoyed having us painting out there and would like to make this a public event. Blueberries will be ready for picking. You can bring a couple of paintings to set up near you to sell if you want. There will be parking for the artists (by the cows) and they can handle 10-15 artists. Please let me know if you plan to be a part of this paintout so we keep the numbers within limits.

JG Ranch (strawberry, blueberry farm and they have cows) is located at 17200 Wiscon Road Brooksville.
Map for JG Ranch. They will have a sign on the road where to turn into their ranch.----- Look for the "U Pick" sign on the south side of Wiscon Rd. and follow the dirt road all the way back to the picking area.

West Coast Plein Air Painting Sites April 2011

Hello Plein Air Painters! Our group will be painting at two locations at 9:30 on Fridays in April:

April 1 and 8: Along the Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island: Meet in the parking area by the Kayak Rentals on the south side of the Causeway.

April 15 and 22: On Honeymoon Island: meet in the farthest west parking area along the beach side.

***We are planning a possible publicized paintout for the last Saturday of April - more details to come when details are finalized.

Click on the link below for map and directions to Honeymoon.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


This scene is along the south end of the beach at Howard Park a couple of months ago. It was painted mostly plein air but I didn't finish it up until recently in the studio. I had some fun with the colors and values and now I like the atmospheric feel of it. This painting is currently in the S&M exhibit at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Dusk, Oil, 11x14
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Garden Dreams

I set up this still-life and painted it as a demo for my Soft Pastels class at the Pasco Art Center. I love the Art Center - it's in an old cracker-style house behind the Centennial Library in Holiday FL. I've been teaching there for a little over a year now and will doing demos there tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 19) during the open house and reception for the current exhibit. This place is a little haven for the arts and has various classes, a gallery and a really cool gift shop. Come on over and check it out tomorrow - or any time! Visit their website for current information and directions: www.pascoart.org --------------------------------
Garden Dreams, Pastel, 14x11"
Email me at jennastarfriedman@gmail.com for more information - and thanks for visiting!
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Beach Cove

I painted this little piece a few months ago along Howard Beach in Tarpon Springs. I've been very lax about photographing my work - and posting it to the blog - but am resolved to get on top of this. So today I photographed many recent paintings and plan to start getting them posted regularly.
Beach Cove, 8x10" Oil
Email me for information on buying this or other paintings at jennastarfriedman@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting!
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Monday, January 24, 2011

River View

I started this plein air painting on a toned canvas, which greatly sped up the process. I tried to think of each stroke as I put it down and wanted to keep it loose and spare. This is a view across the Anclote River with Tarpon Springs houses on the other shore.
River View, 8x10" Oil
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

West Coast Plein Air Painting Sites January 2011

Happy New Year! The West Coast Plein Air - Florida group will be painting at Phillipe Park in Safety Harbor during January. We will meet at 9:30 on Fridays (1/7, 1/14, 1/21, and 1/29) in the parking area near the Indian Mound. Call Jenna's cell to find us on painting days: 727-457-6174. To get to Phillipe Park, take McMullen Booth Rd. to Enterprise; go east to Phillipe Parkway (590) to park entrance. Once inside the park, go toward the right and follow signs to "Indian Mound"; click here for a map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=phillipe+park,+safety+harbor+fl&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=41.632176,93.076172&ie=UTF8&hq=phillipe+park,&hnear=Safety+Harbor,+Pinellas,+Florida&ll=28.007209,-82.673492&spn=0.045467,0.090895&z=14&iwloc=B
and for the last two Fridays, we will paint at the following locations:

January 21st 9:30 am May Stringer Historical Museum in beautiful historic downtown Brooksville. Located at 601 Museum Court one block north of the intersection of Jefferson (US 50/98) and Broad (US41). Restrooms will be available at a nearby business since the museum doesn’t open until noon. Plan to stay the afternoon and visit downtown Brooksville. Lunch at Mallie Kyla’s recommended.

January 28th 9:30 am Southern Hills Plantation is a master-planned community in the rolling hills of Brooksville, Florida. The unique terrain makes this a special place. Experience Old Florida living, where southern charm and peaceful days are surpassed only by the allure of nature’s canvas with hilltop vistas unseen by many in Florida, not to mention golf course views. Club House is plantation style architecture. This is a private development and

Directions: From US 19 or the Suncoast Parkway take Spring Hill Drive East to US 41. Take US 41 North (left) about 3 miles. Entrance to Southern Hills is on the right. Continue on entrance road. At gate tell guard that you are going to the clubhouse. Continue straight to the top of the hill to the clubhouse.

Restrooms and lunch will be available in the clubhouse.