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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
Thanks for visiting!
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Sunday Drive