Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kanapaha Paint Out 2018

This year, during the Kanapaha Paint Out, there was no hurricane.  I was able to get out there for 2 days and got 2 acceptable paintings done. Well, I say done.  Let's just say they are on the wall at the Summer house with all the other artists work until January. (or until someone buys one)
Kanapaha Falls 8 x 6 oil 

The block in and value pattern in transparent red oxide. Between swatting mosquitoes and struggling with the drawing, I spent about 3 hours getting to this point. I did about an hour more on he drawing before giving up for the day. 

 The next day I came back and put the color on the small water fall painting and finished that up in another hour.   I then moved over to the lake side of the Gardens and tried to get a view of the water but it's so high and stagnant that it's covered with duck weed and there is no water to be seen.  It looks like a big flat lawn with trees pocking through. So I moved up the hill to get this more distant view.  The original plan here was to get the big branches of the "wedding oak"  coming in from the right but after I got the background in I decided I liked it and didn't want to cover it up so I left them out.  I like the simplicity of this better.
Near the Wedding Oak  10 x 8 oil and cold wax.

Originally I was going to put in some big branches

getting started with the block in. This time transparent red oxide at the bottom and blue at  the top

 I was liking the simplicity of the design so I left the branches out.  I want to go back into this one and work on the sky a bit more
signed and ready to hang. Near The Wedding Oak 10 x 8 oil and cold wax.

 Last year we had Irma heading for us and hardly anyone got a painting done. Preping for the storm was more important.  I went out for one day and got 2 terrible small oils started.
This oil from 2017 at Kanapaha Gardens. The juice just wasn't flowing that day

First , I tried this view I really liked it and the photo is way off in color and contrast,
I could barley get started on this one

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Camping and Making Art At Blue Springs

I haven't been camping in a long time so this was a new adventure for me.  The last time it was either in a small pup tent or a truck camper. This time we had a tent I can stand up in with a 9 x 12 footprint and a front vestibule. The tent tech has come a long way. It was light weight and easy to set up. Fortunately, we didn't have to find out how water proof it is,
  The purpose of this trip was partly to get away for a few days. Winter is coming. With it comes long work days and never ending to do lists.
  It was also to be an art trip. We brought enough art supplies to open our own store. I don't paint or draw nearly enough to to be satisfied with my results. I wanted to do some practicing for the up coming Kanapaha paint out. The reality of work done is often less that the fantasy of expectations so I didn't get nearly as much done as hoped.  wanted too and 8 x 10 of Naked Springs but it just didn't happen.  It takes a couple of hours or more to make a some what finished painting on location.
The tent as we set it up. The "vewstibule" feature turned out to be very handy.  I helped keep the sand out of the tent and a place to set the chairs for eating and relaxing in the shade without being inside.
Blue Springs

The blue spring hole and diving dock 

A 5 x 7 gouache watercolor of the blue hole 
Naked Springs in the morning

I call these cypress trees at Naked Springs "The Three Graces"

distant trees at Naked Springs

4 x 6 sketch of the distance trees  Playing with negative space
On a walk through the woods early morning trying to get to the river I came upon what must be Johnson Springs

first quick sketch with brown watercolor pencil

Later in the day I went back and did this quick one with elegant writer pens

Later we got out te art supplies and got to work on the picnic table. I've been wanting to try ot make a painting using only location sketches as reference so I gave it a try wit the Johnson springs and came up with this 5 x 7 acrylic. This one will be on the etsy store.
Michelle working on a mixed media piece with collage at the table

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

The Artists Studio Tour

The Artist Studio tour, (link to their site) put on by GFAA, had 22 artists and 15 stops this year. Artists were doing demos and selling their wares. Some of us doubled up and that allowed for several locations to have 2 artists.  I was stationed at the gallery with 2 other artists Candace Mccaffery  and Michelle Nagri,  Our studios aren't big enough to have people in them so the gallery invited us to set up in the front of their space. A lot of people made this their first stop to get a map of the tour before heading out to visit the artists.
 My plan was to paint 2 pictures, one plein air out the front window of the gallery of the  3 palm trees across the street. The other one was to be of a 16 x 24 wood panel of a  Cedar Key sunrise based on location watercolor sketches and photo references. It got so busy talking with visitors interested in the paint and jewelry making process that I was only able to get the 8 x 10 plein air palette knife painting of the palms across the street done by the end of the second day.  The Tour was a big success!  Most of the artists reported good sales and lots of visitors.  Here are some process pictures.
The view zoomed in from across the street

Some of the preliminary sketches. I decided to go with the vertical orientation 

 I started with a panel that was primed with an orange ground. 
I'm doing a lot of stabbing and jabbing in this video so it was good to see this   I need to slow down and make more intentional strokes of the knife

 The orange ground worked for the background brick wall but it might be too saturated and distracting.  I might have to tone it down and add some texture.

This is as far as I got at the event.  I'm calling it done. What do you think?
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Painting and Saling

I got to go sailing on this beautiful boat, Gift of Time, in the Gulf off Cedar Key.
Bob G spent many years working on this boat and sorting out all the details with a boat builder.  It was a one man job for the most part. There are still many of the functional and rigging details to work out but it's finally ready to sail.  It was built from plans with the finest materials and meticulous detail.  This was not the maiden voyage but only about the 3rd time it's been in the water.  This was, however, the first over night adventure. I love sailing so this was a chance to get out on the water. 

After some time at the ramp setting up the rig we were joined by a couple from Gainesville, We got the boat in the water and motored out the channel. It was mid day before the breeze picked up and we had motored all the way out to the last marker so we turned around and headed back with a steadily increasing wind all the way back. She sails great! Handles well at the helm and likes a good bit of wind.There was a it of boat traffic as we neared the ramp and dock area so we headed up to wind and pulled down the sails.
Unfortunately I don't have a bunch of pictures of us salting.  We were too busy sailing !

 After we dropped off our crew in the late afternoon, we found a good spot to anchor with some other boats and got to enjoy a Cedar Key sunset. It's been years since I slept on a boat so I was a little apprehensive about the rocking motion and sounds of the water on the hull. But once the sun went down and we got a bite to eat there wasn't much else to do but hit the bunks. Sleep came instantly.

I grabbed this little 5 x 7 sketch with the Elegant Writer marker and a water brush before the sky started to show some color.  I wasn't prepared with my paints to attempt a sunset painting.  Sunsets are tough because they happen so fast. I really need to start way ahead of time with the drawing and get all set up with some mixed colors so when the last few minutes of color start to happen I'm are ready for it.
  Sunrise is another story. I have more time as the light increases and the sky goes from gray purple to orange and yellow.

It's so nice to have a chance to just sit and watch the sun come up.  The sky changes every second from one beautiful scene to the next. Keep your eye on my newsletter and my Etsy Store to see when this sun rise becomes an oil painting

It was a beautiful morning sky.  I can see an oil painting of this one coming up

That's not to say it's easy!  But it's fun to try to knock out these little watercolors as fast as possible as the sky changes quickly! It's great practice. But I will use these little sketches as reference to do a bigger oil

It was a beautiful morning with an interesting sky

The little 5 x 7 watercolors of the sun rise and my portable set up 
Cedar Key in the morning before all the power boats launch.  Given more time, this would be a challenging subject to tackle. 

We pulled up anchor and motored around a bit more before heading to the ramp to put her back on the trailer to head for Gainesville

I had time to do one more water color marker sketch as we cruised by the Atsena Otie island. It was a brief but very enjoyable trip on a beautiful little boat.