Tuesday, November 27, 2007

An exciting couple of weeks

It started with attending a workshop at Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh given by artist James Sulkowski. The workshop was on Classical Still Life Painting in oils. It was a day long workshop and packed with information. Mr. Sulkowski is a well known and talented artist. There were still life set ups around the room and after a demonstration by Mr. Sulkowski, the workshop participants set up their easels and picked a still life to paint. Here is the one I completed. It is 11 x 14".

My next adventure was a trip to Florida. First to Ocala where I set up my art booth at the dog show for 4 days. Saw a lot of my friends, enjoyed the weather, the beautiful grounds and showing my dogs. Then we left for Cape Coral where I had plans to stay with my friend Ann and.... big goal..... do some plien air painting. I also took lots of reference photos to create more Florida scenes now that I am home again. Here are a couple little paintings I did while there. One was done in Pineland on Pine Island, a barrier island overlooking Charlotte Harbor. The island is much the way it has been for many years, with a lot of palm tree farms interspersed with Florida style homes. There are also a number of little shops and Galleries as you first go on the island in Matlacha. The art scene is very active there. The painting is 5 x 7".

The other painting I have pictured was done in Centennial Park in Fort Myers. It is on the Caloosahattche River. I understand that the park will not be there for long as they are planning to put a high rise condo there. I am glad I got the chance to paint there before that happens. When I lived in that area, I enjoyed the park and will be sad to see it go. My Centennial Park painting is 8 x 10".

So now I am home, and back working in my studio. I have quite a few commissions to finish before Christmas. If you are interested in any of the paintings featured on my blog, be sure to contact me as they may be available.

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