Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

En Plein Air: July Clouds (Acrylic, 16 x 12)


It seems now the weather is typical Florida summer with the temperature hovering around 75͒--93͒. In spite of the humidity, there are always some sea breezes.  Regularly we have on the daily basis an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. I went this morning to the Sweetwater Landing Boatyard to paint the clouds.

Monday, July 17, 2017

En Plein Air Sketch: Two Donkeys by the Barn (Acrylic 12 x 16)


I turned right onto Herzog Rd. from Highway 80 this morning. As I drove a little farther, I noticed on my right a few donkeys were enjoying the shade by the barn. There was quite a distance from where I was and it was difficult to paint from the road. Fortunately, the road ended in about 200 yards and branched out into three different country drives in a fan shape. The one on the right happened to parallel the fence of the donkey farm and down the driveway, I could see a good spot from which I could paint the donkeys. I knew the drive was already part of someone's property. I tried to find its owner to get permission to be there, so I drove down the drive till I saw a bungalow house with some trucks parked outside. I knocked the door and even hollered, but no one answered the door. I realized there was nobody in there because through the side glass window I could see a sight of renovation with the ceiling fan spinning and all the windows cracked open, obviously in an attempt to ventilate the air. So I helped myself to the place. I parked my car on the road shoulder and began to set up. I knew animals would not stay in the same position for long, so I rushed through the painting. It took a little more than an hour.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Em Plein Air: Veterans Memorial Park, Downtown LeBelle (Acrylic 20 x 10)


The Veterans Memorial Park is located at the intersection of Main St. and Nickpockee Ave. downtown LeBelle, by the picturesque Court House which is the kind of architectural style people here usually call Spanish revival. I went there this morning mainly to paint the Court House but found it interesting to paint from this angle.

Friday, July 14, 2017

En Plein Air: Tractors Left in the Fields (Acrylic, 10 x 17)


I tried to explore some new scenic spots this morning, taking roads less traveled like Pine Ave. off Highway 80 in the hopes that it would lead me to somewhere on the Caloosahatchee River but in vain. At least, I ended up at the Maloy Hay Company fields. When I noticed some machinery left in the fields, I stopped the car and immediately set up to paint. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Alla Prima Portrait: Lauren (Acrylic, 20 x 16)


Portrait Studio Day. Today's model is a young girl named Lauren, who is the daughter of Kim, one of the staff at Punta Gorda VAC.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Alla Prima Portrait: Linda and Toby (Acrylic 20 x 16)


This morning, shortly after I pulled out my car and hit the road, I noticed a warning on my dashboard saying "Low Tire Pressure." "Uh-oh," I said to myself. "It must be yesterday when I was at Owl Creek Boatyard and somehow I got a nail or something in the tire." So, I made a U-turn and drove directly to the Walmart. I waited there for more than an hour and it turned out to be just low tire pressure and no nails were found. It was late, so I decided to go to the First Community Congregational Church to see if I was able to find someone to paint. Luckily, they had the food pantry in the morning and quite a few volunteers were working there. After I asked around, Linda said she was willing to sit for me but her pet Toby should be included.