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Florida Bird – Number Four

The fourth in my series of Florida birds. Everyone’s favorite….the Roseate Spoonbill.

Not sure the thrill of seeing this bird in the wild will ever wear off. Always delightful,whether scooping dinner through it’s strangely shaped beak, or on the wing in a Florida sunset.

I have a commission to do next, but I’m considering the following Florida birds for my next in the series: Swallow-tailed Kite, Sandhill Cranes, Scrub Jay, or Crested Caracara. Any votes?

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Florida Birds – Number 3

Number 3 in my series, the striking Purple Gallinule.

These birds are often seen on the boardwalks at the Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida. Definitely a fan favorite, and a life bird for many who are visiting the area. They are often seen straddling the Alligator flags and definitely enjoy the flowers produced by this plant.

This painting will be at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, from now until the end of May. The Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.

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Florida Bird – Number Two

While not the rarest of birds that can be seen in the Sarasota area, it’s certainly enjoyable to watch their antics as they catch their dinner or try to beg scraps from the men cleaning fish at the docks. And, the last two paintings I sold were Pelicans.

This painting can currently be seen live and in person at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road in Sarasota fro 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m daily.

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Florida Birds

Florida Limpkin, Florida Pelican, Florida Purple Gallinule, all approximately 10″ x 13″.

One of the good things about signing on to the gallery (even though my paintings are now out of there) was the kick start it gave me to begin a series I had been contemplating since shortly after we moved to Florida. These paintings were done sometime before the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. The fourth one is about 1/3 finished and it be a Roseate Spoonbill. Planning on a Crested Caracara, Sandhill Cranes, a Scrub Jay, Loggerhead Shrike, Swallow Tailed Kite, maybe a wood stork (their heads are just so dang ugly) Purple Martin and whatever else strikes my fancy. Or whatever else will give me some good photo ops.

Trying to keep the background shape of Florida filled with vegetation which supports the birds depicted. It’s been quite odd to have so much white paper in the background. But I feel it works for these pieces.

These paintings, along with six others are currently hanging at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center at 999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, and will be until the end of May. The center is open daily from 9:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m.

If you have any other suggestions for Florida birds you’d like to see, reach out and I’ll see what I can put together.

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Birds Fly

Summer Hummer” Watercolor with some gold medium, 5″ x 5″

“Caracara” Watercolor 5″ x 5″

One of my favorite bird naturalists at Sarasota Audubon, upon hearing of an unusual sighting, rather than discount it, will tilt her head and say, “Well, it could be. Birds fly, you know.”

Such a simple, concise statement. Simple is in my mission statement. With that as a background, I have decided to end my relationship with the gallery.

Frankly, framing and schlepping paintings to the gallery every 4 to 6 weeks is interfering with retirement. Perhaps if I’d sold more, I’d reconsider. But most of the art selling at this particular location is large abstracts. While my colors are bright, and my brush strokes can be bold, that isn’t a direction I plan to go.

Painting what I consider pretty things is my niche. And, quite frankly, I paint for me. If someone else is touched enough to want to purchase my work, I am thrilled, but it’s not necessary. My passion comes from the making of the mark, the physical spread of paint on the paper and the spiritual aspect of being only in the moment as I decide which color to pick up, or where to lay down my next stroke. And if my paintings go unsold, so be it. There will be one hell of a browse box when I pass.

I’ll remove my paintings from the gallery on the 31st. However I will have several paintings at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center starting March 31st until they close for the season at the end of May.

So what exactly does this mean for this artist?

Simply put……Freedom. Break out the paper, the supplies that sit waiting to be used. The acrylics, the graphite….and whatever else has found it’s way into my wonderful studio. Or maybe I’ll just keep the watercolors busy. They are my soulmates.

In any case, I’m plan on flying, painting on the wing!

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Polo Sketches

We’re in the home stretch of Sarasota Polo season. Only three more games. Sold one of my sketches at the match two Sundays ago. We’re going to have to find something else to occupy our Sunday Fundays.

Not that it seemed like a problem last year. Sarasota is full of fairs festivals and there’s always the beach.

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